7:30am – 9:00am

Governor Ballroom – 4th Floor

Breakfast & Registration

9:00am – 9:50am

Governor Ballroom 4th – Floor

Morning Keynote

How to Supercharge Your Marketing with Competitive Intel

Marketers today have great visibility into their businesses – their funnels, websites, and roadmaps – and many tools and data to evaluate those internal workings. But most marketers don’t have great external visibility – understanding what’s happening outside the four walls of their businesses to make strategic decisions that help them win. In this session, we will dive into the wealth of information available on a marketer’s external environment and how to leverage that data to win across every area of marketing.

During this session you’ll learn how:

  • To use content marketing intelligence to differentiate your marketing programs
  • To use support threads and product reviews to enable your sales team to win more deals
  • To use personnel changes and reviews to get insight into competitors’ investments and strategies

Speaker:
Ellie Mirman, Crayon

Introduced by:
Anna Hutson

10:00am – 11:00am

Governor Ballroom – 4th Floor

CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization) 

Converting Users at Higher Rates: Tips & Tests to Find New Customers

Understand why users aren’t converting: Learn how to utilize easy to employ but highly effective user research tactics to understand conversion barriers. Pinpoint and prioritize low-hanging fruit:

Understand how to build out a test road map based on proven prioritization tactics. Gain deep insights from all test outcomes, not just winning tests: Learn how to benefit from losses and build on the wins.

Speaker:
Jeremy Epperson, 3Q Digital

Moderator:
Garrett Browne

Grand Ballroom – 3rd Floor

Social Media

How to Master the Art of Social Media Ad Copy

Spending your ad budget left and right and still aren’t actually getting the engagement you want? Having trouble actually connecting with your demographic, let alone getting them to convert?

This session explores real life examples of ad copy techniques that actually work and teach you how to convert any audience based on the ad copy you use.

Speaker:
Ashley Ward, Madhouse Marketing

Moderator:
Kevin Getch

11:00am – 11:30am

Break – Grand and Governor Ballrooms

11:30am – 12:30pm

Governor Ballroom – 4th Floor

Local (Deep Dive)

Cousin Eddie’s Tips for Local SEO in 2019

In this jam-packed presentation, Greg’s going to cover all the important aspects of Local SEO in 2019. After walking through the important takeaways from the recently released Local Search Ranking Factors, he’ll share detailed tips on how to optimize each important signal area.

Learn how to write localized content, how to build powerful local links, how to handle citations, and reputation management and reviews. And, since your Google My Business profile is basically your new home page, you’ll learn exactly how to optimize every feature, with special concentration on Google Questions & Answers and Google Posts.

Speaker:
Greg Gifford, DealerOn

Moderator:
David Mihm

Grand Ballroom – 3rd Floor

The Funnel

Email and its role in customer experience

Email is a marketing workhorse that continues to be in its renaissance from a creativity and experience perspective. On it’s own it’s great, but email is really best in a connected experience across channels.

This session will dive into email and how it connects with other channels to improve the customer journey. We will finish with a case study on how email and messaging are used in conjunction with user activity data to drive value.

Speakers:
Jose Cebrian, Merkle
Stephen Williams, Fox Networks Group

Moderator:
Lisa Williams

12:30pm – 1:30pm

LUNCH – Governor Ballroom – 4th Floor

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Governor Ballroom – 4th Floor

 Digital PR

Public Relations, Online [Panel]

Join Lexi Mills (Shift6) and Amy Rosenberg (Veracity) as we hold a panel discussing what is new in the Digital Public Relations World.

Come ready as we answer all of your questions on how to use all things Digital to connect with the customers that matter most to you and protect your Brand.

Speakers:
Lexi Mills, Shift6 Global
Amy Rosenberg, Veracity

Moderator:
Garrett Browne

Grand Ballroom – 3rd Floor

Paid Marketing

Smart SEM

Find a happy medium between automation and human touch in 2019.

Adopt parts of Google’s tools to reach your performance goals in search.

We’ll learn to use language ticks, device behavior and audience tools to deliver the perfect message to your audience.

We’ll also learn to leverage Google’s new suite of “smart” tools to be an ally rather than an enemy.

Speakers:
Caitlin Halpert, 3Q Digital
Aaron Levy, EliteSEM

Moderator:
Ryan Campbell

Renaissance Room – 3rd Floor

 SEO Automation

Automating SEO Metrics using Google Search Console and Google Analytics

JR  will demonstrate how his company has set up automated notebooks that pull GSC query data, make probability assumptions on what queries are sending traffic, and automate analysis of a site’s internal link structure.

