SEMpdx Joins Forces with Local Organizations for a Fundraiser and Holiday Party
Join a litany of local organizations to celebrate the holiday season with a holiday party. SEMpdx, along with Social Media Club PDX, pdxMindShare, IABC, PRSA, PAF and AMA, will join together to celebrate the season by not talking about work.
The party will also serve as a benefit for our friend Jen Peck, who is currently fighting cancer. Jen was active in our circles as a member of the Social Media Club PDX board, and chairman of the SoMe awards committee. She has touched many of our lives and we would like to help out in her time of need.
When: Tuesday, December 10th, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Where:Spirit of 77, 500 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
Cost: Free, Donations for Jen Peck are greatly appreciated
For our first event of the 2014 season, SEMpdx is excited to bring you Joe Griffin, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of iAcquire, to present his top predictions for SEO in 2014 along with actionable tips on what search marketers need to focus on in the new year.
Joe Griffin began his career in digital marketing in 1997. He co-founded one of the industry’s first search engine marketing firms, Submitawebsite.com. In early 2001, Joe took a break from Submitawebsite and joined iCrossing as Director, Strategy. A year later Joe became VP, Strategy, and then VP, Media. For 3-years Joe was part of iCrossing’s explosive growth.
In Jan. 2004, Joe returned to Submitawebsite and became the company’s President. In 4 years Joe increased revenues by 400%, and led the sale of the company to Website Pros, now Web.com (Nasdaq: WWWW).
In 2009, Joe Griffin and Jay Swansson formed iAcquire, with the vision to create an agile marketing agency capable of delivering digital marketing services to leading brands across the world. Today, iAcquire employees more than 100 full-time employees and contractors across the nation, and is widely considered an authority in search and social media marketing.
Over his career Mr. Griffin has overseen digital strategy and marketing plans for more than 100 top brands, and has developed processes that have touched 1000?s of businesses.
Joe’s role as co-CEO at iAcquire includes setting and collaborating on the company vision, growth plan, offerings, and technology.
Tuesday January 14th, 2014
5:00pm to 7:00pm. Presentation starts at 5:30pm.
As always, we are the second Tuesday of the month, with networking from 5:00 to 5:30, we’ll have an hour long presentation and Q&A, then another half hour of hang around time. Hope to see you there!
Some marketers can get great results by going with their gut. However, as search marketers, we’re pretty data driven. We don’t just take shots in the dark and hope for the best. We research and strategize and execute and then quantify our results. That’s why SEMpdx is extremely excited to bring you a speaker who will lay out a whole new way to use research and data to help us do what we do better.
For our November event, Rob Bucci from STAT Search Analytics will show us what we can learn about our competition and our own performance by taking a ‘big-data’ approach to SERP analysis. In “SERP Analytics: How to Crush the Competition by Watching the SERPs“, Rob will talk about segmenting search queries into granular sets, deriving useful signals from analyzing the SERPs for our keywords, and then leveraging that information to dominate our competition.
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ecotrust, Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center 721 NW 9th Avenue Portland, OR97209
Rob is the founder and CEO of STAT Search Analytics (getSTAT.com), based in his home town of Vancouver, Canada. Since 2008, STAT has equipped SEO experts with massive-scale, real-time search data in markets and locations across the globe—all backed up by one-on-one, expert-level service. That’s how they’ve become the data partner of choice for some of the world’s largest online brands and SEO agencies.
Rob has been a developer and entrepreneur in the SEO space since 2005. He especially loves tackling big-data challenges in data mining and analytics. When he isn’t doing that, you can usually find him falling down a ski hill, splashing in the ocean, or taking cookies out of the oven.
For our October event, we’re excited to be partnering with FashioNXT to bring our members an exciting panel discussion on the future of fashion eCommerce.
In integrating with Portland’s leading fashion show, we’ll be brining in panelists from both sides of the table, inbound marketing and fashion eCommerce technology, to answer the important question of “What’s Next in Fashion eCommerce“.
Attendees can expect an engaging dialogue about what new trends in fashion retail technology mean for search marketers and also what trends in inbound marketing mean for retailers and designers.
Our great lineup of panelists includes people from backgrounds ranging from inbound marketing and e-commerce SEO to 3D modeling technology, push notification marketing, and Tumblr e-commerce.
Following the exciting panel discussion, attendees can join FashioNxt for the night’s runway show. Tickets for the runway show are sold separately and can be purchased at FashioNxt’s website. Use the promo code Fnt15210 to get at 10% discount.
FashioNXT Event Sponsor
MergerTech’s mission is to enable small to medium-sized technology companies to realize the value of their business. As the only investment banking firm exclusively focused on this space, we apply our deep domain expertise and global knowledge of buyers to deliver three key values: fast introduction to buyers, best terms and value, and greatest certainty of deal closure.
