Raves For SMX West
Being new to SEO, I learned a lot of interesting trends and best practices from the conference that I can take back to my team to strategize and implement. Lots of ah-ha moments for me and everything has clicked into place when it comes to SEO. Thank you and I look forward to coming back next year!
– Charlyn Caneba, Synchrony Financial/CareCredit
The speakers are insightful and well-prepared, the hotel is a sigh of relief, and the after-hours events are thoughtfully planned.
– Heather Shipe, Dollar Tree
This was my second time attending SMX West and my only complaint would be the weather, but I’m not holding that against you. 🙂 The speakers you are able to find are top-notch and they are all very interesting to listen to. Even topics that I would imagine wouldn’t be all that interesting come across very well in these outstanding conferences. I would come every year if I could — outstanding content!
– Joseph Craig, LOOKINGGLASS CYBER SOLUTIONS
Absolutely loved the conference in San Jose this year! I loved that there were different classes that fit beginner, advanced, and all. The classes were very diverse and my team was able to go to classes that fit their specific interests. We came out of the conference with so many new ideas and tools! Thank you.
– Renae Lindahl, Star Tribune
I really enjoyed this years’ conference. I appreciate the focus on PPC processes, audiences and automation. Great tips universal in every industry.
– Susanna Anderson, ISM
The conference is very well organized and the speakers/content are top notch. I got many actionable take-aways and ideas from the sessions that I can take back and implement in my client accounts. Also love having a hearty breakfast, delicious lunches and fun networking activities like the Tech Museum. All-around great event. The only thing I’m sad about is that it will only happen every other year in San Jose going forward.
– Robert Brady, Righteous Marketing
It wasn’t sales focused. Great presenters. Appreciated that one presenter would almost teach a topic and then another presenter would actually show how they put it into practice. Loved the insights and appreciated that all the insights were put into one deck!
– Amanda Mierau, Sharp HealthCare
I learned a lot of useful tips that I can take back to my organization in order to improve our SEM program. Because i’m relatively new to Search marketing, I found the Bootcamp and automation sessions especially helpful and insightful.
– Christine Estevez, Capital Group
Very informational for someone who is new to search marketing. Fun experience with a great group of speakers to listen to and interact with.
– Nicole Gallo, Zazzle
SMX was an extraordinary experience. Excellent speakers, well managed, and entertaining. I met some very interesting people, made a new friend or two, and took away knowledge that I did not have before. I am an experienced SEO so learning something completely new and actionable is not usually expected but I was able to do just that at SMX West!
– David Peters Net Point Marketing LLC
SMX West is hands down one of the best conferences for SEO and SEM managers due to the breadth of topics covered and excellent speakers talking about what’s happening *RIGHT NOW*. What really helps me justify attending this conference is the networking opportunities with the speakers and attendees. Each year I go to the conference with questions and I’ll meet multiple individuals who can help answer my question as well as provide a fresh perspective so that I can solve the issues at hand and have new tactics and ideas to take into my next fiscal year planning sessions.
– Christi Olson, Bing Ads
I’ve been doing SEO for almost seven years now, six of which were spent at an Inc. 500 SEO agency. In my time, I’ve worked with HUNDREDS of websites of different natures, such as lead generation, local, international, e-commerce, etc…I have had the luxury of testing out many different SEO strategies and software, and even still, I learned so much at the SMX West conference I attended. The presentations were strategy focused and actionable, the presenters were receptive to answering technical questions I had, and the networking experience was truly one of a kind. This was truly a first time experience for the record books and I look forward to attending many more in the future.
– Allison Chaney Bare Knuckle Marketing, Inc.
This was by far the best conference I have ever attended. My team has gained learning from SMX that will make us and many other companies millions in the coming years.
– Michael Bodnar A–1 Locksmiths
Amazing amount of knowledge gained in four days, loved the format of asking questions live. Received a tremendous amount of knowledge from some wickedly smart people!
– Brandi Kloostra Service Brands International
SMX really shines when it comes to providing a one–on–one opportunity to talk with the experts. The planned evening social events were also fun and productive. They helped me develop connections beyond a brief meeting which will be key to fostering actual business relationships.
