First of all, we announced today a new SES event on October 25 and 26 in London alongside our friends at affiliates4u and the a4uexpo. The SES team will be programming one track – about five sessions – on the second day of this 4-track, 2-day affiliate powerhouse of a show. Please visit the event site for more information. This event is for all those who just can’t wait until our next London event in February 2008. Enjoy — it will be a great two days!
Speaking of London, please join me in officially welcoming Mike Grehan as the new host of our SES London event. A longtime SES speaker, ClickZ contributing editor and member of the search community, Mike will host our London 2008 event, to be held at the Business Design Center in February. In this capacity Mike will be responsible for programming the sessions alongside Kevin Ryan.
Last, but not at all least, is our SES San Jose event this August 20 – 23. This show is shaping up quite nicely as Danny and Chris have been very busy building out the agenda. We are featuring 2 keynotes at this event – Jim Lanzone from Ask.com and Marissa Mayer from Google. In addition Google will be hosting the much-anticipated Google Dance party on Tuesday, August 21, and WebMasterRadio.FM will be hosting the SearchBash on Wednesday evening (details to come) – both of these should not be missed. Kevin Ryan will also be making an appearance at the event. He has programmed the ClickZ track on Day 1 – be sure to stop by, as it will serve as a taste of what to expect in Chicago this December (it will be different – lots of new search content and formats).
That’s it for now; we are off to the SES Travel launch event in Seattle today and then back to our desks to work up a few more surprise announcements in the next couple of weeks. Then it’s off once again to Boston for a full day of dedicated SEM training (this is filling up fast by the way). Thank you for sticking it out with us this last year – it has been an interesting ride. Looking back at it from our current vantage point, I must say, the teams here at ClickZ, SEW and SES have done an amazing job keeping everything together, and we look forward to a bright future — full of fresh and timely content, as well as strong networking opportunities with many of our old friends and some new faces as well.