Marin Software and SMX launch contest for biggest search geek

Digital ad supplier Marin Software has partnered with SMX to find the world’s biggest search geek.

The announcement:

Marin Software, provider of the leading digital ad management platform for advertisers and agencies, and Search Marketing Expo this week launched the 5th Annual “SMX Biggest Search Geek Contest,” the popular quiz-based contest that tests search marketers’ industry knowledge. More than 2,000 marketers participated in last year’s challenge and with the contest expanding to include Australia and the UK, the competition reaches new heights. The contest has become more difficult and competitive over the last five years mirroring the search industry’s increasing complexity and dramatic growth.

The SMX Biggest Search Geek contest sponsored by Marin Software is open to anyone willing to test their SEM chops with 20 tough questions about search marketing on topics ranging from ad bidding, quality score, history of search, SEO, Facebook, mobile, and retargeting.

The contest runs from Dec 10, 2012 at 7.01pm—Feb 16, 2013 at 06.59pm EDT Melbourne. The first-place winner will win an all-expense paid trip for two to San Jose, California for the 2013 SMX West conference to be held March 11-13, 2013.

The winner will be presented with an award on stage by SMX producer Danny Sullivan and Marin Software VP of Marketing Matt Lawson. This year, the winner will also receive an Apple iPad Mini. Second- and third-place winners will also win Apple iPad Minis. The top 10 finishers receive a 6-month premium member subscription to Search Engine Land, and the top 50 entrants will receive a search geek recognition award as well as a limited edition t-shirt.

Last year, more than 2,000 search marketing professionals participated in the contest. The winner of last year’s contest won with a score of 90% in 24 minutes with the runner up also scoring 90% but in 27 minutes.

“We are thrilled that Australian search marketers have the chance to showcase their SEM expertise and potentially be recognised globally,” said Nick Gill, MD at Marin Software Australia. “Marin have made no exceptions to the toughness of this year’s SMX Biggest Search Geek contest. We hope that Australian search marketers get onboard and have some fun with this competition. We would love the winner to be an Australian so we can put Australia on the map as the stomping ground of the world’s Biggest Search Geek.”

“I’m aiming to do something never done before and repeat my win of the Biggest Search Geek contest,” said Tomislav Maric, Director of Performance Marketing at Beeby, Clark+Meyler. “I’ve been brushing up on my Adwords and adCenter knowledge, my algorithms, and campaign management tricks. I look forward to setting the bar once again.”

Enter the 2013 Biggest Search Geek Contest

Source: Marin Software press release




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