MozCon 2018 The Initial Agenda


With just a little over three months left until MozCon 2018 is upon us, we’re getting a clear picture of what the 2018 show will be like. We look forward to sharing particulars this morning.

There are 21 speakers lined to speak (and we’ll begin our Community Speakers program shortly (stay tuned for more information on how you can make an effective appeal!). There are some familiar faces, as well as some who will be taking stage on the MozCon stage in the very first place with topics that span from the development of searcher intent, to the growing significance of local SEO and from dealing with bureaucratic obstacles to removing the noise of your reports.

The details of the topic and the final agenda are being worked out however we’re thrilled about the conversations we’ve had that we’d like to share with an overview. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Seattle on July 9-11!

If you’re still in need of tickets We’ve got you covered:

The Speakers

Here’s a look at the names will be performing at the next concert as well as some of the topics we’ve come up with:

Jono Alderson

Mad Scientist, Yoast

SEO: The Democratization of SEO

Jono will examine the amount of time and money we waste collectively through fix the same fundamental, “binary,” well-defined items over and over (e.g. meta tags URLs, 404s, and so on) while we could be educating others within our teams not to make them break at all.

In the time that we “own” technical SEO, there’s no need (for instance) for a typical developer to master the subject or even care about it, and they continue to make similar mistakes. We say that we know that others aren’t doing the right thing however, by doing this we just reinforce the gap between our abilities and theirs.

We must begin giving portions from this SEO discipline, as well as the technical aspects. SEO is likely to be the most straightforward thing to get rid of.

In his presentation He’ll advocate for greater cooperation, education, democratization and funding for open source projects to ensure that we can correct things one time, not millions of times.

Stephanie Briggs

Associate, Briggsby

Search-Driven Content Strategy

Google’s advancements in understanding the language of search and intent have changed the way in which and why content is ranked. In the end, many SEOs are seeking results they know Google has already concluded are not viable.

Stephanie will discuss the implications of this on how you write and optimize your content for search. She can help you find the most appropriate content opportunities. She will teach you how to convince organizations to make investments in their content and provide some examples of the tactics and techniques she’s used to increase the reach of the content program through millions of visits.

Rob Bucci

CEO, STAT Search Analytics

“Near me” or Far:
How Google Might be Determining Your Local Intent For You

In August of 2017, Google stated that local searches that did not include the “near me” modifier had been growing by 150% and that searchers were now beginning to eliminate geo-modifiers- such as zip code and neighborhood out of local searches all together. But is Google have a clue about what the searchers are searching for?

For instance: the question”top breakfast places” implies that the quality of food is paramount breakfast places close to me] suggests close proximity is important for breakfast spots; and [breakfast establishments in Seattleappears to cast an entire city wide net. breakfast places are largely unclear.

Comparing non-geo-modified terms to those that have been modified using prepositional terms “near me” and “in [city name]” and qualifiers such as “best,” we hope to know the ways in which Google interprets the different types of intents for local. We also hope to identify patterns in the different types of SERPs that are generated.

With an knowledge the way local search results function SEOs can make improvements to the keyword lists, customize contentand create specific campaigns to meet the needs of.

Dana DiTomaso

The President, Partner and Director of Kick Point. Director of Kick Point

Traffic Vs. Signal

With an ever-growing array of options available in tools such as Google Tag Manager and Google Data Studio marketers of all kinds are falling victim to the mindset that “I’ll collect this data because maybe I’ll need it eventually,” but in reality , they’re making lots of noise for little or no value.

Our metrics are still being viewed from the perspective of the company rather than from the perspective of the customer. What, for instance, do we not report on (or even considering the issue of) the speed at which a client is able to do what they’re required to accomplish? Why do we continue to focus on page views? In this presentation, Dana will focus our focus on what is really important.

Rand Fishkin

Founder, SparkToro, Moz, &

A man who doesn’t need an introduction to MozCon We’re excited to confirm that Rand will return to the stage in 2018 following the launch of his own business, SparkToro. The topic to his speech is currently in the making; stay tuned for more details!

