Webmaster Trends Analyst
Andy Atkins-Krüger is the CEO of WebCertain Group, an international web marketing agency which brings together native speakers from countries around the world to provide a centralized hub for clients. It is one of the only agencies to focus solely on international projects and covers over 44 languages in-house.
Andy contributes regularly to publications and blogs on international search. He writes regular of blog.webcertain.com. He also speaks regularly at conferences around the world including SMX, SES, Eye for Travel, Click Asia Summit and PubCon. In addition,Andy is the Chair of the International Search Summit.
Professor of E-Commerce
Modellsport Schweighofer GmbH
International SEO Manager
Jan-Willem Bobbink got addicted with online marketing in 2004, since he build his first international webshop when he was 16. He is currently working as Freelance SEO for global clients and is ambassador for Majestic. His blog can be found at Notprovided.eu.
During the years he has developed extensive knowledge of performance marketing by building multiple affiliate marketing concepts. In 2011, after several years of working alone, he then decided to make the next step in his career: utilizing his SEO knowledge for the bigger players in the market. He has been a speaker at several international events like, SMX, Performance Marketing Insights, A4U Expo, SEOCampixx, BrightonSEO & Search Marketing Thursday.
Currently he is responsible for international visibility campaigns for a broad range of clients. He helps clients with developing sustainable SEO and link building strategies, solving algorithmic Panda & Penguin devaluations, manual penalties and support introduction in foreign markets. Technical experience with websites with more than 50 million pages, optimized domains for Baidu & Yandex and have realised internationalised & scalable link building campaigns. Projects have taken place in all kinds of niches, with a focus on E-commerce, travel, gambling and finance.
Jan-Willem is a speaker at several (inter)national events like Race Expo Moscow, SiGMA Malta, SMX Munich, Performance Marketing Insights Berlin, A4U Expo, SEOCampixx, BrightonSEO & Search Marketing Thursdays.
St.Gallen Institute GmbH
Senior Product Manager
Digital Analytics Manager
Consultant, Author, and Analytics Advocate
Alistair Dent is the founder of Mismi, the world's first specialist Amazon Marketing Services agency. Alistair speaks regularly at conferences like Search Marketing Expo, Search Engine Strategies, Google Firestarters and more, and writes about digital and search for publications like Marketing Land, Search Engine Land and Search Engine Watch.
CEO & Co-Founder
Pascal is managing partner of cogito ergo GmbH & Co. KG. He is publisher and author of q48.de, a German online marketing and e-business blog for online executives eager to discuss.
His focus is primarily on online business models and their optimization, so he helps various companies and well-known brands to improve their ROI within the entire Internet activities. He also works as a consultant for various companies, helping them to build in-house e-commerce expertise. As an investor he supports start-ups with innovative business models in the area of online and media.
Prior to his step into self-employment with cogito ergo, he spent three years at FriendScout24 as Head of Business Development, responsible for the entire online marketing area at FiendScout24. Previously, he was responsible for business development in the Consumer Generated Media and User Tracking divisions at FOCUS Digital AG (now TOMORROW FOCUS AG), where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer.
Pascal studied computer science and economics at the Technical University of Munich, then obtained a BAW diploma in communications and finally received a bac. Phil. from the The Munich School of Philosophy.
Founder and CEO
Jens Fauldrath is founder and managing director of get:traction GmbH. He supports his clients in the development, implementation and realisation of their SEO strategy. Prior to that, he managed takevalue Consulting GmbH from 2012-2016. From 2008 to 2012 he also built up and led the SEO team of Deutsche Telekom AG P&I. Jens is a lecturer in search engine marketing at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and a member of the SEO expert advisory board and the executive board of the BVDW's Search focus group. He also runs the German podcast network for online marketing podcasts, www.termfrequenz.de There he moderates the podcast SEO House on current topics in strategic SEO.
Stefan Fischerländer is a renowned German search consultant, having more than 15 years experience in online marketing. He writes for several journals and gives conference talks about technical SEO aspects. As a co-founder of the digital consultant agency Gipfelstolz he supports leading companies in Germany with his knowledge.
