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I'm looking for people's impressions of WebmasterWorld Search Conference. Can anyone offer a comparison of the quality of content or sessions? Is it worthwhile thinking about attending if I've been to the others? I realize this is sort *asking the choir if they're believers* but...
Personally, I couldn't go on enough about how cool the people are at the WebmasterWorld events. If you make the attempt to meet people you will be glad you did. Both of the two I attended I went alone, but left with many new friends and business associates.
Only problem in my opinion is the folks who don't jump up and introduce themselves gripin' later about no one sharin' secrets.
No, I don't get any commissions on new signups, and I would still plug attending pubcon to anyone
Here's some past discussions on conferences.
PubCon is slanted more towards trench workers and tech, and SES is slanted more towards managers and marketing, but both conferences have a good mix of both sides.
If nothing else, you'll have a good time in a fun city.
And no, I'm not paid in any way by WebmasterWorld.
PubCon - we try to focus more on issues for site owners, publishers, and webmasters. We feel that Search is just the beginning, and that a well rounded approach to web site management is 10 fold more successful than one that focuses most of its energies on marketing. We also focus on fun, fun, fun ;-)
My experience of AdTech is it is focused more on old school advertising and old agencies. I like it, but to me AdTech is described as The Corporate Clueless (that is not necc a bad thing). When you ask someone at PubCon or SES whether an Affiliate program or Contextual advertising program makes more money - you will be into a conversation for hours. You do the same at AdTech and they will ask, "huh, What's AdSense"? (which is good if you are an adsense optimizer...lol)
SES is the meticulously focused search conference. Who can fault Allan and his boys as to the job they have done. He runs a tight ship and a tight conference.
BUT, even for someone like me who is clueless about networking and it's apparent etiquette the conference is well worth attending.
For one thing, people can be, and often are, more open in a face to face situation.
It doesn't take a whole lot to make the ROI well worth attending.
Sadly, it doesn't look like I'll get to N.O.... drat!
[I'm nominating Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Minot as possible future locations]