In this technical session, he’ll present the underlying mechanics of this automation, then provide attendees with the notebooks to take away and try them out for themselves.

If you’re a technical SEO, this is a great session to level up automation of common tasks and analysis.

Speaker:
JR Oakes, Adapt Partners

Moderator:
Matthew Brown

2:30pm – 2:45pm

Break – Grand and Governor Ballrooms

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Governor Ballroom – 4th Floor

Enterprise SEO

Large Scale SEO Stories: Test, Experiment & Learn How To Scale

Two Enterprise SEO experts share their stories about how to scale SEO strategies through testing, experimentation, and continual learning. They share ideas on how to set up a strong foundation for your organization by baking SEO processes into your culture and company’s priorities. Learn how to conduct experiments at a large scale, how to measure success and how to share the information with your team.

Speakers:
Eli Schwartz, SurveyMonkey
Marcus Tober, Searchmetrics

Moderator:
Scott Fish

Grand Ballroom – 3rd Floor

Paid Social

How to Integrate Social Ads into Your Multi-Channel Strategy

This session will teach the audience how to plan out strategic multi-channel campaigns to drive prospects all the way through the customer journey.

We’re also going to cover linding audience-specific, channel-adaptive messaging, and deep psychographic audience research to drive performance on Facebook

Speaker:
Amy Bishop, Cultivative
Marielle Breneman, DELVE

Moderator:
Ryan Campbell

Renaissance Room – 3rd Floor

Local Listings Troubleshooting

7 Google My Business Problems & How to Solve Them

Drawn from concrete examples and requests for help in the Local Search Forum, Google My Business Product Expert Joy Hawkins will discuss GMB’s thorniest issues and how you can fix them. This interactive session will offer plenty of live Q&A time to get Joy’s advice on troubleshooting your own Google My Business questions!

Speaker:
Joy Hawkins, Sterling Sky

Moderator:
David Mihm

3:45pm – 4:00pm

Break – Grand and Governor Ballrooms

4:00 pm – 4:50pm

Governor Ballroom – 4th Floor

Keynote

Big List of Integrated Marketing Tactics

Ask 10 different marketers what “Integrated” means to them and you’re likely to get 10 unique answers. As with other buzzy-type words (think “big data” and “influencer marketing”), “Integrated” applied to marketing essentially means whatever some smarty pants marketer says it means! Learn how integrated marketing means melding creative, search, psychographics, social, paid, organic, PR, influencers, offline, and data therefrom to form a cohesive whole. From first branded impression to closing the cost-per-action-deal, make marketing a unified process, limiting silos, all on the same page.

Attendees will be exposed to tactics which commonly:

• Quickly squeeze more ROI out of existing campaigns deploying integrated tactics
• Design a realistic testing list of techniques that win in most case studies
• Milk creative to the hilt as a primary integration tactic, stamping keywords
• Make smart retargeting/remarketing your spearhead
• Smash silos without breaking people and/or systems
• Delight savvy PR folks, smart enough to know how cool you are
• Dictate when to use cookie cutter tactics or get out of the box you’re not in
• Generate more brand keywords searches (the holy grail) via integration This session offers an actionable bag of tricks, mined from case studies by some of the coolest integrated agencies in the world.

Be there for a data dump from 11X US Search Awards winner Aimclear®, including the last three consecutive Best Integrate Agency.

Speaker: Marty Weintraub, Aimclear®

Introduced by: Todd Mintz

5:00 pm – 6:00pm

Happy Hour – Governor Ballroom – 4th floor

6:00 pm – 10:00pm

After Party – View details here

DAY 2

9:30am – 10:20am

Governor Ballroom – 4th floor

Keynote

Topic: Mobile / Future Tech (Deep Dive)

Mobile-First Indexing & The Story Your Data Isn’t Telling You

The documentation about Mobile-First Indexing is quite straight-forward, BUT the impact of its launch is not. If you compare the mobile SERPs before and after it has launched, you will see major differences that are not represented in your data. This talk will go beyond the Google documentation, and talk about the implications of the change. Google has been building out the Knowledge Graph, position-zero and other ‘hosted inclusions’ and these things may be impacting your SEO results in ways that don’t show up in your analytics. Attend this session to learn more about how Mobile-First Indexing will impact your day-to-day SEO strategy & tactics, and how you can adjust to protect against the things you might be missing.

