I had the pleasure of attending the first Local University put on by GetListed.org in Spokane, Washington on February 4th, 2010. This one day event, provided a fantastic amount of local search, SEO, social media and other Internet marketing information to over 150 attendees looking to have a better grasp on how they can be more visible online.
Organized by GetListed.org co-founder David Mihm, the seminar featured a great line-up of experienced Internet marketers as well as Google and Bing representatives. The Local University seminar will be heading out to other cities in 2010, bringing a fantastic wealth of information for any business or organization looking to improve their online marketing knowledge.
In just a 4 hour session, attendees took part in detailed presentations, real world case studies, Q & A sessions, how-to’s, do-it-yourself tips, resources and more. Overall it was some incredible search, social and local/maps information, from talented presenters, all for $129. A complete steal to get a ton of basics, the best practices and the baseline to market online.
The panel of speakers form left to right were Mikko Ollila of Bing, Ryan Hayward of Google, Matt McGee of Small Business SEM, Mike Blumenthal a local search expert, David Mihm of GetListed.org and Mary Bowling of seOverflow. Not pictured above was Spokane SEO expert Ed Reese.
In addition to attending the seminar it was a chance for me to finally connect in person with other search marketers I have read, done business with and interacted with for some time. I had a great time meeting a few new ones too like Mary Bowling, Mike Blumenthal (aka Professor Maps) and Mike Ramsey as the presenters took in dinner the night before.
Minneapolis In The Local University Future?
The one last piece that put me on a flight to Spokane was to attract the Local University offering to the Minneapolis area later this year. The amount of information, the level of expertise and the complete offering would be perfect for the local business community here in the Twin Cities.
I can tell you that the event left Spokane buzzing, satisfied and hoping for another one.
Hopefully I’ll have some good news soon, but don’t hesitate to let your voice be heard with a comment below.