SES Chicago 2010 is Being Held in October!?!

Now, I’ve known for months that SES Chicago 2010 was being moved from it’s traditional slot in December to October this year, but I was surprised at SES San Francisco last week to hear an industry veteran blurt out, “SES Chicago is being held in October!?!”

Greg Jarboe and Sally Falkow at SES Chicago 2009.jpg
Greg Jarboe and Sally Falkow at SES Chicago 2009

Yep, it will be held in the same place — the Hilton Chicago — but in a whole new season: Autumn, also known as fall in American English. That’s right, SES Chicago is being held Oct. 18-22 — before Halloween — instead of in mid-December — after Thanksgiving.

Wow, imagine being in the Windy City before it becomes “The Chill,” as rap musicians from the area refer to Chicago, Illinois. I may wear my Tommy Bahama shirt to “The Miami of Canada,” as Mr. Burns referred to Chi-Town in an episode of The Simpsons. I may even enjoy visiting The Second City before it is trapped in the frozen central zone in the Ninth Circle of Hell.

Hey, I’m not making this up. Matt McGowan, Publisher and Head of US, Incisive Media, and Mike Grehan, VP, Global Content, Incisive Media, back me up in the video below.

Preview of SES Chicago 2010!

But, enough talk about the weather. Let’s look at the keynote speakers for SES Chicago 2010.

As Grehan said, Avinash Kaushik, author, blogger, and analytics evangelist for Google, will be giving the opening keynote. Here’s a sample of what he has to say — in case you didn’t hear him speak at SES New York 2010.

Google analytics Avinash Kaushik empowers search marketers at SES New York 2010

Jeffrey W. Hayzlett, celebrity CMO, best selling author, and former Kodak CMO, will be giving the morning keynote on Day 2 of SES Chicago 2010. Here’s a snippet of what he said at SES San Francisco 2010 to give you an idea of what he’ll say in October.

Jeffrey Hayzlett, former VP, Eastman Kodak, rocks the audience at SES San Francisco 2010

But wait, there’s more!

Maile Ohye, Senior Developer Programs Engineer, Google, will give the morning keynote on Day 3 of SES Chicago. Byron Gordon of SEO-PR interviewed Ohye after her keynote at SES Toronto 2010. Check it out.

Google’s MayDay, caffeine, and snippet at SES Toronto 2010

So, it won’t be frickin’ freezing when you head to Chicagoland this year. And the topics tackled by the keynote speakers at SES Chicago 2010 will be hot, hot, hot.

Now, I should disclose that SES is a client of my agency. But trust me on the Chicago weather.

Related reading

SEO is a team sport: How brands and agencies organize work
How to pitch to top online publishers: 10 exclusive survey insights
search reports for ecommerce to pull now for Q4 plan
amazon google market share for ecommerce, data