UK and mainland Europe
search engine marketers unite.
by Mike Grehan.
The search marketing association UK
(SMA-UK) certainly hit
the ground running when they announced their arrival on the
scene just last Friday. A mere 72 hours later they have announced
their support for the launch of the search marketing association
Headed up by Copenhagen based search engine marketing expert
Mikkel deMib Svendsen to start with, the EU tag was seen as
the most general way to cover the whole of Europe initially.
So it doesn't exclude non EU members. In fact, quite the opposite,
every European country is encouraged to get behind the initiative.
Commenting on the immediate alliance, Mikkel said: "One
of the major draws of teaming up with SMA-UK is that they
already have the fundamentals of the type of constitution
that gives a say in the development and direction of the organisation
by the members. Plus, there's a focus on good business ethics.
Just making sure that the members are giving a good deal and
service to clients and not damaging the industry reputation."
SMA-EU has five working group members (a mixture from Denmark,
Norway and Sweden) and is looking for five more volunteers.
They can then emulate SMA-UK by holding an anonymous election
to appoint an acting chairman and deputy, before taking it
to the next level of paid membership.
Working closely with SMA-UK working group member Simon Collingridge,
the SMA-EU web site is already live and ready to take enquiries
from interested parties. And what's more, the site will be
operating in five different languages by the end of this week,
with more to come!
"The interest and support from all over Europe has been
far larger than we expected, with SEM's from several countries
asking how they could get involved. We look forward to assisting
them in jointly promoting and educating people on search marketing
in Europe" said Barry Lloyd, acting chairman SMA-UK.
The timing is perfect for the launch, as members of both
groups will be attending the Search Engine Strategies conference
in Stockholm, Sweden over the next few days. This provides
an ideal opportunity for potential UK and continental European
members to meet and discuss both initiatives.
Of course, on a personal level, I'm absolutely delighted
to see the hugely positive reaction to the UK launch and expect
the same with the announcement of the European launch today.
This really is a chance for the UK and the rest of Europe
to have a real say in the future of the search marketing industry.
Unlike SEMPO (a type of trade association in America) both
SMA-UK and EU are 100% "by the members, for the members."
So you really do get to have a say on how the association
runs and who runs it.
Andy Atkins-Kruger, SMA-UK acting deputy chairman, who's
company already does much work in Europe, has been completely
enthused: "It seems the one-member-one-vote idea has
really captured the imagination of search marketing professionals,
not just in the UK but also in the rest of Europe. We've had
discussions with interested people from the north to the south
of Europe. What we all have in common is support for the spirit
and the objectives set by the SMA-UK. However, it is important
to stress that this is not a sub-committee of the SMA-UK,
it is a group of like-minded Europeans coming together to
create, once again, their own new association for professionals,
And not only that, working group members of SMA-UK and EU
are completely visible and accountable. Catch them personally
for a chat at SES Stockholm if you're attending. Or failing
that, you'll find many members around the industry forums.
So now is your chance to have your say. If you're interested
in becoming a member and having an opportunity to nominate
yourself for election to the board of either SMA-UK or SMA-EU,
simply go to the respective web sites now and sign up for
www.sma-uk.org - www.sma-eu.org
That's it from me for now, I'll be back soon with Christine
and a regular feature packed edition!
[Declaration: Mike Grehan is a founding member of the SMA-UK
working group and active supporter of the SMA-EU working group.
However, he will not be nominating himself for election and
has no intention of taking up a formal position with either
(C) Mike Grehan & Net Writer Publishing 2004
Editor: Mike Grehan. Search engine marketing consultant, speaker and
Associate Editor: Christine
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