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Five Can’t-Miss Sessions from Virtual Pubcon 2020

Posted on Oct 13th, 2020
Written by Joshua Nite
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    The one silver lining in our current reality is the “virtual event.” Sure, we’re all stuck at home, but at least we can have several entire marketing conferences beamed directly to our laptops. 

    Granted, there’s a distinct lack of cocktails and networking opportunities. You have to supply your own drinks and try to convince your own pets to follow you on LinkedIn (currently mine are still mulling it over). 

    Two dogs, one white, one ginger colored

    “Sorry, we only have Facebark.”

    The latest conference to go virtual is industry stalwart Pubcon, celebrating its 20th year. This search-centered event never fails to round up fascinating speakers with a ton of experience in search and content marketing.

    Here are my top five can’t miss sessions for Pubcon’s Virtual 2020 Conference.

    Keynote: How to Optimize Marketing Experiences with Influencer Content

    Speaker: Lee Odden, CEO, TopRank Marketing
    Salon A
    Time: Thursday, October 15th, 1:00-1:40p (All times Central.)

    Our team at TopRank Marketing, under Lee’s leadership, has been perfecting the art and discipline of B2B influencer marketing for at least a decade. Now, fresh off of our 2020 State of B2B Influencer Marketing, Lee’s ready to take strategic, sophisticated influence to the next level. It’s all about CSI — no, not David Caruso in sunglasses, but Content, Search and Influence working together to drive ROI.

    Human-Centered Keyword and Content Strategy

    Speaker: Elmer Boutin, SEO Director, GTB
    Salon B
    Time: Wednesday October 14th, 11:10-11:40a

    SEO isn’t about writing for robots anymore; it’s writing for the way humans search and trusting the robots to keep up. This session promises to teach how to create a content strategy for human-centered CEO, including metrics and measurement.

    Google Keynote 

    Speaker: John Mueller, Webmaster Trends Analyst, Google
    Salon A
    Time: Wednesday October 14th, 9:00-9:40a

    When Google talks, marketers listen. The tech giant never gives away too much of how their algorithm works, of course. But we’ll take whatever we can get. John has over a decade of experience at Google, so his perspective on search trends is sure to be well worth your time.

    Developing Eye-Catching Content: Five Timeless Lessons from a Pandemic

    Speaker: Phillip Thune, CFO, Textbroker International
    Salon B
    Time:Wednesday October 14th, 2:30-3:00p

    The pandemic didn’t create the need for high-quality content. But like so many other changes, COVID-19 highlighted and magnified that need, and it’s causing marketers to re-evaluate their content strategy. In-person sales conversations and trade shows are off the table. Marketers are cranking up their content production — which means it takes something extra to make your content stand out from the rest. Phillip brings a consultant’s eye to the problem with his session.

    Conversational UX, AI and Chatbots

    Speaker: John Lawson, CEO, ColderICE
    Salon A
    Time: Wednesday October 14th, 1:50-2:20p

    What does SEO look like when there’s no longer a SERP? Voice search and chat are the next frontiers for intrepid marketers. This session promises to address the shift from visual to voice, including what the big movers and shakers are doing and how marketers can keep up.

    Stunning Insights Are Virtually Assured

    Tune into Pubcon 2020 for all of the above and more, and keep an eye on the TopRank Marketing blog for highlights and takeaways. 

    What sessions are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments.