Raves for Search Marketing Expo – SMX East
Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what SMX East participants said about the
"SMX East was by far the most well timed and most informative search engine marketing conference I have been to in over my 8 years as an SEM. From mobile search trends to getting the most out of your PPC dollars, my clients will benefit for years to come."
- Chris Romero, SEM Manager, Royall Advertising
"SMX East was an unbelievably enlightening conference. From the nonstop networking to the diverse courses offered, everything was accessible, professional, and went above and beyond my expectations. I continue to network with contacts I’ve made there and it has greatly impacted my approach to Search Engine Marketing. This was a perfect way to for a new conference-goer to feel welcome and inspired."
- Angela LaRocca, The Net Impact
"This was my 3rd SMX conference but the first time at SMX East. The value of the conference is in its comprehensive array of speakers that covered the important industry topics. I returned to the office with a valuable collection of contacts, ideas, and an actionable to-do list inspired by the some of the issues discussed. I’d also like to commend Third Door Media for their excellent organization of the event and their choice of venue – the best city in the world. I look forward to attending next year’s conference."
- Igal Stolpner, Head of SEO at Investing.com
"So much of what we do as web marketers is isolated and proprietary in nature, so it was an eye opener to visit and learn from the very best in the industry. Now that I’m back in the office, instead of what do I do?, it’s what should I do first? – Thanks to everyone at SMX!"
- Erik Kullenberg, Internet Marketing Manager, Reyes Brown Reilley Law Firm
«SMX East was a strategically, well planned conference that provided a wealth of information from the novice to the expert SEO enthusiast. It was a refreshing experience to attend a conference and leave with innumerable tools and information that I could use when I got back to work.»
- LaTishia Lyles, Grifols – Biomat USA
«I attended the SMX East and it was a blast from the get go. It is the best way to keep abreast of all the latest developments in our ever-dynamic search engine marketing field. Moreover the best practices and direct contact with reps from leading search engines makes it all the more worthwhile to attend and glean the maximum knowledge.»
- Ravi Venkatesan, Search Marketing Manager, White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes
"SMX East 2012 was massive value for my money. The staggering list of qualified presenters I was exposed to and got to chat with was without compare. This really was “friends in low places”, and by that I mean the the folks presenting were living right at the point of intersect of content, social and search, and it showed. In fact, I think the 90+ presentation decks I have access to from the event alone are worth more to me than the price of the event. Any marketer or services/content supplier in the space who missed SMX blew it. Plus the event staff were friendly and helpful and the food at SMX was by far the best I’ve had at a conference. Attending SMX is a no-brainer indeed. I’ll be back."
- Greg MacDonald, Carleton University
"SMX East is on my must-attend conference list! It’s a great event with great speakers in a great city. There’s always so much to do and learn and the session agenda leaves even the most advanced marketers choosing which ones they want to attend."
- Ryan Jones, SapientNitro
"This was my first SMX conference. I was so grateful for the opportunity to be there. I learned so much, met some fascinating and highly accomplished people, and generally had an amazing time. Thank you so much! Can’t wait until the next one!"
- Kristin McGowan, CloudClicks
"As a first time attendee to SMX, I enjoyed my three days by attending numerous sessions of knowledgeable speakers, meeting enthusiastic peers, and absorbing rich information of industry trends and best practices. I like the online community built by SMX for people to contact other interested attendees prior to the conference. That helps us to maximize the networking opportunities."
- Mi Li, The Fiscal Times
"SMX East gave me with the opportunity to grow and learn from industry experts that were willing to share their experiences and give the inside scoop on SEM. SMX East is a great learning experience and an amazing networking opportunity for all industry professionals!"
- Lindsay Keller, Search Mojo
"SMX East was a fantastic event that facilitated the brilliant knowledgeshare of search and social topics. The sessions were incredibly smart and provided a diverse range of subjects that were both interactive and entertaining. No matter what your level of expertise was, SMX East provided a track that was just right for you. Furthermore, SMX East showcased a wide variety top-notch vendors that were happy to provide information about their services and offerings. Finally, I met quite a few new friends that I look forward to keeping in touch and networking with in the future. I highly recommend SMX conferences to all search marketing professionals and digitally focused organizations. Thanks for a great time, SMX!"
- Adam Dince, MRM – NY
"Thank you for all the informative sessions that were available. Left feeling like I had definitely learned a lot and felt my time there was valuable."
