1 Day / 20 Great Speakers
6 Workshops

Croke Park, Dublin. Thursday, 19th October, 2017

Search Marketing


Here is the draft agenda for the “3XE Digital Search Marketing Conference“ on 19th October in Dublin, Ireland. As promised, we have created the agenda to include plenty of networking opportunities.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.


Anthony Quigley

Conference Opening

Your chairman for the conference, Anthony Quigley, will open the conference and introduce the agenda and topics for the day.


Kirk Williams

Kirk Williams, Founder & CEO of ZATO PPC Marketing

Making Your Budget Stretch: How to Absolutely Nail Your PPC Campaigns

“You have to spend money to make money“ is an oft-repeated phrase in the business world, particularly when it comes to marketing. The conundrum the majority of businesses find themselves in, is that they don’t have the recommended spend allocation to devote to keeping up with their weightier competition. Are we destined to be outbid, and outgunned by our deeper-pocketed foes, or are their ways we can be smarter with PPC that will help us grow to the point of big-budget-bliss?

In this exciting presentation, Kirk will be sharing with you a number of very specific, tried-and-tested tips for Google AdWords and Bing Ads. These tips have been proven to optimize ultra-targeted campaigns, but with low budget.

ZATO Marketing



Barry Adams, Founder & CEO of Polemic Digital

Voice Assistants and Pro-Active Devices – How Technology is Changing Search and SEO

In this talk you will learn how voice assistants and connected devices are changing the way people find and interact with content and products online, and how you as marketers and search professionals need to prepare your websites. Increasingly what you put on your website is not primarily for human consumption, but for machine systems like voice search and IoT devices to engage with and re-purpose your content. Barry Adams will talk about the underlying technologies and how you can tap in to that growing ecosystem of screen-less search.




Mark Lilley, Co-Founder and Director at Groundswell

Maximise your return in search with UX & CRO

Mark is going to talk about the importance of marrying your search and advertising efforts with user experience and conversion optimisation. A joined-up approach is critical for successful growth within ecommerce and ‘turning on the taps’ without paying enough attention to the complete journey can waste a lot of money.

There are a lot of businesses which haven’t configured and implemented analytics correctly, Mark will touch on the importance of measurement to help with prioritisation and enablement of sustained growth.




Alan Coleman, CEO and Brendan Almack, Director of Wolfgang Digital

Benchmark Your Website KPIs

Alan & Brendan will lift the lid on the key findings from Wolfgang’s 2017 E-Commerce KPI study. They will detail the key trends happening in digital media over the last 12 months as well as analyse how the customer journey is evolving. They will answer key questions such as:

* Are you getting enough traffic from social?
* Do you have a good conversion rate?
* Which digital marketing activities will ramp up your revenue, AOV and your coveted conversion rate?
* And much more.

The 2016 study was featured on the Economist, Inc, Econsultancy, Moz, The Irish Times, Newstalk, RTE and more. Don’t plan your 2018 without digesting this study.




Microsoft Keynote Speaker to be Announced

Exciting Details to Follow




Trevor Koen, Director – Digital Strategy, Imperic Media, South Africa

SEO & PPC need to hug it out, why all the fighting?

For the longest time marketers have found themselves in caught in the midst of a vicious battle between two factions, Paid vs Organic search. However we think it’s time SEO and PPC put down their weapons and realise we are all on the same side.

There is no reason to choose one over the other. In this talk, Trevor Koen, from Imperic Media will take you through the ways your paid and organic channels integrate and compliment one another. He will outline the methodology the Imperic Media team use to implement full funnel marketing strategies that lead to perpetual demand. You’ll want to be taking notes.




Q & A, Panel Discussion



Coffee / Tea Break

Networking opportunities and a chance to meet with some of the sponsors as well as peers (and don’t forget your long-lost digital marketing friends that you seem to only meet and chat to online these days!)



Jes Stiles, CMO Emerging Markets @ Ringier AG

Finding Your Way Through The Channel-Jungle: Which Content Works For Which Channel?

Jes Stiles is an entrepreneur at heart with a broad scope of experience in digital marketing, product ownership and startup & emerging market environments. Always happy to network, she is a regular attendee (or speaker) of marketing conferences.

Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube… where do I begin? HOW do I begin? Jes will give you an overview of – and insight for – the most important communication channels. You will also learn which content works best in which channels as well as the outcomes you can expect.



Gregor Nilsson

Gregor Nilsson, Chief Digital Officer at World Wildlife Fund, Switzerland

Lessons Learned from Re-Launching a Global Site in 2017

The relaunch of a website is an exiting project: while your colleagues and customers focus on a new design and fancy features, these do not really impress search engines.

Gregor is responsible at the Swiss national office for the digital transformation of the World Wide Fund for Nature and is therefore perfectly positioned to understand the issues faced in upgrading your online presence.

