Obsessed With SEO & SEM

October 24-25, 2018
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Craft superior ad campaigns and exceed your goals with actionable tactics from the pros

The bounty of options available to search marketers continues to multiply. And yet with each new choice comes new responsibilities. Expanded Text Ads (ETAs) were just the beginning. Audience targeting, automated ad testing, and retargeting continue to evolve and promise higher conversions and ROI, but add complexity to the search marketer’s role at an equally dizzying rate.

You’re devoted to staying up on the latest search marketing tactics and tools. You know the value of learning straight from the experts, including the people behind the ad platforms you use every day. That’s why you should attend SMX® East.

Join us October 24-25, 2018 in New York City for two full days of SEM and PPC sessions specifically designed for search marketers like you. Leave confident of your ability to leverage new formats for your search advertising campaigns. Major players, including Google AdWords and Bing Ads will be there to share firsthand advice on exactly what they’re looking for when it comes to outstanding ad campaigns.

Together, we will dive deep into the areas of search marketing that matter most to you and your bottom line.

SEM Sessions

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SEM Keynote Conversation: Bing & SEM

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Overview

With 20% market share, Bing offers many opportunities for advertisers to reach new markets. Hear what the Bing Ads team has been working on, what's in store for advertising opportunities on the platform and where Microsoft sees search headed.

Speakers

David Pann

General Manager, Search Business Group, Microsoft, @davidpann

Moderator

Ginny Marvin
Associate Editor, Third Door Media, Inc., @ginnymarvin

Aligning Your Marketing With Your Customer's Journey

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Overview

In today's challenging marketing world, the ability to align messaging across channels, segment your best performing audiences and create cohesive journey-mapping from awareness through sales is critical for success. It's especially challenging because getting it right means closely collaborating and coordinating with multiple departments and stakeholders.

This session explores how to get in step with your customer (and your team) as they follow their own paths towards interest, engagement and conversion.

Speakers

Amy Bishop

Owner, Cultivative, @hoffman8

Heather Cooan

Founder & Principal Growth Strategist, HDC Digital, @HeatherCooan

Moderator

Brad Geddes
Co-Founder, AdAlysis, @bgTheory

Spending Less, Getting More: A Comprehensive Guide To SEM Targeting

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Overview

It used to be that you'd come up with a list of keywords, and some targeting and launch your campaign.

Not any more. In this session, we'll show you how to get the most out of all your targeting options right from the start -- keywords and match-types, bids, devices, locations, audiences, ad copy and more -- by leveraging them all together for maximum impact on ad spend and conversion.

Speakers

Justin Freid

EVP, Managing Director, CMI Media, @justin_Freid

Moderator

Matt Van Wagner
President, Find Me Faster, @mvanwagner

Making Your Analytics Work Harder And Smarter

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Overview

Collecting and reporting website visitor data gets more sophisticated every day. But credible attribution remains elusive, and a sea of data without effective methods and tools for analysis doesn't help guide future marketing initiatives, budgets and websites updates.

In this session, our analytics experts will expose you to new methods, reporting tools, data connectors and attribution options available to help bring your data into better focus.

Speakers

Jenny Halasz

President, JLH Marketing, @jennyhalasz

Simon Poulton

Director of Digital Intelligence, Wpromote, @spoulton

Moderator

Matt Van Wagner
President, Find Me Faster, @mvanwagner

Getting The Most Out Of Google Ads & Bing Ads Interfaces & Editors

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Overview

As an SEM, your ability to maximize the tools you have at your disposal is critical. And while new features and functionality from Google Ads and Bing can be great, it's just more for you to learn. Today, you have to stay on top of Google phasing out the "old" AdWords interface, and it's your job understand what's changed, what's new and where you can squeeze even more value out of your campaigns.

In this session, you'll discover the latest updates, learn how to work faster and smarter in the Google Ads & Bing Ads interfaces and leverage powerful desktop editors to get more out of your campaigns.

Speakers

Ted Ives

CEO, SEMCopilot LLC, @tedives

Moderator

Ginny Marvin
Associate Editor, Third Door Media, Inc., @ginnymarvin

SEM Keynote Conversation: Google & SEM

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What's new with Google ads? What future developments and opportunities for advertisers can you expect. In this session, you'll hear directly from Google about the SEM landscape at the search and display giant.

Speakers

Jon Diorio

Group Product Manager for Google Ads, Google, @jdiorio

Moderator

Ginny Marvin
Associate Editor, Third Door Media, Inc., @ginnymarvin

Perfect Your SEM Testing: How & Why To Evaluate Everything

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Overview

Want to write the best ads the world has ever seen, and then prove you've done it?

This session focuses on the process of designing, implementing and measuring the results of search advertising testing. You'll learn what can and cannot be tested, how to design robust tests and the skills to identify all the biases and underlying problems of testing PPC campaigns.

Our panelists will talk about best-practice processes and illustrate with case studies how to design the most effective keyword, bid level, messaging and landing page tests. You'll also get insights into how to test and validate higher-level business questions that you must answer to successfully implement search advertising campaigns.

Speakers

Aaron Levy

Manager of Client Strategy, Elite SEM, @bigalittlea

Amalia Fowler

Account Director, Snaptech Marketing, @amaliaefowler

Moderator

Brad Geddes
Co-Founder, AdAlysis, @bgTheory

Turning Your Data Into Compelling Stories

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Data is our best friend and a frustrating nemesis that thwarts interpretation with sheer volume and conflicting signals.

Mastering analysis is crucial for successfully managing and fine-tuning accounts and for transforming data into insight for your boss, clients and other key stakeholders.

Attend this session for an advanced course in data-driven storytelling. You'll learn to transform unorganized data into compelling and convincing presentations that showcase the trends, successes and future potential of your SEM campaigns.

Speakers

Andrew Garberson

Manager of Search, LunaMetrics, @garberson

Lauren Beerling

Performance Media Supervisor, Nina Hale, @ninahale

Moderator

Brad Geddes
Co-Founder, AdAlysis, @bgTheory

Driving Sales & Profits From Facebook Ads

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Overview

In this session, our expert speakers share what works in Facebook campaign optimizations and what doesn't. From audience development and targeting to creative options to measurement and reporting, you'll walk away with actionable takeaways for generating qualified leads and conversions from Facebook ads.

Speakers

Michelle Morgan

Director of Client Services, Clix Marketing, @michellemsem

Veronica McGhee

Social/Search Supervisor, Cramer-Krasselt, @veronica_SEM

Moderator

Ginny Marvin
Associate Editor, Third Door Media, Inc., @ginnymarvin

Advanced Tactics For Display & Video Ads

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The success of any integrated marketing effort relies on your ability to maximize the reach, awareness and performance of your display and video campaigns across multiple touch points. If you're already running campaigns on the Google Display Network and YouTube, or if you're just starting out with the new Bing Audience Ads and want to see greater success, this session is for you.

You'll get real-world insights on how to prioritize ad formats and creatively use audience segmentation, as well as strategies for picking placements, considerations for brand protection and the employment of attribution methods for display.

Speakers

Joe Martinez

Director, Paid Media & Community, Granular, @MilwaukeePPC

Bryant Garvin

Sr Director of ECommerce & Brand Advertising, iServe.com, @bryantgarvin

Moderator

Ginny Marvin
Associate Editor, Third Door Media, Inc., @ginnymarvin
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