A Moment of Huge Pride

Posted January 7th, 2012 in Personal and tagged , by Bas van den Beld

Happy New Year! Let me start of by wishing all of you the very best for 2012. I hope that the new year will bring everybody exactly what they are hoping for.

For me personally 2011 was a great year. I have been speaking a lot on several occasions, the different training sessions I did have been very successful, I have enjoyed doing work for the DDMA very much, and last but not least: State of Search has grown immensely in popularity, which was shown on the last day of the year and made me very proud.


I have spoken at many different places. I loved doing the ‘big ones’ like SMX and SES, but also thoroughly enjoyed Thinkvisibility and the talks I did for company purposes (“in-house talks” like for AEGON).

In 2012 I hope to continue doing this and especially do a lot more talks for companies which can be very inspiring because you get a lot of direct response and you can actually help people right away.


Training sessions have grown so quickly I hardly could manage doing all of them at the end of the year. Off course training sessions for Frankwatching and Beeckesteijn, the ones I already did, but also sessions for HAN (a complete marketing training) and an entire Social Media Manager Training course for Euroforum, were fantastic to do.

In 2012 I will do all of those again and more, but we are also looking into different kind of training sessions which we will be doing via State of Search.

State of Search

The site has done amazingly well in 2011. I wrote about that on the site last week. We saw a huge growth in numbers and we are now definitely a force to be reckoned with. I am sure 2012 will be even more successful for State of Search, we have some big plans there.

I believe State of Search is such a big success because we have a great team of bloggers who create fabulous content. That team surprised me on the last workday of the year with a “tribute post”. I was very much surprised and honored for such kind words. And very very proud. Of my team! Thanks guys!

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