SEMpdx SearchFest 09 Scheduled for March 10, 2009 in Portland, OR

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Danny Sullivan to be Keynote Speaker at Annual Search Marketing Conference

Bringing renowned industry luminary Danny Sullivan to our thriving city was a specific goal when we started SEMpdx

Search Engine Marketing Professionals of Portland (SEMpdx) is pleased to announce that the premier Pacific Northwest conference dedicated to Search Engine Marketing (SEM), SearchFest 09, will take place at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon on March 10, 2009. This year's exciting full-day event features Danny Sullivan, Editor-In-Chief of Search Engine Land, the leading news and analysis blog for search marketing professionals, and founder of Search Marketing Expo (SMX), as guest keynote speaker.

Danny Sullivan, who has been helping Web masters, marketers, and everyday users of the Internet understand how search engines work for more than a decade, proclaimed his enthusiasm to present this keynote delivery at SearchFest 09 by stating, "Portland has a thriving Internet and search marketing community, and it's great to be taking part in this annual gathering for those in the area."

In addition to this special appearance by Danny Sullivan, SearchFest 09 will present multiple informative learning tracks, workshops, and panel sessions designed to provide direct insight into the most up-to-date strategies and technological advancements in online search marketing. Industry experts and thought leaders from around the country are scheduled to deliver in-depth presentations ranging from basic SEM fundamentals to specific advanced techniques.

"SEMpdx is continuing to build on our pursuit to put Search Engine Marketing on the map in Portland", exclaimed Ben Lloyd, President of SEMpdx. "Bringing renowned industry luminary Danny Sullivan to our thriving city was a specific goal when we started SEMpdx," Ben added, "and, we are very excited to see our vision come to fruition."

SearchFest 09 is open to all individuals interested in learning the latest advancements in enhancing search engine performance to deliver more visitors and customers to their Web site. Conference tracks will cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from search engine optimization (SEO) and pay-per-click (PPC) fundamentals, to more advanced tracks that include leveraging Web 2.0 to increase online visibility and sales, Web analytics, and future trends.

Information on registering and attending SearchFest 09 can be accessed through the following link:

http://www.searchfest.org

SEMpdx is a non-profit trade organization supported solely by members and sponsors. SearchFest 09 will be fully sponsored by leading service providers and regional entities eager to contribute to the success of this annual search marketing conference.

Sponsorship and speaking opportunities are currently available. Interested parties can receive more information by contacting Mike Rosenberg, SEMpdx board member in charge of sponsorships, at 503-222-6378.

About SEMpdx:
Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, SEMpdx is dedicated to nurturing the development of Search Engine Marketing (SEM) in the greater Northwest. Our non-profit organization provides a resource for local professionals and businesses interested in leveraging SEM to enhance their career and bottom line. SEMpdx's mission is to improve the quality of work and life for SEM professionals, as well as elevate Portland's profile on a national scale as a hotbed of SEM talent. The organization hosts monthly events, including Hot Seats, which offer local businesses valuable advice on how to increase awareness and revenues via SEM. The organization also supports one non-profit charity organization each year, both in terms of resources and cash donations. The charity of choice for 2009 is the Police Activities League, an organization committed to providing educational, recreational, and athletic programs to the youth of the Portland / Gresham metropolitan area. For more information about SEMpdx, visit http://www.sempdx.org.

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