Washington D.C.

Advanced Search Summit / Washington D.C.

At Advanced Search Summit, we are re-inventing the way digital marketers connect & continue their education. We believe in inspiring the next generation of digital marketers through high quality speakers, exceptional venues, and the human thirst for exploration.

Join us in D.C. on this two-day adventure where you’ll be surrounded by digital marketing luminaries, industry experts, partners, and peers who will share their knowledge and help you achieve legendary results for your company and your continued success.

Networking at Advanced Search Summit events are nothing short of amazing. Save the business cards and start forging relationships with our speakers and attendees. Our events are designed to foster relationships and inspire new perspectives.

Register by May 3rd to Save $600 Off the Regular Event Rate




Organic SEO. Viral social campaigns. Massive amounts of press. When budgets are tight or it’s difficult to pay for coverage at the same pace as your competitors, you have to earn that coveted traffic with creativity, cunning, and wile. Learn how to cast a wider, smarter net, and maximize your earned traffic.



Big brands and complex products require a significant amount of education for their consumers. This challenge can be turned into traffic opportunities with clever usage of whitepapers, webinars, and more. Figure out how to leverage your company’s current assets in multiple dimensions to squeeze out more traffic efficiencies.


& Beyond

Were you thinking our tracks would be earn, owned, and paid? This is the “Advanced” Search Summit after all, so we have to go further! Our beyond track covers PPC, paid social, and display, but this also about the future of digital marketing and how you’ll be buying it before your competitors know it exists.


We Will Be Announcing Our D.C. Speakers Soon!

Some of Our Previous Speakers

Dennis Goedegebuure

Dennis Goedegebuure


Dominating the SERPs using these KPI’s during site migrations

The Fanatics SEO team successfully migrated 25+ sites to a new platform which included a change in http > https in 2018. What made these migrations successful, how did the team prepare and what were the learnings?

joe sinkwitz

Joe Sinkwitz


Influencers for Enterprises, Beyond the Kardashians

Influencer marketing’s rapid ascention has led to a decent amount of confusion as to where the concept fits in best for B2B and B2C enterprises alike. Which social channels make the most sense? What influencer type is ideal? Why choose the KPI you choose? How does an enterprise go about creating and managing an effective influencer marketing campaign? We’ll walk through several very different enterprise case studies to help provide insights into the various ways you can make influencer marketing work for your organization.

andrew shotland

Andrew Shotland

Local SEO Guide

Reverse Engineering Google’s Local Search Algorithm

Discover the most important local SEO ranking factors with this in-depth look at Local SEO Guide’s 2018-2019 Local SEO Ranking Factors Study. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of how Google’s Local algorithm works and specific tactics they can employ across multiple locations to improve visibility in search.

rhea drysdale

Rhea Drysdale

Outspoken Media

Turn Your Stale Digital Content into New Results

In this presentation Rhea will walk through examples of enterprise websites who took the time to clean up their digital content with exceptional, positive results for their SEO and broader digital marketing channels. Rhea will explain how the team identified missed and new opportunities, the approach used in consolidating and refreshing digital content, the tools used to monitor performance pre and post-launch, and the results achieved.

kevin indig

Kevin Indig


Internal Link Optimization on Steroids

Learn how to combine crawls, log files, and backlinks to find weaknesses in your internal linking structure. Analyze the impact of tweaking internal linking before you deploy the changes. Understand how to tweak internal linking at scale.

erin everhart

Erin Everhart

The Home Depot

Mobile: Why Customers Are Addicted (And What Marketers Can Do About It)

  • See how mobile has changed the way customers shop and what marketers can do about it
  • Understand the psychology to what makes mobile (and the content on it) so addictive
  • Add marketing tactics to your toolkit to help you better reach (and convert) your customers
  • Better position mobile media as a revenue-generating channel within your media mix
jim christian

Jim Christian

BLUSH Digital

Never Worry About Proving SEO Value Again!

Tired of your projects getting pushed off because you can’t prove the value of SEO? In this presentation I’ll be explaining how to leverage keyword research data to create a keyword universe that utilizes a custom click curve with ROI modeling so that you can put a value on all of your future SEO projects!

lionel kappelhoff-lançon

Lionel Kappelhoff-Lançon


How to Make SEO Decisions With Confidence

As web marketers we have tons of data sources to monitor our performance, but knowing which ones matter can be overwhelming. This talk will help you understand which pieces of data you need to compare or merge to make better SEO decisions. Using log files, crawl, analytics and rankings data, you will learn from several use cases how to understand which ranking factors matter the most for your website.

Bartosz Goralewicz

Bartosz Goralewicz


The Mainstreaming of Technical SEO

New technologies are being introduced and implemented at an alarming speed, and its affecting SEO in ways we never imagined. In this session, I’ll lay out why you can’t do SEO without getting technical and what this means for SEO moving forward. Let’s get technical…

marcus tober

Marcus Tober


Why SEOs Should be Afraid of Machines That Will Steal Their Jobs

In a world where data and computing power is no problem anymore, SEO need to grow and go beyond the typical waste of time in finding patterns. Machines can and will do many SEO tasks faster and cheaper. You should be afraid and you shouldn’t when you take the next step. Learn how the evolution of SEO unmistakably will be and how to deal with it.