Rand dropped out of the University of Washington in 2000 to work full-time at his mother’s small business marketing firm as a web designer. In 2004, he created the SEOmoz blog, which, over the next decade, became the world’s most popular community and content resource for search marketers. In 2007, Rand became CEO of SEOmoz, Inc (now called Moz), the software company he co-founded with his mom based on the blog’s success. That same year, he proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Geraldine DeRuiter, with a TV commercial that received widespread publicity (and, later, an awkward appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show). The two married in 2008 in a move Rand consistently refers to as the best, luckiest one of his life.
Over 7 years as CEO, Rand grew Moz from 7 employees to 134, revenues from $800K to $29.3mm, and traffic from 1 to 30mm annual visitors. He raised two rounds of funding ($1.1mm in 2007 and $18.1mm in 2012), led three acquisitions, and, in 2013, re-branded the company from SEOmoz to Moz, shifting focus from exclusively SEO tools to broader web marketing software. Rand stepped down as CEO in February of 2014 during a rough bout with depression and left the company 4 years later. He remains chairman of Moz’s board.
Rand is also the co-founder of Inbound.org, a site to dedicated to sharing articles about marketing from across the web, alongside Dharmesh Shah. The site was sold (for no profit) to Hubspot in 2014.
Rand may be best known for his popular blogs and regular Whiteboard Friday series, watched by tens of thousands of marketers each week. Rand is also a frequent keynote speaker at marketing conferences around the world, averaging ~100 days on the road each year and 30-40 speaking appearances. He has, much to his own surprise, amassed a large following on Twitter, Pocket, Facebook, and Slideshare.
In 2018, Rand founded SparkToro (an under-development software company focused on audience and influencer intelligence) and published, with Penguin/Random House, Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World.
Rand previously co-contributed to two books: Art of SEO, and Inbound Marketing & SEO. He’s been profiled in the Seattle Times, featured in Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, named to BusinessWeek’s 30 Under 30, written about in Newsweek, The Next Web, the Inc 500 (to which Moz was named 5 years in a row), and hundreds of other publications. He is, however, most proud of his prominent appearances in Geraldine’s first book, All Over the Place.
OSS Evangelist (Operating Systems & Services)
Frank is a creative thinker who has the gift of being able to make highly complex topics and processes comprehensible in a way that everyone can understand. In this way, he brings people with a broad range of expertise together, which lead to innovative and visionary projects.
Over the past 20 years, Frank’s Internet career has allowed him to work with some of the leading brands of the Internet industry, which he continues to do to this day. He was in charge of the Bing search engine at Microsoft in Germany and continued to work as a freelance consultant for the company after he left in 2011 to build a Start-Up. Prior to that he successfully helped build and later managed Yahoo!’s local search and maps product. He also was co-responsible for product strategy and product development of Yahoo! Answers worldwide.
After rejoining Microsoft, he now shares his experience and knowledge in his role as OSS Evangelist where he is charged to drive increased awareness of the Microsoft consumer experience and help increased platform and tool adoption for Microsoft’s operating system and services portfolio.
Brad Geddes is a co-founder of AdAlysis, an ad testing & recommendation platform. Brad is the author of Advanced Google AdWords, the most advanced book ever written about Google's advertising program.
Brad has worked in PPC since 1998, and over those years he was worked with companies who manage tens of thousands of small PPC accounts and other companies who spend millions on marketing each month. His experience ranges from owning his own agency, to managing a boutique agency, to overseeing programs that were official resellers of Google and Microsoft. Some brands he has worked with include: Amazon, Yahoo, Google, YellowPages.com, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Salesforce.
One of his trademarks has been demystifying the complicated aspects of SEM. Not one to hold secrets, Brad prefers to educate his readers on the various aspects of crafting successful marketing campaigns to ensure the success for all parties involved.
Director Organic Search
Always eager to expand his knowledge, with more than 15 years’ experience in online marketing, technical and global SEO, Bastian currently oversees Peak Ace’s search engine optimisation as well as content marketing initiatives.
