Notes from the SEORoadShow Edinburgh

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Following on from comments on the SEORoadShow held in Edinburgh this weekend, here's a few of the personal highlights for me. No divulging of top secret information, no reporting on discussions participated in or overheard, just some of my personal favorite bits :)

  • Finding out that Mrs Mackin reads TW - Lovely!
  • Whisky with Heather - Grnidone and I decided late Sat evening that we'd try a nice whisky - im afraid i was the one who couldnt drink it hehe.. Meeting grnidone was definately a highlight.
  • Meeting littleman, albeit briefly
  • Meeting Mike Grehan and Barry Lloyd
  • In fact, there's a quite a bit like that so let's leave it there but say it was FANTASTIC to meet so many cool new people and catch up with old friends.
  • The impromptu Sat night chinese - those pancakes were to DIE for!
  • Missing lunch at the Bad Ass Bistro 'cos i was too stupid to work out that we were actually meeting at the venue, not the hotel - sheesh...
  • Dinner with Mikkel and Peter - Two cooler Danes would be harder to imagine - lots of interesting stuff on Thursday, thanks guys!
  • Having JasonD demonstrate some of the absolute fundamentals of business - it's astonishing how bad i am at that, and how GOOD he is!

It was a great weekend, my thanks again to MrMackin, NFFC and RCJordan and the UK guys that scoped out the venue earlier in the year!

My Apologies to Danny Sullivan

Danny actually paypaled me a bunch of $$$'s to buy everyone a round at the Roadshow, but I didn't get the email in time and didnt log in again untill Sunday :( What a shame, really sorry Danny! $$$'s coming back your way, hope you can make the next one!

Rumour has it that Copenhagen will be the next venue, and I can't wait...

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Massa

Hey, i forgot to mention Bob Massa - He's as colorful in person as he is here and about :)

Thrilling!

Meeting all the living legends AND their lovely wifes were absolutely thrilling!

Testing single malt from a to z at the bar and repairing with a solid scottish breakfast next morning - though I did leave out haggis and bloodpudding...

All the inspiriation has made me file God a request to expand the day from 24 to 36 hours - thanks all of you!

missed flight...

but atendees are so cool. gurtie giving me place to stay...the best group of people I have met...so glad i went.

you know...

That's the thing about writing a "few notes" - you miss out far more than you write.

I also met the legendary Dirk and Ralph from Fantomaster - very nice folks - Mike has a few piccy's here: http://www.e-marketing-news.co.uk/seo-roadshow/

thank you :)

thank you all for the wonderful weekend.

great location (city as well as hotel) and just way better organized then the wmw-pubcons I've been before. It's just good if there is someone ordering a quiet room for dinner, and if the bar doesn't close very early the evening.

great event - more of that kind!

Good one all around

and how nice it was seeing all the familiar faces again. Guess the venue being Edinburgh took the top of the drop-in for a free drink newbie crowd.

Looking forward to getting it together for Copenhagen (venue suggestions welcome!)

Great event

and good to see you all.

One suggestion for Copenhagen, though: please do reintroduce the dog tags again - it's a great help especially for the newbies (and yes, some old hands probably, too) to see a participant's name and, if possible, his or her forum alias(es). This can spare people a lot of confusion and save time in the process.

Thanks to all

who made this possible. An absolutley smashing event. Got to speak up close and personal with 30 or 40 folks, very disappointed I didn't get around to the other 30 or so.

A few personal highpoints that would seem very strange to those outside the industry: talking Google theory with Tall Troll at 4:30 in the morning, getting an (ahem) IP-delivery tutorial from fanto, staring at a blank tabletop as Ian helped me visualize the climb up the slippery slope of an algo. Great stuff!

Throw in the good beer, good whisky and a bunch of good people and I coudln't hope for a better time.

One suggestion for Copenhagen

Dogtags are a great idea. I'm glad you volunteered, Fanto. hhh! Seriously, I agree.

>drop-in for a free drink newbie crowd.

Yeah, the new "filter" worked great, didn't it? Even so, attendance was in the 70's or low 80's (70+ signed in for the prize drawings).

hhh

I'm glad you volunteered, Fanto

If that was a nudge-nudge for sponsoring them, no problem as far as we are concerned. Won't do to use cloaked ones, I suppose, though? :-)

No, not a nudge for

No, not a nudge for sponsorship --besides, your donation (both this year and last) of FantoWare for the prizes has been more than generous.

It's pretty well known now that we're a highly dysfunctional group of event organizers and proud of it. I told several there that the ultimate goal was to have an event that "everyone just showed up" and we may, indeed, be getting close to that.

No problem ...

... schlepping a box of 100 dog tags across Europe, anything for a good cause, heh! :-)

And yes, just showing up (SANS telepathy, of course, as that wouldn't qualify for being geeky enough) might be real nice indeed, provided hotels and bars and air carriers etc. will join in the fray.

sigh...do we have to wait 12 months again

>>getting it together for Copenhagen
Rumbas, If you are planning the next meeting in Copenhagen then I would be more than happy to leave the venue suggestions to you guys over there especially if you take us all to a restaurant as good as you did in Barcelona :)

>>have an event that "everyone just showed up"
That sounds cool but could it be with only 14 days notice to make it a bit more fun :)

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