Last week, I received an email from PubCon Founder and CEO, Brett Tabke, asking if I’d like to be on the board of a new search engine marketing group he was helping put together. I agreed and am happy to let you all know that I am a founding board member of ATXSEM, a new SEM/SEO group being formed in Austin.
Why do we need a search engine marketing group in Austin?
You may be very well asking yourself that question. During the official announcement of the start of the group during this past Thursday’s Internet Marketing Meetup, Brett answered that very question and offered up some more information about this new group:
- Brett meets with and speaks at a number of search engine marketing groups across the country. It seemed odd to him (and many others in Austin) that the SEM community in Austin is without an official group despite our size, great work and skills. To quote Brett’s slide deck: “We want/need an official SEO/SEM organization in Austin to support the industry.”
- The goals of this organization, as outline in Brett’s announcement, are networking, information sharing, education and community building.
Adam Alter, who has organized the Internet Marketing Meetups with his wife, Laura, pointed out that he and Laura have taken their group as far as they can on their own. They came to a point where they recognized that a larger organization was needed in order to take the work they have done to the next level (I want to acknowledge Adam’s and Laura’s work on these Meetups. I haven’t been all that active with the group, but the meetings I have attended have been excellent.)
Brett has put together an excellent group to be the founding board of ATXSEM. Along with me, the founding board members are:
- Roger Dooley
- Shawn Collins
- Laura Alter
- Adam Alter
- Bill Leake
- Bryan Eisenburg
- Brett Tabke.
How Can You Get Involved?
There are many needs of a new organization and more work than just the 8 of us on the board can handle. Here are some specific areas in which we need some assistance:
- Legal advice to cover doing the initial paperwork and setting up non-profit status (are there any lawyers or CPAs out there willing to assist?)
- Help with the website (Everything – we only have a contact form out there now.)
- Graphic Design (We need a good logo)
- Help with organizing meetings
- Willing to pitch in on an ad hoc basis
- Eyes, ears and one-offs.
We also need help spreading the work among the community. The more members we can gather, the better we will be.
Get involved! Please visit http://atxsem.org and fill out the form. At this point, we’re gathering names and contact information for those who want to get in on the ground floor of what will certainly be a dynamic and excellent organization. You can also follow the group on Facebook and Twitter:
I’ll have more information coming up as it becomes available.