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.

Digital NomadsFor almost the last year, I’ve been working for a company that is based in Seattle, although I still live in Utah. Telecommuting brings some interesting challenges and opportunities, and one of them is the ability (and necessity) to work wherever I am. Whether I’m in my home office, a restaurant, an airport, or the main office in Seattle, I have to have everything I need with me wherever I am. Such is the life of a Digital Nomad.

As I prepare to head to Seattle tomorrow to spend the week in the office and swing by SMX Advanced, I thought it would be fun to show how I pack for a trip such as this. So in the spirit of the recent “What’s in our Bags” series from, here is how I am preparing for the week… Continue reading