September 2008

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So a few weeks ago, my neighbor had a garage sale and I picked up a 5 MP camcorder that her young daughter had given up. My older son Alex has his own flip, but I figured my little guy, Chase would get a kick out of playing with his own video camera. My neighbor assured me that it worked but I figured if it didn't that's cool, too. It was only 2 bucks.

So today just for giggles, I recorded my Sing-A-Long-With-Missy birthday wish to Jim Kukral.

Happy Birthday Jim.

Here's what 2 bucks gets ya 🙂

Commission Junction, a division of ValueClick, Inc. announced their winners of its CJYou Awards, (formerly the Horizon Awards) which were presented at the annual Commission Junction University.

The award winners are advertisers, publishers and agencies of Commission Junction and were chosen for their outstanding network performance metrics.

And the winners are:

Rookie of the Year, Advertiser
Abe's of Maine
Awarded to a new advertiser who has achieved the highest total revenue
Rookie of the Year, Publisher
ShopDiscover
Awarded to a new publisher who has achieved the highest total revenue
Advertiser of the Year
Yahoo! Affiliate Program
Awarded to an advertiser who has achieved the largest year-over-year increase in revenue and greatest percentage of growth
Publisher of the Year
RetailMeNot.com
Awarded to a publisher who has achieved the largest year-over-year increase in revenue and greatest percentage of growth
People's Choice, Advertiser (tie)
BuyCostumes
GoDaddy
Chosen by the publisher community and awarded to an advertiser who demonstrates the best partnership qualities and excellence in supporting publisher needs
People's Choice, Publisher
CouponCabin
Chosen by the advertiser community and awarded to a publisher who demonstrates the best partnership qualities and excellence in delivering value to an advertiser's affiliate program
Innovator of the Year
Intuit
Awarded to an advertiser or publisher who demonstrates the most successful use of emerging technologies
Agency of the Year
iMarketing
Awarded to an agency that has excelled at fostering relationships between its clients and Commission Junction

Congratulations to all the winners and the folks that were nominated.

Now, I personally don't understand the reason for the name change from Horizon Awards to CJYou Awards. I thought that CJ had some good branding going with the original name, but that's just one woman's opinion.

I didn't attend CJU this year because it started the day after my 60-mile breast cancer walk and a couple of days before BlogWorld. As I didn't receive a press pass for it, I decided to spend a couple of days home with my family and head off to BlogWorld instead.

That being said, I don't have pictures to share with you nor will their be any coverage of the event in the next FeedFront Magazine.

You can however get more information on the 2008 CJYou award winners, by going to www.cj.com/affiliatemarketingawards.

I just finally got back to Gate B2 at McCarran airport after dragging my exhausted butt on crutches across the hall to get some frozen yogurt from TCBY. To add insult to injury, as I finally sat down to dig into my White Chocolate Mousse with Heath Bar Crunch, I realized that the lady behind the counter did not give me a damn spoon. So as I type this post, I am squeezing my cup of yougurt and sticking my tongue in it, to avoid schlepping all the way back there.

I learned a few things during this trip, most of which have to do with how folks in wheel chairs are treated by some people, but I will save that for another post. Let's just say that it was great to have my friends Shawn Collins, Connie Berg, Lisa Picarile, Tris Hussey and TrishaLyn, Billy Kay, Jim Kukral and a few others, around to help out. Sorry 'bout your toes…

Anyway…. Shawn and I hosted an Affiliate Summit dinner at Chinois, on Friday night. 40 people were confirmed / 35 showed up. Mr. & Mrs. John Chow, Zac Johnson and his girlfriend, Steve Hall, Ian Fernando and Shawn dined at my table.

Note to the folks that didn't show up (you know who you are): John Chow, Zac Johnson and I ate your dinners, too. We figured, what the hell — they were already paid for. Blogposts, wine and a nice lunch in Orlando should make up for it. 😉

I shared my story of how I fractured my foot, Tweeting and Walking. John Chow promptly labeled it the World's First Highly Pubilicized Twitter Accident.

After dinner we rolled over to the Tech Set party at Bare. It was fun and crowded. A little too crowded for the likes of my scooter, so we bailed a little early.

I attended a few sessions on Saturday, and I especially liked the Affiliate Marketing panel with Mike Allen, Tim Jones and Shawn Collins. It was pleasing to see how much room there is for Affiliate Marketing as a lot of Bloggers in attendance have never even contemplated its use when it comes to monetizing their blogs.

A few of us dined in the Mexican Restaurant inside the Hilton for dinner. I kind of felt like I held back my friends from going other places because I couldn't get around so easy. But they seemed to be ok with it — or they just felt sorry for me.

After dinner we went over to the Blog World party inside the Hilton as well, only to discover that the same food that we ate at the Mexican Restaurant was provided to the party-goer's for free at the party. Live and Learn.

I ended the night with Michael Buechele, Connie Berg and Karen Garcia over a glass of wine and some funny conversation.

While I wanted to head back to BlogWorld today, I just didn't have it in me. Between repacking, returning the scooter and getting to the airport – heading to the Convention Center to make a session just seemed out of reach.

I did snap quite a few pictures of the weekend. Click on the picture below to check them out.

Missy Ward and Shawn Collins at BlogWorld 2008