On Monday, June 16, 2008, before the start of the Search Engine Strategies conference in Toronto, Canada, there will be four search engine marketing training classes. While each of the half-day SEM training workshops costs CAD 795, if you register for a full day, the cost is CAD 1,395.
That's a savings of 195 Loonies – which is worth between 97 and 98 Toonies. (SES Toronto Conference Chairman, Andrew Goodman, has been trying to help me translate American into Canadian, but Search Engine Strategies Global Content Director, Kevin Ryan, thinks it's a lost cause.)
Seriously, why would you want to take a search engine marketing training class or two – independently or in addition to registering for the SES Toronto?
There are three key reasons.
First, you'll be provided with “guided, hands-on exposure that puts theory into practice in a highly interactive environment,” as it says on the Search Engine Strategies Toronto website. These SEM training workshops will be taught by Debra Mastaler, Todd Malicoat, Adam Goldberg and Liana Evans, and I can personally vouch for three of them. (While I don't know Adam Goldberg personally, he's an ex-Google Insider who started Google's Inside Sales team in NYC in 2003. So, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.)
These search engine marketing experts will provide you with the tools and techniques you need to become (or remain) outstanding in your field. (I know there's a joke about a guy who is out standing in his field, but I forget the punch line.)
In the end, you'll not only walk away from the search engine marketing classes with the knowledge and skills you need to be a successful search engine marketer, you may also “jump-start your career and enhance your professional know-how,” as the SES Toronto website puts it.
In Track 1, Debra Mastaler of Alliance-Link.com is teaching “Link Building Tactics, Tools & Techniques” from 8 a.m. to noon. And Adam Goldberg of ClearSaleing is teaching “Search Engine Marketing Metrics and Myths” from 1 to 5 p.m. (I love the use of alliteration in the titles of their SEM training workshops.)
In Track 2, Todd Malicoat of Stundtdubl is teaching “SEO Tools” from 8 a.m. to noon. And Liana Evans of KeyRelevance is teaching “How to Effectively Use Social Media for Search Marketing Campaigns” from 1 to 5 p.m. (Just because they don't alliterate their titles doesn't mean their search engine marketing training classes won't be fun.)
I interviewed Todd and John Marshall of Market Motive at ad:tech San Francisco a couple of weeks back, when Market Motive announced it has teamed with Search Engine Strategies to provide online classes for training in search marketing, web analytics, and web conversion techniques.
Todd also talked about his SEM training workshop at SES Toronto. Check out the video interview below.
Stundubl's Todd Malicoat's Upcoming Session at SES Toronto
There's a third key reason why you would want to take a search engine marketing training class or two – independently or in addition to registering for the SES Toronto. (There are always three key reasons to do anything. Hang on a second, I'll remember it.)
You get a lunch break. (No, that's not it. The lunches are getting better at all of the Search Engine Strategies events, but that's not a reason to take workshops covering optimization and advertising strategies, analytics, tactics and best practices.)
Oh, now I remember. Whether you're a consultant, site designer, website owner, or in-house marketing professional, you can't afford to miss this opportunity to learn firsthand about the latest developments in search engine strategy. (I thought I was having a “senior moment” there.)
No matter where you are on the SEO or SEM learning curve, you'll leave these intensive workshops with the necessary skills and tools to improve your business results and take your search engine marketing to another level. “Something that never looks bad on your permanent record,” according to Greg Marmalard in Animal House (1978).
See you at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre Hotel, which is a different venue than the main Search Engine Strategies conference, which is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, which is attached to the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel. (Was that clear? Check Google Maps.)
See you at SES Toronto.