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.
On Saturday night the events kicked off with the buy.at pre-Affiliate Summit Party. This event was benefiting Affiliate Marketers Give Back. If you wore pink they donated money to breast cancer. It was an awesome party and buy.at went all out with signature cocktails and all. Thank you to Amy Ely for always getting everyone together and working hard.
On Sunday I checked out the Meet Market to take pictures of cool companies and friends. The meet market is always a little more laid back than the exhibit hall. It was a good chance to talk to people and network.
Shortly after the meet market closed I headed to the newcomer meetup. My newcomers were having a great time taking all the information in. I introduced them to some people and potential events to attend and was on my way to dinner with Joshua Ziering. After dinner we headed to the ShareASale Barn Dance where I walked in, found the mechanical bull, rode the mechanical bull and went to bed. What else is there to do at a barn dance?
Monday morning I was well rested and ready for the real hustle and bustle of the show. The day when the exhibit hall opened. I went to see the keynote Wil Reynolds speak about SEO and he threw in some social too. Then I had a couple meetings in the blogger lounge with Erik Hom on his birthday and others. I also presented eAccountableOPM's case study to his clients attending the show. That was a great lunch with lots to talk about and very productive. The case study will be posted up soon.
After meetings I headed over to the PMA venue where I helped setup for the party. We had a great turnout and the rooftop we used provided by Peter Bordes was amazing. Everyone wanted to be on the rooftop and we had a wonderful time networking. A big thanks to Peter for letting us host the party at his venue.
Affiliate Karaoke. That is all I have to say there are pictures and videos that only give you an idea of the kind of fun we had. I would say the best fun of the conference for old timers that know how to have a good time. I hope they bring it back at the next conference.
We stopped by the GAN party just in time to say hello to a few people and then the lights turned on when it struck midnight. Their venue was really cool.
Tuesday morning was the time of my session Social Media in Niche Markets. That went well we had a good attendance and good vibe going. We had time for some Q & A at the end but missed some slides. That is why we will post them up online so that people can review some of the last slides. The last slides had most to do with how to plan your daily strategy around blog content. I want to thank Joe Sousa and Scott Jangro for being awesome panelists to speak with.
Then I headed over to some final meetings with Shareist. Then to the closing remarks where Brian Littleton and Carolyn Kmet had a nice back and forth. The panelists discussed the importance of getting involved with the affiliate nexus tax in all states, mobile, daily deals, apps, and more.
The last part of the day involved heading to the Yankee Game to the box seats that Shawn and Missy setup for us. I have to say after being treated like that I am spoiled. We had our own Yankee hotdog machine and it was delicious.
The night ended with some piano time and of course Halal street meet.
For those of you that have not attended an Affiliate Summit it is jam packed with events, sessions, energy, and a place to make lasting connections with some fun smart entrepreneurs. I would definitely recommend being at the next one in Vegas taking place in January.
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.
Here is what you should check out while you are in The City. The Affiliate Summit East Events Guide will cover the best networking events. These cocktail parties and exclusive events are thrown by networks and other top affiliate marketing companies. Be sure to attend these events if you can – Networking is the best part!
August 20th Saturday: buy.at's Give Back Event & the Affiliate Summit Pre-Party
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