Internet Marketing

SEM Gourmet: SEMPDX Searchfest Reviewed

When I drove down to Portland to speak at SEMPDX’s ‘Searchfest 2008’, I had low-ish expectations. Lots of great people running it and participating, of course, but it was a very small conference compared to SMX West.
Next year I’ll be more optimistic – it was a great, great conference.
The one-day conference had great content (with one exception I’ll be writing about later), top presenters and while it had some technical glitches was generally well organized.
If you want a small, elegant serving of search engine optimization and marketing advice, definitely check it out next year.

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Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent and the EVP of Marketing Services at Clearlink. He's been a digital marketer since the days of AOL and Compuserve (25 years, if you're counting). He's recorded training for, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Smashing Magazine, and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, Seattle Interactive Conference and ad:Tech. He has published several books about business and marketing: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle, The Web Marketing All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, and Conversation Marketing. Follow him on Twitter at portentint, and on LinkedIn at

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