Striving for efficiency is one of Bastian Grimm’s key guiding principles. It has shaped his entire career. His belief that understanding a target market means not only getting to grips with the language, but also the culture, has held him in good stead. Bastian leads a thriving team of expert native speakers, able to serve clients in 20+ languages, and the results speak for themselves.
A full-service performance marketing agency with a focus on “all things search,” Peak Ace has a flair for over-achieving. Having been named a FOCUS growth champion for multiple years in a row, as well as scooping up trophies at both the European Search and Drum Search Awards, Bastian is proud to lead such an innovative, ever-expanding company. His secret? Dynamic, decisive processes, a phenomenal team and going to bed with inbox zero.
Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
Florian Heinemann is a Founding Partner at Project A Ventures, where he is responsible for the areas of marketing, CRM, and business intelligence. Before co-founding Project A, he was Managing Director at Rocket Internet. During his time at Rocket, he was mainly involved at Zalando, Global Fashion Group, and eDarling/Affinitas.
Prior to Rocket, Florian was co-founder and managing director of JustBooks/AbeBooks being in charge of marketing and product. Then, he was co-heading the online marketing department of Jamba! and the online dating portal iLove.
Moreover, he has been an investor/business angel in more than 80 startups including Trivago (seed investor), Zalando (founding investor), Audibene (seed investor), Home24 (founding investor), CityDeal/Groupon (founding investor) any many more.
Florian holds a doctorate’s degree in innovation management/ entrepreneurship from RWTH Aachen University. He was a visiting scholar at the Wharton School. His research has been published in leading international journals, such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of International Marketing, and Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft. Furthermore, Florian holds a master’s degree in business administration from WHU Koblenz. During his studies, he was a fellow of "Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes" (German National Academic Foundation).
ncm - Net Communication Management GmbH
Director Client Services DACH
Markus Hövener is founder and Head of SEO of the online marketing agency Bloofusion. As managing partner of Bloofusion Germany he is responsible for all activities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Markus Hövener is the author of many articles and studies about SEO and SEA and editor-in-chief of the magazine suchradar.
Alexander Holl, born in 1964, is founder and managing director of 121WATT , which focuses on seminars on online marketing, SEO and Google AdWords in Munich, Hamburg and Berlin. More than 20 years Internet and 15 years search machine marketing & Web analysis coin the CV of the learned business economist. In this time Holl was among other things managing director kalaydo.de, in the European management of Yahoo! and in responsible positions with AltaVista and Cable & Wireless. Alexander Holl is a member of the SEO expert council of the BVDW and teaches online marketing and search engine optimization at Steinbeis University. Holl is also a Google Analytics consultant at the Google Partner Academy.
Director of Marketing
Gemma Houghton has been working in international search for 5 years and leads WebCertain's marketing team. She is responsible for managing WebCertain's online marketing activities around the world as well as organising and programming the International Search Summit, which runs across Europe and the US. She contributes regularly to the multilingual-search.com blog and writes for State of Search. She has spoken on international search on various webinars and at conferences. Gemma holds a Professional Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a BA Joint Honours Degree in French and German.
Abteilungsleiter SEO · Online Marketing
Head of AI & Research
Anirudh is the Head of AI & Research at Aira (Visual interpreter for the blind), and was previously at Microsoft AI & Research where he founded Seeing AI - Talking camera app for the blind community. He is also the co-author of the upcoming book, ‘Practical Deep Learning for Cloud and Mobile’. He brings over a decade of production-oriented Applied Research experience on Peta Byte scale datasets, with features shipped to about a billion people. He has been prototyping ideas using computer vision and deep learning techniques for Augmented Reality, Speech, Productivity as well as Accessibility. Some of his recent work, which IEEE has called ‘life changing’, has been honored by CES, FCC, Cannes Lions, American Council of the Blind, showcased at events by White House, House of Lords, World Economic Forum, on Netflix, National Geographic, and applauded by world leaders including Justin Trudeau and Theresa May.
