Posts Tagged ‘speakers’

Top 5 Local Ad Stats of the Week: LSA|14 Conference

Friday, April 25, 2014

Since we are just days away from the 2014 Local Search Association Conference, we thought we should do something a little different with today’s Top 5 Local Ad Stats of the Week. Instead of sharing insightful research and data points, we are giving you the top 5 stats about LSA|14, our premier local advertising and marketing event starting this weekend:

  • 60 unique entries were judged for the Ad to Action Awards and the winners will be announced at the conference.
  • About 65% of conference attendees carry executive titles such as CEO, Co-Founder, President, SVP, VP, Director, etc.
  • 13 countries will be represented at the conference including Macau, Israel, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, India, Germany, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, Uruguay, among others.
  • 50 influential speakers will participate from companies including Google, comScore, YP, Bing, LivingSocial, xAd, JiWire, Retale, Wanderful Media and many more.
  • 71 degrees will be the average high in Huntington Beach throughout the conference!

If you haven’t done so already, register now. See you soon in SoCal!

What You Need to Bring to ‘Search Starts Here’ in Vegas

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The “Search Starts Here” Conference in Vegas is quickly approaching and we are just 11 days away.  Help us spread the word and let the Twitter world know you’re coming by using the #SearchStartsHere hashtag.

But before you make your way to Vegas, we want to make sure you are prepared.  Here are some things you are going to want to bring:

  • Business Cards: With an expected attendance of around 400 people and a variety of networking events, you’re going to need a lot of business cards to pass out.
  • Bathing Suit: With the poolside Strategic Exchange Session (SES) cabanas, you might want to take a dip and cool off between meetings because the temperature is looking to be in the upper 70s and 80s.
  • Lucky Rabbit’s Foot: If you have anything that will improve your chances of winning, then bring it.  You can also improve your odds of winning an iPad mini. Each time you get a friend, co-worker, vendor or business partner to sign up for our conference, you will be entered into a raffle for an iPad mini. Just make sure they submit your name and company in the appropriate field when they register.
  • Black and White, Business Casual Attire: This year’s Industry Excellence Awards theme is “A Night in Black and White.”  Come see some of the most innovative and creative work taking place in the local search space as we honor our winners with a brief black and white movie.
  • Chargers: The 4 day, jam-packed agenda is will give you plenty of strategic and tactical insight that you’re going to want to take notes on. Come see our influential speakers and workshops with a full charge.
  • Golf Clubs: This year’s conference golf tournament is sponsored by the Yellow Pages Group and will be held at the beautiful Arroyo Golf Club nestled alongside the breathtaking Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas.
  • Cocktail Attire: Dress up and get pictures with some special guests, enjoy some food and drinks, and take advantage of even more opportunities to network during the Viva Las Local Cocktail Reception and Dinner.
  • Smartphone: The updated LSA mobile app also acts as your personal concierge for the conference. Find out who the next speaker is, where the workshops are being held or get the phone number of a company that you want to do business with, all from your phone!
  • Questions: Be ready to get concentrated access to executives and the many influential local search pros while at the conference.  Pick their brains, get their insight and make the partnerships you need to drive your organization forward.

In addition, TODAY is the last day to take advantage of our special room rate at Planet Hollywood. After today, the price will increase! When booking your room, simply use the attendee group code “SMLSA3″ to guarantee the rate. BOOK ONLINE or you can call the hotel directly at (866) 317-1829.

Register today and we will see you in Vegas!

Top 10 Reasons to Come to ‘Search Starts Here’ Conference April 13-16 in Vegas

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Our conference has really come together nicely and with such great content, it got me thinking about all the compelling reasons local search professionals should come.  Here is my top 10 and while it doesn’t capture every benefit of attending, it gives a good glimpse into the relevancy and importance of our event.

10. Venue: The dynamic Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in the heart of Las Vegas is a one-of-a-kind venue for a one-of-a-kind conference. Book your room today!

9. Las Vegas: Shows, clubs, dining, tours, shopping, gaming, golf, spas, hiking, attractions and more! Take in the great content of our conference while taking advantage of the exciting city of Las Vegas.

8. Industry Excellence Awards: See some of the most innovative and creative work taking place in the local search space during the Industry Excellence Awards.

7. Strategic Exchange Sessions: Whether you registered for an SES or not, these are great for networking and making connections with executives from influential local search companies. There are still tables and poolside cabanas available. For more info, check out our SES Brochure or contact Terri Stabnick ( today at (248) 244-0743.

6. Networking Events: With all the networking events planned for the conference, you can catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and, most importantly, develop partnerships with the companies that will help drive your business forward.

5. Vegas: Just in case you forgot, the conference is in Vegas!

4. Workshops: The subject matter and panelists for this year’s workshops are particularly relevant.  Come learn about the latest and greatest technologies and innovations that are impacting areas such as mobile, SEO, social media and more.

