What an incredible show. We had productive meetings, learned in sessions, networked, and even dressed up. Here is a summary of the conference each day in images with captions. If we did not get to connect during Affiliate Summit East please be sure to tweet us your social media questions using the hashtag #AskMicroSteph #ASE12 or email Steph at: steph(at)micromediamarketing.com. A Big Thanks to everyone who attended our Social Media Session, we will be emailing case studies to attendees that reached out to us.
Day One – The Meet Market
We browsed the halls of the Meet Market and ran into our client Durk Price and his eAccountableOPM team. They were also enjoying the meet market with their client: TheStreet.com.
Day One – The ShareASale Disco Party
That same night we Discoed the night away with our friends from ShareASale. They know how to throw a fun party. They even had a special appearance by John Travolta.
Below at the Disco Party is my friend Daniel M. Feinberg and well deserved winner for Best Dressed!
Day Two – The Exhibit Hall & Meetings
Affiliate Summit Co-Founder, Shawn Collins, chatting with one of his attendees in the Exhibit Hall next to the GoDaddy.com Booth.
Day Two – Affiliate Ball with Ice T & Coco and Karaoke
I had to stop and tell Coco that she was doing social media well for herself. She has branded herself as @Cocosworld and is doing themed tweets. Props to her and what a sweet person. She even took a pic with @JGoode's Traveling Penguin.
Of course, Karaoke was a must and a fun event to attend during the show hosted by Affiliate Summit.
Day Three : Affiliate Summit Session and Keynote
We had a fabulous Social Media Session from all view points: Merchant, Affiliate, and Agency. Thank you to everyone who attended! If you would like to receive a case study please contact us.
Keynote Dave Cupples asked our President MicroSteph to appear in his keynote as Wonder Woman for a good cause. She said yes and raised $790 to St. Judes Children's Research Hospital through his charitable website: DonateSponsor.org you can still donate here. Thank you anonymous for your generous donation and everyone who helped donate for a good cause. The video is coming soon!
Day Three Yankee Game:
Loving the Wonder Woman Costume so why not wear it to the Yankee Game?
Leaving you with the Best Group Picture at Affiliate Summit East after the Yankee Game in the elevator. Thanks to Shawn and Missy not only for the fun and baseball game; business wise "I get over 50% of my clients from Affiliate Summit relationships!" - <3, MicroSteph
Here are our picks for the best Affiliate Summit Parties to attend. Of course there are many other events going on and that is why we recommend also checking out @MissyWard's blog to see the full list. Thanks to Missy because this is where we got the event details and picked our favorites from: "Get Your ASW12 Party Started Right."
Featured in the pictures below from previous Affiliate Summit events are cool affiliate marketers that you should follow on twitter check them out in order @SteveHall @MelissaDSalas @JimKukral @bigcityvegan @drcool73 @tmartini (side notes: Joe we will miss you at Summit enjoy time with your baby boy, Maddie I did not find your twitter username, and if anyone wants to follow me you can send me a tweet @MicroSteph)
Saturday Night If you are up for going out on Saturday Photographer, Blogger, and Birthday Boy extraordinaire Steve Hall is having a tweet up.
Affiliate Summit West 2012 Tweetup at Gilley’s
Sponsor(s): Adrants (Steve Hall), Murray Newlands, Heather Smith
Make a donation of $25 or more to any of the walkers on this year’s Affiliate Marketer’s Give Back Team for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Forward your email confirmation of your donation to bowlASW12(at)gtomanagement.com
Who is invited?: Affiliate Summit attendees.
Monday Nightif you are kind of a geek like most of us come out to Affiliate Karaoke. This is some real fun and entertainment.
Sponsor(s): Affiliate Summit
Time: 9:00pm – 12:00am
Location: Neopolitan III-IV, Caesars Palace Las Vegas
How to RSVP: Not necessary.
Who is invited?: All Affiliate Summit attendees
Monday Late Night this is such a fun way to end the conference at a really nice club with no wait. Just make sure to reserve your wristbands and pay the cover with the info below. It is well worth the 20 bucks.
Monday at XS, January 9th at 11:00pm as we make it rain in the desert!
Make sure your reserve your VIP wristband ($20), which lets you skip the line and avoids you paying the $40/$50 cover! So RSVP right away and make sure to get connected to the events page on Facebook.
You can pick up your VIP Wristbands on Sunday and Monday from 6-6:30 pm. Details for pickup to come soon.
The Affiliate Summit Tuesday Guide will include our top session picks and how to get the most out of the conference. It's the last day so even though the NY scene might make you tired you still want to make the most of your day. If you wake up early Eric Nagel is having his feedback sessions again. He is an awesome affiliate marketer to get to spend one-on-one time with to discuss your site.
Early Bird Whiteboarding
Location: Clinton Suite
Time: 8:00am – 9:00am
Are you an early bird? Nothing to do before breakfast? Want free coffee? Bring your sites to this open session and get advice on usability, SEO, conversions and revenue streams.
On Tuesday the Exhibit Hall is only open until 4:00pm and then sessions end at 4:30pm. This is your last chance to meet with all the exhibitors. Check out the map listed below to spot who you would like to meet easily.