- Nate Kinet, iAcuite
"SMX East in New York City was a fantastic event! I only wish I could have cloned myself so I could have gone to multiple sessions at the same time. The speakers were top-notch, and the whole atmosphere made it easy to meet lots of other search marketing professionals. Definitely a “can’t miss” conference for anyone who wants to stay on top of the industry."
- Steve Sasman, Sycara.com
"Thanks so much! It was a fantastic experience — wish I was still there!"
- Leslie Jones, White | Thompson
"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at SMX East. The sessions were insightful, cutting edge, and I definitely left with plenty of tactics I can apply to the search engine marketing campaigns I currently manage. The networking was also phenomenal. Between pre event networking on SMX connect, and all of the networking focused events at the conference, I was able to connect with dozens of other Internet marketers."
- Mathew Guiver, e-storm international
Really outstanding conference – I’ll be returning next year! – Stephanie Salmon, US News & World Report
"For the third year in a row, I’m still trying to digest the information I learned a week later. I can’t wait to put it in action for my company!"
- Nicki Hicks, flyte new media
"I love the content of the show. For most of the time slots there were more than one session I wanted to go to! Overall, speakers were great. Audience questions were great. Vendors were great. Wonderful experience!"
- Val Czamara, Eric Mower and Associates
"My favorite thing about the show is… the fact that you learn what you aren’t doing and why you should be doing it! As a takeaway I had 5+ things that we have now started to implement to get our clients greater reach and visibility."
- Aimee Smith, Moore and Scarry Advertising
"I found the speakers and their content to be both relevant and informative. I really enjoyed this conference and felt I learned a lot that I am able to use in my day-to-day work. I was very impressed with the speakers that presented and their ability to deliver real world examples that I could take back with me."
- Felicia Visser, Fiserv
"Overall, an excellent experience. Well done to the team! I am certainly planning on returning next year."
- Matt Chamley, Webfirm
"SMX is a great digital marketing conference, covering all aspects of the digital space – despite focusing in on how to rank competitively in Search Engines. I recommend it to any one serious about marketing – especially on the web."
- Tim Eschenauer, Austin & Williams
"Loved the show, hope to be able to attend again next year. There seems no
better place to keep up with the latest trends and technologies, from the
- Matthew Marko, Progressive
"Great conference, I wish I could have attended for more than one day!"
- Kristen Grossman, BzzAgent
"Overall-it was a great conference. Great opportunities to network with
others in the industry and share issues and ideas."
- Susan Bain, Brady Corporation
"The speakers were insightful and informative, and some were very
entertaining as well!"
- Susan Bodack, InStyleSwimwear.com
"The show was really informative. It was tough to determine which sessions to
attend since most were at the same time. Overall, I think it was a great
experience, with tons of information – really helped open my eyes!"
- Ana Genao, SmartMoney
"This was the best show ever! The sessions had timely topics and the speakers
were knowledgeable and came from a broad perspective. I will be hiring at least three vendors and 1 speaker that I met through the show. I will definitely be back next year."
- Daniel Keane, Alphabet Signs
"SMX remains an excellent learning and networking opportunity. We’re planning
to attend next year."
- Sherry Hopkins, Prominent Placement
"Thanks for a wonderful conference this week in NYC. I’ve been raving about
it to anyone who will listen. The topics were great, the discussions were
really intelligent, the audience participation was high level. The
peer-to-peer was dead on. Great job, can’t wait for the next one."
- Veronica Fielding, President, Digital Brand Expressions
"During the final day of SMX East. I sat in a fascinating session where
search engineers from Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft all answered questions
posed by the audience and filtered by moderator Danny Sullivan. I have, in
my 5 years of search conferences, attended numerous sessions like this, but
I must say that this was, if not the best one I’ve attended, very close to
it. The questions were excellent and the responses were forthright, honest,
direct and never condescending. It was not only refreshing to hear, but
- Rand Fishkin, CEO, SEOmoz
"Wow, SMX East in New York was really good! Great speakers, great subjects
and great sessions. I especially enjoyed the more outspoken sessions, like
ask the SEOs on Wednesday and What is Ethical Social Media Marketing on
- Wouter Kiel and Siegfried Jongsma, Marketingfacts.nl
Other SMX Events…
"Great conference. I would definitely attend again. There were several
instances where I had a very tough time deciding which session to go to."
