Engage Conference is a two-day digital marketing conference, presenting multiple informative learning tracks and panel sessions designed to provide expert insight into the latest strategies and technological advancements in digital marketing, including social media, content, UX/design, creative, advertising, SEO and paid media.

Get ready for two days of learning, featuring 2 tracks offering 4 sessions each — that’s 16 sessions to choose from throughout the conference.

Our devout attendees and speakers will tell you that Engage is “one of the most important regional thought leadership events in the country” and that each year’s agenda is “forward-thinking and relevant”. In addition to the world class programming, we place an emphasis on creating opportunities for speakers and attendees to meet, ask questions, and make important connections. We do all this for a just a fraction of what you would spend elsewhere.

Why Attend Engage Conference?

5 Keynote Speakers at Engage 2019 - Digital Marketing Conference in Portland, Oregon, March 7 & 8

Top Keynotes

  • Ellie Mirman of Crayon
  • Dana DiTomaso of Kick Point Inc.
  • Cindy Krum of MobileMoxie
  • Rand Fishkin of SparkToro
  • Marty Weintraub of Aimclear®

All five of these industry superstars will be giving keynote presentations at Engage.

Top Presenters

The full speaker list has some of the biggest names in almost every niche of search and social media marketing. They’ll all be at Engage Conference to present on everything from tried-and-true best practice fundamentals in technical and on-page SEO to bleeding edge techniques in mobile search, social media, and link building. Check out the fantastic speaker line-up for Engage 2019!

Intimate Networking

SEMpdx is proud of the reputation that Engage Conference has developed not only for the consistent quality of the presentations and speakers, but the high level of discussion among attendees during breaks and networking opportunities. Meet some of the most passionate search marketers in the country, share techniques, and expand your referral and client networks. Join us for a drink immediately following the Closing Keynote, with the Official Engage Conference After Party at 6:00pm at Ground Kontrol, a nearby venue featuring Vintage video games & pinball machines in a futuristic 2-story arcade..

Extensive Q&A

We’ve taken attendee feedback from previous years’ events into account about expanding the length of each session and minimizing transition time between rooms. Each session now features a minimum of 15 minutes of question-and-answer time so you can help move the panel to discuss the topics that YOU want to hear about.

One-Third of the Price of other Top Conferences

As a not-for-profit organization, SEMpdx is all about reaching as many marketers and business owners as we can, and for that reason we’re able to keep Engage Conference ticket prices low. Even if you’re coming into Portland from out of town, you can almost certainly book a round-trip flight to Portland, two-night hotel stay, AND attend Engage Conference just for the price of admission to one of the other leading SEO conferences. While our one-day event does not allow for the full breadth of multi-day events like SMX, it’s often the perfect fit for the budgets and timelines of small companies.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We hope you consider becoming a sponsorship partner as Engage (conference formerly known as SearchFest) celebrates its 13th year in 2019. We have a number of opportunities available, but they are going quickly. Check out what you receive for your sponsorship on our Engage Sponsorships page. Contact SEMpdx’s Engage Sponsorships Team for more information about becoming a sponsor!

ASL Interpreters

Do you know someone that requires an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter?  We were the first internet marketing conference to make them available for attendees at no charge.

Be sure to request an interpreter BEFORE YOU ARRIVE.  Make sure to check the box “yes” for ASL Interpreter when you register, and one will be provided.

Free Videos of all Sessions and Keynotes Included with Your Ticket

All registered attendees will receive complimentary session and keynote videos following the event, normally totalling over 1,000 minutes of insightful presentations. You will be able to stream the videos to your various devices unlimited times. Each video will be packaged with the presenter’s slide deck (if available). This supplies an incredible added value bonus for Engage attendees.

Want to see what you missed last year? Here is the video from Matt Siltala and Ian Lurie speaking in a session entitled “You’ve Got Influence Over Me – Guiding You Through the Adventures of Influencer Marketing”.

New Full-Day Mobile SEO Workshop the Day Before Engage

New for 2019 – Cindy Krum of MobileMoxie will be offering a full-day workshop on Mobile SEO! It will be held at the Sentinel Hotel on Wednesday, March 6 – the day before Engage begins.

Mobile SEO Agenda Overview:

  • Knowing your Users – Mobile Demographics & Behavior
  • Optimizing the Foundation – Mobile Site Development & Architecture
  • Workshop Activity & Interactive Discussion
  • Success Metrics – Mobile UX & Conversion Optimization
  • Measurable Impact – Page Speed Optimization & Auditing
  • ASO, Deep Linking & App Indexing
  • Optimization for Digital Assistants & Voice Search
  • Workshop Activity & Interactive Discussion
Learn more and register here! 



Registration for the Mobile SEO Workshop is in addition to the Engage Conference (scroll down to register for Engage).

Two Day Conference Tickets Available Now:

SEMpdx Engage 2019

March 7 & 8, 2019
Sentinel Hotel – Portland, OR
Conference: 7:30 am – 6 pm
After Party: 6 – 10 pm
Hashtag: #EngagePDX
Register Now

2019 Sponsors:


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