Bryan Eisenberg, Co-Author of Call to Action, Waiting For Your Cat to Bark? and Always Be Testing (Twitter @TheGrok)
Sessions on Tuesday start at 11:30 am. Here are our top picks for the day.
Secrets to Buying Established Websites for Profit
Mobile Marketing Campaign Optimization
The Importance of Relationships in Affiliate Marketing
Our Tuesday Morning Top Pick is:
With Micro Media Marketing's President on the panel you can guess one of the reasons we picked this session. That's not the only reason! The passion and experience behind this session is going to give you ideas that turn into success. If you want to learn more about social media, how to run things the right way, and some insider tips you should attend this session.
Social Media in Niche Markets
Location: Murray Hill Suite
Learn how to utilize social media marketing in conjunction with niche markets to generate followers, traffic, and sales.
(This Session is Open to Platinum and Diamond Pass Holders Only)
Time for lunch! Mosey on over to have a quick lunch without having to leave the Hilton NY. Get reenergized after learning in the morning.
Location: Americas Hall 2
SEO For Large Sites
UnNetworking and How Your Business Can Benefit
Social Games: The Next Big Opportunity
The Tuesday Late Afternoon Pick is:
The Speed Round
The Speed Round with the top industry leaders discussing important industry issues. This is the best way to end your Affiliate Summit Experience without a doubt! Just check out a list of who is speaking and you will geek out.
Location: Grand Ballroom
Moderated panel that is a speed round with panelists having short, timed segments to share opinions on industry issues.
And there you have it. Just like that in the blink of an eye Affiliate Summit East has come to a close. What an experience. We hope you made some great business contacts and better yet long lasting partnerships in the works. Be sure to stay in touch with the awesome affiliate marketers you met and you will be greeted by friends at the next Affiliate Summit in…Vegas baby!
Affiliate Summit East is less than a week away with the Meet Market opening on Sunday afternoon. If this is your first time attending Affiliate Summit you are in for a treat. You are going to learn many new things about affiliate marketing and meet some of the best contacts in the industry.
If you get into town on Saturday be sure to go to the Early Registration so you can save yourself time before the Sunday Rush.
Location: 2nd Floor Promenade
Time: 4:00pm – 8:00pm
If you get in on Sunday, Registration is in the same location from 8:00am – 6:00pm.
There is a First Timer's Guide to Affiliate Summit. Below is a video of the First Timer's Guide put together by the co-founder of Affiliate Summit, Shawn Collins. I also recommend following him on Twitter @affiliatetip.
If you want to attend his session while at the conference here are more details.
First Timers Guide for Affiliate Summit
Location: Gramercy Suite
Advice for people attending the Affiliate Summit conference for the first time.
(This Session is Open to Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Pass Holders Only)
Affiliate Summit is all about ideas and growth. This session looks like it will help affiliate marketers grow their companies and turn them into a success.
After catching a session or two you should definitely head over to the Meet Market. Sunday is more of a calm day and the Meet Market is the right place to meet new merchants. Below is a list of who has a table at the Meet Market. Tip: I recommend going to the ShareASale table to pickup your invitation to their party which is the only way to get in.
Location: Americas Hall 2
Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Exhibitor Move In: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Affiliate Summit kicks off with an extended session of structured, face to face networking. Merchants will have tables set to meet with affiliates to discuss their affiliate programs and cut deals. Vendors that cater to affiliates and merchants will also have tables to share information about their products and services. Each table is a meeting spot for teaching, learning, closing deals, creating partnerships and finding new opportunities.
After taking an hour or two to meet with merchants at the Meet Market there are a ton of other sessions to check out including the following topics listed below. But before that if you have a Platinum or Diamond Badge take a snack break, details below:
Platinum and Diamond Badge Holder Snack Break
Location: Nassau Suite
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
After drinking some caffeine and refueling I recommend focusing on one or two topics you are interested in and attending sessions related to those topics. Whatever marketing tools are working the best for your company or you would like to try to increase your existing marketing efforts should be your focus for picking sessions. Here are the late afternoon session topics:
Taking Advantage of Seasonality in Affiliate Marketing
B2B Affiliate Marketing Tool Kit
Feng Shui Your Pages for Maximum Conversions
Advanced ROI Driven Internet Marketing Strategies
The Future of Coupons in Affiliate Marketing
How to Maximize Your LinkedIn Presence
Improve ROI with Call Performance Marketing
Making Affiliate Marketing a Career
Making Money with Facebook, Twitter & Blogging
Here are a couple sessions I find interesting. Both speakers are highly respected and know what they are talking about. Whichever subjects interest you the most I say they are worth checking out!
Our Sunday Afternoon Featured Session Picks are:
A Blueprint To Blowing Up A Site
Location: Murray Hill Suite
Learn how to explode your online business using a multi channeled approach with a case study taking a site from creation to over 3000 Facebook fans, first page of Google, and multiple sales per day.
On Sunday night be sure to go to the Opening Remarks & Keynote session. If you are a newcomer there is an event for you to follow and you can end your first full day of Affiliate Summit with the ShareASale Barn Dance. It is open to all Affiliate Summit attendees just be sure to pickup your pass at their Meet Market table during the daytime. Details of the ending events are listed below. Remember to bring your business cards and a smile. There are plenty of opportunities going on starting on Sunday.
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