SMX Israel 2012 – you’ve come a long way, baby!

SMX Israel – January 15, 2012SMX Israel was one of the best and most fun conferences I’ve been at in a long time. And I’m not the only one who thinks that – I’ve only heard and read enthusiastic responses from the participants. It’s hard to explain why we all had such a good time; maybe it was the size of the crowd, the energy, the vibe, the speakers, the food (oh, the food). But all conferences have those characteristics to some extent. For some reason it all came together into pure awesomeness.

Funny Speakers

There’s lots to talk about from the conference – the tips, the tools, the companies that were there, covering everything: SEO, SEM, PPC, social media marketing, link building, content strategy, etc. But what I think I enjoyed the most, aside from running into so many AMAZING people, was that many speakers made me laugh.

I got to the conference late, of course, since I was working on my presentations at the last minute, as I always do. (It’s an illness.) So the first funny speaker I heard was Gil Reich, who never fails to amuse. Then there was Michael King, who flew in from the US to be at SMX! He was hilarious…and educational, all at the same time.

I think that Gil and Michael warmed up the crowd, so it made it relatively easy to get the audience to laugh during my talk – and laugh they did (thank God). And then there was Marty Weintraub. This guy is in his 50s (he told us in his talk!), and has more energy than all my kids combined. He definitely keeps you interested and entertained.

Overall, there was just a good, positive air at the event. Barry Schwartz (@rustybrick), the event chair, of course deserves TONS of credit for taking the leap into the Israeli conference scene in 2008 with the mini SEO conference, SphinnCon. That first get-together was about 150 people, and every year it has grown. Kudos also to all the organizers and sponsors, for making it all happen.

The Story

Lots was tweeted, blogged, presented, photographed, etc. during and after the conference. So I curated a lot of it in the following Storify board. I’ll be updating it as more SMX Israel related info is published.


Responses (8)

Liz

January 17, 2012 12:59 pm

Awesome roundup! Totally agree with you – SMX Israel has come a long way since that first lil Sphinn.

And, as one of the sponsors, we (RapidFire) were totally impressed with how many awesome conversations we had with participants.

Looking forward to next year!

Gil Reich

January 17, 2012 3:00 pm

Nice post, and thanx. You were great, BTW, and definitely generated the most laughs. I just added this post among the Best Coverage on Best of SMX Israel.

Julia

January 18, 2012 1:31 pm

I see links to facebook, wtitter, linkedfin but where is Google + ?? ;-)
I liked very much firts image in your presentation;-)

    Illuminea Team

    January 18, 2012 1:59 pm

    Julia, you’re right! We have to add Google+ now. Were you at SMX?

Todd

January 19, 2012 1:19 pm

Awesome writeup…. but I missed the conference. Do you know when there will be another of it’s kinds in Israel? I’d love to attend!

    Illuminea Team

    January 19, 2012 1:34 pm

    It usually takes place around January every year.

Todd

January 19, 2012 1:40 pm

Thanks! If you know of others that happen during the year, I’d love to learn about them.

Sharon A

February 12, 2012 8:50 am

The Real Jerusalem Streets took hundreds of photos which were put into Facebook albums. Some were used right away without credit, as in Kahenadigital post above and still have not been credited.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.309086095800869.71226.152997821409698&type=1

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.309086095800869.71226.152997821409698&type=1

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.309432352432910.71300.152997821409698&type=1

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