SMX Israel 2014 Recap: Our Best Show Yet

Feb 4, 2014 • 9:05 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search Engine Conferences Coverage
 

SMX Israel 2014

It is now 9 days after SMX Israel 2014 and honestly, I am still recuperating. The conference completely wiped me out, you can see what I mean if you watch my video from a few days ago. But it was worth it!

This was our best show yet, all around. From content, networking, food, accommodations, the general vibe and feel. I am biased of course, but I get the feel from the people and it honestly felt that we completely nailed this show on so many levels. Heck, I am still getting feedback from people who went to the show that loved it.

We sold out a week before the event took place, which rocks. We also had all our speakers show up, which is rare for large conferences. Normally at a conference, there is a speaker or two that has to cancel last minute. It just seemed like everything from the content, speakers, sponsors, to the food, atmosphere and heck, even the internet, all worked so incredibly well.

Even the Googlers who attended, about 35+ from both the paid side and organic side (Webmaster Tools team) seemed to enjoy it. They mentioned it early on in this webmaster hangout with John Mueller.

John Mueller was our keynote, it was the first time we had a keynote session in a single room. It worked out pretty well timing wise and I think we will keep doing the keynote styles. Here is a panorama picture of the room when John was speaking:

smx-israel-john-keynote

SMX Israel was even trending on Twitter that day. :)

My favorite picture is when one of the speakers had their mother (or grandmother) sitting in the front row watcher her speak. The smile on her face was priceless:

smx smile

Of course, the packed rooms, standing room only, with 300+ people in a single room, says a lot about how much our industry has come. And I think this was in the "mobile SEO" panel, where previously we had only a handful of people show years ago.

smx israel packed

My pictures didn't come out all that great but there were plenty of pictures, blog posts, tweets, social shares throughout the day. Here are some of the ones I have found, if I missed any, please add them to the comments and I will try to get them included here:

And of course, thanks again to our sponsors for making this possible including Google, Analytics Ninja, Trusted Proxies, ZEFO, Rapid Fire Consulting, Universal McCann Search, Majestic SEO, PixelPointPress, aimClear, Kenshoo, and Curiyo.

Thanks to all our speakers, attendees, advisors for making this such an amazing show.

For a recap of the previous events, see SMX Israel 2013 recap and SMX Israel 2012 recap.

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Comments:

Moti Hamou

02/06/2014 12:19 pm

Both mother and grandmother were there, I was sitting next to the grandmother, super nice and very proud of her granddaughter (rightfully).

Kerstin Reichert

02/07/2014 01:17 pm

Hey Barry, thanks for the recap. My pictures didn't really come out all that great either :) If you care for another recap here it is http://www.yourposition.ch/online-marketing/smx-israel-2014-recap/ Thanks again for such a great conference experience!

Barry Schwartz

02/07/2014 01:27 pm

Awesome recap, adding now. Thank you!

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