Poll: Do You (SEMs) Currently Have a Job?

Apr 30, 2009 • 8:52 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search Engine Industry News
 

I wanted to run a quick poll to see how many of you are employed in this deep recession. The poll is completely anonymous and it would help others gauge how safe or unsafe the search marketing industry is during this recession. Please take the poll below and tell your friends to take it.

A Search Engine Watch Forums thread seems to believe that the search marketing industry is doing excellent these days. In fact, this person says that there are plenty of job openings and very few skilled SEMs to fill those positions. Do you agree?

Are you currently employed or looking for work in the SEM field? Please take the poll above and tell your colleagues and friends to take the poll.

Forum discussion at Search Engine Watch Forums.

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Comments:

Arif Gangji

04/30/2009 01:02 pm

We actually just put up a post on our blog about "Internet Marketing and Search currently resilient to economic hardships." We've found people increasing online budgets and reducing traditional marketing budgets.

Adam Tudor

04/30/2009 02:56 pm

I think that's because more people are coming to realise online marketing is generally more effective - as well as being far, far more measurable, almost every aspect can be tweaked to perfection through analysis and optimisation.

Adam Tudor

04/30/2009 03:10 pm

I think that's because more people are coming to realise online marketing is generally more effective - as well as being far, far more measurable, almost every aspect can be tweaked to perfection through analysis and optimisation.

Byrne

04/30/2009 03:55 pm

Too true. During good economic times, it's so easy to say "Sales are up 8%! Surely we can spend 7% more on TV, radio, and dead trees!" But now it's "Revenue is down 20%, and dropping fast. What kind of return are you getting on your marketing budget?" Internet marketing can answer a question like that down to the penny; traditional ads can give an optimistic, worked-over estimate.

Dale Stokdyk

04/30/2009 09:34 pm

Yes - self employed. BUT...my experience is small and medium size businesses are cutting back, often across the board ("reduce everything by 15%"), and getting out of businesses that aren't core competencies or profitable enough.

Yura

05/01/2009 02:23 am

Such times are good for great SEOs with proven ROI, not so good for the newcomers, who need to fight for new projects.

Jon Payne

05/01/2009 07:24 am

We've been swamped the past 12-18 months. Many firms are cutting budgets for offline ads and shifting half of that budget to the web, and saving the other half. Net effect is more leads on our end. I'm looking to hire someone, but as you have stated above there are not enough qualified people... I'm having a hard time finding someone. I am, however, a bit more cautious given the economy in that I want to be a bit more sure of the financials involved with bringing someone on. Also, our existing clients are now more dependent on additional reporting, ROI justification, etc. Nothing to worry about, but does cost us in time.

Andrea Moro

05/02/2009 01:59 pm

I'm self employed, but the crisis get a lot of troubles even here in Italy, where the crisis didn't depends by real financial problem. Trying to relocate in UK, but not so easy. Recruiters give me an idea to really doesn't read the CV.

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