- Jack Ogilvie, Search Engine Marketing Consultant, Radiant Systems
"I am exceptionally satisfied with my experience at this conference. One
aspect that still amazes me is the level of networking that took place.
Everyone was friendly, open to sharing, and more than willing to continue
contact. I hope I can participate again next year! Great group of people."
- Eileen Scharenbroch, eBusiness Manager, Briggs & Stratton Corp.
"Overall, a great conference. I really enjoyed the ecommerce session."
- Marjie Trautt, Senior Online Marketing Analyst, Deck Internet Solutions
"Very informative and enjoyable conference."
- Joshua Tremblay, Manager, Operations & Optimization, TakePart/Participant
"An excellent seminar overall, there was an incredible array of speakers,
see you again next year!”
- Mark Berns, IT Coordinator, UFCW 8-Golden State
"SMX is a fantastic conference – it is one of the few places where you can
learn everything about the online industry."
- Steve Boymel, Vice President, Business Development, Farlex, Inc.
"SMX West never disappoints. The food was great, the shwag was great and the
sessions were informative."
- Eric Wu, Director of Product Management, SEO, AT&T Interactive
"SMX West was great – it got me very excited about SEO again!"
- Lynn Jon Dickerson, Internet Marketing Manager, Philips Lifeline
"I went to the Search Marketing Expo last week, and that was a whole new
world for me."
- Robert Riggs, President, Robert Riggs Communications
"This conference was phenomenal. Exhibitors and attendees were engaged."
- Barbara Reiner, Marketing Management’s Weblog
"(SMX West producer) Third Door Media not only hit a home run, at this show,
they took the cover right off of the ball. The place was packed but that’s
only part of the point. The information was amazing but, that too is only
part of the point. SMX felt different, vibrant. It was the little things
included in the planning for SMX West that made a difference. Items like
fresh fruit, blogging tables in sessions, free WiFi through-out the venue,
specialized social networking games and the brilliant Search Marketing Bowl
session made life far easier for attendees."
- Jim Hedger, Metamend
"SMX West was nothing but an experience. It was something you had to be in
on if you wanted to extract any worth from. Did I learn a lot? Of course!
Did I find some great things out? Of course! Will I share them here? NO! Get
off your ass and get yourself to the next SMX event if you want to find out
what’s up in the world of SEM."
- Eric Lander, Organic Search Optimization Manager, BZ Results / An ADP
Company, and Associate Editor, Search Engine Journal
"If you have ever considered attending one of these events, I hope you will
take my recommendation and make it happen. SMX offers so many great
advantages in this industry, and it would be a shame to miss out."
- Peter Hamilton, Project Manager, ArteWorks SEO
"I wasn’t sure what to expect with SMX West as this was the first large SMX
event. I heard great things about at last summer’s SMX Advanced from clients
and friends but there was short notice to fit this event into annual budgets
of attendees and exhibitors. Now that it’s over I can say that the event was
a big success all the way around and portends well for the SMX brand."
- Jonathan Mendez, Founder, RAMP Digital
"I’ve known and worked with Danny since 1997. After 10+ years of attending
and speaking at his conferences I still find them fresh, informative and
essential. His writing is required reading to maintain an edge and insight
into the search industry. Danny’s overall level of expertise and
professionalism are only matched by his wit and whimsical approach as well
as his stellar singing voice."
- Marshall D. Simmonds, Chief Search Strategist – The New York Times Company & CEO – Define Search Strategies
"SMX is a great experience for all levels of SEM/SEO professionals. This
conference differentiates itself from other Search Marketing events with a
clear division between SEO and SEM and focuses on advanced topics not
normally covered in other conferences. The open discussion forum which
included all major Search Engines presented an outlet for future industry
needs and enhancements."
- Rudy DeDominicis, Search Marketing Specialist, Time Inc Interactive
"SMX Advanced was a resourceful and engaging conference consisting of
intelligent speakers and an intelligent crowd."
- Julie Sun, Senior Manager of SEO, MTV
"At an SMX conference, you learn from the speakers and the other attendees,
who are also some of the most battle-hardened search marketers in this
business. I got tremendous insights just hearing the questions they asked in
the sessions, and in talking with them between sessions about challenges
- Matt Van Wagner, President, Find Me Faster