North Texas SEM’s spend over $100,000,000 in search engine advertising

Needless to say, everyone in the local search engine marketing industry is a bit surprised at Google’s decision to close their Dallas office.  The DFW SEM association posted a formal response on Business Wire, which is starting to get picked up on various search blogs. 

http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS206136+10-Jul-2008+BW20080710

This $100,000,000 estimate does not take into account all of the SMB’s in the area, which we expect would push the actual spend up considerably higher.  It also doesn’t take into account the spends in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio.  In addition to the twenty people from the Dallas office, Google be thinking about adding 100 more to serve this market, and also consider a more localized approach. 

As local SEM’s, we were very pleased to have the Google office in the area.  Yes, they serviced accounts nationally, but Dallas people were also present and highly visible at local interactive marketing associations such as DFWSEM, the DFW IMA, and The Dallas Ad League.

I certainly wish them all the best.

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