It is time to Engage!

It is time to Engage! SearchFest to change conference name to Engage for 2017 The final act of this year’s SearchFest was to announce that SearchFest as we know it would be ending. This was a dramatic jest as the event will continue in 2017, but under another name. However, the event as we know it is changing. SearchFest is no longer. Why? The industry is changing and you either change or die, right Alan (Deutschman or George take your pick)? Why change the name? SearchFest is so much more than search. We can justify using “search” in just about every...Read More...

Top 14 Reasons to Buy Your 2014 SearchFest Tickets in 2013

Top 14 Reasons to Buy Your 2014 SearchFest Tickets in 2013 As we countdown the final two weeks of 2013 and approach SearchFest 2014, I’ve put together the top 14 reasons you should buy your SearchFest tickets before the end of the year.   14.          2014 is approaching in 14 days, buy your ticket now before the price goes up.   13.          SearchFest is about a quarter of the cost of comparable 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 SearchFest ticket prices low. Who...Read More...

SEMpdx Welcomes Ian Lurie to Advisory Board

SEMpdx Welcomes Ian Lurie to Advisory Board SEMpdx Announces New Advisory Board Member Ian Lurie We are pleased to announce Ian Lurie, CEO and founder of Portent Inc., as the newest addition to our advisory board. Ian possesses extensive knowledge in internet marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), social media, strategy and analytics — holding over 40,000 hours in experience under his belt. This SEO mastermind is also a co-publisher for multiple publications and is regularly a speaker at various marketing conferences. “I’m extremely flattered and honored to join the SEMpdx...Read More...

The 10 Most Amazing Things I Learned in the PSU SEM Class

Erin Wilson, the PSU Search Engine Marketing scholarship winner, has completed the three day course and shares the top 10 things she learned in class. My introvert nature does not prepare me for situations like getting a scholarship to take a search engine marketing class. You’d think that it wouldn’t require a lot of prep, but I’m a worrier, and I have to have a plan. So I was ready. I had paper and extra pens. I charged my laptop and brought the cord. I packed a lunch brought work to do while I ate. I had it all planned...Read More...

PSU Search Engine Marketing Scholarship Winner (2013 Fall Term) Announced

PSU Search Engine Marketing Scholarship Winner (2013 Fall Term) Announced Two times annually, Portland State and SEMpdx partner up to offer one lucky person the opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience in digital marketing through the Digital Marketing Strategies Certificate. There were a good number of applications submitted for the fall term this year, and after sifting through each and every one of them we are very pleased to announce that the winner is Erin Wilson! Erin works for a small Portland business called Portland Store Fixtures. Erin is seeking to gain knowledge in search engine marketing to...Read More...

G5 to Sponsor Members Only Mixer

G5 to Sponsor Members Only Mixer SEMpdx Announces SearchFest Sponsor: G5 We are proud to announce Bend, Ore.-based company, G5, as sponsor of the Members Only Mixer held the night before SearchFest. The event is exclusively for SEMpdx members that are attending SearchFest the next day. Members will mingle with their digital marketing peers, including the SEMpdx board and SearchFest speakers, in an informal setting. The full-day digital marketing conference will offer attendees rare insight on Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Governor Hotel in Portland, Ore. “G5 is one of the...Read More...