Oli Gardner

Co-Founder and Co-Director of Unbounce. Unbounce

Content Marketing is Broken and only Your M.O.M. Could Help You

Traditional content marketing is focused on educational value, but at the expense of the value of the product that is a flawed and outdated method of thinking. Everybody needs to market a product and we all want something to enhance their lives. However, we’re afraid of being viewed as salesy that we’ve lost our way and lost the reason our content exists at all.

We’re in need of M.O.M.s!

He’s not talking about your mommy’s actual name. The question is about the Marketing Optimization Mapthe guide for exploring the subtleties of content marketing that is optimized using the lens of a product-centric.

In this class, you’ll be taught:

  • Lessons and information learned from his most significant ever marketing experiment in content and how they have influenced his approach to content
  • A context-to-content-to-conversion strategy for big content that converts
  • Advanced techniques for creating “choose your own adventure” experiences for navigation that build event-based profile of the behavior of your visitors (using GTM and GA)
  • Innovative ways to create and commercialize your existing technology with use cases that your customers have never thought of.

Casie Gillette

The Senior Director of Digital Marketing KoMarketing

The issue with content and Other Things We’re Not Ready to admit

Everyone is convinced that they require content, but they don’t consider why they require it or what they really require to produce. This is why we’re flooded with low quality content, and marketers are trying to prove the importance of content.

In this talk we’ll discuss some of the most pressing issues that marketers face today, and the ways that a data-driven approach can assist us in making better decisions.

Emily Grossman

Mobile Product Marketer & App Strategist

What Marketers Need to Know on the subject of site speed

At this moment, we all know the importance of speed of websites to the performance of our search. The recent announcement of a “speed update” underscored that fact once more. It’s not always easy for marketers to determine what to do to increase the speed of their sites, however many people mistakenly believe that site speed is an issue for developers. Emily will clarify that by providing a practical overview of the impact that our work has in ensuring that our websites speed up and load at a reasonable rate for modern standards.

Russ Jones

Chief Search Scientist at Moz

The Lies and the Damned, Damn Lies, and Statistics

Russ is our main search scientist at Moz. After spending a decade as CTO at an agency, Russ joined Moz to concentrate on the areas is his passion research and development. particularly related to keyword research or link-related data. He’s in charge of the majority of our innovative methods.

In MozCon in 2018, he’s hoping to cut the bad metrics by using better metrics, and analyzing the subtle assumptions and errors in our industry’s regular publishes, showing us how to paint an accurate picture of what’s happening.

Justine Jordan

Vice President Marketing Litmus

An experienced participant on MozCon, a veteran of the MozCon stage Justine loves helping marketing professionals develop the right, tested, and more effective emails. She was named an Email Marketing thought leader of the year, she’s extremely passionate about email marketing and hates being called an email spammer, and feels anxious when you click the send button.

When she speaks at MozCon in 2019, she’ll be planning to highlight the importance of engaging with emails in the current world of marketing. With the imminent arrival of GDPR, and the ease at that you can opt-out or make a complaint about spam, it’s more crucial than ever to treat people as individuals instead of leads.

Michael King

Director of Management, iPullRank

You’re Not Educated About SEO

Perhaps, “SEO you don’t know you don’t know.” We’ve all heard people sling the words around to appear smart, but they’re not sure what it is and our field of SEO is no different. Some aspects of SEO that are recognized as essential however, they are rarely comprehended. Mike can help us avoid awkward momentsby taking difficult issues like the esoteric aspects of log-file analysis and information retrieval and combining them with an in-depth knowledge of the technical implementation of standard SEO suggestions, and turning these into tools and knowledge that we would have never missed.

Cindy Krum

CEO & Founder, MobileMoxie

Mobile-First Indexing or an All-New Google

The rise of voice-search along with Google Assistant is forcing Google to shift its strategy in search to be more favourable to their own understanding of entities or understanding of the world around them, so that questions and inquiries can be answered within context. Many marketers are struggling to understand how their website and their job as an SEO or SEM will change, as searches focus more on entity-understanding, context and action-oriented interaction. The shift could offer enormous opportunities, or pose huge threats to your business and your work — the most important issue is how to prepare yourself for the changes.