Kayleigh Lauzon

Kayleigh Lauzon

CJ Affiliate by Conversant

A Love Story: Affiliate Marketing and SEO

Digital marketing channels should work together to tell a cohesive story from the beginning of a customer’s journey through their lifetime relationship with your brand. I’ll share how to apply your search data to optimize affiliate partnerships, such as targeting engagement ring shoppers with travel brands to catch them in their honeymoon planning.

fabrice canel

Fabrice Canel


The Evolution of AI in Search

Search used to be very simple and straight forward, bots crawled the web to index content. Searchers input a search query to generate 10 blue links. As the web and technology has evolved, so to has the use of AI in search. In this session, you’ll learn how Bing is making Bingbot more effective at crawling and indexing content including javascript, how we’re using modern machine learning (include Deep Learning) to improve overall relevance of the search results, and why using the search engine APIs is becoming even more important.

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Opportunities to Network

One of the most important aspects of any conference is networking. At Advanced Search Summit we don’t squeeze networking events into our schedule, the entire summit is built to be a networking experience. Sit with our speakers, engage with sponsors over amazing food, or discuss current digital marketing trends with a glass of wine. Our immersive and interactive environment makes it easy to grow your professional network and stay connected to industry thought leaders.

POV lounge

Opening Day Reception

Come and enjoy the stellar views of the White House and the Capital Mall from the POV lounge on top of the W Washington D.C., built in 1918. Engage with peers and industry leaders to recap the first day of the conference. Be prepared to participate in the Advanced Search Summit Ugly Shoe contest!

Union Building Speakeasy

Friday Night Capstone

A short walk down F street will take you to the capstone event at the National Union Building. This premium catered reception will be the peak of Advanced Search Summit in D.C. Have access to the conference speakers in this culmination of historic architecture and culinary joy. Enjoy time with attendees and be sure to visit the private speakeasy downstairs for a sponsored encounter with premium cocktails. Be on the lookout for a special toast during the evening.

Mount Vernon

Saturday Event

Truly connect with other attendees, speakers and sponsors in this elective D.C. jaunt. We will be taking a small group to Mount Vernon via a Potomac river cruise. Once at the home of our first President, enjoy a private tour, secluded lunch and whiskey tasting from Washington’s own distillery.

erin everhart

“Few other conferences provide the expertise and the networking that Advanced Search Summit does. If you’re looking to make meaningful connections with other industry leaders (and let’s face it… have a little fun while doing it), this is the place you need be!”

– Erin Everhart, The Home Depot


The W Hotel

At the intersection of the National Mall and the White House, the W Hotel is the perfect blend of history and modern class. This property is finishing its $50 million renovation in 2019. Advanced Search Summit will be one of the first events to fully utilize the propertie’s modern spaces and rooms. Be sure to book your room through the link below for below market rates.

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Previous Attendees

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s included with my ticket?

Your ticket includes:
• 2-days of Advanced Search Summit
• Lunch both days of the conference
• Breakfast on Friday
• Rooftop Cocktail Reception at POV bar
• Exclusive Cocktail Hour & Heavy Apps at The Union Building

What is the Mount Vernon Event on Saturday?

All of our events come with an optional extra day. Think of it as a way to extend the networking portion of the conference and spend a day getting to know attendees, speakers, and sponsors of the show. For our DC show this includes a river boat ride up the Potomac River, private tour of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, lunch, and a few additional surprises!

Where should I stay?

We recommend booking your accommodations at The W, which is where Advanced Search Summit will take place. Book your room with this link to get a discounted rate at The W.

What Airport Should I Fly Into?

We recommend flying into Regan (DCA) which is only a 9-minute ride away from The W Hotel. Alternate airports would be Dulles (IAD) or Baltimore (BWI), just be aware, these airports are about 40-60 minutes away from the hotel.

Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

Yes. You must be able to present (an over 21) valid ID to consume alcohol at all locations.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

We highly recommend using Uber/Lyft to get to the W hotel. The W has Valet Parking: $59 for overnight should you choose to rent a car. Street parking is available at a first come, first serve basis around the property.

What should I wear to the event?

Please dress comfortably! We recommend business casual with an extra layer just in case you get cold.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact us directly at jim@blushdigital.com.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes. Please feel free to transfer the ticket to an appropriate person in your organization. This would be your CMO, Director of SEO or SEO Leader.

Disclaimer: Please note that we expect everyone to enjoy Advanced Search Summit responsibly. Advanced Search Summit is about education, networking, and innovation in the field of SEO. We expect everyone to have fun and stay professional. If anyone is beyond control they will be escorted out of the event.

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