The Tuesday, Jan 11th meeting of the Rocky Mountain Internet Users Group (RMIUG) will discuss “The State of the SEO”
As much as social networking sites such as facebook and twitter have dominated headlines, one thing remains true: Internet users still search, a lot. According to comScore, Internet users do about 16 billion searches per month. This is up 15% over last year. Combined with research showing 95% of traffic originates from the first page of results, clearly search remains an integral part of a user’s prism into the Internet.
Still, from the launch of the first Internet search engine (Archie in 1990), the landscape for search has changed dramatically. Search engines have become infinitely smarter (no more keyword stuffing), faster (ever try Google’s instant search), and more powerful (Bing’s Travel Search tells you whether the price of a flight will go up or down). 2011 is a very different world for Search than its humble beginnings.
For the next RMIUG meeting, we will explore the current state of Search including:
- Is Google still king?
- How much has social media sites (twitter and facebook)
- Have search habits changed? Are people just going to their resources directly and avoiding search?
- How does Mobile play? Is that the new area to focus?
If you are looking to up your SEO IQ, this is the meeting for you.
To discuss the topic, we will bring in the following speakers to our next RMIUG meeting:
Troy Lerner (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Chuck Aikens (email@example.com) from Booyah Online Advertising: Troy and Chuck have both been involved in the search industry since 1999 and bring a long list of successes (and failures!) to share. Booyah is a full service online agency managing about $70M annually in advertising and counts on clients such as Dish Network, Vail, Gap, Teleflora and CP+B.
The meeting is Tuesday, January 11th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm (with optional 6:30 pm start for refreshments and informal networking). The meeting will be held at The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder. To get to NCAR from the Boulder Turnpike (US 36) or Broadway (US 93), take Table Mesa Drive west towards the mountains for approximately 2.5 miles into the foothills. NCAR is at the top of the hill. For door-to-door driving directions, go to MapQuest (www.mapquest.com/), click on Driving Directions, enter your starting address, NCAR’s address, and voila! Park in the NCAR lot, go in the main door, and ask the guard to point you to meeting, which is held in the main auditorium, right off the lobby. The meeting is free and open to the public, but we may pass the hat to help defray expenses.
Our meeting location seats about 120 people. That is usually enough room to accommodate all attendees, but it’s impossible for us to predict how many people will show up for any given meeting. Seating is always on a first-come, first serve basis, and in the event of more attendees than seats, we won’t be able to admit additional people into the auditorium after all seats are filled.
Thanks to our three sponsors who help make RMIUG meetings happen:
Applied Trust Engineering (www.appliedtrust.com/) — an IT security and network/systems infrastructure consulting services company sponsors the refreshments.
ONEWARE (www.oneware.com) — a Colorado-based software company that provides semi-custom web-based applications, sponsors the RMIUG meeting minutes.
Copy Diva (www.copydiva.com) which provides marketing project management, marketing communications consulting, and web content development is the AV sponsor for RMIUG.
Consultants and companies are invited to bring Internet-related Product information, brochures, and business cards which will be displayed on an information table.
There are email mailing lists set up for this group. To subscribe or unsubscribe, see www.rmiug.org/maillist.html. You can also reach the RMIUG “Executive” Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our web site is at www.rmiug.org/
Please note that RMIUG is hosted at NCAR and we are their guests. NCAR has security regulations in effect that we must follow in order to use the facility. If any RMIUG attendee is unwilling to follow these simple regulations, I would ask that he or she not attend and instead read the minutes after the meeting.
Here are the NCAR security policies that must be followed:
1. No weapons.
2. Must sign in at front desk and provide name.
3. Cooperate with security folks including providing ID if requested.
4. We are guests of NCAR so cooperation and courtesy are expected when dealing with NCAR staff.
If there are any questions or concerns with this policy, please contact me directly.
Thanks, Josh Zapin (email@example.com).