Dr. Pete Meyers

Marketing Scientist, Moz

Dr. Peter J. Meyers (AKA “Dr. Pete”) is a Marketing Scientist at Seattle-based Moz where he works in conjunction with the data and marketing science teams to conduct research on products along with data-driven, relevant content. He is responsible for securing the thin line between both data science and marketingthat’s more like an avenue and fairly large — he’s also the creator behind MozCast as well as the guardian of Algo History, and the watcher of everything Google.

Britney Muller

Senior SEO Scientist, Moz

Britney is Moz’s chief SEO scientist. A explorer and researcher at heart, she’ll never stop searching until she’s got to the root of some of the most intriguing advancements in the field of search. She can be found on Whiteboard Friday She’s also currently working on an updated (and drastically upgraded!) edition of the Beginner’s Guide to SEO.

In MozCon in 2019, she’ll be revealing what she discovered at the deepest part of the hole, to make it easier for you to travel.

Lisa Myers

Chief Executive Officer, Verve Search

We’re not as smart as the rest of Us

In SEO, as any other field is usually dependent on the capacity of people to collaborate. Lisa Myers started Verve Search in 2009 and right from the beginning believed in the value of forming an all-inclusive team and creating and encouraging them to come up with ways to solve their problems on their own.

In this presentation, she’ll share her experiences and provide actionable tips on how to find to, train, and retain the best talent to create a top-of-the-line team.

Heather Physioc

Director for Organic Search, VML

The Red-Tape Toolkit for you:
How to Gain Trust and Receive Approval to Search Work

Are your recommendations for a search ignored and are they misunderstood? Are you feeling like you’re battling roadblocks at each turn? Are you worried that others do not understand the importance to your efforts? Learn to navigate the bureaucracy of corporate life and cut through the red paper to make sure that colleagues and clients comprehend your work in search — and then actually implement it. From assessing client maturity to articulating how search can be integrated into the larger picture These tools will help you with the tools to overcome any obstacles to do your best work.

Mike Ramsey

President, Nifty Marketing

The Awkward Local

You are aware of its existence. You are aware of the meaning of a citation and you are aware of the importance of having precise listings. However, with localization and personalization being a growing part of every SERP, local should no longer be viewed in isolation -every social and search marketer must be enhancing their skills. In addition, it’s also the right time that local SEO marketers expand the scope of their activities.

Wil Reynolds

Director and Founder of Digital Strategy, Seer Interactive

Excel is for rookies:
Why every Search Marketer Should to be able to master BI, ASAP

The analysts are coming to your job, but not AI (at at least, not yet). Analysts have stopped using Excel long ago. They utilize Tableau, Power BI, Looker! They have more information than you do, and that’s what’s going to be an obstacle to your work. They may not have a clue about how to search for information, however they are aware of data. I’ll write about my obsession with PowerBI, and also the information I am able to gain in a matter of seconds , which helps every client Seer with lightning speed. Search marketers must seize this opportunity as analysts don’t get the insight since most of the time they utilize these tools to present their data. They are used to uncover information.

Alexis Sanders

Technical SEO Account Manager, Merkle

Alexis works as a Tech SEO Account Manager in Merkle to ensure the reliability, efficacy and scalability agency’s technical suggestions across all industries. You’ve probably seen Alexis on Moz blog as well as Search Engine Land, OnCrawl, The Raven Blog as well as She’s got a knack for getting the entire industry excited about the more technical aspects of SEO, and if you haven’t already, you’ve got to check out the technical SEO challenge she created at

Darren Shaw

Whitespark’s Founder Whitespark

In the leading edge in local search optimization, Darren is obsessed with understanding everything there is to learn concerning local searches. He is the organizer and publisher of research projects such like each year’s Local Search Ranking Factors survey and the Local Search Ecosystem.

When he speaks at MozCon next year, the SEO expert will present the most recent results of the Local Search Ranking Factors study that he’s noting significant changes since the last version, informing SEOs of all kinds be aware of how they must adapt their strategies.


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