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A Guide To Speaking At Search Marketing Expo – SMX Conferences

Interested in speaking at a Marketing Land event? Have an idea you’d like to suggest to our programming team? Here’s how it all works!

First, We Ask For Session Ideas

Before an agenda is created, we open up a “suggestion box” for session ideas. At this stage, as we’re developing the agenda, we’re looking for ideas for sessions and suggestions for people we should consider as speakers. If we really like a session idea, we may use it to develop a session title and description, and in some cases will also ask the person who submitted the idea to be a speaker. This may be for a solo session (usually 25 minutes or so), or for a panel presentation (usually 15 minutes or so, with one or two other speakers).

Bottom line: If you have a great idea and really want to speak, you’ll improve your chances by suggesting a really great idea before we create the agenda for a show.

Second, We Ask For Speaking Pitches

After a show’s agenda is posted, we ask people to pitch to speak on specific panels that interest them. Unless we’ve specifically invited you to speak – even if you suggested a session idea – you must pitch to speak on specific panels to be considered. The reason for this is that we work with a group of talented coordinators to choose speakers. If you don’t pitch, they won’t know that you’re interested.

Key Dates For Upcoming Conferences

All session ideas and speaking pitches must be submitted through forms on the SMX website. There is no fee to submit an idea or a speaking pitch, nor do we pay any session speakers to present at SMX.

Links to all currently open forms appear below – if there are no links showing, no forms are currently open. Here are the key dates to keep in mind for the coming months:

SHOWSession Ideas AcceptedSpeaking Pitches AcceptedAll Speakers FinalizedConference Begins
SMX West 2020ClosedOpenDecemberFeb. 18-19 2020
SMX London 2020OpenOpens Jan. 2020March 2020May 19-20 2020
SMX Advanced 2020Opens Jan 2020Opens Feb 2020April 2020June 8-10 2020

Note: Dates are approximate.

If you are interested in speaking at other SMX events, please visit the home page of the event for instructions:

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