Obsessed With SEO & SEM

March 13-15, 2018
San Jose Convention Center

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Networking Events At SMX® West 2018

Meeting your fellow attendees, speakers, and exhibitors is a big part of the value of attending SMX West. Check out these networking activities for All Access pass holders and exhibitors.

Events open to networking pass Expo+ pass holders are designated with the symbol: 

Please be sure to read the SMX Code of Conduct, which is observed at all conference functions with no exceptions.

SMX Kick Off & Speed Networking

Monday, March 12 ­- 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Whether it’s your first time at SMX, are a veteran attendee or a returning speaker — we’ll kick things off with a brief orientation covering how to get the most out of your conference experience and give you the scoop on accessing presentations, WiFi, power food, networking and more great content.

Then we’ll go into high gear with a round of speed networking, where you’ll meet some of the SMX team and get to know other attendees quickly with quick introductions and share your reasons for attending. It’s an excellent opportunity to start making connections before the show even starts.

Held in Salon III on the 2nd floor of the Marriott. Open to All Access attendees and speakers.

SMX Meet & Greet


Bruce Clay, Inc.

Opening Reception

Monday, March 12 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Start your SMX West experience off right! Arrive early, pick-up your registration materials, and join us on the 2nd floor Ballroom Foyer of the San Jose Marriott, for an informal evening reception with fellow attendees, speakers and invited guests.

This event is open to All Access holders and exhibitors.

Avoid the morning registration rush and pick up your badge, drink tickets, and registration materials at the convention center SMX West Registration Desk, open 5:30pm – 7:00pm Monday evening.

SMX Meet & Greet

Meet & Eat / “Obsessed with…” Tables

Daily, Tuesday, March 13 –  Thursday, March 15

There are two ways to get more out of lunch at SMX than just hot meals!

All lunches are included for SMX West All Access Pass holders. You’re certain to sit with knowledgeable and engaging people.

Like the experience to be a little more structured? Sign up to enjoy lunch at an “Obsessed with…” table. These are a great opportunity to continue the conversation with others who share your interests. We’ll post the schedule and topics of discussion for the tables several weeks prior to the conference and you can reserve your spot online.

Expo Hall Reception


Stone Temple Consulting

Tuesday, March 13 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Check out all of the solutions offered by the SMX West exhibitors during the Expo Hall Reception.

You’ll enjoy drinks and snacks while meeting your fellow delegates and learning about tools and services that can make you a more effective internet marketer!

This event takes place in the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. See who’s exhibiting.

pass holders welcome.

Community Meetup: Building A Huge Audience for your Small Business Via Meetup, LinkedIn, Radio, and SEO

Tuesday, March 13 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join Sunil Bhaskaran, Founder of the Global Meetup Mastermind, Mike Hayes, former NBC producer and two-time Peabody Award Winner, and your community members for a vigorous discussion on how to build a thriving audience with a variety of platforms and tactics. You’ll explore how Meetup can build both offline and online audiences, how radio and digital media can work well with Meetup and build engagement and audiences, plus affordable and workable tactics for small businesses and actionable tactics to help you get started on your strategies.

This event is open to all SMX attendees! For more information, visit Meetup.com.

Self Defense with Sensei Katie

Self Defense with Sensei Katie

Wednesday, March 14 – 7:15am to 8:00am

Thursday, March 15 – 7:15am to 8:00am

Wake up the senses and get moving in the morning while learning basic self-defense tactics and essential personal safety skills. The class will be taught by SMX staff member, Sensei Katie Jordan (@katie_j94) who is a fourth-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate. The 45 minute class will be part-educational, part-physical as the group will walk through simple exercises together in a safe, supportive and fun environment. The class is geared towards women’s self-defense tactics, but men are welcome to join, space permitting – classes are limited to 20 participants. Login to your registration record and pre-register to reserve a spot. Participation waiver must be completed on-site. Comfortable, loose clothing recommended.

SMX After Dark



SMX After Dark

Wednesday, March 14 – 9:00pm to 11:00pm

Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA

After a solid day of mind-blowing sessions and gathering as many #SMXInsights as humanly possible, it’s time to let loose and have fun with your SEO & SEM friends! Evening entertainment, snacks and drinks to be provided.

Open to All-Access pass holders onlyBadge required for entry. 

Network Online Before & During SMX West 2018

The resources below will help you connect with others who have similar interests or work areas before you come to the show, so that you can have a successful conference network experience when you arrive. Check out these tools and ways you can share blog posts, photos and videos.

Facebook Private Group
Registered with an All Access pass? Join the official SMX event group. The SMX All Access attendee only Facebook group will allow you to easily interact with others before, during and after the show. We’ll approve your request as quickly as possible. It’s a great opportunity to participate in discussions, questions and show announcements prior to arriving on site!

Facebook SMX Fan Page
Join our Facebook SMX Fan Page to network with others, take part in conversations, and keep up with SMX news and announcements throughout the year.

Twitter: SMX — Tell the world you’re coming to SMX by using the #smx hashtag on Twitter! You can also keep up before, during and after the conference by following our Twitter feed. Whenever you have an “Ah-HA! Moment” during the conference, post about it using #SMXInsights! Be on the lookout during sessions for  speaker #SMXInsights slides.

LinkedIn: SMX — Member of LinkedIn? Join the SMX group and connect with others who are interested in our conferences.

Instagram: SMX — Love taking photos? We’d love to see yours from the show. Follow Search Marketing Expo and share your photos by tagging them with #smx or #smxinsights.

Youtube: SMX — Make sure to check out the SMX YouTube channel for video clips from SMX!

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