What I Learned At IM Spring Break

What I Learned At IM Spring Break

One of the best things about going to industry conferences is learning new things. IM Spring Break (IMSB) was no different. Here’s what I learned…

Shana Is NOT British

The very first thing I learned was that Shana Albert (@nannytweeting) is not British. For some reason I had created an alternate reality of her, created by watching too many Nanny 911 episodes.

Women Should NOT Arm Wrestle Neil

Speaking of which, Shana, like many of the women at IMSB, lost arm wrestling matches to Neil Patel (@neilpatel). He somehow managed to win money for himself and Michael Darauch (@chiropractic), while still maintaining some degree of self-respect.

Use Quarkbase to Get Competitive Website Intelligence

Todd Malicoat (@toddmalicoat) introduced everyone to a cool tool called Quarkbase (@quarkbase), a tool for getting competitive intelligence on just about any website.

WebmasterRadio.FM is Now in a Good Position to Blackmail Me

It’s possible that I may have had a little too much to drink on one of the nights I was there, and it’s possible that I made a complete fool of myself while on air talking to Brasco (@webmasterradio). I can only ask for mercy!

Uploading Videos Just Got Easier with TubeMogul

Learned about another useful tool from Chris Winfield (@chriswinfield) called TubeMogul (@tubemogul), which let’s you distribute videos to multiple sites.

Knee Socks Are the Rage!

Found out that Lisa Barone (@lisabarone) knows how to work knee socks at a party.

I’m Not Worthy of Your Mad Skillz

Got a late night bite to eat with Slightly Shady SEO (@slightlyshady) and found out that Shady knows how to make a ridiculously smart landing page.

“Got Snatch” Is Not What You Think It Is

The winner for the most provocative marketing message was Robert Adler (@Bofu2U) who had t-shirts promoting his new service SiteSnatcher that said “Got Snatch?”

Lookadoo is the Coolest Name Eva!

Dana Lookadoo (@lookadoo) has found the secret to being energetic and I’m jealous!

You Can’t Ruin a Bacon Explosion

Even though the hotel didn’t cook the Bacon Explosion (@BBQAddicts) correctly, Brian Chappell (@brianchappell) still approved of its deliciousness.

Zerbetron is a Roller Blading Girl Bot from the Future

Well, that’s almost true. Erin Zerbe (@zerbetron) is a derby girl, but the bot part is still unconfirmed. She’s definitely from the future though. I know this, because I’m pretty sure we lack the hair coloring technology to make her hair look the way it does.

“SEO Band” Changes Name to “Bacon Explosion”

While we’re on the topic of Bacon Explosion, did you hear about the new band “Bacon Explosion”? It’s made up of Jeff Quipp (@jquipp), Tony Adam (@tonyadam) and Loren Baker (@lorenbaker). I’m sad to say that Steve Plunkett (@steveplunkett) was unable to join the group, because he hurt everyone’s ears when he sang, but at least he still has DJing to fall back on.

You Can Find Good Sites with Marks and Tubes

I discovered that Wil Reynolds (@wilreynolds) has a plan, and it involves lots of bookmarks and pipes.

The Hot Garbage Smell is a Feature

Erin Zerbe (@zerbetron) taught me to not ride the shuttle bus, because it smells like hot garbage, and nuts and butts! Good advice!

These Guys Are Totally Freakin’ Awesome to the Max! (Like Totally)

Loren Baker (@lorenbaker), Dave Snyder (@davesnyder) and Jordan Kasteler (@JordanKasteler) know how to put on an amazing industry conference. It was well run, fun, educational and had the best food I’ve ever had at a conference (ever!).

Flying with the Flock

Aside from everything else, I got to finally meet several Raven customers face-to-face. We don’t talk about our users publicly, so you know who you are, and thank you!

Jon Henshaw
Co-Founder and President

Jon is the Co-founder and President of Raven Internet Marketing Tools.

Jon is the Co-founder and President of Raven Internet Marketing Tools.

  • http://www.planetc1.com/ Michael D

    First of all everyone that attended just rocked, that was great. Also, I have to agree with you on the food. Something about it that really made the event stand out, probably the fact that it was all perfect for soaking up alcohol. Lastly, the organizers did an amazing job, you’re dead on there. Great seeing you and thanks for being such a terrific sponsor!

  • http://www.dallasseoblog.com @steveplunkett

    Excellent Article.


  • http://www.manual-submissions.com/ Michiel Van Kets

    LOL :)

    so, that’s why you guys go to this sessions … you’re bored out of your mind all alone in your moms basement 😉

  • Wil Reynolds

    Funny recap, first time I saw the arm wrestling picture! Since the bacon explosion I have run a couple miles and lifted 3 days straight!

  • http://Contempt.me Bofu2U

    Not one mention of the almighty Snatch eh …

  • admin

    Heh, @Bofu2U, I had more to write about, including you, but HAD to go to sleep! You will get yours in due time 😉

  • Brasco

    Damn, didn’t make the Raven blog. Not good when I have intoxicating evidence of RavenJon on mp3. :)

  • zerbetron

    *AHEM* and you ALSO learned that roller derby is the coolest sport ever. And that Kenny Hyder recommends RavenSEO because it’ll get you laaaaaaaid

  • Jon Henshaw

    @zerbetron, @Brasco & @Bofu2U, consider yourself loved!