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Sky Is the Limit for DMA's Search Engine Marketing Council; Energized Council Has All- New Agenda, Events, Educational Opportunities
DMA’s SEMC’s burst of energy comes at an opportune time, considering search engine marketing is the fastest growing direct marketing channel. Google — itself turning 10 in September — saw first quarter 2007 revenues skyrocket 63 percent over last year’s results. Moreover, 42 percent of consumers buy products they found by searching the Internet, according to the DMA’s “2007 Statistical Fact Book.”
What all this means is that this “young” form of marketing is enjoying great popularity. Turning that popularity into a healthy bottom line for businesses is the SEMC’s mission, with its new slate of conference and seminar programming, topic-oriented monthly council meetings, an updated blog, and networking events.
“It's truly amazing that the speed of SEM evolution has created few experts; and it is only through forums such as our Search Engine Marketing Council that our members — whether they are new to search or veterans — can learn from each other,” said Lisa Merizio Smith, DMA’s director of segment services. “The monthly council calls are lively and sometimes feature heated expert debate about this quickly progressing marketing field.”
“This is an exciting time for the SEMC,” said Andrew Wetzler, SEMC membership chairman and president and co-founder of MoreVisibility. “We have a very robust schedule of events for the second half of 2007. It's an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about search engine optimization or search engine marketing strategy and tactics to get involved."
The following individuals are responsible for the reinvigoration of this DMA special-interest council:
· Heather Lloyd-Martin, CEO, SuccessWorks
· Jeannette Kocsis, Vice President, Digital Marketing, Harte-Hanks
· Doug Garfinkel, Vice President, Media and Acquisitions, Epsilon
· Detlev Johnson, Vice President, Position Technologies
· Mike Moran, Distinguished Engineer, IBM
· Lee Odden, President, TopRank Online Marketing
· Amanda Watlington, Owner, Searching For Profit
· Andrew Wetzler, President, MoreVisibility
SEMC Announces Upcoming Events
DMA’s “new-and-improved” SEMC’s monthly meetings feature hour-long conference calls covering activities and open forum topics, such as “Why Direct Marketers Are Already Equipped for SEM,” “The Future of Search: Personalization, Semantic Search, SEO/PPC Convergence, Etc.,” and “In-House vs. Outsourcing.”
From to on June 27 at the DMA Seminar Center (1120 Avenue of the
Council members pay $99, DMA members pay $299 for the seminar and a one-year council membership, and non-members pay $399. To view the seminar agenda, visit http://www.the-dma.org/councilevents/searchseminar/. For more information, call DMA Customer Service at 212.790.1500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moreover, not a day will go by without exploring search engine marketing in workshops, labs, and sessions during DM Days New York Conference & Expo, which will be held at the
Additionally, during DM Days New York, the SEMC will hold a breakfast meeting with the members of DMA’s Email Marketing Council (EMC) from to on Tuesday, June 19, at the
Also, a council-sponsored virtual seminar series is in production, according to Merizio Smith.
About the Search Engine Marketing Council
The mission of The DMA Search Engine Marketing Council (SEMC) is to be the primary search marketing resource for the direct marketing community. The SEMC promotes ethical guidelines through creation, education, and adherence to best practices. SEMC constituencies include marketers, media properties, and search engines. Through active education, the SEMC helps organizations to understand search engine marketing’s value and effectiveness, and to discover strategies for integrating search into their overall marketing plan.
Members actively participate in best practices case work, research studies and direct marketing community outreach, educational events, and virtual and in-person seminars. Members proudly demonstrate their commitment to DMA standards and council best practices.
About Direct Marketing Association (DMA)
The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) (www.the-dma.org) is the leading global trade association for business and nonprofit organizations that use and support multichannel direct marketing tools and techniques. DMA advocates standards for responsible marketing, promotes relevance as the key to reaching consumers with desirable and appropriate offers, and provides cutting-edge research, education, and networking opportunities to improve results throughout the end-to-end direct marketing process.
Founded in 1917, DMA today represents more than 3,600 companies from dozens of vertical industries in the
In 2006, marketers — commercial and nonprofit — spent $166.5 billion on direct marketing in the
The Power of Direct: Relevance. Responsibility. Results.
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