Alex and I are just back from SMX Advanced London. It was a really enjoyable event – great venue, nice city (hadn’t been in years), perfect weather (for the 30 second walk from the hotel), really nice set of attendees from an amazing array of countries, and for the most part very informative panels.
As at the US-based SMX shows, the PPC crowd is dwarfed by the SEOs. But there was a dedicated PPC track on Day 1 and there were about 50 folks in most of the sessions. On Day 2 social took over from SEO, and analytics replaced PPC, and split stayed the same – I guess social is more fun than analytics.
My personal favorite presentations were Karl Blanks of Conversion Rate Experts, who is clearly a super-sharp guy and did a killer job of explaining the how’s and why’s of serious A|B or MVT conversion rate testing, and the inimitable Marty Wientraub of AimClear who along with his colleague Merry Morud just absolutely tore-it-up in the FaceBook marketing session. (I have a video of that in its entirety, but you wouldn’t believe it even if you saw it – catch their act when it comes to town!).
Search the #SMX HashTag to review the play-by-play from this great show.
I was on two panels, the first was called ‘Exploring Google’s New Ad Formats’, and the second was ‘Amazing New PPC Tactics’.
In the first I talked about how to think about all the new ad formats, and ways to evaluate them and all the upcoming changes and new formats we haven’t even seen yet. The slides don’t really tell the story so I’m not posting them, but I hope to turn the ideas into a full blog post or maybe even a webinar sometime soon.
I have shared the slides from my PPC Tactics (below) because I think these do make sense without the audio. These are all topics that have been covered here in past posts – it’s sort of a greatest hits of High-Resolution PPC,
Alex Cohen gave a rip-roaring presentation on Day 2 at the ‘Top 10 Customized Search Analytics Reports’ session. His slides are below, but it’s a shame you can’t hear the great delivery and info as he presented it. Maybe one day a video will turn up somewhere…
We met a lot of new people at the show, and it was great to see and catch up with a surprising number of friends, clients, and people just about to add ClickEquations to their PPC tools arsenal. Thanks to Chris Sherman for setting up and hosting this great event.