Posted by Riley | Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Affiliate Networks, Personal | Posted on March 26th, 2010
As you might have read in one of my previous posts, I helped organize a meetup for Oklahoma affiliates. I would first like to thank Revenue Ads, Ndustry Clix and NDemand for sponsoring a great weekend. I won’t lie, I was a little butthurt because the Meetup202 guys wouldn’t endorse it because I wouldn’t hold it regularly every 4-6 weeks.
You couldn’t ask for better weather on my trip to Revenue Ads‘ office in Oklahoma City. I got there and got to meetup with Dylan Stout, my affiliate manager, Brandon, Edgar and Matt. They had catered in Rib Crib for lunch and had all the pop and more importantly alcohol I could get my hands on. And the most important thing was they had a television ready to rock so I could watch all the freaking March Madness games that were on. I stayed glued to this tv while everybody showed up and got ready for lunch. Sorry to everybody I didn’t chat with a bunch. March Madness is serious business! Lunch went well and I got to bullshit with a number of guys from around Oklahoma, including one that came up from the Dallas area.
After lunch Murray Newlands gave a pretty informative and broad overview about to get started in mailing. He also let the attendees know how to setup campaigns and optimize. If I was into mailing, it would’ve been a lot better for me. I do believe it was a good overview into another aspect of affiliate marketing that most people aren’t involved in.
Next, my brother from another mother, Ian Fernando gave a great presentation on a few niche ideas on how to market an offer to different crowds using different traffic sources. You can check out his presentation on Scribd. If you’re stuck in a rut right now, he has a great couple of ideas you can check out.
Then, Revenue Ads, Ndustry Clix and NDemand all rented us a party bus so we could roll in style to go eat at Boulevard Steakhouse in Edmond. The food there was nothing short of amazing! Best steak I’ve had in a minute. Finally we to Red Pin to get in on some bowling action. It looked like everybody had a great time. I say looked like because I was off in the corner glued to the television watching the final March Madness games of the day. After bowling I called it a night and crashed at the Skirvin Hilton in OKC. The King Suite is niiiice! The Lakers blamed a lost to the OKC Thunder on the ghosts of the Skirvin, but I didn’t see any.
Oh man, day 2. This day started with me looking outside to a bunch of snow, which was a bummer. But Mike Pacheco from Ndustry Clix cam and picked up me and Ian Fernando at the Skirvin and Kevin and James from XY7. The plan was to go watch the 2nd round of the March Madness games at the Ford Center in a suite that Ndustry Clix got for us. So we had to bullshit for a couple of hours between eating and 3:10pm, when they finally opened the doors to allow us in. Doing this wasn’t an easy task because it was freezing and snowing outside. We finally were able to get in and start drinking. You have to be ready to get your drink on during this time. The NCAA doesn’t allow for alcoholic beverages to be served or consumed while the game is being played. The cops would literally come around and give you a 3-minute warning on your drinking time. So before the games, during halftime and between games you better be ready to chug!
Check the empty cups! Ian even had a sick freestyle. I’m trying to score this video for all my readers. I think he might be slated for a guest appearance with the Paper Clique!
The first game made the entire trip for me. Kansas was upset by Northern Iowa and was the upset of the tournament, so far. Kansas State held on to beat BYU by 10 or so. I’ve included a handful of pictures I took from the games below.
After the games Mike from Ndustry Clix took us to Crab-town. Ian Fernando, Kevin, James and I murdered some seafood there. They litterally throw a huge bucket of shrimp, crabs, potatoes, onions and who knows what else on the table and we devoured it like animals.
I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend from Revenue Ads, Ndustry Clix and NDemand. Plus, I was able to do some great networking and even picked up a handful of tips that I have already been implementing into my campaigns.
Here’s a great summary video by Ian Fernando.