Community Corner: Spotlight on Search Engine Land Award Winners Wolfgang Digital, Metric Theory & Precis Digital

This year’s Search Engine Land Awards will mark the fourth consecutive year the SEO and SEM community has come together to celebrate the best and brightest in the industry. The 2018 event will be hosted in Seattle, Washington, on June 12 in conjunction with the SMX Advanced Conference, and it has been expanded to include several new award categories.
Started in 2015, the Search Engine Land Awards has not only recognized top-performing SEO and SEM professionals and agencies, it has raised thousands of dollars for a variety of nonprofits, including Be the Match,, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Women Who Code.
As we near this year’s awards event, Search Engine Land is taking a look at last year’s winners in a collection of interviews highlighting the campaigns that won and the results they generated.
For our latest addition to the series, we talk to the teams that took home awards for Best Overall Search Marketing Initiative and Best

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Community Corner: Spotlight on Search Engine Land Award Winners Odd Dog Media & SapientRazorfish

In 2015, the Search Engine Land Awards were introduced to recognize the top performers in the SEO and SEM community. The inaugural event was a big success by all accounts. Hosted in New York City during the SMX East conference, the awards program drew hundreds of attendees and raised thousands of dollars for Be the Match, a national bone marrow donor program, and, a nonprofit committed bringing computer sciences into the classroom.
Since its inception, The Search Engine Land Awards have put a spotlight on the best and brightest within the SEO and SEM industry. Not only are individuals and agencies within the search community recognized for their outstanding work, the event continues to raise thousands of dollars for charitable organizations.
This year, the Search Engine Land Awards event will be hosted in Seattle, Washington, during the SMX Advanced Conference on July 12, 2018. In anticipation of this year’s awards program, Search Engine Land is running this interview

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SLIDESHOW: Photos from the 2017 Search Engine Land Awards Gala

Last week’s awards gala not only celebrated the winners in each category, but also was an evening of celebration for all finalists in attendance. An epic view of the Empire State Building, amazing entertainment by 45 Riots and fabulous fare made it an evening to remember in NYC.
All thanks in part to Search Engine Land Awards program sponsors Google, Acronym Media and Stone Temple. We raise our glass one last time in honor of this year’s nominees and award recipients.
See you in 2018!
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Announcing the shortlist of 2017 Search Engine Land Awards nominees

For the third consecutive year, the selection process in the Search Engine Land Awards became even more difficult, as the field of competition grew to nearly 300 worthy submissions from leading digital agencies, in-house marketing teams and individuals around the world.  
Michelle Robbins, the newly appointed SVP of content and editor-in-chief of Search Engine Land, was incredibly impressed by the depth and scope of entries in this year’s competition. “As a first-time judge, having the opportunity to pull back the curtain and examine the campaigns executed by some of the top search marketers in the industry was inspiring. The work done, creativity expressed and results achieved demonstrate what a truly talented community it is that we serve.”
Robbins and Ginny Marvin, associate editor at Search Engine Land, will also co-host this year’s awards presentation.
Marvin, now in her third year of judging the growing field of applicants, added, “The consistently sophisticated, creative and inspiring quality of the campaigns submitted

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What does it mean to win a Search Engine Land Award?

When we decided to launch our search marketing industry awards program three years ago, the guiding principle was have the honors be truly meaningful. That’s why it’s no small task to enter the competition- we ask for a lot of supporting data and information so our editorial staff and industry judges can effectively measure outstanding results and reward innovation in search marketing.
Year after year, we’ve seen the level of competition rise, and fully expect 2017 to showcase some amazing examples of successful search marketers. And for many finalists, there really is satisfaction in being added to the short list, and we agree – it’s incredibly difficult to name just one winner in every category.
While earning a finalist title would have been enough after a win the previous year, Katy Tonkin of Point It was pleasantly surprised to take home a trophy in 2016 for an enterprise SEM campaign they ran for Microsoft Store.
We were up against some impressive brands: AARP, Catalyst for

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Take the State of Search Survey from SEMPO & Search Engine Land