Mediakraft Networks GmbH
Karl Kratz has been developing holistic online marketing strategies for his readers and clients since 1996. The entrepreneur founded and developed several companies and many successful medium-sized brands. In 2009 Karl Kratz retired from the operative business and has been looking after his online marketing readership even more intensively ever since.
He specializes in potential development and conversion optimization through the use of deconstructivist strategies.
Product Marketing Manager
Malte Landwehr is a Product Marketing Manager at Searchmetrics. He studied computer science and cofounded the SEO agency seoFactory in Münster and on Crete, where he was head of SEO and responsible for building the SEO team. At the University of Muenster, Malte was involved in research projects with/for IBM and Vodafone in the areas of social network analysis and social media analytics. After that he worked as a project manager and digital strategy consultant at a management consultancy in Düsseldorf.
Searchmetrics is a platform that enables small companies and large enterprises alike to develop, execute and measure a data-driven search and content marketing strategy.
SMB Advertising Lead Germany
Business Development Manager
online directory service gmbh
Jung von Matt/next
Webmaster Trends Analyst
John coordinates Google Search webmaster & developer outreach efforts as a webmaster trends analyst. He and his team connect the Google-internal world of Search engineering, to those who create and optimize public websites. Together, they help to bring an understanding of the external web ecosystem to internal teams, and help publishers make awesome websites that work well for users and search engines. John joined Google in 2007 and works in Zuerich, Switzerland.
KELLER SPORTS GMBH
Dan Petrovic is Australia's best-known name in the field of search engine optimisation. His research and experiments have drawn attention of the worldwide community and major industry blogs. Dan is a frequent blogger and a speaker at all major Australian and select international search industry events. Conference delegates describe him as a passionate presenter with practical and actionable approach. Dan holds a multimedia degree from Griffith University in Brisbane, where he often presents as a guest lecturer and contributes to quality of teaching material as a member of the curriculum advisory board. Best way to get in touch with Dan is through Google+.
Michael Praetorius, geboren 1978 in München ist Publizist, Berater und Unternehmer.
Gemeinsam mit seinem Auftraggebern entwickelt Praetorius digitale Medienkonzepte, Vermarktungsmodelle und digitale Geschäftsmodelle.
Zudem unterrichtet Michael Praetorius als Dozent für Journalismus, Medienmanagement, Online-Marketing und Social Media bei unterschiedlichen Bildungseinrichtungen. An der Bayerischen Akademie für Werbung war Michael Praetorius bis 2016 Fachbeirat für Digital Media Management und Lehrgangsleiter für Digitalmarketing. Zudem ist Michael Praetorius langjähriger TV- und Hörfunkjournalist. Bei Antenne Bayern leitete Michael Praetorius die Online- und New Business-Abteilung und war als Chef vom Dienst und Sprecher in den Nachrichten zu hören.
Heute publiziert Michael Praetorius auf dieser Website und in mehreren Social Media Formaten bzw. YouTube Kanälen - darunter die Münchner Isarrunde und die Kreativ Lounge des MIZ Babelsberg.
Offene Seminare zum Thema YouTube Marketing und Social Media Marketing mit Michael Praetorius gibt es bei 121Watt.
Director of Product, SEO
Sales Account Manager
Martin Schirmbacher studied law in Berlin and London and has been a lawyer with HÄRTING Rechtsanwälte in Berlin since 2005. He advises companies in many areas of technology and, for example, accompanies software companies in contract negotiations, examines online business concepts, advises on the introduction of innovative forms of online advertising and shows ways to the legally secure business ideas. Schirmbacher regularly publishes in relevant trade journals and online in search radars, at OnPage.org and Absolit on various online advertising topics. His practical handbook "Online-Marketing- und Social Media Recht" has just been published in a new edition. Further information is available here: www.online-marketing-recht.de
Sr. Manager Emarketing Head of SEO ebookers/orbitz Worldwide
Marc-Oliver Schmiedle, Head of SEO ebookers/Orbitz Worldwide, leads an international SEO team with a cross functional effort of about 60-80 Orbitz Worldwide employees. He has taken leadership in driving mobile SEO from its beginning and has taken the lead in establishing a mobile SEO friendly structure, ensuring that it could be adapted and optimized without time consuming development sprints across multiple sites and languages. Marc-Oliver initiated Artificial Intelligence SEO for multilingual POS on scale as one of the first international enterprise level SEOs. He established an automated SEO setup around the slogan: “Your performance can only be as good as your reporting“, which led to the development of a truly global Business Intelligence strategy, capable of driving SEO decisions across all multiple international sites in real-time. When not in the office, Oli enjoys spending time skiing in the Alps and travelling to new destination around the world, while keeping up with inbound marketing and mobile marketing news.