– Angie Schottmuller Interactive Artisan
I found the keynote presentations to be interesting and innovative.
– Adrienne Frankenfield Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Online
The opportunity to learn and discuss SEO with new friends and faces, plus the opportunity to meet industry experts. The birds of a feather tables are excellent.
– Catriona Orosco Yardi Systems
I learned a bunch. And I enjoyed the honest interviews. It was not all nicey–nicey.
– Deb Edgecombe Creative Converting
You’re up to speed with the industry within one week.
– Martin Koel InternetMarketingMan.nl
There was the incredible buzz of excitement around all the latest thinking in the SEO industry. There were so many good take–aways, one is challenged to take advantage of them all.
– Eileen Scharenbroch Briggs & Stratton Corp.
The sessions easily paid for the investment. Can’t imagine a better way to learn from the best in the business, and network with those serious about staying on top of the SEO – SEM industry.
– Frank Barnett Speech Privacy Systems
Great information and great people who are dealing with many of the same issues… refreshing!
– Andrew Brewster BV Consulting
Great conference. I would definitely attend again. There were several instances where I had a very tough time deciding which session to go to.
– Jack Ogilvie Radiant Systems
I left SMX feeling refreshed, for lack of a better term. Not refreshed physically, because I was pretty exhausted, but refreshed in terms of my attitude towards SEO. I felt much more engaged with the SEO community as a whole, and all of the things that are currently going on in the world of search. I definitely look forward to attending another conference like this, and would encourage you to do the same if possible.
– John Vantine Wpromote
SMX easily paid for itself within the first day based off the knowledge attained in the first few sessions alone. It offers great insight into internet marketing and a unique opportunity to network with influencers throughout the industry. I highly recommend it and will definitely be attending again.
– Mike Wilton Plastic Surgery Studios
As usual, SMX didn’t disappoint. Great speakers, great session topics, and great people. And I even met a few exhibiting vendors that I’d never heard of before and may begin doing business with, which is was an added bonus! I definitely plan on continuing to attend SMX events in the future.
– Hugo Guzman HSN
The level of new information was great. I was challenged with advanced techniques and tips, and learned something new in each session. The connections I made were very valuable as well, as I’m able to collaborate with other experts on future projects. And the opportunity to meet and have lunch with a variety of experts was priceless as well.
– Allison Kulage Bare Knuckle Marketing
SMX West was an extraordinary experience. Excellent speakers, well managed, and entertaining. I met some very interesting people, made a new friend or two, and took away knowledge that I did not have before. I am an experienced SEO so learning something completely new and actionable is not usually expected but I was able to do just that at SMX West!
– David Peters Net Point Marketing LLC
Of the many shows I’ve been to over the years, I found that SMX West was probably the best–planned and best–run show I’ve attended. Registration was handled smoothly by professional and friendly staff members. The tracks were not only planned out well in terms of timing and variety, but the team made sure that speakers started on time and ended on time, and provided ample time between sessions for interpersonal conversations and relationship development. The vendor floor was a perfect size (not too many exhibitors, and not too few), and we had ample time to walk around and get to know the exhibiting companies and their products⁄services without feeling rushed to make another speaking track. The food provided was good, and the After Dark event was a great time to continue getting to know new friends and colleagues. Overall, I was extremely impressed with the professionalism, attention to details, approachability and friendliness of everyone who was part of the SMX organizing team, and am looking forward to my next SMX event!
– Tom Hobbs Myers Media Group
If you have never been to SMX West, you NEED to attend this great conference! Great networking opportunities, engaging and technical sessions, quality vendors in the Expo Hall, good food, and an overall amazing experience. What more could you ask for? Seriously, register today for SMX West… Why are you still reading this? Go, now, it’s for your own good, I promise!
– Blake Denman RicketyRoo Inc
I am extremely pleased that I had this opportunity to attend the SMX West Conference. Not only was it a validation of what we’re doing well, I learned valuable information that I am excited to share with my team. Thank you to the SMX West staff for a well executed and fun event!
