I have had the pleasure of attending over a dozen Affiliate Summits. As I spoke with my Newcomer and gave her some tips on what to attend I found some great sessions I wanted to share with you. If you are New to Affiliate Summit or even a Veteran it is still good to stay up to date on the latest online marketing tactics and trends. Here are my top session picks and some tips for Newcomers. 

If you are coming to New York City early there is a bonus event for Bloggers that you won't want to miss. On Saturday you can see some of the best industry speakers cover topics specifically for bloggers. You may still be able to get a ticket online but space is limited to only 100 attendees: Affiliate Marketing Bloggers Event.

Here are a few top sessions I recommend attending and for a full list of sessions visit: http://www.affiliatesummit.com/14e-agenda/.

AUGUST 10 – DAY 1
David and Jeremy have a great amount of experience so anyone with a WordPress blog will benefit from attending their session. 

Session 1a – The Super Affiliate Toolkit for WordPress @ Astor Ballroom
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
David and Jeremy share their best high-powered tips for using WordPress to crank out high quality content and increase commissions. Publish like a super affiliate with the WordPress toolkit!
Experience level: Intermediate
Target audience: Affiliate/Publisher
Niche/vertical: WordPress
Jeremy Palmer, Founding Partner, Growing Digital, LLC. (Twitter @jeremypalmer)
David Vogelpohl, CEO, Marketing Clique (Twitter @davidvmc)
(This session is open to Networking Plus, VIP, and All Access pass holders only)

Scott Jangro (pictured above to the left) was one of my first mentors in the industry. He has a lot of knowledge and a great insight when it comes to content. I would definitely check him out. 

Session 2d – Successful Content Marketing in 30 Minutes a Day @ Shubert Complex
Aug 10 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Content is king. Coming up with great stuff share and write about every day is hard. Learn how to keep your social media, blogs, and newsletters active with great content, for you and your clients.
Experience level: Intermediate
Target audience: General
Niche/vertical: Content
Scott Jangro, President & Co-Founder, Shareist, Inc (Twitter @jangro)
(This session is open to VIP and All Access pass holders only)

If you are a Newcomer and a part of the Newcomer program do not miss the chance to meet people like you and their mentors. This is a great time to network in a more intimate setting. 

Newcomer Program Meetup @ Empire Complex
Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Affiliate Summit Newcomer Program helps connect first time attendees with Affiliate Summit veterans. Conference veterans volunteer their time to share their past experience ideas and information to help newcomers optimize their time at the conference. This is an opportunity for those first time attendees and conference veterans to meet.
Heather Diamani, Owner, BlendHappy (Twitter @blendhappy)
(Open to all attendees enrolled in the Affiliate Summit Newcomer Program)

Once Day 1 is over the party continues as ShareASale one of the Sponsors for Affiliate Summit puts together a one of a kind event. They are known for having themed parties like the one pictured below. This year the theme of the party will be James Bond Movies. It is sure to be a night filled with fun and quality business people you want to get to know will be here. 

ShareASale will be hosting a party at a familiar time, Sunday night of the event (August 10th) at the Marriott Marquis in the Broadway Lounge.  

  • Casino Night – We’ll have tables for BlackJack and Roulette (No, not for real money!!)
  • Open Bar
  • Appetizers
  • The Magic of Joel Givens
  • Photobooth
  • A Costume Contest for those who wish to participate…
  • The first 100 people in the door will receive a prize

To purchase your tickets that benefit Affiliate Marketers Give Back and the Performance Marketing Association visit ShareASale Under the Stars Party.

AUGUST 11 – DAY 2
A great way to start your day is by going to the Keynote Session. It is always inspiring and insightful to see what the Keynote has to say.

Opening Remarks & Keynote @ Broadway Ballroom North & South
Aug 11 @ 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Get an overview of the day ahead, as well as hearing the keynote address.
Rachel Honoway, CEO, For Me To Coupon (Twitter @rachelhonoway)
Rich Salgado, Founder, Coastal Advisors (Twitter @CoastalAdvisors)
(This session is open to all pass holders)

If you have your own product that you are launching or currently promoting through social media and affiliate marketing this is the perfect session to attend. 

Session 6a – Blueprint to Hit 7 Figures in 12 Months on Facebook @ Astor Ballroom
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
How to go from 0 to 7 figures in 6 to 12 months with Facebook, affiliate marketing, and owning your own products.
Experience level: Intermediate
Target audience: Affiliate/Publisher
Niche/vertical: Facebook
Bryant Hussey, Director of Online Marketing, Atlantic Coast Media Group (Twitter @BRY237) – Moderator
JJ Alan, CEO/Owner, Creative Ventures Media (Twitter @TheJJAlan)
Ian Fernando, Boss, Jersey Consolidated, LLC (Twitter @ianternet)
Derek Lester, CEO, 4th Gear Media (Twitter @4thgearmedia)
(This session is open to VIP and All Access pass holders only)

Monday when your day is wrapping up come by and talk to me about where Facebook is headed. If you need some social media tips and guidance on which platforms your business should be on I will be there to help you. 

Ask the Experts Roundtables @ Broadway Ballroom North & South
Aug 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ask the Experts Roundtables will be an opportunity for merchants, networks and affiliates to ask questions about various specialties and issues.
Handpicked experts will handle topics in their specialty, and conduct chats, answer questions and share opinions during this networking and education session.
Why Facebook is the New MySpace: Stephanie Lichtenstein Ramos, President, Micro Media Marketing (Twitter @microsteph)
(This session is open to all pass holders)

That evening there will be a big party that you can still RSVP for online at: http://affiliateball.com.
Where: Copacabana
When: 10 PM – 2 AM
Who: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony & Juicy J will be performing! 

AUGUST 12 – DAY 3
The Keynote Session is going to be taking place with speaker Dr. Gurner and is worth seeing if you have the time open. 

Opening Remarks & Keynote @ Broadway Ballroom North & South
Aug 12 @ 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Get an overview of the day ahead, as well as hearing the keynote address.
Rachel Honoway, CEO, For Me To Coupon (Twitter @rachelhonoway)
Julie Gurner, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, DrGurner.com (Twitter @drgurner)
(This session is open to all pass holders)

As the conference winds down it is great to keep networking in a more relaxed atmosphere hence this next event I am recommending.

Networking Pub Crawl @ Westside Ballroom
Aug 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Refer to your Pub Crawl map of participating sponsors and visit each one for great networking opportunities and, of course, free beer.

I would pick one or two sessions to check out before the conference ends. Then you can head to the closing cocktail reception to make sure you get the information of anyone you met at other events that you should keep in contact with after the show. 

Closing Cocktail Reception @ Broadway Ballroom North & South
Aug 12 @ 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Come to network at the closing cocktail reception – have a couple drinks and meet with new and old Affiliate Summit friends for one last chat before everybody goes on their way.

Those are my top choices for the conference I think you should check out the agenda and pick what is the best fit for your needs. Be sure to follow all of the speakers on Twitter as their usernames are listed next to their names. If you have any questions for me or want to meet during the show to discuss your social media needs find me @microsteph. Thanks and see you in New York City! 

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