MozCon 2023: The Initial Agenda

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The big event is just about four months out and we’re excited to give you a preview of what you can expect to hear on stage this August!

From fresh faces joining us for the first time to fan favorites making a return appearance, our speaker lineup this year is 🔥. Topics range from AI & future-proofing your strategies, technical SEO, content marketing,, and way more — all with an emphasis on practitioners sharing tactical advice and real-world stories of how they’ve moved the needle (and how you can, too).

Once again, you’ve got two incredible ways to join us for Mozcon, a fully immersive in-person experience in Seattle, or through our livestream only passes which will be broadcast live from the Seattle stage. Can’t join us in person or for the livestream? We’ve got you covered with an option to pre-purchase access to the post-event video recording bundle so you can catch the sessions when your schedule permits.

Grab your MozCon ticket today and get ready for the Future of Search!

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The Emcees

We have three incredibly entertaining MozCon Emcees this year to guide you through each day and keep the show rolling along:

Cheryl Draper
Senior Growth Marketing Manager | Moz

Melissa Rae Brown
Learning Team Manager | Moz

Ola King
User Researcher | Moz

The Speakers + Agenda

Feast your eyes on the lineup of talks being presented this year:

Amanda Jordan

Director of Digital Strategy | RicketyRoo

Build Better backlinks for Local Brands

As with everything in local SEO, backlinks are just a little different. What do local pack rankers typically have in common? To answer that question, we’ve collected backlink data across several home services businesses across the USA and categorized them. We’ll share our findings, and how you can build better backlinks for local clients! By the end of this session, you’ll be able to list the different types of backlinks local businesses typically have, identify which link types correlate with stronger rankings, and most importantly, how to apply this to your clients!

Andi Jarvis

Strategy Director | Eximo Marketing

Back to the Future: What Lessons From Marketing History Can Tell Us About the Future

“Marketing has changed more in the last decade than at any time in history.” There’s a blog published that features a version of this line roughly every 0.5 seconds* – but does anyone stop to consider if it’s accurate? Andi will demonstrate how marketing and audiences aren’t really changing, and that the future of marketing is much the same as the past. Why is this important? Because people, not robots, sit at the heart of marketing. By the end of this talk, you’ll understand how you get your customers back to the center of what you do, and how that will turbocharge your marketing efforts. Strap yourself into the MozCon time machine for a journey Back to the Future.

*Stats entirely made up… much like the results used in most content marketing efforts.

Brie E. Anderson

Owner | BEAST Analytics

From Fear to Forward Motion: Navigating the Future of Analytics with Confidence

What the heck even is GA4 and why are you being forced to use it? Get ready to explore the rapidly changing landscape of analytics! In this talk, we will explore the future of analytics and provide a step-by-step guide to adjusting to the big changes that lie ahead. We will discuss how to move from fear and resistance to embracing the transformation that is already taking place. You will leave with a blueprint for success that will help you future-proof your analytics strategy and unlock new possibilities for growth and innovation.

Carrie Rose

Founder | Rise at Seven

Dominating TikTok, YouTube, Pinterest and Amazon SERPS As Consumer Behavior Changes

As search volumes rapidly change and users use new platforms such as TikTok for search, how should SEOs respond? Carrie will share her process of dominating all SERPS – not just Google! Discover how SEO fits within the user journey, and the role content can play for both offsite and onsite content, generating links and search demand. You’ll learn how advertising and SEO overlap, and what we can learn from award-winning advertising as part of search strategies..

Chris Long

VP of Marketing | Go Fish Digital

Why SEOs Need To Start Playing Offense Instead of Defense

In an industry overloaded with data, tools, algorithm changes, and a constantly evolving landscape, it’s tough to know what to prioritize. Often, this leads SEO initiatives and strategies to be more reactive instead of proactive. In this session, Chris will show you how to shift to an offensive SEO mindset. This will help you better prioritize key initiatives, get stakeholder buy-in, and navigate a successful long-term SEO strategy. You’ll leave this session understanding how to identify new markets to break into, leverage SEO data around key recommendations, utilize keyword segmentation to better inform your SEO strategy, and build a framework for setting up SEO experiments.

Crystal Carter

Head of SEO Communications | Wix

Views on Views of Video SEO

Fifty-four percent of consumers report that they’d like to see more videos from brands, and video SERPs account for an average of 20% of untapped keyword opportunities. There’s never been a better time to improve your video SEO! From on-page embeds, to SERP visibility, and even in your backlink profile, video is an unrivaled tool for adding value to your content and improving your website’s SEO outcomes. In this talk, Crystal explores what matters on the Google SERP, and what leads to success when optimizing the videos on your site.

Daniel Waisberg

Search Advocate | Google

Search Data at Scale

Are you using Search data effectively and at scale? In this presentation, Google Search Advocate Daniel Waisberg will present the data available today, and demonstrate the best methods of using Search Console bulk exports for scaling your SEO efforts. After this talk, you’ll understand the challenges of using data to steer your strategy, and get the scoop on analyzing and visualizing this data to drive your product decisions!

Duane Brown

SEO Manager | Dialpad

Hiring The Perfect Agency: How To Avoid Getting Burned

A 2022 Upwork study shows that 39% of the U.S. workforce freelances. Just think about how many more ad agencies exist today, as compared to 2019. You’d think that hiring would be easier with all of these options, but nothing could be further from the truth. Hiring is a valuable skill, and we are going to give you the skills to hire that next agency. By the end of this session, you’ll be able to identify agencies that are the best fit for your brand, effectively interview prospects, avoid pricing ambiguity and pitfalls, partake in productive onboarding, and look for meaningful results and metrics. Let’s get you the skills to hire better next time!

