31 Reasons You Should Be At Pubcon New Orleans 2014 On March 17 – 20
Pubcon New Orleans 2014 at the New Orleans Convention Center will be one of the year’s biggestand best technology conferences, filled with the latest digital marketing, social media, search, and optimization learning, all in one of the world’s most exciting cities over the St. Patrick’s Day week.
While it’s impossible to list every reason that makes Pubcon a Forbes must-attend conference and an Inc. top conference for growing your business, presented here are a selection of just some of the features that are driving top industry professionals to register and join us for Pubcon New Orleans 2014.
- Dr. Robert Cialdini keynote
- Peter Shankman keynote
- Tim Ash keynote
- Danny Bernstein keynote
- Roger Dooley Pubcon Masters Group training keynote
- Paid Facebook and Google Training with Dennis Yu, Brad Geddes, and Frederick Vallaeys
- Organic training with Bill Hunt, Joe Laratro, and Eric Enge
- Social media training with Lisa Buyer, Krista Neher, and Jabez LeBret
- Pubcon Classic New Orleans at Tropical Isle on Bourbon Street
- Pubcon Bourbon Cowboy Networking Event on Bourbon Street
- Five session tracks daily
- More than 70 sessions
- Live interactive site reviews
- Inc. named Pubcon a top conference for growing your business
- Forbes featured Pubcon as a “Must-Attend Conferences for Entrepreneurs”
- New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is a Pubcon fan
- Pubcon is happening during the exciting St. Patrick’s Day week in New Orleans
- A large slate of industry exhibitors will be available in our exposition hall
- Meet Pubcon’s excellent selection of authors and get a signed copies of their books
- Pubcon is the longest-running industry conference proudly using the same name
- You’ll have the unprecedented opportunity to see over 100 extraordinary social media and digital marketing speakers throughout the week
- Kristopher Jones
- Bruce Clay
- Ann Smarty
- Ralf Schwoebel
- Jennifer Lopez
- Sean Jackson
- Dixon Jones
- Kimberly Krause Berg
- Unbeatable industry networking
- What you learn is likely to more than pay for your time at Pubcon.
Dr. Robert Cialdini, professor emeritus of psychology and marketing at Arizona State University,social psychologist, and author of the bestselling book “Influence: Science & Practice”, will kick off Pubcon New Orleans 2014 with a boundary-pushing keynote address that will help you and your business use the full power of online influence.
Cialdini — considered the “Godfather of influence,” — is an internationally-heralded expert in the fields of persuasion, compliance, and negotiation, and his New York Times bestselling book — listed by Fortune Magazine as one of the “75 Smartest Business Books” and by CEO Read as one of the “100 Best Business Books of All Time” — has been published in 27 languages.
Pubcon in The Big Easy also offers up a bold keynote by influential author and angel investorPeter Shankman, principal and co-founder at global consultancy Shankman | Honig and founder of Help A Reporter Out (HARO). PR Week magazine has described Shankman as “redefining the art of networking,” and Investor’s Business Daily has called him “crazy, but effective,” and we’re happy to bring him to Pubcon audiences for the first time for Pubcon New Orleans 2014 on March 17 – 20.
A well-respected author, entrepreneur, speaker, and worldwide connector, Shankman is globally recognized for radically new ways of thinking about marketing, customer service, advertising, social media, and PR, and is sure to help Pubcon attendees expand their businesses’ reach in oftentimes under-utilized ways.
Pubcon New Orleans 2014 will feature a major keynote address by landing page pioneer andinnovator Tim Ash, the bestselling author and chief executive at landing page optimization firm SiteTuners who literally wrote the book on landing page optimization, as author of Amazon.com e-commerce bestseller “Landing Page Optimization: The Definitive Guide To Testing and Tuning for Conversions,” which is now in its second edition and has been translated into six languages.
