SEM Scholarship Contest Judges
Marketing Pilgrim’s search engine marketing scholarship contest is grateful to the following expert judges for their help in selecting our winner.
Rand Fishkin – SEOMoz.org
Rand is an Internet Marketing Consultant and the founder of the SEOmoz website & tools. He has been involved in web development since 1995 and search engine optimization since 2001. Rand specializes in working with both online and brick-and-mortar firms to improve traffic, usability & conversion rates on the web. His clients include companies around the globe in the retail, financial, healthcare & communication sectors.
Jennifer Grappone & Gradiva Couzin – YourSEOPlan.com
Search marketing consultants Jennifer Grappone and Gradiva Couzin have been improving the Internet presence of Fortune 500 companies and other firms in the media, entertainment, software, retail, nonprofit, and human resources industries since the early days of SEO. Jennifer, a former Web project manager and corporate video producer, began focusing exclusively on SEO in 2000. Gradiva, a programmer and civil engineer, has been working in SEO since 1998. Together they deliver a well-rounded, left-brain/right-brain approach to successful search engine marketing. Gradiva and Jennifer are the authors of â€œSearch Engine Optimization: An Hour a Day”.
Mike Grehan – Search-Engine-Book.co.uk
Mike Grehan has executive experience with the industry’s leading SEM firms and is recognized as one of the foremost SEM experts. He is the author of multiple books and white papers on the topic, and his best-selling second edition of “Search Engine Marketing: The essential best practice guide” received more plaudits from the industry’s leading players than any other book on the subject. In 2004, Mike was voted one of the U.K.’s top 100 influential people in Internet marketing for the previous decade in a poll of online marketer E-consultancy’s 22,000 U.K. members.
Kim Krause Berg – UsabilityEffect.com
Usability Consultant, Kimberly Krause Berg, is the owner of UsabilityEffect.com, Cre8pc.com, and Cre8asiteForums. Her background in organic search engine optimization, combined with web site usability consulting, offers unique insight into web site development.
Lee Odden – TopRankBlog.com
Lee Odden is CEO of TopRank Online Marketing, an industry leading search marketing agency and publisher of Online Marketing Blog. Lee is a recognized expert on search marketing, social media and new media public relations and has been cited by U.S. News and World Report, The Economist and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Lee is an active member of the DMA Search Engine Marketing Council, SEMPO and serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association. He also is a frequent speaker at DMA, WebmasterWorld Pubcon and MIMA events.
Robin Nobles – SearchEngineWorkshops.com
Robin Nobles was the first online instructor in search engine optimization, having taught thousands of people since 1998 through OnlineWebTraining.com. She’s published three print books on the subject, two of which are still in print today. In 2002, she branched into on-location workshops with partner John Alexander through their company, Search Engine Workshops.com. They are now opening localized training centers across North America through Search Engine Academy.com. Robin’s “niches within a niche” are content, creative writing, thinking creatively, and article marketing, and she’s a prolific article writer.
Barry Schwartz – RustyBrick.com
Barry Schwartz is the President of RustyBrick, Inc., a Web services firm specializing in customized online technology that helps companies decrease costs and increase sales. Barry is the Executive Editor of the SearchEngineRoundtable.com, a search resource that compiles the top news and SEM tips from within the search community. Barry is also the Chief News Correspondent of the Search Engine Watch blog. For more information about Barry, visit his CartoonBarry.com blog.
Aaron Wall – SEOBook.com
Aaron Wall is an Internet entrepreneur. He authored “The SEO Book”, runs a community discussion forum named Threadwatch, owns many content websites, speaks at conferences, and consults companies large and small regarding their search marketing strategy.
David Warmuz – Trellian.com
In July 1997 Trellian launched the first fully automated benchmark SubmitWolf Search Engine submission software, which is now part of the leading Trellian SEO Toolkit application. David has been instrumental in the development and growth of Trellian where the main focus continues to be the development of website marketing solutions. Key Trellian solutions include: – KeywordDiscovery.com an advanced keyword research tool; and – Competitive Intelligence that identifies which sites are sending your competitors traffic.