Win Ticket ($499): 2013 Portland SearchFest @ Governor Hotel | Search and Social Media Conference, Duane Forrester of Bing

Portland’s SearchFest Conference is Friday, February 22, 2013 in downtown Portland. It is the top Search Engine and Social Media marketing conference in Oregon, and one of the top on the West Coast. Check out the agenda here. It includes top internet advertising agencies in our area as well as people from Bing, REI, aimClear, Disney Interactive and more. Whether you are promoting a company, yourself, or looking for new career opportunities, this is a great place to learn.

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From our partners at SearchFest:
SearchFest Portland 2012SearchFest 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Non-Member tickets are $499 | SEMpdx Member tickets are $374
More Info & Tickets:

The Governor Hotel
614 SW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97205
(503) 224-3400 | More Info:

SearchFest is currently the only search and social media conference organized by a nonprofit business organization (SEMpdx) in the Northwest — allowing tickets to be one-third of the cost of other conferences featuring the same caliber of speakers. Lower ticket prices paired with national experts has led to tremendous growth of the event.

With ticket sales up a dramatic 48 percent over what they were at this time last year, an expanded version of SearchFest will be able to meet an increasing demand.

“We listened to last year’s attendee feedback suggesting they wanted more time to delve into topics on a deeper level,” said Alan George, SearchFest Director. “The new bonus track will offer smaller class sizes that can be personalized through highly specific Q-and-A’s. Professionals will get down to the heart of the matter about why they are at SearchFest.”

Keynoting this year will be Duane Forrester of Bing (the search engine based in Seattle, Wash.) and Marty Weintraub of aimClear (an INC. 500-honored digital agency based in Minnesota). Additional companies represented at SearchFest include: Disney Interactive, REI, Rosetta and a variety of local, regional and national marketing firms.

The complete agenda covers a wide variety of online marketing topics, including: advanced analytics, social media strategies and analytics, advanced technical SEO, content marketing strategy, SEO for eCommerce, user experience optimization, link building, Facebook advertising, advanced pay-per-click techniques, and local/mobile strategies and tactics.

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36 Responses to Win Ticket ($499): 2013 Portland SearchFest @ Governor Hotel | Search and Social Media Conference, Duane Forrester of Bing

  1. (Mike-C) February 5, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    I love to connect with people and build new relationships to further be successful with my business. I run a young company with potential for greatness. Other great minded people is what I
    m currently searching for.

  2. Audrey Henry February 5, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    I believe the only way to market in this day and age is through social media. I would like to learn more to help me in my position of Economic Development Specialist

  3. Audrey Henry February 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    I believe the most effective way to market is through social media. I would love the opportunity to learn the most effective way to market Lake County in my position of Economic Development Specialist

  4. Elizabeth February 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    You’ve got to pick me. I’m currently working three jobs and paying off my student loans. I’d love to go to further my career and meet new people. Unfortunately I don’t have the funds to buy a ticket, and it’s here in Portland!!

  5. Bill W February 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    My small business will benefit from this event. And my girlfriend wants to start social media consulting. A win-win.

  6. Bill W February 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    My small business will benefit from thus event.

  7. Mathew February 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    I’m a complete internet nerd and looking for new career options! Help me out?

  8. Emily February 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    SearchFest is an awesome event. I have had the opportunity to attend the past 2 years and it has been phenomenal. It is amazing how much info you can pack into just 1 day. I would love to head back this year and see some of my favorite SEO industry professionals. Thanks for the opportunity!

  9. Rob Woods February 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    I’ve just been downsized from my SEO / Online Marketing full time position and starting out on my own as an independent consultant. This would be a great opportunity to network with other marketers from the Pacific Northwest.

  10. Jon Pape February 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    I’m new to the Portland area and I think this event would be a great way to meet other like minded marketers and learn more about the search marketing community in portland.

  11. Ed DiMond February 5, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    My son recently moved to Portland (He Loves it here) and could use this opportunity to network and learn new Social Media techniques.

  12. Jen February 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    Wow, it would be amazing if I was able to attend! Fingers crossed…

  13. Sara February 6, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    I will have my degree in June. I hear now is the time to start making life happen. I would take full advantage of this situation.

  14. Brad February 6, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Psychology and Economics major. I would do anything for this opportunity.

  15. Monica vargas February 6, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    I just recently received my marketing degree and would love to attend this event to learn what’s new new out there! This would be a great opportunity and something that would help build my resume!

  16. sunchicka February 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    I know a person who would love to atten
    I know just the person

  17. Brittany Bennett February 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Help! I am lost and nobody can find me. Please send me to Portland SearchFest. Seriously.

  18. Stacey Nerdin February 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    I’ve been blogging for several years and am eager to add more of a business edge to my current knowledge and experience. This conference looks like a great opportunity to help me do just that!

  19. Melissa February 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    Oh wouldn’t my boss LOVE if I won this?! Currently work immersed in technology I don’t quite understand, always always always looking to improve!

  20. James February 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    I am embarkign on a career change and starting the Digital Marketing Strategies program at PSU. I am between jobs, and cannot make the event otherwise, so I may be the only student not attending :-(

  21. Jessica February 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful event that I would like to attend to network and increase my knowledge. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  22. amber February 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    I would like to attend SearchFest because I’m in the social media industry and actually am employed. Hot diggity! I’m thinking that I’ll be able to bring a cool perspective to the event since it seems like a lot of the attendees are unemployed and looking for new work. Maybe I can help!

  23. Bianka February 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    My business and my band could learn so much from this.

  24. Jody C February 7, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    I am just now getting into the Adrian Morrison course on social Media and would love this opportunity to expand my knowledge base. I worked for a website building company for 8 years and when I lost that job went into a cable communications company where I have been for several years. I miss the internet industry and that is why I am starting to do the social media course. Please help me explore this as this is where I am heading and where I need to be. I also think I will do much better with the smaller class sizes. Thank you for the opportunity

  25. Stacey February 7, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    I own a web design and marketing company and would absolutely love to attend!

  26. Kathryn February 8, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    Sounds fun! I want to go! :)

  27. Destry Brown February 8, 2013 at 12:34 am #

    Just to a position on ppc local and they have a clas on that and all of the other awesome information!

  28. Dana Wales February 8, 2013 at 12:34 am #

    For my better half to help him out on the job!

  29. Kent Bye February 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    This sounds like a great gathering of folks, and I’m putting in my chance to win a ticket.

  30. Sadie February 9, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Looks like a great networking opportunity. My talented IT friend would benefit from this.

  31. Matt February 11, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    I would like to attend in order to get a job in the industry.

  32. Derek Hanson February 11, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    I would love to win these tickets to this event. I find that learning helps me keep up with the ever changing face of search marketing. It would be great to have the opportunity to learn from people experienced in the industry. Plus I think that would help me in my growth professionally.

  33. Mahealani February 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Me! Pick Me!

  34. Dianka February 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    I would love to connect with more people and learn about how to use marketing in it’s most effective way.

  35. Steve February 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    My gf and I own and operate a carpet dye and repair company and have been wanting to learn how to re-brand and market our business in new and exciting ways that will help us stay modern and up to date, we’d love to win tickets and attend.

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    The digital age is ushering in a new era in the music industry that is tearing down the walls built and guarded by major labels since the beginning of studio recording. So while the big wigs are crying and scrambling to save control with this bold new and uncharted world of social media, Indie musicians like me are singing hallelujah and getting into the groove with the endless possibilities for marketing that exist in networking and internet technology. In short:

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