The awards are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts, the judging is a rigorous two-stage process including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.

From a transparency perspective, we may video aspects of the judging session to show on the evening and to give entrants an insight into why a winning entry was chosen.

 

Awards Trust Mark

The Awards Trust Mark scheme is a not-for-profit accreditation programme run by The Independent Awards Standards Council with the goal of, as the name suggests, enhancing trust between those entering awards schemes, and the organisations running them.

The scheme is already raising standards in the industry, and we would encourage everyone entering awards to encourage organisers to commit to the code of conduct and thus earn an Awards Trust Mark.

 

The Panel

The 2019 judging panel will be announced shortly.

Barry Adams

Founder & CEO, Polemic Digital |

Barry Adams has building and ranking websites since 1998. Over the years he's honed his skills in a wide range of businesses, from small agencies to Fortune 500 multinationals. In 2014 Barry founded SEO consultancy Polemic Digital, delivering specialised SEO services to clients such as the UK's most-read newspapers The Sun and the Daily Mail and America's most popular news channel Fox News. In 2016 his work was recognised with two UK Search Awards, including Best Small SEO Agency.

In addition to his consulting work, Barry lectures on SEO and digital marketing for Ulster University, Queen's University Belfast, and the Digital Marketing Institute. He travels the world to speak at digital conferences such as BrightonSEO, Pubcon, UnGagged, SMX, and Learn Inbound. Barry also serves as Co-Chief Editor at award-winning European digital marketing blog State of Digital.

Dawn Anderson

Founder, MOVE IT MARKETING |

Dawn Anderson has been in search marketing for over 11 years and runs Move It Marketing in Manchester, UK.  She has worked with both UK wide and international brands as an SEO consultant.  Dawn also lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University on digital marketing strategy and search marketing and supervises digital marketing Masters students completing their dissertations. 

Dawn speaks regularly at well known conferences in the UK, US, Europe and Australia on technical SEO and digital marketing strategy.  These conferences include Pubcon, Brighton SEO, MozCon, State of Search, Ungagged and SaSCOn.  Dawn is also a regular corporate trainer on search marketing.

 

Chris Boggs

Founder, Webtrafficadvisors.com |

Chris has been a digital marketer since 2000, starting in-house in the insurance space and subsequently assuming growing leadership roles across large agencies and SEM firms. In 2014 he founded WebTrafficAdvisors.com in upstate New York. Chris consults with and coaches business and agency teams ranging from senior executives to technical, brand, content and legal groups; helping to improve validation, efficiency, internal acumen and implementation. Chris has diverse experience across major ecommerce platforms, pharma, retail, and other industries.

Since 2004 Chris has been a highly rated speaker, moderator, and content advisor at conferences and partner events all over the world, covering search engine marketing, social media, analytics and evolving tactics including the promotion of better SEO integration across marketing channels. He has served on the Global Board of Directors of SEMPO.org since 2006, co-hosts the weekly podcast SEO Rockstars, and is a two-time judge for the US Search Awards. Chris also blogs for various industry publications but most of his writing involves analysis and recommendations for clients, while fostering integrated online marketing and branding to a qualified target audience.

Elmer Boutin

Director of Organic Search, GTB |

Elmer is Director, Organic Search (SEO) with GTB. Following a career in the U.S. Army, he has worked in digital marketing for over 20 years doing everything from coding web sites to managing online reputation management efforts as both an independent contractor and a corporate webmaster. Now with GTB, a global advertising agency and strategic marketing partner for Ford, he leads the team doing organic search optimization on websites for Ford and other clients.

Christine Churchill

President, Key Relevance |

Christine Churchill is the CEO & President of KeyRelevance, a full service online marketing company offering search engine optimization, pay per click management, and usability / conversion enhancement services for web sites.

Ms Churchill was a member of the founding Board of Directors of the Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization (SEMPO) and the Dallas / Fort Worth Search Engine Marketing Association.  In addition to over 15 years marketing experience, she  has a Master’s Degree in Business.  

Ms. Churchill is a regular speaker at PubCon, Search Marketing Expo, and other marketing conferences. Christine and her experienced team of online marketers specialize in helping businesses succeed online by providing a holistic approach to marketing: increasing a site's visibility, improving the user experience on the site, and maximizing the site's conversion potential.

Dave Davies

CEO, Beanstalk Internet Marketing |

Dave Davies is the CEO of Beanstalk Internet Marketing. Dave and his wife Mary started Beanstalk in 2004 and have grown it from a purely organic SEO firm to one offering a full range of services including SEO, SEM, social media marketing as well as training and consulting. Dave is a regular author on Search Engine Land, Search Engine Journal and the Beanstalk blog. He also hosts a weekly radio show on WebmasterRadio.fm and has spoken at a number conferences over the years.

