It turns out that I’m speaking at a few search marketing conferences coming up in the next few months, so I thought I would post which shows I’m attending in case you will be there and want to meet, catch up, etc. I wasn’t really planning on attending all 3 of these, but the stars aligned and my boss is pretty great, and gave me the green light.

I am speaking at SMX WestFirst up – SMX West in San Jose

If you have never been to one of the SMX shows, you are missing out. Search Marketing Expo is run by the ThirdDoorMedia team – the same folks that bring us, & more. They run a fantastic show, and always draw a ton of really great speakers, as well as hacks like me. :)


Next one I’ll be at is HeroConf in Austin

HeroConf is a new show put on by Hanapin Marketing out of Bloomington Indiana. It is apparently the only Paid Search-specific conference, and was quite popular last year among search marketers whom I respect. I’m excited to be speaking and attending!


Lastly, I’ll be speaking at Pubcon NOLA (New Orleans)

I’m really excited for this one – I’ve never been to New Orleans. :) Pubcon puts on a great show every year in Las Vegas in the fall, but I’ve never spoken there or even been to any of their other shows. The sessions are usually very good, but the networking is what really makes these shows top-notch.


So there you have it. Conferences – all in March and April. Let me know if you are going to be at any of these shows either in the comments, on twitter, email me (rickgalan at the gmail), or however you want to.

I am speaking at SMX WestSome good news – coming up on March 8th-10th I will be speaking at SMX West in San Jose, CA. SMX or Search Marketing Expo is a series of conferences, dealing with Search Marketing (SEO, PPC, Social Media, etc) run by the same folks that run It’s a great opportunity, and I’m super excited!

There is one downside though – SMX is at the same time as the Omniture Summit, which I haven’t missed for three years. It’s a fantastic conference as well, and is full of fun activities like skiing & Karaoke as well. (Yes, the sound is bad & I look shlubby, but I’m rockin’ pretty hard :))
I am going to miss going to that show for sure.

The other negative is that ANOTHER conference, PubCon South, is the same few days. I don’t know who is picking the conference days, but this has got to stop. Two search conferences on the same days? That’s just bad business. Way to split your audience. I know a lot of search marketers will be at PubCon instead of SMX West, and I don’t like it.

Despite these conflicts, I’m excited to speak. I’ll be speaking on the panel Ecommerce & Retail Search Marketing Tactics on the 9th at 5pm. If you are going to be in San Jose for the show or any other reason – leave me a note in the comments or shoot me an email (rickgalan at gmail) and we should definitely meet up!