Vigor Industrial Shipyard, Swan Island 5555 N. Channel Ave. Bldg 10 Portland, OR97217
Thursday, October 10th, 2013
5:00pm to 6:30pm. Panel discussion begins at 5:30 and ends at 6:15.
Meet the Panelists
The panelists for “What’s Next in Fashion eCommerce” were selected for their variety of perspective and experiences. It’s safe to say we’ll be treated to a lively and thought-provoking discussion!
Justin Schoen is the head of Natural Search at REI and his experience includes nearly 14 years of hardcore search engine optimization. Justin will be coming down from REI HQ in Seattle to join us for the night. For all of the search-focused SEMpdx members, Justin will be sitting on this integrated panel as the “SEO’s SEO”.
R Sivakumar is Managing Director at Intel Capital, responsible for managing the Ultrabook and Perceptual Computing (UPC) Sector and running the Intel Capital Ultrabook Fund and the Intel Capital Experiences and Perceptual Computing Fund. The UPC sector is chartered with investing in innovative new technologies and capabilities to shape the future of computing experiences for Ultrabooks as well as Intel-based systems across the spectrum of devices.
Dan Coe is the founder and CEO of the BlkDot, a startup here in town taking on the challenge of helping brands monetize Tumbr. BlkDot’s unique e-commerce system allows brands to create “shoppable” Tumbr posts to get their products seen (and consumed) by Tumblr’s unique audience.
George Borshukov is the CTO at Embodee, platform for 3D apparel customization and try-on based in Portland. George’s background in computer graphics and visual effects includes directing Creative R&D at EA and developing the groundbreaking photorealistic computer generated shots for The Matrix series.
AJ Ramadan is the Co-owner Gravitational Creations. Gravitational Creations is responsible for enabling lot of Layar augmented reality technology in Portland, including for the Oregonian, FashioNXT, and many other companies.
In September, SEMpdx welcomes special guest Rand Fishkin the CEO and Founder of Moz. He will be presenting “The Mighty Nudge – the Future of Digital Marketing”. An audience favorite at past SearchFest conferences, his September presentation is highly anticipated and one not to be missed.
Everyone who registed by Friday, Sept. 20 by 5:00 pm was automatically entered to win a pass Bend WebCAM and Seattle Interactive Conference! Prizes will be drawn separately during the event. (Find discount codes to these conferences at the bottom of the SEMpdx home page.)
All Profits of the Event Will be Donated to a Great Cause!
September is a special benefit event. All profits of this month’s event will be donated to the Cottam Library Fund to honor the parents of local SEO consultant and SEMpdx board member Michael Cottam.
Michael’s parents were tragically killed in June of this year by their neighbor, who then burned their house to the ground. Michael and his sister are trying to create a “Phoenix from the ashes” by raising funds to rebuild and expand the Myrtle Point Library, a place that their parents visited often, and had donated to in the past.
Find out more info about Michael’s parents and the fund drive on the Lola and Renae Cottam Rebuild a Library Facebook page. If you’d like to donate in addition to buying a ticket you can do so on the ticket form below. If you can’t attend but want to donate, you can also do this below.
Urban Airship is generously supplying meeting space in their beautiful new office location, AND supplying us with a keg of beer to boot. Urban Airship provides mobile marketing solutions across all major mobile platforms. Improve customer engagement with push notifications, location-based marketing, and analytics.
Stoller Family Estate is one of Oregon’s most highly regarded vineyards and wineries. Pioneering Oregonian and Founder, Bill Stoller, purchased his family’s second generation farm in 1993 with the vision of cultivating an enduring legacy for the land and Oregon wine industry. Stoller Family Estate features North America’s first LEED® Gold certified winery, three guest homes and a new state of the art tasting room with panoramic vineyard views. www.stollerfamilyestate.com
Sterling Catering & Cookies was established in 2010 to provide Portland, Oregon with the finest local, sustainable and whenever possible, organic catering and cookies. We rely on the seasonal bounty of the Pacific NW so our ingredients are always fresh and of the highest quality. And we specialize in custom menus with plenty of suggestions for special dietary options like gluten free, paleo and vegan. Every detail is attended when it comes to the preparation and presentation of the food we make. Our number one concern is not just your satisfaction, but your absolute delight.
We’re holding a raffle to raise additional money for the Cottam Library Fund. Check out the list of great prizes (and generous donors) below. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event for $10 each or 3 for $25. The more tickets you buy the more chances you have to win one or more of these great prizes!
Join co-hosts PRSA Portland Metro Chapter and SEMpdx to watch “Connected,” a funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film by Director Tiffany Shlain.
Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, writer, founder of the Webby Awards, and co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.
