SES Brings SEM, PPC and SEO Training Workshops to Atlanta

On May 5, 2009, Search Engine Strategies (SES) will hold four search engine marketing (SEM) training workshops at the Omni Hotel CNN Center in Atlanta, GA. The hands-on workshops cover a range of topics, including search engine optimization (SEO) and pay per click (PPC) advertising.

Have you ever wondered why the search engine marketing industry uses the three-letter acronym (TLA) so frequently? Were we trying to squeeze too much information into the 25-character limit for a Google AdWords headline or secretly preparing for Twitter’s more generous 140-character limit?

Anyway, attendees can choose one workshop or participate in one workshop in the morning and another in the afternoon. The fee for two workshops is $1,345, and the fee for one workshop is $745. For complete workshop details and registration information, visit SEM Training Atlanta.

There are two morning workshops, which are being held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Shari Thurow.jpg Using the conditions outlined by the popular search engines, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Workshop demonstrates how to build a user-friendly, search-friendly and persuasive website that converts visitors into buyers. The instructor is Shari Thurow, founder and SEO director of Omni Marketing Interactive. Thurow is a pioneer in the area of search-engine friendly website design and has a 100% success rate for achieving top search engine rankings for her clients.

Link Building Tactics, Tools & Techniques demonstrates how to better understand and manage link building campaigns by providing information about proven, practical and creative link marketing campaigns. The instructor is Debra Mastaler, president of Alliance-Link. Mastaler is a speaker at industry events and a guest columnist for industry publications, who offers a common sense approach to link building by combining traditional sales and promotional strategies with effective online search engine marketing tactics.

Everyone can always use link building tips and Mastaler recently spoke to WebProNews Reporter Abby Prince at Small Business Marketing Unleashed in Texas. Mastaler explained that one should begin their link building campaign by establishing their credibility. She also discussed tools that she recommends using.

Small Business Marketing Unleashed: Debra Mastaler

There are two afternoon workshops, which are being held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Advanced Keyword Research explores the tools available for identifying, researching and zeroing in on the right keywords for an SEO or PPC campaign via theory and real world examples. The instructor is Ron Jones, an Internet marketing consultant, trainer and owner of Symetri Internet Marketing. Jones provides strategic consulting and Internet marketing solutions to a variety of companies.

Jones was interviewed recently by John Mulligan of SEO-PR about the case study Jones presented at SES San Jose and how to improve your quality score.

Symetri case study on improving quality score

Finally, How to Effectively Use Social Media for Search Marketing Campaigns reviews the entire realm of social media environments and how to use them effectively as part of a holistic marketing campaign. The instructor is Liana “Li” Evans, the director of Internet marketing at Key Relevance. Evans is well-versed in all avenues of search marketing, with a particular focus on natural search optimization, vertical search, social media and word-of-mouth marketing.

I interviewed Evans about her social media panel at SES Toronto 2008. In her session, she talked about winning social media strategies from companies such as Dell, Houlihan’s, and Loblaw’s. Loblaw’s, for example, actively participated in social media conversations not only by creating a YouTube channel to promote its product, but by taking to heart user feedback gathered from that channel and changing their product to reflect the needs expressed by their consumers.

Li Evans on Social Media Success and BBQ Sauce

For complete SES training workshop details and registration information, visit

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