It’s been a great first two days of the conference with some significant improvements in many of the sessions’ content and quality. At the NYC SES show earlier this year, I was left with a bit of a disappointment in many of the sessions I attended as many seemed to be exactly as the last few shows. That’s not the case with this show.
It may just be my perception or the sessions I’ve been attending, but this show has been full of great information and new case studies and topics. The search engine patents session was super as well as the blogs/RSS session, although I am not sure how a speaker can give a decent presentation with out some sort of PowerPoint as one of the speakers attempted to do.
What a day for catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. In the am I got the chance to see the flurry of typing by Barry Schwartz and Ben Pfeiffer as they provide the most comprehensive coverage of the conference with three people covering it.
I had lunch with Amanda Watlington (has a new book on blogs/RSS) and Chris Pirillo (his Chris Pirillo show hit #3 on iTunes while we ate). I ran into SEO guru and author, Aaron Wall and Frank Watson (Aussiewebmaster) at the last session and had the enjoyable opportunity to see Frank’s excellent negotiation skills with a Google rep.
I ran into Joshua Stylman of Reprise Media on the way to Google Dance to find out that AllBusiness.com has recently become one of their clients. Ironically, a few minutes later I ended up in line with Anthony Iaffaldano of Reprise, with whom we shared our mutual adoration of the excellent writing/blogging skills of Erin Bradley and the SearchViews blog.
The Google Dance will need it’s own post as there were so many great people there. Suffice it to say that Google has outdone themselves again with a terrific event, presenting attendees with a wide range of food/drink, DJ and live music, volleyball, karokee (including costumes), video games and no running out of beer.
On the way back from Google Dance, I did see SEO veteran, Jill Whalen and I should mention she’s launched a new site, SearchCreative.com. I have not had a chance to have a detailed discussion with her about it but will post on that later this week.