Welcome to the first edition of Searcharazzi, Search Engine Land’s gab sheet about movers, shakers, rumors and more. As we said in our initial announcement, Searcharazzi (the name suggested by reader CK Chung) is meant to be a fun, good-spirited column full of tidbits to brighten your day and perhaps enlighten your mind about industry moves. Just what you need on a Friday, when it will be appearing every two weeks.
Hard to believe that SEMPO is already four years old. After scandal rocked the 2004 self-nominated board of directors, formal elections were put into place in 2005, with 29 candidates in the running. In 2006 there were 24 candidates, though the majority of the new board were incumbents.
2007 marks a new era, with 37 candidates are vying for the 13 spots. Not only is the list longer, but it is more diverse, including representatives from large agencies, technology firms, and in-house SEM marketers.
Campaign tactics appear to be more aggressive than in the past. A West Coast CEO formally reached out to the electorate on behalf of one of his employees last week. Unwittingly, some of the recipients — also in the running — happened to be in the same room when the email simultaneously hit their Blackberries, causing laughter all around. Others are opting for discrete "handshake" emails to those within the circle.
Who will make the final 13? Details to come soon. Voting commenced on February 6 and will close today.
Oh, And That Other Election
The topic du jour seems to be who has scored work from the potential presidential candidate pool. With at least a couple dozen candidates in the running, that’s a lot of search work. While an East Coast shop confirmed that it has successfully won a candidate’s search budget, rumor has it that a respected SEO guru has indeed turned down work from two candidates based on political affiliation.
A New York SEM shop relayed that it would take on any candidate, regardless of political affiliation, and yet others have made no secret that they are desperate to get an "in" with the Giuliani camp.
Since we are on the topic of bitter rivalries, perhaps the industry should elect a secretary of state to mediate the bloody conflict between the SEO and PPC factions, in which Did-It’s Dave Pasternack has been a primary figure.
Did you spot the t-shirt one? That was the idea of a Did-it Marketing Manager, came up with the idea to hock t-shirts with Dave’s face on Google:
How about a mousepad?
But that’s not all, folks. Searcharazzi has gotten word that there has been some internal strife at Did-It. It is rumored that CEO Bill Wise has left or is leaving the company soon.