Gregor’s keynote will put the spotlight on the less spectacular but crucial tasks a relaunch requires to ensure that Google will love your new website as much as your visitors.




Andre Alpar CEO @ Performics

How a leading performance marketing agency built the second largest German cigar shop with “only“ SEO and Content Marketing

This presentation includes the following exciting things ….

* How (and why) an agency built an ecommerce business “on the side”!
* How to select your most important strategic frameworks when thinking and implemeting SEO and content marketing
* Includes a case study how Noblego started from scratch, and became No. 2 in the market AND cashflow positive within only three years
* Andre will provide proof for one of the most commonly assumed but hardest thing to prove in SEO.



Paola Gulian

Paola Gulian, Senior Social Campaign Manager at Ayima

Why Your Facebook Marketing Isn’t Working

In the action-packed presentation, Paola, who manages all of the Paid Media for Ayima, a truly global digital agency, will share some of the latest developments in Facebook.

Facebook has, over the past 3 – 4 years, transformed both themselves and the business world, by re-configuring themselves to be one of the primary advertising platforms for all types of businesses.

Paola will explain how to optimize your Facebook advertising campaigns, she will provide you with the latest Facebook advertising methodologies, and will share with you a list of actions that you can take back to your own business that can be implemented by your team.

If you are spending any part of your marketing and advertising budget with Facebook (and you should!), then this is a must-see presentation.

The presenter is not selling Facebook – she lives and breathes it each and every day!



Lisa Myers

Lisa Myers, CEO & Founder of Verve Search

How To Get Big Links

Everyone wants links and coverage from sites such as New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the BBC, but very few achieve it. This is how we cracked it. Over and over.

Lisa will explain how she and her company regularly get “big links“ for their clients – and will clearly explain how you can too!

Lisa is the founder and CEO of award-winning SEO agency Verve Search and founder of Womeninsearch.net. Feminist, mother of two, and modern-day shield maiden.




Woohoo! Lunchtime!




We want to ensure that you get the very most from your attendance at the 3XE, so we have included a number of practical workshops. During the presentations, you will find out “what’s possible” using digital technologies. During the afternoon, you have a range of workshops to choose from. These workshops are all designed to provide you with “how to” know-how. The facilitators will take you behind the hype and show you how to actually implement certain aspects of content and social media marketing.The workshops are designed to ensure that you take away a clear and practical understanding on how to put your new-found marketing knowledge to use.You can choose to attend 2 of these workshops from the options below. Of course, your colleagues may elect to attend different workshops and you can compare notes afterwards.Each workshop is 40 minutes long. Choose from 2 of the following list.

Workshop #1


Workshop Speaker to be Announced

Wolfgang Digital – Exciting Details to Follow

Workshop #2


Greg Fry, CEO of Content Plan

Exciting Details to Follow

Workshop #3


Workshop Speaker to be Announced

Google – Workshop Details On the Way!

Workshop #4


Workshop Speaker to be Announced
Digital Marketing Institute – Details On the Way!

Workshop #5


Workshop Speaker to be Announced

Wolfgang Digital – Details On the Way!

Workshop #6


To Be Confirmed

Details On the Way!


Coffee / Tea Break

Networking opportunities and also a welcome “pick-me-up“ after the workshop sessions.



Karen McHugh, Digital Marketing Strategist at Arekibo

Digital Marketing Considerations For Your New Website

Karen McHugh is an experienced Digital Marketing Strategist at Arekibo, one of Ireland’s leading full-service digital agencies. With extensive experience, advising clients on how to plan and transform their online presence Karen will discuss some of the critical digital marketing considerations during the design and development of a new website.

Through running numerous website audits Karen finds the key digital marketing considerations that can often be overlooked.



Claire O’Brien

Claire O’Brien, Marketing Manager, Design Wizard

Optimising Images For Social Media And Search – A Checklist For Marketers

● Creating engaging images for social media
● Achieving consistency in cross-channel marketing campaigns
● Commercial usage rights – how not to get sued
● Tips for making your images SEO friendly
● Optimising images for google image search
● Testing your images



Olga Andrienko

Olga Andrienko, Head of Global Marketing at SEMrush

Ranking Factors in 2017: What’s Important, What’s Not

Olga, a seasoned conference presenter, will deliver a presentation around the results of a comprehensive ranking study conducted by SEMrush. The study examined the top 100 positions for 200,000 keywords in Google.

She will reiterated the fact that the Google SERPS are always changing, and that change = disaster, especially if you fail to adjust. On the other hand, change can equal opportunity…if you’re ready for it.




Q & A, Panel Discussion



Conference Close

Thanks for coming! Closing conference remarks by 3XE Search chairman – Anthony Quigley.