Search Conferences 101: 33 Reasons Why You Should Go to the IM Charity Party at SES San Jose

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33 reasons why you should stay up late and go to the IM Charity Party at SES San Jose:

    1. Networking happens AFTER the sessions are over. The best place to meet your future client/SEO/agency is at the hotel bar or at one of the conference parties
    2. You might meet fookin’ dave naylor and buy him a beer
    3. You may be able to witness Greg and Barbara Boser in the midst of a twitter hoax
    4. You may find out Jennifer Slegg’s favorite Disney characters.
    5. You can wind up Michael Gray like a jack in the box by telling him that Google does no evil, then make peace by discussing how hot the women of Battlestar Gallactica are
    6. You could attempt to beat Frank the Tank to paying for the dinner check
    7. Drinking for charity is a tax write-off
    8. You may witness Stuntdubl spin 90s hip hop
    9. You can win some awesome prizes, like a LIFETIME subscription to Shoemoney tools
    10. Your boss thinks you are a good person for donating your dinner stipend to charity while off at a conference. How very responsible of you
    11. You can smash Neil Patels beer before he has the chance to do it to yours
    12. It’s always fun to meet new people over breakfast
    13. The internet marketing ninjas will be lurking around and rumor is if you catch one, they have to divulge their secrets or swallow a shot of tequila
    14. Avinash will tell you the latest analytics secrets while posing for pictures with a life size Danny Sullivan cut out
    15. You can say you were there when Dax breaks into the next piece of musical equipment or gets kicked out of a hotel
    16. BOTW always throws a great party
    17. Find out what Lawrence Coburn’s favorite widget is
    18. 4 hours of open bar for $40 is a lot less money than most of you would have spent at the hotel bar
    19. Chris Winfield may drop life changing secrets about either SEO, social media, or how he has such great hair
    20. Ask Andy Beal how you can become radically transparent
    21. Debate the ethics of white hat SEO in honor of Jill Whalen
    22. Ask Jim Boykin what his favorite national park is
    23. Have Lee Odden tell you about some of the thousands of lakes in Minnesota
    24. You can get tips from Jon Kelly and Lauren Vaccarello about planning a party
    25. Ask Laura Lippay how the food at Yahoo compares to Google
    26. Try to get quoted in Jessica Bowman’s new book
    27. Have Brent Csutoras him tell you the finer points of Reddit while he’s digging on his iphone
    28. Have Shoemoney perform a rear naked choke or at the very least kick your butt in thumb wrestling
    29. Ask Oilman his favorite uses for duct tape
    30. Find out why Captain Kirk is a master of web analytics from Matt Bailey
    31. Get the scoop on Search Engine Journal’s Journal from Loren Baker
    32. Being at the same party as your SEO idol is a great ice breaker, so start talking
    33. Don’t be a douchebag. Why do you hate childen? Come to the party

IM Charity Party Event Details:
$40 donation will get you 4 hours of open bar with some of your favorite SES attendees
When: Monday August 18, 2008 8pm-12am
Where: Agenda Lounge – 399 S 1st street, San Jose ( 1 block from the conference)

Register early at by donating at least $40. Make sure to leave your name so we can put you on the list the night of the event or you can pay at the door, but keep in mind that space is limited.

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  • Vygantas

    34. You will waste your time rather than earning or learning.

    Isntead of making those charity parties, they should donate that money instead of spenging on a no sense.

  • Lauren

    Actually, all funds raise go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society and the Children’s hospital. So throwing the party allows people at the conference to network while raising tens of thousands of dollars to help cancer research

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    Yeah, I usually do not delete comments, but Vygantas’ comment came pretty close.

    Networking with individuals within the same industry to build trusted relationships which will pay off greatly is both earning and learning. It’s one of the core pillars of business strategy.

    I’m not sure why you left this comment.

  • Vygantas

    So you call charity a business?

    I b/c also don’t get people who said that they are donating x USD to someone, etc. Why say that? You are doing that cause you want, not for a public.

    Is this is like donations to African kids, it might be scam. You know why we keep donating again and again to them? Because kids don’t get all that money, “main guys” takes that. Like not presidents, but you know what I mean’t. Gang leangers.

  • Lauren

    Thanks to the very generous event sponsors who are covering the costs of the drinks and venue, all of the money donated the day of the event will go to either the Leukemia and Lymphoma society or the Childrens Hospital

  • Todd

    A lot of hard work has gone into throwing this party, including very generous donations by sponsors. We’ve had great support – and we hope it’ll be the first of many IM Charity Parties.

    It is a public event – and by getting together and having some fun, we can raise some money too.

    Thanks for being a hater and a troll guy – Please stop eating babies – they’re making you grumpy.

  • Vygantas

    I am not a troll, hater or neither greed.

    I’m telling what I think and if you call people idiots, trolls, haters, etc which got different opinion than yours… Whatever. It’s all about mentality.

  • Todd

    you drank a whole gallon of hater-ade this morning for breakfast didn’t you?

  • Tamar Weinberg

    Vygantas, before you speak negatively about these events, go to one. Perhaps you don’t really know much about this industry, but networking is a GREAT way to “earn and learn” (in your words) too.

  • Christoph C. Cemper the Marketing Fan


  • Christoph C. Cemper the Marketing Fan

    Too bad, just wanted to donate online, but that form does NOT support OUTSIDE US,
    so it forces me to enter a State/Province
    which is not with my credit card. PayPal not supported either…

    Well, guess I’ll pay at the door – Todd reserve a seat for me please!


  • Todd

    Definitely Christoph! Can’t wait to see ya there.