A computer scientist and cognitive scientist by education, with PhD studies in artificial intelligence and neural networks, Ash has developed a world-renowned expertise in user-centered design, landing page testing, along with persuasion and understanding online behavior. In the mid-1990s Ash became one of the early pioneers in the discipline of website conversion rate optimization, and we’re happy to present his first major Pubcon keynote address at our Big Easy event.
Danny Bernstein of Google+ will also deliver his first-ever Pubcon keynote presentation, and ashead of product partnerships for Platform at Google, leading a team responsible for product-enabling partnerships that drive adoption of Google platforms by developers and partners, he is certain to deliver an intriguing and thought-provoking address to Pubcon New Orleans 2014 attendees.
Bernstein joined Google when the company acquired Meebo in June, 2012, was Meebo’s first business hire, and oversaw business and publisher development. Bernstein has led teams that grew the company’s reach to 250 million worldwide unique visitors, and forged partnerships with traditional media companies including NBC, CBS, Hearst, and Time Inc., and we’re excited to feature him at Pubcon.
For those attending the optional Monday Pubcon Masters Group training day, noted neuromarketing expert Roger Dooley, founder of Dooley Direct LLC, will kick off an updatedtraining program during Pubcon New Orleans 2014.
Dooley is a popular consultant and entrepreneur who deftly combines knowledge of emerging phenomena such as neuromarketing and social networking with decades of hands-on marketing experience. He has helped many companies understand the implications of new technologies and techniques, and has guided them in implementing practical strategies to adapt to them. Dooley — who is also a guest columnist at Forbes — has been quoted frequently in the mainstream press on topics ranging from brain fitness marketing to Web communities and social networks. He holds an engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.
Three of the world’s top paid Google and Facebook advertising innovators will combine to lead one of three strong Pubcon New Orleans 2014 Masters Group tracks, as BlitzMetrics chief executive and Facebook marketing expert Dennis Yu, Certified Knowledge founder and popular Pubcon speaker Brad Geddes, and former senior product evangelist for Google AdWords Frederick Vallaeys, now founder and chief executive of Top Tier Marketing and Optmyzr, offer up a full day of training.
Join Yu, Vallaeys and Geddes, some of the world’s top PPC experts, for the updated Pubcon Masters Group training program Google and Facebook advertising track, and examine the unique challenges and opportunities that online advertising professionals face daily.
The Pubcon Masters Group organic SEO track will feature intensive day-long educational workshops lead by Joe Laratro, president of Tandem Interactive, Back Azimuth Consulting president Bill Hunt, and noted SEO consultant Eric Enge, president of Stone Temple Consulting.
The Pubcon Masters Group is a popular limited-attendance educational training program that features an intensive complete day of industry-leading social media, Google and Facebook advertising, and organic SEO learning from expert instructors.
The Pubcon Masters Group social media marketing track at Pubcon New Orleans 2014 will feature workshops on Facebook and Twitter advertising optimization and marketing and other social media subjects, with Jabez LeBret, chief innovation officer at law firm marketing agency Get Noticed Get Found, Krista Neher, chief executive at Boot Camp Digital, and Lisa Buyer, chief executive and president at The Buyer Group.
Pubcon enlisted Buyer, Lebret and Neher to share 2014’s social media for business best practices, trends and direction. Each brings a unique perspective to this advanced workshop designed to offer actionable take-aways in an interactive atmosphere.
Join us on Thursday, March 20 as Pubcon New Orleans returns at the Tropical Isle Bourbon —one of the most central and exciting spots in The Big Easy — to celebrate and network with your favorite Pubcon speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, partners, and attendees. Pubcon Classic New Orleans is the perfect technology industry networking event to put an official exclamation point on a week full of technology learning at Pubcon New Orleans 2014.
Don’t miss the world’s top technology professionals networking on Tropical Isle’s scenic balcony overlooking one of Bourbon Street’s most bustling spots at Pubcon New Orleans 2014.
