SEMPO and Other Leading Search Marketing Groups Unite in Call for Delegates to Frame Search Marketing Code of Ethics
Initial Organizational Meeting to be held at Pubcon Internet Marketing Conference in Las Vegas
Wakefield, MA, October 2, 2014 – In an effort to create a widely adopted and enforceable search engine marketing code of ethics for North America, the Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization (SEMPO) as well as other leading search engine marketing organizations are conducting a call for delegates to participate in an inaugural "Search Congress.” During the Search Congress, delegates from search engine marketing organizations throughout North America will create an initial North American search engine marketer’s code of ethics.
The Search Congress will take place at a date and place to be determined in 2015. An informational meeting regarding delegate selection as well as the proposed code of ethics framing process will take place at the Internet marketing conference, Pubcon, in Las Vegas. The meeting location will be publicized at the conference and on social media. Follow @SEMPOGlobal and @Pubcon for the latest news and to get involved in the discussion during Pubcon on October 6 – 9, 2014.
In order to participate as a delegate in the search congress, an individual must be nominated by an eligible search engine marketing organization. These organizations may include regional associations, virtual communities, or other eligible groups.
Eligible Groups That Can Send Voting Delegates
Below are the initial requirements for a group that can nominate delegates for the inaugural Search Congress. Each eligible group that is identified will nominate and send one delegate to the inaugural Search Congress meeting.
Groups that do not meet the above criteria may send representatives to the meeting but will not have voting delegates. Initially, any debates about group eligibility will be decided by a previously-designated SEMPO board member. During the Search Congress, a committee will be created to oversee delegate eligibility.
SEMPO Organized, Not SEMPO Led
While the initial search congress and creation of the North American Search Engine Marketing Code of Ethics is being organized by SEMPO, the overall goal is for the initiative to be led by a grassroot effort of existing and future search engine marketing organizations. These organization should be those that care about the overall industry and public perception of the search engine marketing industry.
"A search engine marketing code of ethics won’t work unless it has broad adoption from a variety of groups in the industry,” said Tony Wright, VP of Communications for SEMPO. Wright is spearheading the organizational efforts for the inaugural Search Congress. "Everyone has different opinions about what a search engine marketing code of ethics should contain. The only way to create a code of ethics that will work is to ensure those people who are interested have buy-in and there is a fair way to enforce the code of ethics once it is ratified. SEMPO can’t do that alone. It’s going to take the effort of many different people of diverse opinions and backgrounds to make this work.”
In the near future, more information and updates about the
inaugural Search Congress will be available at searchcongress.org. This is also where groups seeking to send delegates should look
to confirm group eligibility and ask questions about the process.
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