The Secrets of Google Local SEO in 2013

Google Local SEO in 2013 was the topic at the first DFW Search Engine Marketing Association (DFWSEM) meeting of the year, and it started off with a bang. The room was packed and featured keynote presentations by our own Greg Gifford and Chris Silver Smith, who shared their secrets for successfully ranking local pages on Google.

(Seeing the tweets in this post is dependent on the Twitter API, and we know how reliable that is. If all you see is links try refreshing the page.)

Location

We were at our usual location, but due to another large conference going on in the hotel we were relegated to the Spurs Room, which is right off the bar.

DFWSEM Secrets of Google Local SEO in 2013 Meeting

DFWSEM Secrets of Google Local SEO in 2013 Meeting

Which inspired the following tweet.

And retweet.

A few people took Grant up on his suggestion

Attendance

The downside of meeting in this room is the size, and the first meeting of 2013 set a record for the number of attendees who registered online in advance. 117. (Thanks to each of you who did, it helps a lot.) Not to worry, that should not be a problem going forward.

Got to see some faces we hadn’t seen in a while. (Hope it’s not like the gym and we don’t see them again till next year.)

Before The Meeting

Before the meeting got started the crew from Globe Runner SEO stopped for a little pre-game activity.

A couple of people had issues getting to the venue, but persevered.

Social Media Club of Dallas

The President of the Social Media Club of Dallas (SMCDallas), Kendal Shiffler, graced us with her presence.

Awards

We honored the two of the gentlemen who founded DFWSEM, Bill Hartzer and Jim Gilbert, and the past president, Dan Sturdivant.

Bill Hartzer and Jim Gilbert were honored as the founders of DFWSEM.

Bill Hartzer and Jim Gilbert were honored as the founders of DFWSEM.

Presentations

The presentations by Chris Silver Smith and Greg Gifford, on Google Local SEO in 2013, provided a wealth of information as was witnessed by the massive amount of note taking.

During The Meeting

At the same time THIS was going on.

After The Meeting

The real action at DFWSEM goes on at the hotel bar. This evening was no different. As soon as the bar opened the twitter chatter stopped, although there was almost no tweeting going on. Maybe their hands were busy holding something besides their smart phones?

Sarah Hodge and Kevin Adams at the bar after the DFWSEM Secrets of Google Local SEO Meeting.

Sarah Hodge and Kevin Adams at the bar after the DFWSEM Secrets of Google Local SEO Meeting.

 

Summary

All in all it was a great night.

More updates coming soon that cover the two presentations that were given.

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About the Author: Scott Vann (@ScottVann) is the Vice President of Communication for DFWSEM, and a Realtor serving the Dallas area from Downtown to points north. Search for homes at ScottVann.com.