Posted by Riley | Posted in Affiliate Summit, Conferences | Posted on January 13th, 2011
First things first… I need to get something off my chest because it’s been bugging me. Why are affiliate managers so adamant about setting up meetings at Affiliate Summit? I don’t get it. I’m a very punctual person, but with so much going on at Affiliate Summit it’s tough sticking to a schedule. Why don’t you let me make my rounds and when I stop by your booth we can talk business then? This method works very well for me. Why do affiliate managers setup meetings like this every hour or half hour?
Affiliate Summit West 2011 – Day One – Meet Market
I woke up super early and couldn’t go back to sleep. I decided to get some breakfast before hitting up the Meet Market. I hit up Denny’s and while I was about to order some takeout, I ran into Mike and his team from Firelead, so I decided to sit down and eat with them. Luckily for me, they were next in line for a table. Perfect timing!
As I was making my way down to the Meet Market , I ran into a number of people I have yet to meet face to face, but have talked to a time or two. Face time and networking are the two biggest things for me as an affiliate, especially at Affiliate Summit. After about a 30 minutes trying to get to the Meet Market, I finally made it. The room was jam packed full of people. We were packed in there like Sardines and it should definitely be addressed at the next conference. I did get to talk to Alonzo and Smaxor from Ads4Dough and they got me pretty excited about a couple offers they’re bringing on for me. I spent most of my time hanging out around the C2M guys, had a couple beers and talked to affiliates as they stopped by their booth.
Later that afternoon, Adsimilis had a little gathering in their Suite that included Ben from POF. I thought he was going to give out some tips, but I was mistaken. I was kinda bummed about that as I was looking to help contribute to the cause.
I was lucky enough to be invited to Ian Fernando‘s IANteract Dinner that he has at every conference he attends. This time it was sponsored by Executive Fortunes and was held in Switch at Encore. The dinner invitees included Tyler from Executive Fortunes and his partner, Rohail Rizvi, Ian Fernando, Eric Schechter, AdHustler, Ryan Gray, myself and another individual whose name I cannot remember. The theme of the restaurant was kinda corny with switching themes and walls, but the food was top notch.
After dinner, we headed on over to the 10th Anniversary Party for ShareASale at Tryst. I don’t know why, but I wasn’t in the mood to party hard that night, but it was definitely a good time. Finally, it was time for the Ads4Dough, Dough4Hoes party at the Spearmint Rhino. I skipped this party last year and regretted it. I’m glad I didn’t start drinking earlier that night, because that would’ve been a night full of debauchery. The plan was to hit up XS, but I decided to call it a night once I got back to the Wynn.
AdHustler made a number of great observations about the first day of Affiliate Summit that I suggest checking out.
Affiliate Summit West 2011 – Day Two – Exhibit Hall
I was glad I got a little shuteye the night before and made it to the keynote on time and ready to listen. This year’s keynote was delivered by none other than Dr. Direct, Drew Eric Whitman, the man who wrote Ca$hvertising. I bought his book awhile back, I just haven’t read it yet. He covered some material that was nothing short of amazing. I took some notes on my iPhone and will definitely be putting some of his suggestions to use this week. I’ve been told pretty much everything he covered was in his book, so I’ll be sure to read this book soon!
After the keynote I made my way down to the Exhibit Hall. I was pretty impressed that they were able to cool the room so it wasn’t so warm as usual. I was even chilly a few times. Again, if you saw me, you probably saw me chillin on the couches C2M provided. I did make my rounds too hey the guys at Revenue Ads to discuss this year’s Oklahoma Meetup, NDemand Affiliates and the AKMG Girls.
Towards the end of the Exhibit Hall I went up to XY7‘s suite to catch the first quarter of the BCS National Championship game and to take delivery of my iPad that I won. Thanks Kevin!
Then I had dinner with the Revenue Ads team, at Les Artistes Steakhouse in the Paris, and a few of their other business partners. Thankfully the dinner was amazing because I missed every play of the second half of the football game except for the final field goal. What a game!
Now, it was time to get in. The moment I was waiting for… The Affiliate Ball, sponsored by Profit Kings Media with Three 6 Mafia performing. I’ve been listening to these guys since 1998 and was ecstatic that they would be on stage. I’ve gotta thank Yousif from PKM for hooking up the bottle service that night. Good lookin out boss! Me and my boy Shane Dollas were hollarin at every girl in the club that night and was tryin to get Sarah Peachez to come back to the crib (Chris Brown voice).
Then I tried like hell to get into XS, but they were hating on my New Balance shoes and it was already close to 3am so I called it a night.
Affiliate Summit West 2011 – Day Three – Exhibit Hall
Made it to the conference late, walked around the Exhibit Hall and it was noticeably less packed that day as it seems a lot of people were leaving that day.
Since we were on the west coast, you know I had to hit up In ‘n Out Burger. I just happened to notice that Brittany from AKMG was also trying to hit up that joint and we grabbed AdHustler on our way out. Man, I love that place.
We tried to hold a Newbie Meetup for newbies at the Wynn sports book, but nobody showed that didn’t already know what they were doing, so I kinda just bailed on those guys. Sorry fellas!
I was tired from the night before and didn’t feel like going out, so I stayed gambling at the Wynn for a few hours. Won a few bucks playing War and Roulette. I narrowly missed one of my favorite football players, Sam Bradford playing craps just 30 yards away from me. I was pretty disappointed about that.
All in all, it was a great conference and I did take away a handful of things I’m already putting in action. However, I do think I’m going to skip a few conferences as I’m getting pretty burned out on conferences. Until next time…