The International Search Summit

The International Search Summit, the only event dedicated entirely to international search marketing topics and challenges, is heading to Barcelona for the 2nd time.

This full day event will feature a range of speakers, with expertise in managing international websites and running global campaigns. They will share tips, tactics and advice for improving your online presence in international markets and how to overcome common challenges.

With plenty of Q&A and networking opportunities, attendees will have the chance to ask the questions that matter to them and their business, and leave with the answers they need to drive online global performance. The event takes place entirely in English.

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Why Attend ISS

The International Search Summit remains the only event dedicated specifically to the challenges, twists and turns of managing international websites and running global campaigns. Hear from speakers and attendees as they explain the benefits of attending the event and what they gained from being part of the International Search Summit.

Key benefits include:

  • Truly internationally-focused topics
  • Tactics for expanding your SEO and SEM strategies
  • Technical insights on how to position your brand in international markets
  • Hands-on knowledge from seasoned marketers


Ale Agostini

Ale Agostini

Bruce Clay Inc.

Ale is Managing Director and Partner at a leading global digital marketing company.

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Andy Atkins-Krüger

Andy Atkins-Krüger

Founder and CEO of Webcertain Group

Andy is a seasoned speaker and brings over 20 years’ experience in international marketing.

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Esther Azcano Valdes

Esther Azcano Valdes

Tribal Worldwide

Esther Azcano is the Head of SEO at Tribal Worldwide since 2016.

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Gianna Brachetti-Truskawa

Gianna Brachetti-Truskawa

Bold ventures

Gianna Brachetti-Truskawa has been working in online marketing since 2009 with a strong focus on internationalisation strategies.

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Daiana Damacus

Daiana Damacus


Daiana Damacus is the Social Media Team Leader at Webcertain.

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Gianluca Fiorelli

Gianluca Fiorelli

International SEO Consultant

Gianluca is an International SEO Consultant and founder of ‘The Inbounder’ digital marketing conference.

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Maria Dirina

Maria Dirina


Maria is an online marketing expert and a Senior Account Manager at Yandex.

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Anders Hjorth

Anders Hjorth


Anders Hjorth is the founder of Innovell. As a pioneer in SEO, one of the first Google advertising professionals and the co-founder of several agencies

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Jitka Jizerova

Jitka Jizerova


Jitka is the Research and Demand Generation Manager at Webcertain. She has more than six years of experience in international digital marketing.

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Francesca Nuvola

Francesca Nuvola


Francesca is the Head of Performance Marketing at CornerJob, responsible for developing and executing web and mobile marketing strategies.

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Aman Raffi

Aman Raffi


Aman is a Programmatic Campaign Manager at Webcertain, where he manages the international programmatic digital project for all Webcertain Group clients.

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Dorien Rompelman

Dorien Rompelman

FedEx | TNT Digital International

Dorien is the Online Advertising Specialist at TNT Express where she manages all Paid Search activities across over 55 countries and all major international search engines.

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GoEuro Travel

Ciara is the Global SEO Lead at GoEuro, a travel search engine that compares buses, trains and flights within Europe.

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Aleyda Solis

Aleyda Solis


Aleyda is a well known and highly experienced International SEO consultant, providing personalised & strategical SEO advice.

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Fabian is the Senior Online Marketing Manager at Chrono24, the world’s largest online marketplace for luxury watches.

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David White

David White


David is the Head of Content Marketing at Edit, leading the PR, content and outreach strategies.

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This is a twin-track event.


Registration and introductions


AI vs human translation for internationalisation and relaunches

Artificial intelligence (AI) has not only changed the way many industries operate today; it has also made a significant impact in the translation world. However, it is important for businesses to understand its limitations. Gianna will provide insights into the different processes involved in AI and human translation, how to decide the best option for your website, the pitfalls to avoid when going international, as well as the ethics of AI on the web.

Gianna Brachetti-Truskawa – Bold ventures



How to effectively expand into multiple markets

There is so much opportunity to be gained from expanding to new markets and reaching a wider audience, however rolling out a website in multiple languages is not an easy task. Over the last 3 years, GoEuro has been rapidly expanding its user reach within Europe and beyond, localising the website in more than 15 languages, 6 in this year alone.

In this session, International SEO Manager Ciara will share insights on how the team approached this task and lessons learned along the way. She’ll share tips and advice for any business developing websites and campaigns for new markets.

Ciara Serrano Temprado - GoEuro Travel



Migrating international websites

Migrating your website can be a great business move, but if you fail to consider how search engines will react to this move, you are almost certain to take a major hit in organic search traffic. Aleyda will share reasons for migrating international websites, the most common scenarios, best practices and expected results.

Aleyda Solis - Orainti



Beyond the SERPS: Developing effective ad strategies for the Russian market

The Russian market presents a great opportunity for many international brands, and there are increasingly varied and innovative ways in which to reach your target audience in the country. Maria will share examples and cases from brands entering the market using a range of targeting options, from micro-geotargeting to outdoor and indoor advertising. She’ll explain how to develop an integrated paid strategy based on the industry and audience targets and the budget available.

Maria Dirina - Yandex



International link building: Tactics, tools and tips

Link acquisition is a key offsite ranking factor for any site looking to increase organic visibility. Different countries naturally adopt different cultures and as such engage with different news stories, different formats of content, and advocate brands in different ways. What works in one country might not be the same for all. Marketers need to not only be aware of customer behaviour in each region, but also what stories will gain the links they need from media. Using a mixture of real-life examples, David will share actionable advice on how to build links in different countries, what tools marketers need to be using and tips on how to gain national media links in multiple territories.