We’ll explore what it means to be connected in today’s tech-centric age – personally and professionally – through the film, along with discussion and networking afterwards.
Wed., Aug. 28, 2013
Hotel deLuxe - Portland, OR (popcorn will be provided, no host bar)
$5 at the door (if you previously signed up through Tugg, bring your ticket for free entry)
About the Film:
Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Slept with your laptop? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all?
In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, Director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century.
From founding The Webby Awards to being a passionate advocate for The National Day of Unplugging, Her love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for a thrilling exploration of modern life…and our interconnected future.
Equal parts documentary and memoir, the film unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director.
As Shlain’s father battles brain cancer and she confronts a high-risk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large.
A personal film with universal relevance, Connected explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.
Join us Tuesday, August 13, 2013 for the fifth annual SEMpdx Rooftop Networking Party!
This year we will be moving to a new Rooftop Party location — Join us for some old school networking in old town Portland at the Embassy Suites in downtown Portland.
Embassy Suites will be able to accommodate the long bar lines
Enjoy good food, drinks and conversations as a DJ spins tunes. Don’t miss the best networking event of the summer!
Location: Embassy Suites, 319 SW Pine St., Portland, OR 97204 Date: Tuesday, August 13 Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9: 00p.m. Cost: $20 through Wednesday, August 7 –
$30 after August 7; — $40 at the door
(Registration form is near the bottom of this page)
Thanks to Joe Smith and the crew at KGW Live @ 7 for again covering the Rooftop Party. Watch the video right here (and no, we don’t know why the captions are turned on(:
Aerial Video of the Rooftop Party
A first for the Rooftop event, here’s aerial video taken from a drone flying above the party, providing an interesting perspective:
Since the fall of 2008 Migration Brewing has put everything into making our dream a reality. We believe in sweat equity and doing it yourself. We live for sunny days on the patio. We are independent. We measure success one pint at a time. We give back. We love our neighborhood and city. We independently distribute our beer because that’s how we want to do it. Some of us are from here, some of us aren’t. We believe in the power of beer, people and chasing dreams. Come be part of the Migration journey — visit us at 2828 NE Glisan St. in Portland.
Portland State’s Center for Executive and Professional Education (CEPE) is a leading provider of university-level professional courses and certificate programs designed to increase leadership skills, deliver process management tools, and foster creative thinking. Professional development and training are as important as ever for the career changer, career builder, manager, and executive alike. Portland State’s Center for Executive and Professional Education builds the professional capacity of individuals, businesses, and the community. Sign up for new courses, or have customized onsite education.
MOZ PRO combines SEO management, social media monitoring, actionable recommendations, and so much more in one easy-to-use platform.
SyCara’s SEO Platform provides users with industry-leading workflow management, local search rankings, social media reporting, and SEO analysis.
SEMrush is the leading competitive research tool. It specializes on keyword research, giving unparalleled insights into competitors’ PPC keyword targeting, rankings and traffic data.
Exults is a digital agency driven by accountability, results and communication. Exults has offices in Portland, Oregon, New York and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Vitamin T provides designers, frontend developers, and copywriters to mid-sized companies and ad agencies on a contract basis and is the only creative staffing firm 100% dedicated to these customers. Our subject-matter expert staff makes human connections with our clients and the 400,000+ awesome Talent in our network to make the right match every time. 110% guaranteed.
Mac’s List, Portland’s top source for jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and events in the city and throughout Oregon at large, boasts an audience of more than 50,000 well-educated readers. In addition to its website, Mac’s List publishes a weekly jobs newsletter, a blog about job hunting in Portland, and Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.
The American Marketing Association PDX chapter is the premier source for marketers in the Portland metro region. AMA PDX contributes to the growth of the local marketing community by hosting monthly networking and educational events, professional development workshops, and giving back to the community by providing non-profit marketing expertise. Stay connected with AMA PDX.
The folks at NetBiz created this cool time lapse video of the Rooftop Party, check it out:
The SEMpdx annual Rooftop Party promises to be the most talked-about networking event of the year. Be on top of the latest developments going on at the most innovative marketing associations in the Pacific Northwest!
In addition to our Co-Hosts, we're Inviting our friends from other local professional organizations:
Portland Advertising Federation (PAF)
Northwest Internet Advertising Group (NWIAG)
Oregon Creative Industries (OCI)
There will be business card drawings for door prizes, for prizes like these:
Two passes SearchFest 2014 (given away separately) from SEMpdx.
6-months of Moz PRO, one ticket to MozCon 2014, and a bag full of swag goodies from Moz.
You won’t regret it as you stand on the outdoor deck overlooking the beautiful Seattle skyline. Many Northwest (and beyond, of course) search engine marketing professionals will be on hand, giving you a prime opportunity to rub shoulders with the best and brightest in the industry.