Join us on Tuesday, March 18 as Pubcon New Orleans 2014 holds a lively and fun networkingevent upstairs on the balconies of the Bourbon Cowboy — one of the most central and exciting spots in New Orleans — to meet and network with top Pubcon speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, partners, and attendees.
Featuring some of the most exciting and scenic balconies in The Big Easy, the Bourbon Cowboy will offer something for all Pubcon attendees. Whether you want to network in an easy-going atmosphere with new colleagues or potential business partners or take a wild ride on a mechanical bull ride, the Pubcon Bourbon Cowboy Networking Event will be the place to gather on Tuesday evening during Pubcon New Orleans 2014, as we take over the scenic balconies overlooking one of Bourbon Street’s most entertaining and lively spots.
Pubcon New Orleans 2014 will feature multiple sub-conferences of cutting-edge sessionshighlighting the world’s best technology speakers. Many of these top speakers presenting consider Pubcon to be their favorite event, and their enthusiasm for Pubcon New Orleans 2014 will be apparent as attendees will be treated to insights, education and research that just won’t be shared at any other conference.
Pubcon New Orleans 2014 features impressive session tracks dedicated to search engine optimization (SEO), local search issues, social media optimization (SMO), building links, search marketing, social media marketing (SMM), content marketing, and in-house SEO, along with complete tracks that focus on Pubcon’s famous live interactive site reviews and our expert spotlights — where you get more uninterrupted time with some of the world’s top speakers.
More than 70 stellar social media and online marketing and technology sessions are lined upfor Pubcon New Orleans 2014, featuring a virtual who’s who on the world’s best new media and digital marketing innovators, including Dennis Yu, Will Scott, Jennifer Vaniderstyne, Dixon Jones, Steve Hammer, John Ellis, Michael Gray, Brad Geddes, Christine Churchill, Duane Forrester, and so many more.
Check out the entire exceptionally strong lineup of sessions, tracks, and speakers here — an astonishingly diverse collection on tap for you at Pubcon New Orleans 2014.
A full slate of our perennially-popular live interactive site reviews is also scheduled for PubconNew Orleans 2014, giving you the rare and valuable opportunity to have your business’ website examined by some of the world’s leading digital marketing and social media experts, and receive helpful feedback.
Inc. writer Larry Kim recently featured Pubcon New Orleans 2014 as a “marketing conference that will help your business grow this year,” noting that Pubcon “has an excellent reputation for expert speakers and killer after-parties; it’s definitely a behemoth in terms of attendance and thevariety of topics covered.” Join us in The Big Easy and find out for yourself why Pubcon has for more than 14 years been the conference of choice for those looking to propel their business’ online strategies.
Forbes’ John Hall featured Pubcon as one of the “Must-Attend Conferences for Entrepreneurs”, and for 2014 we’ve turned up the intensity for our big Pubcon New Orleans event.
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella is a past Pubcon keynote speaker from our 2008 LasVegas event, and has praised the event. “Pubcon has established itself as a rich forum for Web professionals of all shapes and sizes to come together to network, learn, and share the latest on SEM topics and more,” Nadella noted.
During his well-received Pubcon Las Vegas keynote address, Nadella — then Microsoft senior vice president of search for the MSN portal and advertising platform group — launched Microsoft’s “Silk Road” project for Live Search, and spent time speaking with many Pubcon attendees after his keynote concluded.
New Orleans celebrates St. Patrick’s Day Louisiana style, and Pubcon takes place during this exciting week of parades and activities in The Big Easy.
Join platinum sponsor Internet Marketing Ninjas and a large selection of sponsors includingAuthorityLabs, Moz, SEMrush, Skyrocket SEO, rmoov, Stone Temple Consulting, and WebmasterWorld, along with exhibitors including Analytics SEO, Infusionsoft, Internet Marketing Ninjas, Page One Power, Poppin, Textbroker, topseos, and Website Magazine, among other.