Speaker:
Cindy Krum, MobileMoxie

Moderator:
Anna Hutson

10:20am – 10:35am

Break – Grand and Governor Ballrooms

10:35am – 11:25am

Governor Ballroom – 4th Floor

Technical SEO

Render vs. Rank: Technical SEO for JavaScript Sites

Technical SEO is the roots of a site. With a strong technical foundation, search engines will be able to crawl, index, render, and interpret webmasters signals.

Today, Jamie will off on one of the most valueable topics in technical SEO – rendering and JavaScript. 95% of sites use JS— so many that Google has had to reconsider how they crawl and index JavaScript generated. Let’s look at the new rules for a dynamically generated web.

Alexis will present a framework for diagnosing technical issues.

Speakers:
Alexis Sanders, Merkle
Jamie Alberico, Arrow Consulting

Moderator:
Todd Mintz

Grand Ballroom – 3rd Floor

Sponsored Session by Logical Position

Ensure Your Growth: Aligning Goals in a Seismic Economy
During a shifting economy it’s crucial to align your digital marketing efforts with your larger marketing channel and business goals. Ensuring this alignment not only allows you to demonstrate the value of your marketing efforts internally, but also drives greater results during challenging market cycles. By the end of this session, you will have the tools and strategies you need to: understand and measure the impact of your marketing channels; align those channels with your business’s goals; and effectively communicate your results to key stakeholders.

Speaker:
Brian Aldrich, Logical Position

Moderator:
Rachel Schmidt

11:25am – 11:40am

Break – Grand and Governor Ballrooms

11:40am – 12:30pm

Governor Ballroom – 4th Floor

Content Strategy

Content Marketing Triggers [Panel]
During this panel, Kane Jamison (Founder & Managing Director, Content Harmony) and Tushar Prabhu (Director of Organic Marketing, Position2) walk you through the latest in content marketing and the triggers you need to be looking for to make sure your content gets ranked and gets found. Come ready with your questions as this is sure to be a lively conversation.

Speakers:
Kane Jamison, Content Harmony
Tushar Prabhu, Position2

Moderator:
Garrett Browne

Grand Ballroom – 3rd Floor

Sponsored by OnCrawl

From SEO to AEO (Answer Engine Optimisation)
This will be a deep dive into the importance of search intent and the process of implementation of the correct structured data on your site, with plenty of time for questions. François has 15 years experience in SEO, and has a deep technical background, so plan on taking a lot of notes!

Speaker:
François Goube – CEO and Founder, OnCrawl

Moderator:
Rachel Schmidt

12:30pm – 1:30pm

LUNCH – Governor Ballroom – 4th Floor

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Governor Ballroom – 4th floor

Keynote

More Signal, Less Noise: How to Dial in Your Customer Experience

We have all the data in the world. Analytics! Reviews! Surveys! Heatmaps! Now… what the heck are we going to do with it? Information overload in marketing is a real problem, and you need to figure out where best to spend your limited resources.

In this presentation, Dana will walk you through building a customer experience framework for your organization, including how to tie together separate data points into a cohesive picture of your customers. You’ll learn how to reduce the background noise and build a plan on how to improve customer experience.

Speaker:
Dana DiTomaso, Kick Point Inc.

Introduced by:

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Governor Ballroom – 4th floor

Closing Keynote

The Four Horsemen of the Web Marketing Apocalypse

Web marketing certainly isn’t going away, but four forces are combining to radically change how we’ve approached our work the last ten years vs. how we’ll have to in the decade ahead. Google’s removal of SEO opportunity, Facebook ending referral traffic, falling ad impact and rising competition spell an end to the “best practices” of the 2010s. In this presentation, Rand will look onto the horizon to see what new tactics and strategies are emerging from the ashes, and what we’ll need to know to stand out in the years ahead.

Speaker:
Rand Fishkin, SparkToro

Introduced by:
Alan George

4:00pm – 7:00pm

Pub Crawl Begins

Instead of going home after the conference, the SEMpdx board and conference speakers are inviting you to join them in a pub crawl of Portland’s best brewpubs. We’ll likely hit 10 barrel, Deschutes, Rogue, Bridgeport, and Back Pedal, but the itinerary is not yet finalized. When it is, a schedule will be posted here.

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:

 

Logical Position

Oncrawl logo

Mad Fish Digital

Page One Power logo

Oregonian Media Group logo

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