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Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 at 10:06 am

FutureNow’s “Best Of” List from SES 2009 San Jose

By Brendan Regan
August 17th, 2009

ses09_logoBryan and I had the honor of attending and speaking at this year’s Search Engine Strategies Conference in San Jose. The amount of blogging and tweeting going on during the conference was phenomenal, so we won’t attempt to “cover” what went on.

Instead, we’d like to present our brief “Best Of” List so you can get some quick highlights from our (somewhat biased) perspective:

Here we go…

  • Best Presentation: “How to Turn Your Web Analytics into a Money Making Machine.” Bryan Eisenberg, Avinash Kaushik, Jim Sterne, and moderated by Mike Grehan. I thought this presentation was great because it brought together a few of the industry’s uber-minds, and the subject matter was absolutely crucial: What’s the point of investing in search if you aren’t making money? How can you figure out how to make money off of search marketing if you aren’t properly leveraging data to drive decisions, experiments, and investments?  Great job, Bryan, Avinash, and Jim! The presentations were wonderful, but it was the Q&A that gave the session a life of its own.
  • Best Booth: A 2-way tie between iProspect’s “gold mine” and Facebook’s sexy white couches and shag carpeting.
  • Best Giveaway: OrangeSoda gave away a sweet orange cruiser bike. We even gave the winner some unsolicited advice on how to get it back home via car!
  • Best Schwag/Tchotchkes: NO ONE.  We thought the schwag was pretty weak in general.  If you saw some great schwag that we missed, add it to the comments. One notable mention was PeoplePond‘s fill in the blanks t-shirt (check out Jim Sterne and Bryan Eisenberg getting their t-shirts).
  • Best Booth Outfits: SuperPages.com’s gold capes cracked us up and helped them market their new “superguarantee” concept.
  • Best Announcement: Sandra Cheng’s announcement of the YouTube mega-test using Google Website Optimizer: 1,024 variations in a multivariate test on YouTube’s homepage! Not sure if they’ll be blogging about it, but stay tuned.
  • Best Marketing Mantra: Another 2-way tie between People must be at the center of your search strategy–not keywords. by Charlene Li and Turn opinions into hypotheses. by Avinash Kaushik.  Both great phrases to market by; we couldn’t agree more :)

And to those folks we met at SES, it was nice meeting you, and keep in touch!

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  1. You guys were lucky enough to be present there at San Jose.I only managed to read Bryan’s article on this blog “Turning Web Analytics Into A Money Making Machine”.It gave some great insight.
    Besides really like the phrase “People must be at the center of your search strategy–not keywords”.Hope Search engines adopt this mantra.

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  3. Wa,i am glad to see the “Best of” list above.
    i hope the Search Engines will become stronger and stronger

  4. Very interesting! I got a chance to visit most of those booths myself.

  5. Definitely enjoyed my time in San Jose, will be back next year!

  6. I didnt even know about this conference, I’m gonna look into going next year.

  7. Not sure if I agree with the best presentation, there was a another one that was even better but the name of it escapes me at the moment.

  8. Sounds like a great conference, I should check it out next year.

  9. Too bad I missed it this year, sounds like it was really good. the presentation on Analytics is probably something I could have used a lot.

  10. Looks good to me, nice share, Traffic schools helps a lot to the drivers who really want to learn the drivers.

  11. Compare prices on a wide range of mortgage products, including the “bad credit mortgage” via our free and easy to use mortgage comparison tool!

  12. the presentation on Analytics is probably something I could have used a lot.

  13. there was a another one that was even better but the name of it escapes me at the moment..I only managed to read Bryan’s article on this blog “Turning Web Analytics Into A Money Making Machine”.It gave some great insight.

  14. I like the idea of Superpages have gold capes. But wow I hate that company, please nobody waste your money with them.

  15. Great list. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Thanks For you sharing…is great…

  17. Great list.. Thats very interest for my knowledge..

  18. I only managed to read Bryan’s article on this blog “Turning Web Analytics Into A Money Making Machine”.I agree with the best presentation, there was a another one that was even better but the name of it escapes me at the moment.

  19. I doubt. Is it really the best?

  20. I try to visit some of them. It’s somewhat good.

    THSEO

  21. Great Info…this i like i have site for comentations this Game Spot

  22. Definitely sounds like a conference we would like to attend. Is it in San Jose every year?

  23. @ArticleSubmission: it’s a shifty little conference…moves around a lot: http://www.searchenginestrategies.com/

  24. the presentation on Analytics is probably something I could have used a lot.

  25. solutely crucial: What’s the point of investing in search if you aren’t making money? How can you figure out how to make money off of search marketing if you aren’t properly leveraging data to drive decisions, experiments, and investments? Great job, Bryan, Avinash, and Jim! The presentations were wonderful, but it was the Q&A that gave the session a

  26. “People must be at the center of your search strategy–not keywords.” Not sure how you can accomplish that…guess that’s why attending SES can be so useful. Thanks for the quick summary and link to the SES site. I’ll definitely check it out and try to attend in the future.

  27. Definitely sounds like a conference I would like to attend.

  28. I went this year and it was rubbish. Full of egos trying to impress and being ultimately boring. Except Jim Boykin, at least he was entertaining.

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