This is a large exhibition and conference centre.
One of the things I loved about China, last time I was there, was signage. I mean, why have a building with a dull old entrance, when you're offered the opportunity to slip into a...
The elevator provides an excellent do and don't guide. No skipping in this elevator and flammable crack is most certainly out of the question.
My first session is moderating a panel on keyword research. The first presenter is from Microsoft. He delves deeply into how an inverted index is built. But says nothing about keyword research. Another panellist owns an agency and explains how he can get a better ROI than any of his competitors. But hardly touches on keyword research or research tools at all. Finally, the Google rep gets up and does a pitch for AdSense. And no, he didn't mention keyword research either.
In the evening it was Google's turn to entertain. I caught up with their keynote speaker and President of Sales and Business Development, China. I had breakfast with Johnny Chou in Shanghai the first week he took the job on. So naturally enough we got together at the Google dance for a beer and a catch up.
The following day my session is the usual link basics presentation, followed by a strategy presentaion by Marc Maculua. I'd never met Marc before and this was his first time presenting. At SES. He was good. Very good. And his preso had a lot of excellent takeaways. Yes, I'll work with Marc again, anytime. And yes - here's my usual pic for the audience to link to.
Our session was so dynamic that one member of the audience became overcome with emotion as mine and Marc's presentations were just too much for him.
Later we went to lunch. I just clipped Ian McAnerin's head on this shot (on the right). Ian and I don't get much time to hang out. But at this show we had a good old catch-up. At the top of the table is Marc Macalua. Also in the shot is Miles with his lovely wife Sirinee, both next to Ian. On the left at the front of the shot is Mikio Matsuo from Nokia. And I can't for the life of me remember the name of the other guy (sorry!).
When I was in Shanghai last year, I met a remarkable young lady by the name of Jingyi Xu. She is a scientist par excellence and largely responsible for the development of a huge chunk of MSN's AdCenter. She is also a complete babe, and very huggy. We have become close friends.
Here's a picture taken by Marc Macalua, who, like many in China (although he is from the Philippines, not China) smokes at any opportunity. As you can tell, he used this as a method of creating a special effect for this pic of me and Jingyi ;--)
I took a little time off on the afternoon of the final day of the show to have a little look around Nanjing. It's different city to Shanghai and Beijing, that's for sure. Our hotel was named after the lake which is the focal point of the city with it's islands and parks.
The hotel which we're in has circular restaurant on the 20th floor. It looks right over the lake. It also provides an interesting view of the China contrast. Poverty and great wealth living side by side.
And here's a pic of the hotel and it's circular restaurant from the lake.
I bought a ticket and took a look around the lake and the park through the traditional Chinese gate.
At weekends, the good folks of Nanjing take a relaxing walk through the park or take to the water (regardless of the weather it seems!).
The park and lake are very scenic. Of course, when you're the one taking the shots, rarely could you ever be in them!
I've been aware for some time that many things are banned in China. But I never realized that trumpet playing was.