There’s still time to reserve your company’s spot in the expo hall and to take advantage of one of the many available sponsorships for Pubcon New Orleans 2014, an ideal way to get people at one of the busiest conferences of the year talking about your company.
Meet your favorite new media and optimization authors and have them sign copies of theirbooks at the Pubcon New Orleans 2014 author book signing booth in the exhibition hall. Look for a detailed schedule of book signings in the coming weeks before Pubcon New Orleans 2014 begins.
Pubcon is now the longest-running industry conference under the same name, which means that with a prestigious history dating to 2000, this is Pubcon’s fourteenth year, and with roots dating back all the way to 1980s bulletin board systems, Pubcon offers a time-tested online communication foundation unlike any other.
Pubcon offers an astounding lineup of speakers. For example, the Pubcon New Orleans 2014 SEO conference track includes a session on activating your brand advocates featuring Rob Fuggetta, founder and chief executive at Zuberance, a panel discussion on mobile search and marketing led by Jeff Lancaster, chief executive at Catalyst Canada, and John Busby, senior vice president at Marchex, and a session entitled “International Search and Destination SEO” featuring Michael Bonfils, managing partner at International Media Management, Anne Kennedy, international search strategist at Beyond Ink, and Eli Schwartz, online marketing manager at SurveyMonkey.
Kristopher Jones, chairman at Internet Marketing Ninjas, is an accomplished entrepreneur and investor. As founder and former president and chief executive at Pepperjam — a full-serviceInternet marketing agency and affiliate network — Jones led the company to three straight Inc. Magazine fastest growing company recognitions, as well as the eventual acquisition of the firm by GSI Commerce/eBay.
Jones is also managing partner at KBJ Capital, an early stage technology angel investment fund, which includes portfolio companies ReferLocal.com, Pathmapp.com, Yumm.com, Highlighter.com, VigLink.com, Online Marketing Institute, LavCup.com, and APPEK Mobile Apps, among others. Jones is the best-selling author of “SEO Visual Blueprint” and is a frequent speaker, and moderator at conferences and Universities worldwide.
At Pubcon New Orleans 2014 Jones will take part in an interactive site review focusing on local search, a “Local Search: Reviews and Rankings” panel presentation, and will also be a moderation during the conference.
Bruce Clay is founder and president of Bruce Clay, Inc., a global Internet marketing optimization firm providing search engine optimization (SEO) services, pay-per-click (PPC) advertising management, content strategy and development, SEO training courses and onlinetools. Prior to launching Bruce Clay, Inc. in 1996, Clay operated as an executive with several high-tech businesses, with a far-reaching professional background in leading Silicon Valley firms.
Clay holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor’s in math and computer science from Western Illinois University. As an industry thought leader, Clay is an accomplished speaker, author and educator. Clay speaks yearly at leading industry conferences and conducts training courses for students worldwide on concepts and methodologies related to Internet marketing. His insights have been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, PC Week, Wired Magazine, Smart Money and others.
His book “Search Engine Optimization All-in-One for Dummies” is more than 700 pages of hands-on, practical guidance for implementing comprehensive SEO. His “Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals” is a guide to using SEO and content marketing to reach and influence consumers online. Clay is also on the board of directors of SEMPO, the Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization.
During Pubcon New Orleans 2014 Clay will present the “SEO 2014″ expert spotlight session.
Internet Marketing Ninjas community and branding manager Ann Smarty has been working in various areas of the Internet marketing for seven years. Smarty hails from Ukraine where shegot a Master’s degree in English and German, and began working in the SEO field when still in high school. Smarty’s background includes working as editor-in-chief at Search Engine Journal and being a regular columnist at some of the best-known Internet marketing publications including Moz, Mashable, Social Media Examiner, and others.
Smarty also oversees community building at Threadwatch and the DevShed and Cre8site forums, with personal projects including MyBlogGuest.com and ViralContentBuzz.com.
