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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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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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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SEMPO Names 20 Leaders From Locations Around The World To Drive SEMPO Cities Initiative

Since announcing its SEMPO Cities initiative in April to replace former local SEMPO groups, the nonprofit search organization has selected its first 20 leaders from cities across the globe.
According to the announcement, the new SEMPO Cities leadership will be charged with representing the SEMPO brand in their local communities, as well as coordinating local events for the SEMPO Cities Month which is scheduled for October of this year.
We are confident that SEMPO Cities will continue to expand and help digital marketers around the world create viable, local communities.
“With this group, we are confident that SEMPO Cities will continue to expand and help digital marketers around the world create viable, local communities supporting search engine marketing professionals,” said SEMPO Cities vice president Krista LaRivière.
Here’s a full list of the inaugural SEMPO Cities leaders and their locations:

Katherine Anderson, Director, Sirocco Web Design (Newcastle, Australia)
Eric Cholette-Dufour, Partner, Planning Media (Montreal, Canada)
Krista LaRiviere, CEO, gShift (Toronto, Canada)
Alexandre Brabant, Search Marketing Specialist,

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