– Wesley Miller Pro Athlete, Inc.
SMX West was a well–packed conference with a lot of actionable information from genuine authoritative sources (Google, Bing) for search engine marketers and in–house SEOs.
– Alex Sun Penske
I’ve been doing SEO for almost seven years now, six of which were spent at an Inc. 500 SEO agency. In my time, I’ve worked with HUNDREDS of websites of different natures, such as lead generation, local, international, e–commerce, etc… I have had the luxury of testing out many different SEO strategies and software, and even still, I learned so much at the SMX West conference I attended. The presentations were strategy focused and actionable, the presenters were receptive to answering technical questions I had, and the networking experience was truly one of a kind. This was truly a first time experience for the record books and I look forward to attending many more in the future.
– Matt Dimock iMarket Solutions
Experiencing 1 degree of Danny Sullivan, Bruce Clay, Matt Cutts, Marty Weintraub, and other super stars was worth the price of admission. But even more, I reshaped my understanding and expression of what SEO means in today’s environment: SEO is the application of a collection of Best Practices applied to your organic search campaign that provides visitors with the most rewarding experience. It also meets the Search Engines’ requirements for indexing your website and your other Digital Assets in the most effective manner.
– Martin L Bloom Major League SEO & Traffic Bloom
SMX is a fantastic opportunity to stay in touch with the industry leaders and keep a pulse on the latest in search marketing. With an industry that changes so often, an event like this is crucial to the success of our business and the ability to keep our edge. This is also a great way to fast track new employees and bring them up to speed with the latest in search marketing trends, tips, and techniques. The addition of the yoga classes before the conference this year was one of my favorite parts! It brought a new level of balance and energy to the conference and enabled me to soak up and retain so much more information!
– Allison Chaney Bare Knuckle Marketing, Inc.
The opportunity to hear how changes in search marketing are impacting the variety of stakeholders in the industry. It is too easy to get stuck in one’s own perspective alone, and SMX really opens up horizons.
– Liz Walsh Microsoft
It’s great to interact personally with experts in the search marketing field. Sometimes there’s only so much you can gain from reading and commenting online––the face–to–face interaction is helpful to get feedback on your own projects, as well as to learn from the successes and failures other SEOs that present. It’s a great place to network and to surround yourself with many creative, eager SEO professionals!
– Alyssa Vitale Vivid Seats Ltd.
I learned tons about PPC, and was able to meet with a lot of solutions vendors that should be able to help us streamline and automate our processes.
– Ashley Heinaranta AutoCanada
My favorite thing about SMX was all the excellent speakers and the opportunity to meet other people in our industry. It was also a great learning experience due to the range of topics discussed at each session. SMX has something for everyone.
– Alanna Rosebery Digi-Key Corporation
I really enjoyed being immersed in search marketing trends, technology and ideas. It helped me see not only a big picture of the direction our company should be going, but the details of how to get there.
– Erika Nieman Apex Capital Corp.
There was a great mix of excellent take–aways for both the advanced search marketer as well as beginners, which is a tough balance to strike, but the conference hit it seemingly effortlessly.
– Purna Virji, Microsoft
This was my first time attending the SMX West Conference and it didn’t disappoint. The speakers and topics were spot on to what is going on within the search industry.
– Kristen Bowlds C.H. Robinson
My favorite thing about SMX West is the enormous amount of information, knowledge and tools I can learn from each session.
– Diana Change helpIT Systems
“I…think it’s safe to say that SMX was a huge success. The close-knit group, the quality of information, and the lunches that kicked all other lunches’ butt…were top notch.”
– Lisa Barone, BruceClay.com
“My hat’s off to Danny Sullivan and the entire Third Door Media team for putting on a fantastic conference. In my opinion, SMX was easily one of the better, if not the best, conferences in our industry.”
– Cameron Olthius, web strategy consultant
“First of all, SMX has been fantastic. Danny Sullivan and the incredible team at Third Door deserve some huge congratulations. This is obviously going to be a great series of conferences…”
– Abhilash Patel, RankLab Search Marketing