Sometimes it’s tough convincing the boss to let you spend the money on a conference. Sometimes it’s tough convincing the boss to let you spend the time on a conference. SO we thought we would give you a list of ideas to help get you to one of ONLINE MARKETERS events.
Let’s Make a Deal
Explain how SMX Sydney or eMetrics Summit are full of presentations that show how to raise revenue, lower costs and increase customer satisfaction.
Then make a deal. If you can go to this conference, you will come back with five eye opening ideas, tried and true techniques or proven processes that will demonstrably improve your marketing ROI.
Go read the blogs about previous SMX Sydney or eMetrics Summit events and you’ll see this is an easy win. How will you provide evidence that these ideas are working?
Search Engine Bootcamp is all about tactical information to help you improve your search ROI, all the time.
Find Another “Boss”
Seek out the groups in your organisation who benefit from your knowledge, then find their boss. Prepare a solid business justification. Email and visit in person the list of target bosses.
Borderline on being a pest. They may finally approve the expense just to make you go away. Always have a list of spare bosses in your pocket in case you need them. Before you know it, you have an email thread going between bosses who are willing contribute to the expense.
Show enthusiasm, sincerity and volunteer to sleep in your car, share a room or walk to the conference to reduce the expense. Assuming success, follow-up after the conference with the same list of target bosses, regardless of their contribution. Make sure you have memorable and timely information sharing sessions after the conference.
Remember, you want to attend the conference again next year.
Bosses love efficiency. Bosses also love food. If you combine the two, you’ve got a powerful selling point for approval: a “Online Marketing Lunch & Learn”. When you invite your boss, promise to create a presentation about what you learned at the Search Engine Bootcamp – which you will deliver with tasty sandwiches – to your coworkers.
You get to go to SMX Sydney or eMetrics Summit and your boss gets to rationalise the expense as training for the whole department or company! (You can even use actual cookies to talk about cookies, because everyone likes desserts).
Find a Different Colour of Money
Budgets are tight all over, but not all budgets are created equal. While your department may not have any discretionary coin for online marketing, there may be a different fund somewhere that can cover a few days of a conference. Talk to your colleagues about possible resources available under different names:
- New Projects
- Special Projects
- Software Evaluation
- Infrastructure Improvement
- Executive Leadership
- You never know until you ask.
Stake Your Reputation On It
My department’s morale is low at the moment. We know search is capable of great things, but we want to quantify it. We want to implement some specific metrics that will show how the work we’re doing is making a difference.
Where Else Can We Find Good People?
We’re in the process of ramping up our search department and we need to hire new resources. Spending a few days with a bunch of experienced people is a much better way to get to know them than interviewing each one for an hour.
Where Else Can We Train the Good People We’ve Got?
SMX Sydney & eMetrics Summit are about sharing industry best practice and practical information on how to improve your ROI from search. There’s no better way to get all of our people up to speed this fast – and there’s a Bring the Team Discount for every ONLINE MARKETER event.
Need to convince yourself?
Wandering the halls of your business is an unlikely way to find somebody who understands your concerns and your worries about integrating search with your traditional marketing. SMX Sydney & eMetrics Summit offers a range conferences full of them.