Affiliate Summit West was Awesome

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  • Written on: February 27th, 2008

Affiliate Summit West was the first affiliate conference I have aver attended, and I was impressed! Kim and I made the trip to Vegas together and canvassed the entire Summit from top to bottom for the better part of two days.

The Rio where the conference was held was full, so we got a room at Treasure Island and rented a 2007 Mustang convertible. You should have seen he people walking around Vegas in winter coats. It was 50 degrees outside and we had on short sleeves with the top down. People thought we were nuts! Little did they know we are from Nebraska where it was -10 and snowing that day 🙂

One of the highlights was the Affiliate Bash party at the Tao Nightclub. There was a mini-performance by Blue Man Group who was launching their own affiliate program. Check out this video I found on John Chow’s website of their performance:

One of the big reasons I never did many conferences in the past was because I was always concerned about my return on investment. The “Expo Only” tickets for Affiliate Summit were $200 each, and with airfare and hotel the total for the two of us making the trip was about $1,650.

But i my opinion, the opportunity to network with more than 3,000 of the industry’;s top players was well worth it. While we were there I was able to hook up with some exciting new affiliate companies, sign sponsors for Top Affiliate Challenge like Pepperjam Ads, talk one on one with John Chow about being a guru on the show, and meet Brian McCarthy from Revver.com out some exciting things going on with the Revver player.

If I had to peg one of the oddest tables at the Summit, it would have to be AshleyMadison.com had the most interesting concept. They were giving away tshirts that said “life is short have an affair.” It turns out they specialize in matching married people together who want to have an affair. I can’t say that I will be using the website anytime in the future, but I guess that just goes to prove there is a market on the internet for jut about everything!

CPA Empire had a booth that looked like it required an engineering staff to assemble. Seriously though, I give huge props to their marketing department for making their people stand out from the crowd. Their entire staff was dressed in blue jogging suits. They were seriously the most comfortable exhibitors there, and stood out like a flower in a pile of stuffed suits.

Pepperjam’s table and booth were happening places too. Joel Comm gave away 5 $100 bills on Sunday to promote his new TextCastLive service. It’s an interesting concept – they are branding themselves as Awebber for cell phones. the idea is that people opt in to receive messages on their cell phones. It just might work if they can overcome the intense dislike for junk text messages on cell phones and properly control their clients’ use of the service.

I met people who flew in from as far away as South Africa and Turkey for the Summit, got a bunch of pictures and made more connections that you can shake a stick at.

I have a lot more to come on all of the great people I met at the Summit. More to come later!

  1. Affiliate Internet Marketing said on February 28th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    I would recommend Paid on Results 100% as the choice for an affiliate network and would be happy to talk to anyone confidentially about this.” Lee Walker, Affiliate Marketing Coordinator, Summit Media “It is rare that you find a business partnership opportunity like the one Paid On Results provides. Affiliate Marketing is a relatively new channel for those from a traditional marketing background and ultimately you are looking for a network that will support your education process as much as your sales. Affiliate Internet Marketing

  2. brendan smith said on February 28th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Did you have a chance to meet anyone from Motive Interactive? Or see our booth? We have a solid Affiliate network and had about 15 Motive staff attend ASW08 in Vegas. Next time let’s try to meet up.

  3. Thor Schrock said on February 28th, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Did you have a chance to meet anyone from Motive Interactive? Or see our booth? We have a solid Affiliate network and had about 15 Motive staff attend ASW08 in Vegas. Next time let’s try to meet up.

    LOL, actually I did. I was actually filling out a publisher application on your site when you posted your comment!

  4. Ben
    Ben said on March 1st, 2008 at 1:48 am

    Hey Thor, it was great meeting you and your wife at the Affiliate Bash! Nice to see a fellow Midwesterner in the marketing world. Can’t wait to see how TopAffiliateChallenge unfolds, hopefully I can make it up there for some of the taping!

  5. Joel Ownby said on March 2nd, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Good to see ya again Shrock and good luck with your upcoming show…….we will keep an eye out for it. Also thanks for the TextCastLive plug and on that note here’s a neat little fact.

    If you ask Americans if they are willing to receive ad’s on their phones 13% say yes. If you ask the same people if they would like to receive coupons for restaurants they already eat at about 70% respond yes.

    Hope to see ya out there on the show circuit again sometime soon and again best of luck!

  6. brendan smith said on March 3rd, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Great!

    I did see your application come in for our display (CPM) network but not for our CPA network. You are welcome to check them both out, but I was really pimping our CPA network 🙂

    Brendan

    Did you have a chance to meet anyone from Motive Interactive? Or see our booth? We have a solid Affiliate network and had about 15 Motive staff attend ASW08 in Vegas. Next time let’s try to meet up.

    LOL, actually I did. I was actually filling out a publisher application on your site when you posted your comment!

    Did you have a chance to meet anyone from Motive Interactive? Or see our booth? We have a solid Affiliate network and had about 15 Motive staff attend ASW08 in Vegas. Next time let’s try to meet up.

    LOL, actually I did. I was actually filling out a publisher application on your site when you posted your comment!

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