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Local University: Syracuse

Local University

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Local University: Syracuse

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Morning Session - 8am to 12pm   more info Ended $129.00 $0.00
Afternoon Session - 1pm to 5pm   more info Ended $129.00 $0.00

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Learn how your business can use the web to get more customers!

Attend GetListed.org's “Local University”–a half-day workshop about Internet marketing for Syracuse-area businesses.

We're bringing in some of the nation's leading online marketing experts for an intensive four-hour crash course in Internet marketing that will help you navigate the possibilities for marketing your business on the web. You'll learn Search & Social Marketing tips and techniques that will lead to sustained, long-term search engine rankings (and new customers) in your local markets and world wide.

GoogleFeaturing a presentation by Google's Joel Headley: Learn to use Google's local products to acquire new customers, while also engaging & retaining existing ones. We'll start by walking through claiming your Place page, and then explore other local products. 

Bing Business PortalAND, Don’t miss the local 411 from Bing. Understand how the online marketing space is evolving and learn why a strong online presence coupled with local advertising results in more customers and brand loyalty.  Discover how Bing can help you get started. 

Local University: Syracuse will take place on May 22, 2012 from 8am - 12pm OR 1pm - 5pm atDriver's Village in Cicero.

Note: Attendance is limited to only 100 spaces in each session -- this event has sold out in nearby cities. Please sign up as soon as possible to avoid missing it!


Morning Session Afternoon Session Session Topic
7:30am - 8:00am 12:30pm - 1:00pm Check-In and Caffeine
8:00 - 8:10 1:00 - 1:10 Kick-Off and Conference Introduction
David Mihm will introduce the conference speakers and bring attendees up-to-speed on some basic terminology that will be used throughout the seminar.
8:10 - 8:30 1:10 - 1:30 Introduction to the Search Engines
John Carcutt will walk you through the basics of how search engine results are generated, identify some of the major opportunities for small businesses to improve their visibility online, and dispel some of the widespread myths about optimizing your website for the search engines.
8:30 - 9:00 1:30 - 2:00 Website Optimization Basics
Mary Bowling will explain some of the REAL signals that your website can send the search engines in order to rank better.
9:00 - 9:30 2:00 - 2:30 Getting Social Online
Will Scott will take us through the world of social internet marketing, including strategies to engage with customers and prospective customers using the most popular social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, and blogs.
9:30 - 9:50 2:30 - 2:50 Q&A
By this point, your head will probably spinning with some questions. Take the opportunity to ask specific questions to the presenters.
9:50 - 10:00 2:50 - 3:00 10-minute Break
10:00 - 10:20 3:00 - 3:20 Going Local with Google
Learn how to use Google's local products to acquire new customers, while also engaging and retaining existing ones. We'll start by walking through claiming your Place page, and then explore other local products.
10:20 - 10:40 3:20 - 3:40 The Local 411 from Bing
Understand how the online marketing space is evolving and learn why a strong online presence coupled with local advertising results in more customers and brand loyalty.  Discover how Bing can help you get started.
10:40 - 11:15 3:40 - 4:15 Ranking Your Business in Local Search Results
In this session, Mike Blumenthal will dive into how to rank well for searches in Syracuse, and how to make sure you convert searchers into customers.
11:15 - 11:35 4:15 - 4:35 Internet Marketing for the Do-It-Yourselfers
David ties the presentations together & helps you figure out where to prioritize your online energies and resources--including some free tools to take advantage of, and questions to ask if you're thinking about bringing in a professional.
11:35 - 11:55 4:35 - 4:55 Got More Questions? Get More Answers!
The second Q&A panel of the day will again give you a chance to ask questions to the presenters.
11:55 - noon 4:55 - 5:00 Conclusion & Takeaways
Presenters will leave you with key points to remember from the day's topics and answer any final questions from attendees.

Workshop Presenters

Mike Blumenthal
Mike has been involved with offering web services since 1995. Prior to specializing in web design and search consulting in 2001, Mike was a principal in a family owned & operated retail business for over 30 years.

Like all small business owners attempting to market to a fragmented clientele, he was continually frustrated by the barriers & costs imposed by the advertising options available. Shortly after Google Maps was released in 2004 he threw out his 9 Yellow Page books and started focusing on Local Search.

Mike presents nationally at search conferences & contributes columns to Search Engine Land. During the week, you can find him at his blog, Understanding Google Maps and Local Search, where he writes about local search and its impact on the business community.

Mary Bowling
Mary has been involved in all aspects of SEO since 2003 and has always been intrigued by Local Search. With a background as a serial entrepreneur, she always tries to approach Local Search and Internet Marketing in a practical way and from a small business owner's perspective. Mary is an SEO practitioner and consultant and speaks frequently on Local Search at industry conferences - SES, SMX, Searchfest, OMS. She's conducted intensive trainings on Local Search for Search Engine Strategies, Planet Ocean, Search Engine Workshops, the Denver Chamber of Commerce, and for her clients and the clients of other agencies. She blogs at Optimized! 

John Carcutt
John is Director of SEO & Social Media for Advance Digital, parent company of syracuse.com as well as a 11 other local sites across the U.S. He is a regular speaker at national search conferences, is a published author on the topic of SEO and co-hosts the popular SEO 101 radio show on WebmasterRadio.fm. A first generation SEO of more than 12 years, John has worked both on the in-house and agency sides of SEO with clients ranging from Turner Broadcasting to Cotton Inc. and the Miami Herald. His favorite part of SEO ... Teaching it.

Joel Headley
Joel has worked with Google's Local & Geo products since 2005 where he started as a community manager for Google Maps and the Google Maps API. Since then, he's managed teams in Consumer Operations at Google for SketchUp, Maps, Local and Places for business, which are instrumental in maintaining help and educational content, developing user communities, and providing support while gathering user feedback to improve and refine products.

Lauren Hufnal
Lauren Hufnal is a Bing Evangelist at Microsoft, based in New York City. She is responsible for communicating the value and effectiveness of Bing and adCenter through engagement with premium advertisers, field partners and industry influentials.

Previously at Microsoft, Lauren was an Account Executive on the Search Agency Sales team, where she focused on maintaining relationships with top SEMs, while driving revenue growth across her portfolio. She also spent time at Microsoft as a Search Analytics Manager in the Pharmaceutical/CPG vertical, and as a Sr. Search Account Manager, aligned to premium advertisers and agencies.

After starting her career in print media at GDAC, Lauren made the switch to online advertising in 1999. She worked on search, display and email campaigns at Philadelphia agencies i-frontier (now Razorfish) and IIG (now Whitman Hart), as well as Digitas NYC.

Lauren is a University of Richmond alum, graduating with a Business Administration/Marketing major and Studio Art minor. Outside of work, she enjoys playing tennis, running in Central Park, and interior design.

Lauren recently spoke at SIS Park City, SES NYC & SF, DTCP Boston, in addition to performing Bing demos in the Microsoft Technology Center at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

David Mihm
David is the President & CEO of GetListed.org, in addition to running his own Portland-based search engine consulting business. He's a Search Engine Land columnist and a frequent speaker at the SMX, SES, and Kelsey Group conference series.

Will Scott
Will has been helping small businesses get online since 1994 - that's right, 1994 - before most people even knew there was an Internet. At YPsolutions, now Local Matters Inc., Will was responsible for creating systems which enabled the production of thousands of online phone directories. Now at Search Influence, Will leads a team of 20+ dedicated professionals who believe that the Internet, Search Engine Marketing, Search Engine Optimization and Social Media need to become accessible to small business for their success.


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When & Where

Drivers Village
5885 East Circle Drive
Cicero, NY 13039

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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