Who's the Biggest Search Geek in America: New Leader Emerges

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New top scorer surfaces in the final weeks of the first-ever SMX Biggest Search Geek Contest sponsored By Marin Software

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Marin Software, provider of the leading enterprise-class paid search management application for advertisers and agencies, and Search Marketing Expo (SMX West), today announced that a new top scorer has surfaced in the final weeks of the Biggest Search Geek Contest.

With a top score of 76.8%, the new leader beats out the previous top score of 71.25%. The SMX Biggest Search Geek Contest is open to anyone with the mettle to answer 20 tough questions about the ins-and-outs of search marketing.

Contest questions have proven to be challenging, with the median score to date (of those answering at least one question) being 33.33%. Thus far, the highest scoring contestants have taken the longest to complete the test. There is no time limit, so contestants who are serious about winning should take their time in answering this complex set of questions.

The winner will receive a free trip for two people to SMX West in Santa Clara, California, February 10-12, 2009. The prize includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and passes to SMX West 2009 for the winner and a travel companion. The winner will also receive an award on stage from Danny Sullivan, and will gain nationwide recognition as the Biggest Search Geek.

The winner of the SMX Biggest Search Geek Contest will be chosen based on who answers the most questions correctly. In the event of a tie, the time taken to complete the test will decide the winner. Search marketing experts have until January 28 to take the questionnaire and the winner will be notified during the first week of February. What's more, the top 10% scoring contest entrants will be eligible to receive a "Search Geek" recognition award from Marin Software at SMX West Feb 10-12. The first names, locations and scores of the top 10% will also be listed on the Marin Software site the first week of February.

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Biggest Search Geek
Marin Software
SMX West
Third Door Media

About Marin Software:
Marin Software provides an enterprise-class paid search management application for advertisers and agencies. Marin Software's "No Black Box" methodology offers serious search marketers unprecedented control and transparency over their SEM programs. Marin Search Marketer® addresses the workflow, analysis, and optimization needs of large-scale advertisers and agencies, saving time and improving financial performance. Marin offers pay-as-you-go pricing and is designed for those who are spending at least $50,000 monthly on paid search. Customers include Razorfish, a division of Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and ZipRealty (Nasdaq: ZIPR). Marin is backed by Benchmark Capital and Amicus Capital.

About SMX West and Third Door Media:
Search Marketing Expo - SMX West is produced by Third Door Media, Inc. Third Door Media's mission is to empower internet and search marketing professionals by providing trusted content and community services they need to be successful. Other events in the Search Marketing Expo series include SMX East, SMX Local & Mobile, SMX Advanced, SMX Social Media Marketing, SMX Munich, SMX Sydney and SMX London. The full list is available at the Search Marketing Expo site.

Third Door Media also publishes the search marketing news and analysis site, Search Engine Land, produces Search Marketing Now, a lead-generation marketing solution for suppliers of SEM-related products and services, and Sphinn.com, the place for web, online, search, interactive and internet marketers to share news stories, talk within subject-specific discussion forums, build a network and stay connected to hot topics in Internet marketing.

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