At Pubcon New Orleans 2014 Smarty will present during the “Google+ and Authorship – Hot Topics and Trends” panel, and help lead an interactive site review focusing on social media.
Among the leading speakers scheduled to present at Pubcon New Orleans 2014 is RalfSchwoebel, founder and chief executive at Germany’s Tradebit Inc.
Schwoebel began involved with e-commerce when he opened one of the first Internet shopping malls in Germany in 1995 at the age of 22. Schwoebel’s background as a game developer and book author for the Commodore Amiga helped him to thrive in the new Internet era, and he is an active member of the Linux community and sponsors several open source projects with time and money.
In 2004 Schwoebel started Tradebit.com as a trading platform for digital goods (downloads), running on a self-made LAMP cluster of 16 nodes and serving more than 4.5 million requests daily as of August 2011 for over twenty thousand merchants. Schwoebel is a coder with a business mind, and a popular Pubcon speaker.
In The Big Easy Schwoebel will be moderating the “Saving Your Search Visibility Through A Redesign” session.
Jennifer Lopez, director of community for Moz, is an experienced social media strategist, SEO,Web developer, speaker, and writer. Lopez brings a unique skill-set to the field of search optimization and online community management. Lopez began her search career as an in-house technical SEO and in a noted conference speaker with a passion for all things search and social, and has gained a loyal following in the SEO community.
At Pubcon New Orleans 2014 Lopez will present an expert spotlight session exploring social media tools.
Sean Jackson is a founding partner at Copyblogger Media, creators of Copyblogger.com,StudioPress/Genesis, Scribe SEO, Third Tribe, and other online properties. Often referred to as the “Geek that Speaks,” Jackson is passionate about technology and how it is applied to the needs of marketing.
As a partner at Copyblogger, Jackson is responsible for ScribeSEO.com and is CFO of the company. Jackson is an active member of the Dallas business community, holding leadership roles with the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Search Marketing Association, and is past president of the Dallas Ad League.
Jackson will take part in a Pubcon New Orleans 2014 content creation strategy session and a live interactive site review panel exploring content marketing and development.
Dixon Jones is marketing director at Majestic SEO, has been an active member of theinternational Internet marketing community since 1999, and is a regular speaker worldwide on search engine marketing and link building. Jones represents Majestic SEO on a global stage and at all levels of industry. Following an upbringing in Hong Kong, Jones’ background includes a degree in mathematics and management studies, and a student union presidency while at Brunel University. Jones’ first business venture was formed in 1989 and still survives in an online form to this day.
For Pubcon in The Big Easy Jones will be delivering an expert spotlight session on alternative search, as well as moderating an interactive site review panel focusing on organic search.
Kimberly Krause Berg, usability and user interface analyst at Internet Marketing Ninjas andfounder and administrator at Cre8asiteforums, is well known for her holistic approach to SEO and usability via Cre8pc.com and Cre8asiteForums.com. Krause Berg’s work combines usability testing and persuasive design with a working knowledge of search engine optimization.
In New Orleans Krause Berg will lead the “Conversion Web Design” expert spotlight session.
Expanding Pubcon beyond the cutting-edge keynotes, training programs and industry leadingsessions is an unrivaled slate of after-hours parties and networking events. There are oftentimes more evening networking events and parties during Pubcon than anyone could possibly attend, but by starting out with the biggest official ones you’ll be sure to get plenty of time to interact with the fantastic and one-of-a-kind Pubcon crowds, and still have time for late-night New Orleans excitement with the after-party events of your choice.
Be sure to attend our Bourbon Street networking events at Tropical Isle and Bourbon Cowboy, and other events to be announced as we get closer to the March 17 – 20 week of Pubcon New Orleans 2013.
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Pubcon is much more than the sum of these 31 and the countless other parts that make up the event, however, and with registration still available some of the fairest prices in the industry, you won’t want to miss Pubcon New Orleans 2014 in one of the most exciting and unique cities in the world.
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