I'm breaking away from my vacation briefly to pass along news that I've reached an agreement with Incisive to continue with Search Engine Strategies for another year. I'll be chairing the SES NY 2007 show, co-chairing the SES San Jose 2007 and participating in the SES Chicago show. Here's the announcement:
Incisive Media and Danny Sullivan announce today that both parties have signed an agreement to continue to work together to produce the market-leading Search Engine Strategies series of conferences and exhibitions.
The SES event series was founded by Danny Sullivan and Jupitermedia in 1999 and became rapidly established as the leading worldwide forum for marketers, agencies and webmasters to learn about the latest developments in search engine optimization and marketing. Since Incisive Media's purchase of Search Engine Watch, the ClickZ Network and SES in August 2005 the events have continued their expansion with double digit growth in attendance at the major US locations and the successful launch of several conferences – both in new geographies (including China) and vertical and local search sectors.
In August this year Danny Sullivan, who has always been independent contractor, announced his intention to step away from an active involvement in SES at the end of 2006. Since this point both parties have remained in contact and today announce that an agreement has been reached to extend this relationship through 2007.
Speaking about the news today Danny Sullivan said “I very much look forward to working with Incisive Media on the SES events next year. The search industry loves gathering together at them, and I glad to continue as a part of that.”
Tim Weller, founder and CEO of Incisive Media stated “Search is a dynamic growing global industry. We have the market leading brands, excellent content, and a rapidly growing community in the search market. We wanted Danny to be involved going forwards, so I'm delighted that he will continue to do so”.
Incisive Media will make further major announcements about our plans for expansion of activities in the search marketing space at the Search Engine Strategies Chicago event, December 4-7 2006.
For more from me, see my post on my personal blog, News On My Plans For Next Year. My last day on Search Engine Watch remains November 30, and I plan to continue writing on my own through a new search blog, plus do an event or two of my own.