This is a FREE event, so bring a friend, or two, even if you’re not a member yet. If you plan to attend, please register below.
Please note that this is *NOT* a sanctioned, approved or in any way “affiliated” SMX Event.
129 Belmont Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102 Date: Monday, June 10, starting at 8:00 pm Cost: Free! Please register below so we can get an idea of the head count
Linkdex is the SaaS marketing platform that answers the right questions. Our software is used by brands and agencies growing revenues from SEO, PR, Social and Content Marketing.
If your focus is on SEO or creative content and production, Linkdex will help you create the right content, get it discovered and shared and maximize your market impact. Linkdex will also show you the value of that content.
If your focus is on PR or social, Linkdex will show you the best path to the most influential authors and publications in your market.
PPC Associates is an integrated digital marketing agency with offices in San Francisco, San Diego, downtown Chicago, and Silicon Valley. The company made its mark with disruptive, innovative search engine management and has built a diverse client portfolio across B2B, ecommerce, lead gen, and EDU with its blend of channels and ROI-driven methodology.
PPC Associates’ focus on best-in-class client service, combined with its proprietary methods and technology in search, social, and display, has helped build cutting-edge companies including GoPro, Survey Monkey, Square, Eventbrite, and OpenTable. The company is hiring in all locations and always happy to talk to clients looking for growth and innovation.
Monday night’s party is not affiliated, organized or sponsored by SMX Advanced or its organizers.
About SMX Advanced Seattle
SMX Advanced is the only search marketing conference designed exclusively for experienced internet marketers. Sessions are fast-paced, Q&A-packed, frequently controversial, always informative…and don’t stop to cover the basics. Fluent in search engine marketing? Come to SMX Advanced and engage with others who speak your native language.
Missed getting a pass? Here are some alternatives:
SMX Workshop passes are still available. Check them out here.
Network passes are $139 for those who register online before June 10 ($159 on-site). Take a look at the pass benefits.
Learn what you need to do to accurately measure your SEM, how to interpret the analytics data you have to surface meaningful insights about your SEM initiatives, and discover how SEM data can provide insights in to the behavior of your search visitors.
Where: AboutUs – 107 SE Washington Street, Suite 520 – Portland, OR 97214
Who: Amanda Bernard | ISITE Design
Amanda Bernard has over 8 years of experience in multimedia marketing and advertising including digital marketing and traditional media. As Director of Digital Marketing at ISITE Design, Amanda works with clients helping them build and utilize effective strategies for paid, organic, and social marketing channels.
She also works with clients to ensure that one continuous targeting strategy flows effectively from demand side marketing to the capture side user experience. Amanda has a digital marketing background that includes SEO, Paid Search, Social Media, PR, Advertising, Online Marketing, and developing cutting-edge marketing strategies across multimedia platforms for brands like KinderCare, Oregon Health & Science University, Planar Systems and the University of Oregon.
Ryan Summers | ISITE Design
Ryan Summers works with clients leading them through Day2′s digital optimization framework. Analytics and optimization can seem daunting task to many organizations, but Ryan excels at asking targeted questions that lead to effective measurement strategies, which are themselves the foundation of effective, ongoing optimization strategies.
Ryan lends his analytics talents to develop pay-per-click, search engine marketing, site optimization, and implementation strategies for industry leading brands in healthcare, higher education, e-commerce, and travel. Prior to joining ISITE, Ryan worked for Webtrends and Symantec to provide analytics support. Ryan is also an active member of Web Analytics Wednesday, a national analytics group.
May 14th 2013 is our annual “Members Only” event. Members receive free food and drinks and we’ll listen to a guest speaker brought in specifically for our members, and this year, the Members Only speaker will be David Mihm, speaking about Local Search.
In this comprehensive session, David will start by bringing attendees up to speed on all the latest changes in Local Search, including Facebook Graph Search and the new Google Plus dashboard, followed by techniques to maximize rankings and process-oriented strategies to maximize your efficiency, whether in-house or for your clients.
David Mihm is one of the world’s leading practitioners of Local search engine marketing. He has created and promoted search-friendly websites for clients of all sizes since the early 2000’s.
David writes frequently about Local Search at his own blog, Mihmorandum, and formerly wrote a column on Local Search at Search Engine Land. His annual Local Search Ranking Factors project is among the most important studies of Local SEO.
David has been invited to present on Local search marketing by every major search marketing conference, including multiple SMX and SES events, the BIA/Kelsey Group ILM Series, and SEOmozCON.
He previously served on the Board of Directors of SEMpdx, Portland’s search marketing trade organization, as Director of Partnerships from 2008 – 2010 and SearchFest Director in 2011.
Put the date on your calendar, and here’s David explaining what he’ll be discussing…