Conferences across industries are being postponed. The search marketing industry is no exception. Pubcon Florida 2020 announced they are postponing. 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 to postpone the search conference.
Pubcon Florida was scheduled for March 24, 2020. Pubcon has not yet rescheduled the conference but intends to announce it on their blog when they do.
According to the official announcement:
“The situation deteriorated rapidly with the virus turning up in numerous parts of Florida. Florida, and other places declared states of disaster or emergency.
Then about midweek many tech firms began limiting employee travel. Google, Microsoft, and several others canceled all unnecessary travel.”
Portland Oregon Conference Rescheduled
SEMpdx has rescheduled their conference to August.
According to their announcement:
“After many discussions with our partners, vendors, and health professionals, the Board has moved to reschedule this year’s Engage Marketing Conference to August 2020.
This decision was not made lightly, but as a non-profit and a strong member of our community, SEMpdx felt this was the correct decision for the health and safety of everyone involved. We explored all potential options, and we believed the only acceptable option was to reschedule.”
SMX Advanced Seattle
Washington State is currently the hardest hit area for Covid-19. Some Some Seattle area 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 of the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
At this point, SMX is still scheduled to proceed.
SMX has instituted a strict no-handshake policy and have banned travelers from Level 3 nations, nations 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 any signs of illness, including but not limited to coughing, sneezing, sore throat, fever, chills, etc. within the two weeks prior to the event, we ask that you not attend for your safety and the safety of others.”
June is still many months away, things can change between now and then. But we’re at the beginning of this virus event, it’s unknown what the situation will be like the closer we get to June.
Read the official Pubcon announcement here: