Chossing Between SMX & SES
A post from Rand Fishkin from SEOMoz says that Incisive Media (guys who run Search Engine Strategies) wants to introduce a speaker exclusivity agreement.
This would mean that if you speak at SMX, you cannot be an SES speaker, and likewise, if SES gets you as a speaker, they’d require that you don’t also speak for SMX – SEOMoz
However, a comment from Kevin Newcomb (editor of Search Engine Watch) on Rand’s post assured that rumor was false.
If this was true it would be pretty big news because there is SO much overlap in terms of speakers. Strategically, it maybe one of the options Incisive has in order to keep the SES shows competitive. Speakers would potentially have to select whether to speak at SES where the content is a lot less advanced but there is more opportunity to network with potential clients OR SMX where you’re dealing with advanced topics, new age tactics and practitioners from the industry.