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February 12th, 2010

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“Where in the World” Conference Tour – Spring 2010

I promise, some real content will follow shortly after this post.  But inspired by SEOmoz’s recent post (man, their schedule looks WAY more exciting than mine), I thought I’d let people know where I’d be speaking over the next few months in case any of you wanted to come out and talk some Local Search.

February 4 – Spokane, WA – Local University
Oops, that event has already come and gone.  We got some great feedback from attendees, though & are looking forward to taking our show on the road to additional cities around the country. Major, major thanks again to Ed Reese, Spokane Internet Marketer, for all of his efforts in getting the first event off the ground, and to Mary Bowling, Matt McGee, and the newly anointed “Professor Maps” – Mike Blumenthal for their terrific presentations.  And Aaron Weiche and Mike Ramsey for their assistance with registrations (even if one of them slept in for the morning session… 😀 ).

March 2-3 – Santa Clara, CA – SMX West
I’ll be speaking on the Ranking Tactics for Local Search panel on the afternoon of Day 1:
Have you claimed your local business listing yet? Started a reviews section, where you regularly interact with customers regardless of whether they’ve given you kudos or slammed your product or service? How about getting citations from major business data aggregators such as the internet yellow pages, Acxiom and others? If not, and you want to be found in local search, you need to attend this session where these and other crucial ranking factors will help you get grounded in your own online neighborhood.

The conference is actually running through March 4, but I will be headed out very early that morning…

March 9 – Portland, OR – SearchFest
I won’t actually be speaking at SearchFest, but I will be moderating the Local Search panel — with an awesome lineup of Mary Bowling, Chris Silver Smith, and Matt McGee — covering all the basics, along with some more advanced tactics for ranking in Local results.  We’re gearing the panel towards an intermediate audience, but you’re sure to pick up one or two nuggets from such an expert speaker set.  Frankly, I think SearchFest is the best value of any conference out there — a full day filled with some of the absolute best speakers in the country, for less than $300.  Check out the full agenda here, and when you sign up you can even save $30 more with code BRD-SEMPDXSF1020.

March 23 – New York, NY – Local Search Summit / SES
Steve Espinosa has asked me to moderate the Local Search Ranking Factors panel of the LSS, happening on the first day of SES New York.  It’s a great lineup of speakers throughout the day, including Mike Blumenthal, Andrew Shotland, Gib Olander, Will Scott, Matt Siltala, and Marty Weintraub.  I’m looking forward to another great LSS, after missing the last one in Chicago.

May (date TBD) – Dallas, TX – DFWSEM
I’m still working out the details with Christine Churchill, but the Dallas Search Marketing group is going to make Local the focus of their May event. Awesome! Chris Silver Smith and I will probably be presenting in tandem; stay tuned for more details!

May (date TBD) – Minneapolis, MN – Local University
The aforementioned Aaron Weiche is already hard at work on figuring out venue and promotional details for the next stop on the #LocalU circuit. We’ll announce the details as we know them.

June 8-9 – Seattle, WA – SMX Advanced
I doubt I’ll be speaking at SMX Advanced, since there hasn’t been a Local session in years past, but I’ll definitely be attending regardless.  It’s always one of the top conferences of the year, and the fact that it’s only a couple hours from home makes it a total no-brainer.

Whew.  It’s going to be tough to keep up with that schedule, not to mention the fact that the NCAA Tournament, The Masters, and a brief vacation overseas are taking place between now and June as well!  Looking forward to seeing as many readers as possible.

  • Hey David – – There is a big difference between hanging out in a styling new pool/spa reading the Inlander, and sleeping in. I only had tickets to the afternoon session anyways 😉

    @Everyone The events are a must attend if they are anywhere close to you. Good info whether you are a seasoned Internet Marketer or a SMB without a website.

  • Just wishing you good luck with this busy and exciting schedule, David. You are bringing Local to the masses, for sure. Very cool!

    I do miss you blogging, though…

  • I’m really geeked you’re coming out to Minneapolis.

  • Jozef Foerch

    Great to hear that Dallas was able to persuade you to come through. We are really looking forward to your visit David! See you sometime in May!

  • Hi David,

    I like your work and the fact you are local 🙂 Although this is kind of an old post and I don’t know if this is the right place to ask my question, I am going to throw it out there anyway.

    There are a multitude of conferences out there for businesses in regards to SEO, it is hard to wade through all of them. I find that I am limited to those in the Pacific Northwest as I am often too busy to travel outside the west (unless it is specifically for a project of course). For instance SCORE has an upcoming workshop (fairly priced too) but how do I know if it is going to be worth my time to attend? It seems that good SEO practices are pretty standard these days so what can I learn from these conferences and workshops that I don’t already know (or can’t learn from a good book)?

    Cara Mico
    Demeter Design, Environmental Consultant

  • Cara,

    I’m obviously biased, but I think our SEMpdx events typically bring in high-quality speakers. I’m curious to know whom SCORE has coming in to teach the classes since I’m not aware of any SEMpdx representatives being asked to attend that. Innotech and Webvisions here in town in May should be pretty good as well, but less search-focused.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  • Very much looking forward to having you here in Dallas!

    I expect the turnout should be pretty good.