If you register today to attend Search Engine Strategies Chicago, which will be held Dec. 8-12, 2008, you can save up to $200 with the Early Bird Rate.
So, why would you want to attend the only major Search Marketing Conference and Expo in the Midwest?
Let me give you 4 reasons to go to SES Chicago.
1. You'll want to attend as many of the 74 keynote speeches, strategic development workshops, Orion panels, conference sessions, and SEM training workshops as you can. If you look over the agenda, you'll see lots of topics that weren't discussed at Search Engine Strategies Chicago a year ago. In fact, you'll see new content that wasn't covered at SES San Jose back in August. Heading into 2009 using old strategies and tactics makes about as much sense as optimizing your website for AltaVista. Things change in the search industry and savvy SEOs and SEMs understand the competitive advantage of staying up-to-date.
2. If you look over the list of sponsors and exhibitors for SES Chicago, you'll see familiar names like Acronym Media, DoubleClick, iProspect, PrintPlace.com and TMP Directional Marketing as well as new names like AdBuyer.com, ideaLaunch, Rosetta, The Search Agency and SEO Samba. So, whether this is your first Search Engine Strategies Chicago or you've attended every one held since 2003, there will be plenty of products and services to check out on the show floor.
3. Next, you'll want to take advantage of the special events and networking opportunities. On Tuesday, Dec. 9, DoubleClick will be holding a networking lunch from noon to 12:45 p.m. It will be presenting a case study on multi-channel tracking that will address how to de-duplicate search conversions when using numerous online channels. Later that afternoon, Google will hold a sponsored session entitled, “Google Site Search: Fast, Relevant, Customized Search Results for Your Website.” Google's Nitin Mangtani will be discussing how customers are using Google Site Search to grow their businesses and how you can do the same for yours. And here's a hot tip for first time attendees of SES Chicago: If you hang out at Kitty O'Sheas, the authentic Irish pub on the ground floor of the Hilton Chicago, you can network with fellow marketers and search engine industry professionals after hours. Plus, I recommend the shepard's pie and Bailey's cheese cake.
4. Now, this fourth reason will only make sense if Big 10 football is more important to you than search engine reputation management. As those of us who grew up in the Midwest already know, there's a big football game tomorrow: Ohio State vs Michigan. Now, I'm a Wolverine. But I've made some friendly bets with others in the search industry who are Buckeyes. And as you can see from the photo in this post, if we lose the big game, I have to wear a Buckeye shirt to the next Search Engine Strategies conference -- again. And, we've lost a lot over the past few years. So, depending on whether you are a graduate of the University of Michigan or The Ohio State University, I encourage you to come to Chicago in December to see who is wearing which sweatshirt this year.
In summary, there are three good reasons to go to SES Chicago no matter what happens tomorrow. And there's a 4th good reason if Michigan upsets Ohio State, like we did in 1993.