Leiterin Produkt & CRM
As the Research Manager of multilingual web marketing agency Webcertain, Immanuel heads up the company’s global market research activities and large content marketing projects. He is the author of several reports and guides, including ‘The Essential Guide to Rel-Alternate-Hreflang’ and ‘The Webcertain Global Search and Social Report 2013’. Apart from being a tutor at the International Marketing School -- teaching online marketing professionals on business opportunities around the globe -- Immanuel is a regular speaker at the International Search Summit, a leading event series dedicated to multilingual search and social media marketing. He also writes for Webcertain's multilingual search blog. Born and raised in Denmark, Immanuel now lives in Barcelona.
Hannah spent 7 years working in offline marketing until her fairy godmother told her that the internet was the future – not one to ignore such sage advice Hannah made the switch to online. As a Content Strategist for Distilled she persuades companies to create things online; things that will blow their minds (for a precious heartbeat or two), things that are useful, that they’ll engage with and want to share. She’s also an SEOmoz Associate and writes on State of Digital, SEO Chicks & Medium.
International SEO Consultant
Aleyda Solis is an International SEO Consultant and founder of boutique SEO consultancy Orainti, speaker at +100 conferences in 20 countries in English and Spanish, author of "SEO, Las Claves Esenciales", host of the YouTube SEO video series, Crawling Mondays; and co-founder of Remoters, a resource site for remote based professionals, organizations and digital nomads.
Aleyda has been awarded as the European Search Personality of the Year in 2018, included in Forbes top 10 online marketing experts to follow, in Hubspot as one of the 59 Female Marketing and Growth Experts You Should be Following, interviewed in publications such as The Huffington Post and contributed for Think With Google.
As lead strategist at Define Media Group, Dave is responsible for developing enterprise level organic search strategies for a wide range of businesses. An amateur programmer, blogger, professional “thing-breaker” and all around Internet appassionato. Canadian born, Italian origin and somehow ended up in London and now Barcelona. Loves marketing, dislikes umbrellas.
Rakuten Deutschland GmbH
Founder and Owner
Founder & Managing Director
With his Strategy Consultancy Datentreiber Martin Szugat supports companies during the digital transformation to data-driven business models and processes. His method of data strategy design empowers companies to develop individual and successful data strategies and allows them to take tangible advantage of their data. Prior to Datentreiber Martin Szugat was Managing Director of SnipClip, an agency for social media marketing & analytics solutions. The bioinformatics graduate has researched machine learning and data mining and worked as a freelance specialist author and IT consultant. Since 2014, he additionally is in charge as program director for the Predictive Analytics World conferences in Germany
Founder & CEO
Marcus Tandler, also known as "Mediadonis", is co-founder and co-managing director of RYTE (formerly OnPage.org), a multiple award-winning software for sustainable website quality management. Marcus loves SEO and has been active in SEO since 1998. With the launch of Google in Germany in 2000, he grew up with Google and its search algorithm. He is a frequent speaker at conferences around the globe such as TEDx, LeWeb, The Next Web, SMX and O´Reilly´s web2.0expo. In addition, he has also given lectures at in-house events of large corporations such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft. Marcus holds a master's degree from the University of Augsburg and a diploma in media marketing from the Bavarian Academy for Advertising and Marketing in Munich. Today he is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, the University of Applied Sciences Munich and the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg. In April 2017 Marcus was awarded "European Search Personality of the Year" at the European Search Awards in Krakow.