With over 15 year of experience in internet marketing Dave has seen a lot of SEO strategies come and go resulting in a passion for what's working today and an apprecaition for the brilliant ideas coming from some of the great minds in the industry. He's proud to be a judge in this year's US Search Awards to be included among the many great names he joins.

Sean Dolan

President & COO at PushFire |

Sean Dolan is the President & COO of PushFire. A keynote speaker and leader in the digital marketing industry, Sean was an early adopter of remarketing and specializes in helping businesses maximize profitability of their digital spend. When he's not managing operations or speaking at marketing conferences, he can be found traveling the world with his family of five, and competing in triathlons. 

Kevin Gibbons

Managing Director of Re:signal |

Kevin Gibbons is Managing Director of Re:signal, a digital marketing agency specialising in SEO and content marketing. 

With offices in London, Zurich and Tallinn, Re:signal helps clients such as Expedia, Totaljobs and the Financial Times by acting as an extension to their teams.  Kevin has been involved in digital marketing since 2003 often speaking at industry leading conferences and writing for high profile marketing and digital publishers.

Danny Goodwin

Executive Editor, Search Engine Journal |

Danny Goodwin is Executive Editor of Search Engine Journal. In addition to overseeing SEJ's editorial strategy and managing contributions from a team of 60+ industry experts, he also writes news and articles about SEO, PPC, social media, and content marketing. Danny has been editing and writing stories about search and digital marketing for more than 10 years.

 

Bill Hartzer

SEO Consultant |

Bill Hartzer is an independent SEO Consultant. He relies on his 20 years of direct SEO experience to provide technical SEO audits of websites, as well as technical link audits and link cleanups of websites. Mr. Hartzer is known worldwide for his research on the topic of search engine optimization and the New gTLD domain names, as well as Dot Brand domain names. He provides research and marketing of white papers and case studies related to the New gTLDs, as well as consulting related to domain migrations.

Scott Hendison

President - Search Commander Inc |

Scott Hendison is the founder of Search Commander, Inc., an internet consultancy with multiple services and brands.  He began selling software online in 1999, attended his first Pubcon in 2004, and is a founding board member of SEMpdx, hosting monthly events and an annual conference in Portland Oregon since 2007.

Simon Heseltine

VP of Audience Growth, Trader Interactive |

Simon Heseltine is the VP of Audience Growth at Trader Interactive in Norfolk, VA. His team is responsible for all traffic channels for industry leading sites such as Cycle Trader, RV Trader, Equipment Trader and Commercial Truck Trader.

Simon has led US Search Award winning teams at ForRent (2017) and AOL (2014), also working in-house at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and for several years on the agency side.

Simon taught digital marketing for 5 years at Georgetown University, and was on the board of SEMPO for 4 years, 2 as VP of Education.

Simon is a frequent speaker / trainer / moderator at conferences around the world on a variety of online marketing topics. He has a BA (Hons) from the University of Humberside, and a Masters in IT from Virginia Tech.

Motoko Hunt

Search Marketing Consultant |

Motoko has been providing the online marketing services targeting Japan, Asia, and other markets to companies from around the world for since the mid '90s. Her search marketing consulting services with her extensive knowledge of Asia and Japanese market have been highly valued and made a big impact on some of the world’s popular multi-national brands’ search marketing campaigns.

A number of her articles have been published on industry websites and printed media. She also writes about the Search Marketing and SEO on her blog and other websites. She is a frequent speaker at the search marketing conferences globally and gives seminars and training about International search marketing, In-House SEO, and Enterprise SEO.

In 2014, she received the Best Consulting Awards form the US Search Awards. 

Pinar Kilic Unsal

Founder, Kubix Digital |

Pinar Kilic Ünsal has spent more than 12 years within the Search Engine Marketing Industry. Her agency Kubix Digital, is a search-focused Digital Marketing Agency based in Istanbul & Berlin. She has participated as a guest speaker & opinion leader at various universities, conferences & roundtables internationally.

Pinar started her career at bwin in Gibraltar managing a team of 18 international Client Account Managers. In early 2005 she joined Google’s European HQ Dublin/ Ireland as Account Manager & Strategist for the German & Turkish Market. Before founding her own agency in 2007 Pinar was part of the ‘landing crew’ for setting up the Google Turkey office in Istanbul back in 2006.

Today, Kubix Digital is one of Turkey‘s leading and award-winning search-focused digital marketing agency.

Pinar Kilic Ünsal studied Business Administration und International Business at the University of Trier (Germany) and at MSSU (USA).

Carla Marshall

Editor in Chief TubularInsights.com |

Carla Marshall is the Editor in Chief of TubularInsights.com (formerly ReelSEO.com), the world's leading resource for video marketing tips, tricks and strategies. She is YouTube Certified in Audience Development, and specialises in video optimization and organic video marketing. She has provided video marketing consultancy services to clients across the world, and is part of the marketing team at TubularLabs.com, the global leader in video intelligence for the cross-platform world. She divides her time between Manchester, UK, and Mountain View, California. 

