COVID-19 affecting search marketing conferences

Interindustry conferences are postponed. The search marketing industry is no exception. Pubcon Florida 2020 has announced that it has been postponed. What about other search marketing conferences?

Pubcon Florida postponed

Pubcon Florida 2020 cited the fact that various parts of Florida have experienced coronavirus (Covid19) infections as the reason for postponing the research conference.

Pubcon Florida was scheduled for March 24, 2020. Pubcon has yet to reschedule the conference but intends to announce it on their blog when they do.

According to the official announcement:

“The situation deteriorated rapidly with the outbreak of the virus in many parts of Florida. Florida and other places declared a state of disaster or emergency.

Then around the middle of the week, many tech companies started limiting employee travel. Google, Microsoft and several others have canceled all unnecessary trips.

The response to the postponement was supportive and understanding:

SMX Munich postponed

SMX Munich has just announced that it is postponing the conference. The reason given was a directive issued by the Federal Minister of Health which prohibits events with more than 1,000 participants.

According to the announcement:

“It is therefore no longer possible to hold the event – as originally planned – on the scheduled date.

The SMX Munich 2020 will be postponed, a virtual edition will be held on the dates scheduled for next week.

… Information about the virtual edition of SMX Munich 2020 will be available this week.

Thus, according to the announcement, it seems that the decision to postpone the SMX Munich was made for them by the Federal Minister of Health.

Portland conference postponed

SEMpdx has postponed its conference to August.

According to their announcement:

“After many discussions with our partners, suppliers and healthcare professionals, the Board of Directors has decided to postpone this year’s Engage Marketing conference to August 2020.

This decision was not taken lightly, but as a non-profit organization and a strong member of our community, SEMpdx felt it was the right decision for the health and safety of everyone involved. . We explored all potential options and felt the only acceptable option was to reschedule. »

Seattle Advanced SMX

Washington State is currently the most affected area by Covid-19. Some Washington State schools have closed and are implementing distance learning programs.

Of all the search marketing conferences, SMX Advanced currently scheduled for June 2020 is in one of the hardest hit areas by the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

At this point, SMX should still continue.

SMX has instituted a strict no-contact policy and has banned travelers from Tier 3 countries, countries with high infection rates.

“We are working with our partners at the Bell Harbor Conference Center to ensure as safe an environment as possible.

…if you have shown signs of illness, including but not limited to coughing, sneezing, sore throat, fever, chills, etc. in the two weeks leading up to the event, we ask that you do not attend for your safety and that of others.”

June is still many months away, things may change by then. But we are at the beginning of this viral event, it is unclear what the situation will be as we get closer to June.

YoastCon 2020 postponed

Yoast has announced that it is postponing YoastCon and will announce a new date in the future.

Yoastcon 2020

Postponement of the Digital Olympus conference in Poland

The Digital Olympus conference tweeted out an announcement that it was also canceling its upcoming conference. It will take place in September 2020.

Official announcements of SEO conference postponements

Official announcement from Pubcon here:

Pubcon Florida 2020 postponed

Official announcement of SMX Munich
SMX Munich 2020 will be postponed

Brandon D. James