Jackie Chu

SEO Lead, Intelligence | Uber

SEO Co-Conspirators: Navigating Complex Systems

SEOs have self-reported that the #1 challenge to their SEO program being successful is getting changes implemented. Additionally, we’re often faced with constantly having to prove the value of SEO as a channel. In this talk, Jackie will focus on how you can source and uncover allies, enlist your coworkers, and successfully navigate the political landscape to get your project prioritized.

Jason Dodge

Founder & CEO | Black Truck Media + Marketing

Rethink Your Industry Pages – They’re Not What You Think

B2B marketers, and SEOs alike, are all too quick to create industry-specific landing pages for every single vertical we serve. In reality, these pages have very little relevance to what your customers are actually searching for, or what it is that you actually do in that space – limiting the reach and missing out on potential customers who would benefit from your solutions. Are you ready to reimagine your entire industry vertical proposition? Jason will explain the ins and outs of industry pages, their role in content marketing, and – more importantly – how optimizing content around the pain points and direct needs of your customers is more relevant now in B2B marketing than ever before.

Jes Scholz

Group CMO | Ringier

Mind the Gap: Bridging Generational Differences in SEO

To keep up with the ever-evolving needs of users, Google is transforming from being a search engine to an ecosystem of experiences that often reach people before they need to search. Discover, Google Lens, YouTube Shorts, and Bard are just a few examples of this shift towards richer, more engaging surfaces. By the end of this talk, you’ll be able to leverage these new visibility platforms to improve organic performance and future-proof your brand.

Lidia Infante

Senior SEO Manager | Sanity

Headless SEO: I’m Sorry, But This Is Happening

Headless CMSes are on the rise, and headless SEO is quickly becoming an essential skill for SEOs. In this talk, Lidia will explain the concept of content modeling with RAL examples, which lies at the core of headless CMSes. By the end of this presentation, you will have a firm grasp of the limitations and advantages of headless SEO, and possess a checklist of 7 implementations you need to request from your development team.

Lily Ray

Senior Director, SEO & Head of Organic Research | Amsive Digital

Google’s Just Not That Into You: Intent Switches During Core Updates

If your website has been negatively impacted by a Google core update, it is common to immediately assume that there is something wrong with your site. However, there are many other factors that could explain why rankings changed during a core update, and understanding these are key to improving performance. You’ll walk away from this session understanding how Google core updates work, how and why the results change, how to respond to being hit by an update, and how to future-proof your site.

Miracle Inameti-Archibong

SEO Lead (Insurance) | MoneySuperMarket Group

How to Use Brand SEO to Future-Proof Your Online Visibility

With digital ad spending projected to reach $701 billion in 2023, generic CTR dropping by 12% between position 1 and 2, the increase in no-click searches (+60%), and the constant rolling out of updates, it’s more important than ever to build a sustainable online brand presence to algorithm-proof your traffic. This talk will explore how SEOs can contribute to brand building, and how it can help future-proof your online visibility.

Noah Learner

Director of Innovation | Sterling Sky

Down the Mountain

Struggling to find your place in SEO? Want to break through to the next level, but feel like you’ve hit the wall? Join Noah Learner on the journey “Down the Mountain”, as he shares his evergreen framework for optimizing your career in any market. This framework – built on craft, people, critical thinking skills, and synthesizing data – will help you now and in the future, as you look for what’s next. You’ll learn a repeatable process and specific skills that will help you accelerate your career and make you impossible to ignore.

Dr. Pete Meyers

Marketing Scientist | Moz

Lower Your Shields: The Borg Are Here

From ChatGPT to Bing’s Prometheus to Google’s Bard, AI (specifically, Large Language Models) is disrupting search as we know it. We can fight the inevitable, or we can put these tools to work. Learn where AI chat excels, where it fails (sometimes spectacularly), and how to use these tools to not only keep your SEO job, but also level-up your SEO career.

Ross Simmonds

CEO & Founder | Foundation Marketing

The Evolution of Content & The Future of Our Industry

Is it all over? Is the world as we knew it a wrap? With the rise of AI – is it realistic to assume that the world of SEO and content will stay the same? Or should we all start dusting off our resumes to try something new? In this presentation, Ross is going to share a blend of both the realities of how AI can be incorporated into our work (maybe to give us additional runway) and answer the question as to whether or not AI is actually coming for our jobs and what we can do to ensure that we’re ahead of the curve when it comes to using these tools, embracing the technology and finding edges amidst rapid change.

Tom Anthony

CTO | Search Pilot

Entities Are the Past: Search Is Going Multidimensional

For years, “keywords” were everything in search, and then came the rise of ‘the entity’. Tom believes that the time of the entity will soon be over, and will explain how Deep Learning ‘latent spaces’ are highlighting that entities were 1-dimensional thinking. The future of search is going to be about context, and it isn’t far off. You’ll walk away from this session with a new technique that will replace keyword research so that you can prepare, and ideally, get ahead of the competition.

Tom Capper

Senior Search Scientist | Moz

The SERP is Dead, Long Live The SERP

SEOs have complained for many years now, that the SERP just isn’t what it used to be. We yearn for the simpler days of 10 blue links. But Google is changing for a reason, and SEOs have reason to be invested in its survival. Besides, not all SERP features are bad news. In this talk, Tom will look at Google’s direction, and the strategic imperatives that are forcing its hand. You’ll walk away with a plan to unearth happiness (and organic revenue) in the brave new world.

Wil Reynolds

Founder & VP of Innovation | Seer Interactive

To Be Announced


We hope you’re as excited as we are for August 7th and 8th to hurry up and get here. And again, if you haven’t grabbed your ticket yet, we’ve got your back. Early Bird pricing is on through May 31st.