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(Helpfully written in the third person so event organizers can copy and paste for speaker bio purposes, not because I think of myself as a separate entity than er, myself.)
Vanessa Fox is the author of Marketing in the Age of Google: Your Online Strategy IS Your Business Strategy (Wiley, 2nd edition, April 2012), which has been called the “first must-read-to-survive business book of the twenty-first century”.
She is the founder and CEO of Nine By Blue, which provides software, training, and strategic consulting to help companies of all sizes better integrate search engine optimization (SEO) throughout their organizations– from product design and web development to audience engagement and conversion.
A sought after speaker, Vanessa has traveled the globe discussing the evolution of how we search for and consume information. She writes regularly about the search engine industry, searcher behavior, and technical site architecture for a variety of publications including Search Engine Land, O’Reilly Radar, and MSN Business on Main.
Vanessa previously created Google’s Webmaster Central, which provides both tools and community support to help website owners improve their sites with an eye towards gaining more customers from organic search. She was instrumental in the sitemaps.org alliance of Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft Live Search. Fox has also been an entrepreneur-in-residence with Ignition Partners and served as an advisor for several startups.
In additional to her writing, speaking, and consulting, Fox also hosts the live weekly podcast Office Hours and posts regularly to Facebook and Twitter on a variety of technology and search related subjects.
Given her busy speaking schedule, she is highly skilled at navigating airport security. A California native, Vanessa resides in Seattle.