The agenda is live, and we’re now accepting submissions to speak at Search Marketing Expo – SMX West 2014, March 11-13, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. To increase the odds of being selected, be sure to read the agenda. Understand what the sessions are about. Ensure that your pitch is on target to the show’s audience and the session. Please also be very specific about what you intend to cover. Also, if you do not see a particular session listed, this is because there are no openings for that session. Use this form to submit your request.
As you might guess, interest is high in speaking at SMX conferences. Here are some tips that will increase your chances of being selected.
Pitch early: Submitting your pitch early gives you a better chance of being selected. Coordinators accept speakers as soon as they identify a pitch that they think best fits the session, just like colleges that use a rolling admissions policy. So pitching early increases the likelihood you’ll be chosen.
Use the form: The speaker pitch form (http://searchmarketingexpo.com/speaker-form) is the way to ask to speak. There’s helpful information there about how your pitch should be written and what it should contain.
Write it yourself and be specific: Lots of pitches come in that are obviously written by staff or not specific to the session. These are two of the most effective ways to ensure that your pitch is ignored. If you’re a thought leader, write the pitch yourself… and make certain that it is 100% focused on the session topic.
“Throw your best pitch:” We’re limiting the number of pitches to three per person, so please pitch for the session(s) where you really feel you’ll offer SMX attendees your best.
Key Milestones: The speaking pitch form will close on December 31, and we’ll notify everyone who pitched whether you’ve been selected or not by the second week in January.
Ready to submit? Use this form to submit your request.
Want some more great tips on how to submit a compelling speaking pitch? See Matt’s Unofficial Tips for Pitching to Speak at SMX, an excellent guide written by Search Engine Land editor-in-chief Matt McGee.