Danny Sullivan’s SMX Advanced Opens Up with a Blast in Seattle

It’s been nearly two weeks since the SMX Advanced conference was held in Seattle, but it’s about time for my recap. Barry and I arrived in Seattle late Sunday night, so we missed a pretty good Microsoft party. While that’s a bit sad (and I’ll try to make the next one), the conference series showed that there was much else to be enjoyed.

There’s a great amount of conference coverage. My BFF the Lisa and her partner in crime (she’s actually a real person after all), Susan, covered all the sessions, and my newest Florida friend, Rhea Drysdale, blogged on Search Engine Journal. Andy Beal and Jordan McCollum also filled some gaps over at Marketing Pilgrim.

Carolyn Shelby and I both blogged for Search Engine Roundtable, and our SMX coverage of each individual session is linked below for your enjoyment and edification:

Besides those aforementioned individuals, I had a great time seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones. Thanks to all of you guys for the conversations, short and long, and for saying hello: Danny, Todd, Christine, Jill, Jonathan, Neil, Cameron, the whole SEOmoz crew (Rebecca, Rand, Jane, Scott, Jeff, Matt <3), Aaron, Vanessa, Matt, Susan, Adam, Guillaume, Shimrit, Tom, Jay, Jim, Brent, Michael, Dave, Matt, Mike, Chris, Dax, Karl, Todd, Eric, Chris, Scott, and Bruce (thanks for the cab ride!). I didn’t get to say hi to everyone (we went back to the airport right after the conference ended, so I missed the apparently fabulous SEOmoz party) but appreciated the insights — as I always do, from Greg, Todd, Jen, Stephan (I heart your 7 tips!), Brad, Mike, Mikkel, and Gord.

For the most part, I tried to avoid the camera. However, Andy caught me and even made a blog post out of it (that’s after I stood watching as he filmed Barry speak about SEM forums that we write about on Search Engine Roundtable). The next day, I somehow got lured into my first video interview about SMX. See, this is why I avoid the camera. The video is below; let me know if you like it. (Rebecca says I’m fidgety. I guess that’s not a bad thing considering it keeps me slimmer.)

[In case that doesn't work, here's the direct link]

And of course, here are some of the better photos:

From the Google party Monday night:

Google Ice Sculpture - SMX Seattle 2007

From the Yahoo! Networking party that preceded the Google party – Aaron of Bruce Clay and Dave Rohrer:

Aaron from Bruce Clay and Viper Edge aka Dave Rohrer - SMX Seattle 2007

Danny goes casual:

Danny takes off his clothes - SMX Seattle 2007

Rand and Barry:

Rand and Fishkin unite in harmony - SMX Seattle 2007

Barry hides out at night. Rand, however, does not:

Rand shakes his booty - SMX Seattle 2007

Lisa kisses Rae, who was there in spirit:

Lisa Kisses a Pig - SMX Seattle 2007

Susan hugs Lisa:

Susan hugs a pig - SMX Seattle 2007

Lisa and me. I believe those are Jane’s fingers serving as ears:

Tamar Weinberg and Lisa Barone - SMX Seattle 2007

I’m done so as to avoid being beaten mercilessly for posting more incriminating photos. For the rest of them, you can check my Flickr stream. For the other SMX photos, check photos tagged SMX on Flickr.

As for the conference, small was definitely good. Since this is my first business conference out of town, the short length of the conference will take a bit getting used to, as I was not even in Seattle for a full 48 hours. The presentations were insightful, though I understand that some people are looking for some eye-opening “advanced” tips and tricks that will help aid in search marketing — but “advanced” is a purely subjective term. Some people thought it fit the bill, while others felt that there was more that could have helped. One example that I read (and I wish I remember who said it) was that presenters should focus more on case studies and how they overcame them. I think that’s a good tip.

In terms of SMX’s success, Karl Ribas compared SMX to other conferences and has a bit of insight, too: it had good food (my next request, though, would be that there’s Kosher food for the two of us!), great parties, good search engine presence, especially search engine sponsored parties, and that the Q&A was actually challenging but insightful. Since I’ve only been to one other conference, SES NY, I can definitely see a difference in attendees at SMX, because the questions were to the point and did not require extensive explanation. You really did have a fairly advanced crowd.

Next time, I suppose I might bring my Digital SLR and stay a little longer, because the scenes were quite pretty, and I didn’t have coffee during the entire time that I was in Seattle (nor did I visit the Space Needle, which got me a scolding by my husband). Overall, however, SMX so far shows much promise. I definitely look forward to next year. :)

Tamar Weinberg is a hustler and juggler. She is the VP of Marketing at Ruxly Creative, a creative marketing agency. She's the Director of Sales at Internet Marketing Ninjas, a 100+ employee search engine marketing agency located in upstate New York. She also rocks global sales at financial media publication Wall St. Cheat Sheet. Finally, she is the Chief Strategy Officer of Small Business Trends. Oh wait, and she's also the community manager at Namecheap. Yeah, like a boss.

4 Comments

  • June 18, 2007

    Judah Gutwein

    Too fidgety.

    Talking in front of a camera is a whole different ball game…trust me.

    Great first effort…though!

  • June 18, 2007

    Tamar Weinberg

    Yeah yeah, you didn’t have to rub it in :P

  • July 13, 2007

    David Brown

    I found your information on duplicate content to be very helpful. I live in the Portland, Oregon area so I hope to be able to attend the Search Marketing Expo next time it is in Seattle. Thanks alot.

  • July 13, 2007

    Tamar Weinberg

    Thanks David. Hope to meet you there if I go next year!