A Day at SEM Summit

SEM Summit is aimed at company owners, managers and marketers who want to make sure they are effectively using Search Engine Marketing. The focus is on strategy and current trends and is most suitable for beginner through intermediate Search Engine marketers. Beginner marketers should attend our 8:00 a.m. session covering basic concepts and the language of SEM.


How You’ll Spend Your Day …


7:30 Doors Open/Check-In

8:00 – 8:30

Victoria’s Mayor, Lisa Helps


8:30 – 9:30

Online Advertising Blueprint
Speaker: Robert Cooper


9:30 – 9:45 Coffee & Snacks (Included with Conference Ticket)


9:45 – 10:45

From SERP Clicks and Facebook “Likes” To “Buy Now”- The UX Journey

Description: In this session I will discuss the common mistakes to avoid as well as the huge wins that you can claim when creating a user experience from a click through on a Search Engine Results Page (SERP) or a “Like” on a Facebook page through to the coveted Onsite “Buy Now” button. We will cover ways to improve your Click Through Rate (CTR) from the organic SERPs and provide a clear direct path for the user as well as discuss the similar journey a user takes from a Facebook “Like” onward to your site and through your sales funnel. Too often there is a great disconnect in the area between the promise to the user prompting their initial engagement and the process carrying them through to the final sale leaving a large number of potential customers frustrated and disappointed. It’s up to you to win or lose a user through this journey from the SERPs or Facebook to the Onsite purchase. In this session we will cover how to create a consistent, easy to use, delightful journey for your audience that will have them “Liking” you all the way right through the “Buy Now”.

Speaker: Mary Davies


10:45 – 11:45


The Scoop on Local SEO in 2017

Description: The first half of Ross’s presentation will walk attendees through the necessities of setting up their business for local SEO; highlighting any changes since last year’s presentation. The last half will focus on the most important aspects of maintaining and boosting the visibility of a local online profile on Google through authority building.

Speaker: Ross Dunn


11:45 – 12:30 (Included with Conference Ticket) + Mingling with Attendees & Speakers


12:30 – 1:30


You’re Doing it Wrong. Websites That Suck.
Avoiding These Brutal Mistakes When Rolling Out Your New Website

Description:  So you’re about to develop a fantastic new website. Perhaps your ‘IT person’ or ‘marketing wizard’ even recommended a new domain name. Yikes! Take a step back and think about that for a moment.

My session will give you all of the tools necessary to perfectly transition to your new website without the shock of dropped traffic or a barren inbox. Then we can collectively ‘point and laugh’ at some harrowing examples of how not to roll out to a new website as well as some simple, yet often overlooked mobile experience blunders.

Speaker: Jade Carter


1:30 – 2:30


Under the Hood – Paid Advertising Tactics
Description: In this session we will be taking a look at maximizing your paid advertising campaigns with tried and true tactics. Actionable tips and tricks based on user and traffic data will be the focus. Whether you run your own advertising campaigns or have have an agency managing your paid messaging this session will provide you with he ammunition to take your product or service to market locally and beyond.
Speaker: Mark Johnstone


2:30 – 3:30


The Future Of Local Search
Description:  In this session we’ll be looking at the changes Google is making that impact local search as well as the algorithm and search experience as a whole.
We’ll be looking at:

  • The future of reviews and how it looks very little like today
  • The impact of changing devices and the growth of voice search and personal assistants
  • Tips for how to stay ahead of your competitors when the target is moving

Speaker: Dave Davies


3:30 – 4:00 (Included with Conference Ticket) + Mingling with Attendees & Speakers

Q & A Session with Speaker Panel

4:00 – 5:00 (Included with Conference Ticket)

5:45 – 7:00 Networking Reception location TBD


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