David White – Edit



Big in Japan: How to succeed with PPC in Japan (without understanding Japanese)

Expanding into a new market can be an effective way to grow your business but it involves a great deal of market research and planning driven by an evaluation of your internal capabilities including whether to manage the campaigns in-house or partner with an agency.

Fabian shares how Chrono24 successfully grew its business in Japan, the 4th largest watches market in the world from a relatively unknown brand. His talk will cover how to achieve quick wins in a new market, budget planning, deciding which search engine(s) to use and how to improve campaign performance.

Fabian Wiede – Chrono24



Managing on-page optimisation for multilingual sites

When rolling out new content or updating existing pages, there are many factors that need to be considered to ensure search engine success. Drawing on examples from a 12- language website, Gianluca will provide actionable tips for researching, creating and implementing SEO-friendly content on an international scale.

Gianluca Fiorelli - International SEO Consultant



Paid search tactics for Baidu and Naver

PPC is an essential channel for brands and businesses trying to reach a Chinese or South Korean audience on Baidu and Naver, yet in order to spend budget effectively, it is essential to understand the different products available and how to get the best visibility for your business. Jitka will showcase the advertising options you should be aware of and share tips for how to utilise them. She’ll also highlight some key differences between the search engines and potential pitfalls to avoid.

Jitka Jizerova





Reputation on SERPs: How to focus on what really matters

The first thing potential customers do after hearing about your brand or seeing an ad is to Google your brand name... could you afford to leave your online reputation to chance? Measuring reputation efforts on search engines help brands to discover what could potentially be damaging people’s perception when they are proactively looking for information on search engines. Esther will explain the importance of online reputation from the SEO perspective, how to analyse the real impact of online negativity (negativity index), and the kind of strategies you can develop to improve it. She also will share real-life examples from international projects, the unique challenges faced in each country and how to manage them.

Esther Azcano Valdes - Tribal Worldwide



Major trends in international PPC: What is working in 2018?

For many years, the main challenge in international PPC was to succeed in localization and allocate fair budgets to local markets. However, in recent years, Google Ads and their peers have embraced remarketing, audience targeting and added an entire host of new functionalities. In this session, we will be looking at the approaches the most advanced digital marketers are adopting in order to reap the benefits of this change, with case studies from the US and various European countries. We’ll aim to answer the questions which paid search strategies are winning in 2018, which paid search tactics are the most successful, and which search engines functionalities are bringing new value to campaigns?

Anders Hjorth – Innovell



SEO in a Google voice search world

The voice Search revolution is here. Large tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft are placing smart voice assistants on our phones and in our homes, changing the way we search for content and complete tasks online. Ale's session will focus on optimising for Google voice assistant, showing how the search giant understands and treats voice queries compared to text-based search. He will provide valuable insights on how to optimise your content for voice search and voice actions. Ale will also discuss Google assistant's language capabilities, specifically looking at how it processes the differences between varieties of the same language.

Ale Agostini - Bruce Clay Inc.



How to drive your global paid search campaigns forward with programmatic advertising

Programmatic advertising is constantly evolving, but to harness the benefits of programmatic marketers need to understand that conversion is a journey not the goal. Aman shares insights on how brands can get ahead of the game and reach their audiences. He highlights the differences between buying audiences and buying media and explains how brands can grow their businesses globally by incorporating programmatic advertising into their international paid search strategy.

Aman Raffi – Webcertain



Putting the social into social search engines

"A lot of the Asian search engines like Naver and Baidu are known as ‘social search engines’ because they have a social aspect that is missing from Google. This session will look at why social media should be a vital part of the strategy to improve SEO results on these search engines and how companies should approach a combined SEO and social media strategy.

Daiana Damacus – Webcertain



Creating and testing international ads

Compelling, relevant and engaging ad copy is crucial to paid search success and can make or break a campaign. In international campaigns, tailoring content to the local audience and language is especially important to ensure any message will resonate with the target audience and bring results. Based on her experience of managing global paid search campaigns, Dorien will share tips and tactics for creating ads including translation, culture and calls to action, as well as how to effectively test campaigns and optimise performance.

Dorien Rompelman - FedEx | TNT Digital International





Navigating the complex world of geo-targeting and hreflang

For anybody managing global websites, geo-targeting is one the biggest challenges. If you’ve invested in creating localised, relevant content for each target market, you want to make sure it reaches the right audience. This session will investigate the different geo-targeting options available and provide advice on how to determine the right strategy for your business.

Andy Atkins-Krüger - Webcertain



Using a cross-channel strategy to reach a multinational audience

Whatever your industry and audience and whether you have an app or a website, or both, you’ll need to deploy a variety of techniques and utilise a range of channels to ensure visibility for your brand and message. In this session, Francesca will share insights from her experience promoting an app across multiple markets, looking at how to differ the approach depending on your content as well as the market you’re targeting. She’ll share examples for optimising performance and tips for getting the best results from global campaigns.

Francesca Nuvola – Cornerjob




We’ll end the day with an open Q&A session on anything international search!

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Full day conference in Barcelona

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Post-Event Networking Drinks

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Cancellation Policy

Tickets cancelled before 15th October 2018 will receive a refund less administrative costs. However, cancellations after this date cannot be refunded. Tickets can be transferred to another person at any time.

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