Brian McDowell

Principal Digital Strategist at BloomReach |

Brian McDowell in an industry leader for enterprise level digital marketing and is the Principal Digital Strategist at BloomReach, Inc. Brian works with the worlds largest E-commerce brands on their strategies, forensics, process and team structures.  He has been building and promoting websites since 1997.

Brian has a true passion for technical application and has established primary revenue streams for multiple startups including LendingTree, RealEstate.com, Red Ventures and Conductor. He has designed and built multiple in-house proprietary technologies and platforms for natural search and established large in-house teams consisting of developers and junior level SEO practitioners. Brian often speaks to large enterprise level decision makers as well as advertising agencies about how to build, recruit and sustain natural search focus within their organizations. Brian holds a BS in Computer Science from UNC Charlotte.

Lexi Mills

Managing Partner at Shift6 |

Lexi Mills is a multi-award winning digital marketing expert specialising in PR SEO and data-driven business intelligence.  She is President of The Future of Search Foundation and Managing Director of Shift6, an international consultancy which provides training and consultancy services to agencies, businesses and investors, alongside advising government entities on the risks and opportunities of algorithmic technology. Her research work focuses on the opportunities, ethics and risks of machine learning and AI within the sector of internet search.

Shari Thurow

Founder, Omni Marketing Interactive |

Rebecca Weichmann

Head of Operations, Vizion Interactive, Inc. |

As Head of Operations, Rebecca ensures smooth transitions from the initial sales prospect contact to the client project kick-off,  is responsible for all projects running smoothly (on-time and on-budget) and keeps a close eye on P&L for the company. Rebecca has created an employee training program to ensure that all staff are up-to-date on the latest Industry trends and best practices, established internal Accounting controls, and implemented human resource policies and procedures to ensure a smooth and simple employee experience throughout all stages of employment.

Rebecca has more than 15 years’ experience in Accounting, Treasury Management, process creation and implementation. Rebecca attended UOP with her main focus in Accounting. Her previous experience in large corporate environments providers her with a solid understanding of where Vizion is headed and how to help ensure profitable/responsible growth. In her free time, she enjoys volunteer work, reading, writing and spending time with her family.

Eli Schwartz

Director of marketing, APAC |

Eli Schwartz is the Director of Organic Product for SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading People Powered Data platform enabling curious individuals and companies – including 99% of the Fortune 500 – to have conversations at scale with the people who matter most. He oversees SurveyMonkey’s SEO and viral product strategies for the entire product portfolio. Prior to his current role, Eli was the Director of APAC Marketing for SurveyMonkey based out of Singapore. In this role, he oversaw a significant expansion of SurveyMonkey’s user penetration all across the Asia and Oceania regions. Eli is also a frequent speaker at marketing and growth conferences and a regular author for popular business and marketing publications HuffingtonPost, Business2Community, SearchEngineJournal, and Business.com.

Rob Woods

SEO Consultant |

Rob is an SEO and online marketer with 18 years of experience. He spent 13 years in-house in both e-commerce and publishing, and has been an SEO consultant (http://robwoods.org/) for 6 years. Rob currently consults with medium to large sites in e-commerce, travel, software, and publishing. He specializes in SEO technical site audits, strategy, and coaching. Rob has spoken at numerous marketing events including Pubcon, SMX Advanced, SEMPO Canada / Bing Search Summit, BlueGlassX, IIMA Fusion Conference, DMA Retail, ACCM (Annual Conference for Catalogs & Multi-Channel Merchants), Endeca Discover Conference, numerous marketing and SEO Meetup events, and served on the Advisory Board for SMX Toronto. He is also the Technical Editor of 2 SEO/E-commerce books from O'Reilly "Social eCommerce" and "The Art of SEO".

MURAT YATAGAN

VP OF SEO, BRAINLY |

Murat Yatagan is a distinguished international freelance SEO Consultant with more than 10 years of expertise on SEO and UX, of which 5 years derives from his Senior Product Analyst role at Google Search Quality Team in Ireland. Murat was involved in several sub teams at Google, such as web spam fighting with a specialized approach on manual actions, reconsideration requests, site recoveries, backlink profile analysis and community management. Apart from that, Murat gained expertise on technical SEO, high quality content creation strategy, outreach and international SEO throughout leading an SEO team at Global Savings Group (Germany) and Brainly (Poland), plus managing 65+ clients globally from various business verticals as a freelancer.


Murat is a member of Advisory Board at two startups from Turkey (KTH and Indisera) focusing on growth strategies and technical consultancy. He has been a Judge for UK Search Awards, European Search Awards and MENA Search Awards since 2016. He's a regular speaker of industry events, podcasts and meet-ups. As an active member of the SEO Community, he is authoring on organic search and digital marketing. Plus, he offers in-company SEO trainings and occasionally gives lectures on SEO at universities.