SearchFest 2016 Videos

This was the 10th year of the SearchFest conference, and videos for nearly all of the presentations was included with every ticket. If you have not yet received access, please use our contact page.

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Become a Member

For the price of about 2 pints of beer per month, you could be an SEMpdx member. Members get access to Early Bird pricing for monthly events for only $20, they save $126 off SearchFest and more!

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Monthly Events

Each month from August through May, we hold educational internet marketing events in Portland. Typically they are held on the second Tuesday of each month, with exceptions made for special events.

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Have you got an internet marketing job available? Are you looking for a job in the industry here in Portland Oregon? Visit our new job board to see what we have available, or post one of your own.

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SEM Scholarship

We partnered with Portland State University’s Center for Executive and Professional Education (CEPE) to provide a scholarship to Rachel Bell, our 2016 scholarship winner of the Search Engine Marketing Course, which is part of the Digital Marketing Strategy Certificate series.

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Featured Sponsor

YextThank you to Yext for being the Presenting Sponsor of SearchFest 2016!

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Members Only

Each year we have a members only event, that we present for no charge to our members. You register for the event, we bring in a well known speaker, we provide the food and beverages, and it takes place in May of each year.

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Charity Of Choice

The Brody Borlaug Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing Pediatric Immunology to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and providing the children of our region the opportunity for a healthy future.

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Add yourself to the SEMpdx email list, and we’ll keep you informed about upcoming events and other local news too. We respect your privacy and will not sell your company name or email address.

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Members Get Discounts to Events

Members can enjoy thousands of dollars in discounts for major national conferences. Get SEMpdx member discount codes by visiting our member discounts page

Business Community – Benefits of SEM

Did you know that search engine marketing delivers the most qualified leads at the lowest cost compared to all other traditional marketing media? Join today and learn how a strategic search engine marketing campaign can not only increase sales but also significantly increase your company’s profit margins.

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Expand your knowledge base, become integrated with Portland business owners, stay informed on the latest news and converse with fellow SEM specialists. These are only a few of the advantages of becoming a member of SEMpdx. Join today and start providing higher value for your current employer or clients.

Upcoming Conferences

Portland Creative Conference

Friday, September 23rd
Gerding Theater at the Armory, Pearl District
Early Bird Price: $99

Join other Creative Industries professionals for a day of exploring and celebrating the creative process, inspiration, and imagination at the Portland Creative Conference on Friday, September 23rd at the Gerding Theater in the Armory.
SEMpdx is offering a 20% discount off the early bird registration price of just $99 when you use Promotion Code SEMpdx

(NOTE: This is a non-profit event and proceeds go to support K-12 arts education programs in Oregon.)
Speakers include*:

Robert Brunner – Named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business”. Former Director of Industrial Design at Apple (designer of the PowerBook, founder of their pioneering internal corporate design organization, Apple IDg). Former Chief Designer (product) for Beats by Dr. Dre. Co-author of the book “Do You Matter? How Great Design Will Make People Love Your Company.”

Brian Michael Bendis – A multiple Eisner award-winning comics creator, New York Times bestseller and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For Marvel entertainment, Brian is currently the writer of ALL NEW X-MEN and UNCANNY X-MEN bringing about a new renaissance for the X-Men franchise. Brian has also launched a brand-new GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY series. He is a creative consultant on most of the motion pictures from Marvel Studios.

Michelle Lesniak – The winner of Project Runway Season 11, fashion designer Michelle Lesniak (a Portland native) hasn’t followed the traditional path down fashion lane. Born into a family of quilters, seamstresses, and interior decorators, needle and thread were predestined to find their way into her hands. Lithography, silk-screening, etching, and woodblock printing eventually found their way onto fabric and the Michelle Lesniak textile was born. Using these textiles, she constructed artist gowns and sculptures.

Kevin Willmott – Screenwriter, filmmaker, playwright, actor, film professor, and activist. Most recently, Kevin was the co-writer (with Spike Lee) and Executive Producer of Chi-Raq (directed by Lee), ranked Best Film of 2015 by The New Yorker Magazine. Kevin directed the films Jayhawkers and The Only Good Indian.

John Rogers – Creator, Producer and Writer on “The Librarians” on TNT. Also wrote and produced for “Leverage” and other television series. Screenwriter for “The Core” and other films.

In addition to several keynote presenters, there will also be an attendee reception at Wieden+Kennedy.

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Digital Summit Portland 2016

Portland’s definitive digital marketing gathering is July 13-14! Join hundreds of your peers and get the scoop on the latest digital marketing trends and practices from leading brands such as Uber, Facebook, Airbnb, Spotify, Pinterest, Expedia, Intel, Microsoft and many more! Fill your brain with essential topics including Content Strategy, Usability/Design, Mobile Marketing,

Customer Engagement, Social Media, Email, Search, Analytics & Data, Video and much more!

Special keynotes by Wizard of Moz’s Rand Fishkin, Microsoft’s behavioral scientist Matt Wallaert and Trackur’s CEO Andy Beal. See the full program and speaker list at and use promo code SEMPDX50 and get $50 off your pass. Only a limited number of seats available.

Seattle Interactive Conference

When technology and creativity collide, inspiration happens. Seattle Interactive Conference celebrates the convergence of business and culture in one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Behind the boldest ideas are innovators unafraid to challenge convention. SIC is focused on exposing our audience to disruptive thinkers and technologies, because our greatest success will be inspired by a new perspective and our next connection.

Seattle Interactive Conference is a two-day event that draws the thousands of attendees from leading brands, companies and exciting new business based in the Northwest and around the world. Dozens of keynotes and master classes cover marketing, branding, communications, UX/UI design, professional development alongside music, arts and culture. To purchase tickets, please click here

Date: October 18th-19th

Conference Center at WA State Convention Center
801 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Search Engine Land Awards (The Landys)
Why should you enter the Search Engine Land Awards?

The 2016 Search Engine Land Awards are now accepting entries in 21 categories to recognize excellence in search marketing, the highest honors from the top publication in the search industry.
Early Entry Deadline: June 15, 2016
Late Entry Deadline: June 30, 2016
Awards Gala: September 28, 2016 in New York City at the elegant Edison ballroom. Open bar, gourmet food stations & live entertainment during an evening cocktail reception. Formal attire requested. Tickets are available for purchase now, separately or in conjunction with SMX East conference passes.

If you’re a manager overseeing search in-house or at a marketing and advertising agency, this is an incredible opportunity to earn recognition for your team and provide praise for exceptional employees.
In addition to the team awards, there are also opportunities to take home individual honors for “Search Marketer of the Year.”  There are 21 awards categories in all, including breakouts for best campaigns in: Enterprise SEO/SEM, B2B, B2C, Mobile, Local and Retail.

All data submitted is considered confidential by the judges, and are not allowed to share entry materials publicly. However, the editorial staff of Search Engine Land may be interested in featuring your campaign in a followup story. If so, you will be contacted if your entry is selected for editorial purposes prior to publication, and sensitive data can be excluded at your request.

Need another reason to enter? A portion of the proceeds from awards entry fees and awards program sponsors will be donated to charity, that’s even more reason to celebrate! Third Door Media (publisher of Search Engine Land) guarantees a $5,000 minimum donation to charity.