3. Speakers: The biggest names in digital, mobile, social and print media will discuss many strategic and tactical topics that are driving the local search industry forward.

2. Attendees: With an expected attendance of about 400 people, our conference puts all of the biggest names in local search in one place.  Don’t miss your chance to network with this influential group.

1. Search Starts Here: Local search is evolving and so are you. Get ahead of the latest trends and be part of the conference that influences the industry. Search truly does start here…

We look forward to seeing you there!  Register today.

LSA Annual Conference Welcomes Influential Speakers from Google, Groupon, YP and more

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The speakers and panelists coming to our 2013 “Search Starts Here” Conference in Las Vegas include experts, veterans and thought leaders from all areas of the local search space. The biggest names in digital, mobile, social and print media will discuss many strategic and tactical topics that are driving the local search industry forward.

In addition to the great keynote speakers from Solocal Group (formerly PagesJaunes Groupe), Facebook and CityGrid, here are some more exciting subjects and speakers you can’t afford to miss:

SMB State of the Union
Greg Sterling (Opus Research)
Neal Polachek (Industry Observer)

Making Transformation Happen
Paul Plant (Radicle Consulting)

What’s Working in Mobile
Tim Garcia (Moasis)
Dan Hight (xAd)
Tae Kim (Google)
Michael Rubin (YP)

State of the Industry
Bill Dinan (Telmetrics)
Neg Norton (Local Search Association)

Print Directories in a Multi-Platform World
Matt Centofanti (YP)
Eric Webb (Marquette Group)
Dave Wolf (Linkmedia 360)
Emil Morales (TNS)

Sales Differentiation in a HYPER Competitive Selling Environment
Bob Sanders (AXIOM)

Building the “Local Commerce Operating System”
Ethan Anderson (MyTime)
Dave Gilbertson (Constant Contact)
Sean Harper (Groupon)
Bob  Gregerson (hibu)

Finally, as announced earlier, we also have some great workshops and breakout sessions with Yelp, Yext, edō, Supermedia and many more.

To learn more about all of our impressive speakers, visit our Speakers Page and don’t forget to check out the agenda for all the great content planned for the conference.  Register today and we will see you in Vegas!

Facebook’s Dan Levy to Discuss ‘Nearby’ at LSA Annual Conference

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

We are looking forward to hearing from another great keynote speaker at our annual conference: Dan Levy, Director, Small Business, of Facebook.

Dan will be discussing Facebook’s “Nearby” feature that has captured a lot of press recently for its impact on local search.  He will share insight into some of the recent updates to Nearby as well as plans for future updates such as the addition of information from third-party services.

Facebook’s Nearby combines the social elements of Facebook with its geo-location services by allowing users to find local spots that friends have checked into or “liked” such as restaurants or other local stores and businesses.  In addition to social information, users are provided with addresses, contact info and hours of operation for these local businesses.  Facebook also goes a step further by tapping into the hugely successful online reviews space with features that allow users to rate and review local businesses and recommend them to friends.

Dan leads the Small Business team at Facebook. He is responsible for sales, marketing, and service for the millions of small businesses who use Facebook to connect with their customers and grow their businesses. Dan joined Facebook in 2008 to start the Payments and Risk organization leading Facebook’s efforts to expand payment acceptance, industry relationships, and operations. Prior to Facebook, Dan started his own marketing business – Justarrive, and spent seven years at PayPal.

Dan will be speaking on Day 2 of “Search Starts Here” to close the conference via a fireside chat format.  Get your questions ready!

Visit our conference website for more information and make sure to register for our conference by February 13th to receive $200 OFF the full registration price!

Register Now for BIA/Kelsey’s SMB Digital Marketing 2012 Conference

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

We’re just several weeks away from BIA/Kelsey’s highly anticipated SMB Digital Marketing Conference 2012, taking place Sept. 17-19 at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago.

This annual event, which brings together innovators, influencers, and inventors in the digital marking place, will focus on small and medium sized businesses’ increased investment in the space and their greater appetite for ROI-based strategies. Specific topics will include local sales strategies, merchant outreach, SMB engagement and promotions, local search, social media, mobile strategies and technology innovation.

The jam-packed three-day agenda will feature a variety of exciting speakers, including:

  • Alfred Mockett, CEO, Dex One
  • Bob Sanders, President & CEO, Axiom
  • Court Cunningham, CEO, Yodle
  • Ben Wood, Head of Channel Sales Partnerships Americas, Google
  • Fred Huang, Manager, Partner Relations, Facebook
  • Anthony Bratti, SVP – Business Development, vSplash
  • John Busby, VP, Marchex Institute
  • Barnell Holloway, Manager, Local Business Outreach, Yelp
  • Sanjay Gupta, VP, Global Merchant Marketing, Groupon

Visit the conference website and register today! I look forward to seeing many of you in Chicago. For those who cannot attend, stay tuned to Local Search Insider for live coverage of the event.