CTO and Founder
Marcus Tober studied computer science in Berlin. During his study he developed the well-known SEO platform linkvendor.com in early 2005. At the same time he built the largest online greeting cards platform in Germany with millions of visitors every month. Because of his passion to SEO he decided to focus on Searchmetrics and its Enterprise SEO platform and sold the Ecards and more GmbH in 2008 to the largest European company builder Rocket Internet. Today Searchmetrics is a leader in Enterprise Search Analytics solutions with more than 180 employees and offices in Berlin, San Mateo, London and Paris. Searchmetrics mission is to deliver the knowledge and the platform to successfully increase companies organic and social search traffic. Companies like Siemens, ebay, Verizon, Airbnb, Tripadvisor, T-Mobile, Symantec and Lufthansa trust Searchmetrics.
Condé Nast Verlag GmbH
Frederick (“Fred”) Vallaeys was one of the first 500 employees at Google where he helped grow the AdWords search marketing system and served as Google’s AdWords Evangelist, teaching advertisers about which Google products are best to support their marketing goals. He was a key player on several of the teams that made AdWords into the leading platform for search marketing, including the team that started the AdWords Editor, the one that acquired Urchin (now Google Analytics) and one that started conversion tracking. He has contributed his technical expertise to several AdWords books including bestsellers like “AdWords for Dummies,” “Advanced Google AdWords”, and “Quality Score in High Definition”.
Today he is the founder and Chief Marketing Technologist of Top Tier Marketing, an online marketing agency specializing in AdWords strategy and management. He is also the Cofounder of Optmyzr, an AdWords tool company that makes a Historical Quality Score Tracker, One-Click AdWords Optimizations and other tools to make account management more efficient.
In 2002 Evert Veldhuijzen booked his first search engine advertisement: “Holiday” was the keyword, AltaVista was the search engine. Evert has been passionate about digital marketing ever since. Being an internationally recognized expert in the field of search engine marketing, Evert regularly speaks at conferences and blogs for State of Digital (www.stateofdigital.com). Evert began his career in 1992 during his studies of law in Groningen (The Netherlands). He built his first company in 1999 in Italy: A web design agency for tourism companies.
In 2001 he moved to Berlin and specialized in digital marketing. He then began to manage search engine marketing campaigns for international clients with his company Netlead. Due to his international focus (Evert speaks five languages fluently) he has worked on European SEO and SEA campaigns for brands such as BMW, Microsoft, MasterCard, Symantec, Deutsche Telekom, KLM and Epson within the past 15 years. In the summer of 2015 Netlead and three other companies were merged into The Reach Group. The company offers user centered performance marketing across all channels, as well as smartly used reach and carefully balanced technology all along the customer journey. As Managing Partner at The Reach Group Evert is responsible for the departments Search, Social Media & Administration.
Team Lead SEO Consulting
Stephan Walcher has more than 11 years of experience in online marketing.
During his career he worked in various positions for well-known companies such as Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Catbird Seat GmbH, 1&1 Mail Media GmbH and OnPage.org. In 2017 he joins One Advertising GmbH (a diva-e.com company) as Team Lead SEO Travel. Since August 2018 he is responsible as Team Lead SEO Consulting.
webhelps! Online Marketing GmbH
Online Marketing Expert
As a freelancer, Gero Wenderholm advises large companies and wide-reaching portals on search engine marketing and online strategy development. The 41-year-old computer scientist and FC St. Pauli fan also lectures regularly at conferences and as a guest lecturer at universities. In 2013 he was elected to the SEO Expert Council of the BVDW and was Head of Search (SEO/SEA) at Tchibo until the end of 2014.
Oliver Zenglein is managing director at SEM Boutique. Before that, the business economist (Diplom-Betriebswirt (FH)) and advertising merchant managed the online marketing of windeln.de, was responsible for the worldwide online marketing of the dating agency be2 and worked as online marketing manager at Scout24.
Oliver has been giving Google Ads seminars for professionals at 121WATT since 2009 and is blogging at http://sem-boutique.de/magazin.