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Forrester's Josh Bernoff Completes Covario One-Two Keynote Punch at INFLECTIONPoint 2012 Conference for Search and Digital Marketers

Social Media Pundit, Best-Selling Author Teams With Oakland A's Billy Beane as Keynoters for the Covario "Searchin' Safari" Event in "Surf City, USA" (January 11, 2012)

SAN DIEGO,CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/11/12 -- Covario, Inc., the nation's largest independent provider of search marketing agency services and SEO software solutions, today announced that social media authority and best-selling author Josh Bernoff will be one of the featured keynote speakers during its INFLECTIONPoint 2012 conference for digital marketing customers and prospects, Feb. 6-8.

Bernoff, senior vice president for idea development at Forrester Research, will be speaking Wednesday morning, Feb. 8, before a group of digital advertisers and global search marketers from Fortune 500 and Internet 1,000 companies. The sixth annual event has a "Searchin' Safari" theme and takes place in southern California at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Hotel in Huntington Beach (aka "Surf City, USA").

In a presentation titled "Digital Marketing in a Social Influenced World," Bernoff is expected to address the key issues and trends digital advertisers should have on their radar screens in 2012, as marketers adjust to rapid advancements of social technologies and the active engagement of 24/7 customer communities.

The longtime Forrester executive and industry analyst co-authored the BusinessWeek best-selling book "Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies," along with the sequel "Empowered: Unleash your Employees, Energize your Customers, Transform your Business."

Bernoff joins a dynamic INFLECTIONPoint 2012 keynote one-two punch that also features Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team and the subject of Michael Lewis' best-selling book "Moneyball, the Art of Winning at an Unfair Game." As previously announced, Beane, whose success story was also portrayed in Sony Pictures' acclaimed movie "Moneyball," will be the opening day speaker Tuesday, Feb. 7.

In addition to keynotes by Bernoff and Beane, the conference will feature insightful panels, case study presentations, and interactive roundtables on various issues of importance to global search marketers and digital advertisers.

For example, executives from Intel, Lenovo, Tektronix and Kenshoo will be featured on a panel about leveraging social media and paid search advertising. In another session, panelists from Campmor and Lenovo will discuss integrating SEO (search engine optimization) and social media.

Case studies are set to revolve around such key topics as leveraging info-graphics with social media influentials, driving SEO results in the face of strong competition, and using content syndication strategies to boost SEO performance. Confirmed case studies will be presented by digital marketing authorities from Dell, Rackspace and Nikon, among others.

Covario will also present its 2012 global search marketing agency agenda for both paid and earned media services along with its software development roadmap, encompassing SEO management and deployment solutions, paid search reporting systems, social media workflow analyses, broadcast media tracking, and its award-winning cross-media optimization platform known as the Covario CMO Dashboard™.

"With keynote speakers like Billy Beane and Josh Bernoff, combined with a stellar line-up of panels, case studies and breakout sessions led by some of the world's top digital marketers, INFLECTIONPoint 2012 is shaping up to be the best customer and prospect conference in our nearly six-year history," said Covario Founder and CEO Russ Mann. "Clearly, we are surfing on a huge wave that swelled up last year. Our aim for 2012 is to 'hang ten' with our valued clients and ride an even larger wave of search marketing and interactive advertising success through the New Year."

Covario began last year by being selected from more than 100 companies as one of only nine firms included in the 2011 Forrester Research Wave of U.S. Search Marketing Agencies. For the second year in a row, Covario made both the Software 500 ranking of the nation's largest software firms and the Tech 200 list of the fastest-growing technology companies. The firm was also ranked among the 20 largest search agencies by Advertising Age magazine, and it ended the year by being named the OMMA 2011 Search Agency of the Year.

More information about INFLECTIONPoint 2012, including a link for attendance inquiries, is available on the Covario website at .

About Covario

Covario is the nation's largest independent provider of paid search and SEO agency services, as well as licensable SaaS-based SEO software solutions. The firm is also the developer of a unique platform for cross-media optimization and attribution analysis, known as the Covario CMO Dashboard™. Headquartered in San Diego, the firm has more than 130 team members worldwide with offices in Chicago, London, Beijing, Tokyo, and Singapore. Covario's growing customer base includes world leaders in technology, consumer electronics, retail, ecommerce, financial services, media, entertainment, publishing, and consumer packaged goods. More information is available at

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