SEMPO, in partnership with us at Search Engine Land, is asking the search industry to participate by completing the annual State of Search Survey. The survey is available by clicking here.
Those who take the survey will be given access to a free copy of the in-depth report that is written up based on the survey results, a value of $400. Also, you will be eligible to win a free pass to the 2017 SEMPO Member Forum, courtesy of SEMPO, or a FREE all-access pass to SMX West, being held March 21–23, 2017, courtesy of Third Door Media.
You do not need to be a SEMPO member to complete the survey and/or be eligible for the above.
The survey asks questions about:

Search engine optimization (SEO/organic search)
Paid search (pay-per-click advertising or paid search)
Social media
Integration, emerging trends and more

Please complete the survey over here.
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The 2016 Search Engine Landy Awards finalists are…

With nearly 200 entries in the second annual Landy Awards presented by Search Engine Land, this year’s competition was filled with incredible efforts by search marketers across the globe. We are thrilled to announce this year’s short list of finalists, though we also want to also recognize the impressive results submitted by all of the entrants in this year’s program.
The Landy Awards were created to recognize excellence in search marketing, and we’re looking forward to celebrating with the search industry at large at the Awards Gala in NYC on September 28, during our annual SMX conference.
We invite all conference attendees and search marketing industry peers to join us for a black tie cocktail reception as we celebrate your collective achievements at the elegant Edison Ballroom and enjoy gourmet fare and live entertainment following the awards ceremony. Gala tickets are available for purchase now, separately or in conjunction with an SMX conference pass.
Congratulations to this year’s finalists in The Landy

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SEMPO announces its newly elected Board of Directors & Officers

SEMPO has announced its newly elected Board of Directors and officers for 2016 through 2018.
Mike Grehan, CMO at the digital marketing agency Acronym, was re-elected as Chairman, and Mike Gullaskin, who serves as iProspect’s COO, was named President.
“Congratulations to the new SEMPO Directors,” said Grehan in the release announcing the search marketing association’s new board members. “Thanks to the outgoing Directors for their service and contributions, and to my fellow Board members for their expression of confidence in re-electing me Chairman.”
According to SEMPO’s list of officers, Grehan will also serve as the organization’s VP of programming.
Here is the full list of SEMPO’s Officers and its newly elected Board of Directors:
SEMPO Officers:
Chairman: Mike Grehan
President: Mike Gullaksen
Secretary/Treasurer: Mike Corak
Sponsorship VP: Christie Reed
Membership VP Mike Bonfils
Programs VP: Mike Grehan
Research VP: Mark Engelsman
Education VP: Chris Boggs
SEMPO Cities VP: Krista LaRivière
SEMPO Board of Directors:
Chris Boggs, CEO/Founder, Web Traffic Advisors, LLC
Michael Bonfils, International Managing Director, SEM International
Mike Corak, VP/GM, DAC Group
Marc Engelsman, Director,

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SEMPO’s latest salary survey shows search marketer average pay up 16% over 2013

According to SEMPO’s most recent salary survey, the average pay for search and digital marketing professionals is up 16 percent since 2013.
The nonprofit organization for SEO and SEM professionals polled nearly 600 search and digital marketing professionals across a variety of roles, from entry-level to executive. Survey questions covered a variety of salary and work-related topics, including compensation packages, bonuses and benefits, professional responsibilities and search marketing budget sizes.
Other key findings from the survey showed a growth in SEM salaries at the $100,000 range, and the ranks of search veterans also on the rise. On the flip-side, the number of entry-level practitioners was on the decline.
Ninety-four percent of respondents said analytics were a key part of their search duties, and more than 10 percent of respondents claimed to manage 50 or more accounts or websites.
As far as job perks are concerned, being able to work remotely was the most-cited work benefit.
Marc Engelsman, SEMPO’s vice president of research,

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Google ch-ch-ch-changes. How they’re affecting publishers and SEOs

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There appears to be a trend in Google’s actions towards publishers and the digital marketing industry that has me a bit concerned. It seems the company has become less and less transparent with publishers over the last couple years — and frankly, it has me a bit uneasy.
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Now, there have always been bones of contention between Google and the SEO community; some believe that Google hates SEOs, while others believe that Google actually needs us.
I was always in the camp that thought Google knew they needed the SEO community because they cannot control the end product. No matter how great the search results, the end product is still the website. If the websites returned by Google are not very usable or relevant, then people won’t use Google to find them.
This has made the SEO industry an almost necessary go-between, giving Google a fairly direct method to affect site quality by getting SEOs to communicate their rules

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