October 2009

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Shawn Collins and I will be manning the Affiliate Summit booth (#1455) during ad:tech New York on November 4-5 at Javits Center.

In addition, we’ve partnered with Murray Newlands of MurrayNewlands.com (interviewer extraordinaire) to conduct video interviews during the event that we will host on the Affiliate Summit Blog as well as on GeekCast.fm.

Murray will be roaming the ad:tech floor looking for folks to talk about affiliate marketing, social media, search marketing and more and would love to interview you. So, if you see him, flag him down!

Additionally, you can swing by the Affiliate Summit booth to pick up some Purell®, eat some of our leftover Halloween candy and schedule a time to interview with Murray. 🙂

Murray NewlandsThis is a great opportunity to share your insights on the industry with the rest of the Affiliate Summit audience.

We look forward to seeing you. Oh… and this is Murray. He's not hard to miss.

I just got back late last night from the ShareASale ThinkTank 2009 at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California, which took place October 23-25, 2009.

If I had to choose one word to describe the event, it would be “spectacular”.

What makes this affiliate network event so unique is that all invited guests are provided with complimentary accommodations in a beautiful resort, food and entertainment in exchange for their collective brainpower to help identify new ways in which to increase their respective businesses and enhance the ShareASale platform.

What is interesting is that one would expect that only top-tier affiliates and merchants would be invited, yet there were many up-and-coming affiliate marketers in attendance, eager to gain knowledge and build new relationships.

I arrived a day early and was fortunate to attend the Yankee game (although everyone in California was calling it the Angels game)with some long-time affiliate marketing buddies.

The conference started the next day with the annual golf-outing with ShareASale's CEO, Brian Littleton. I preferred to sit the round out and instead take some pictures and video of the golfers as I tormented them (and the non-ShareASaleThinkTank-players) with my crazy golf cart antics.

That evening's event consisted of the Sunset Welcome Reception and dinner which was a fun, networking experience loaded with yummy sushi, lobster, pasta and more. It was the perfect setting to rekindle old business relationships and forge new ones.

After breakfast on Saturday, the day was filled with sessions geared towards understanding various demographics including women, men, education and life experience and home/office. This was followed by a Vendor Lunch in which tables were set up so that attendees could have the opportunity to speak with the various participating companies. My business partner Shawn and I manned our Affiliate Summit / FeedFront Magazine table and it worked out great for us.

From 2pm-6pm, there were exhibit opportunities for Merchants to meet with current and potential affiliates. Unlike your traditional exhibit hall, there were no booths. Rather, each exhibitor manned their “Cabana” outside, overlooking the pool.

Saturday night was a “free-night”, so a bunch of us went out to Javier's Cantina for dinner and headed back to the hotel to continue chatting the evening away.

Sunday's breakfast was followed by the “Things We Need to Fix” session in which every attendee had the opportunity to express their opinions in person to CEO, Brian Littleton. Many feature requests, suggestions and even a few complaints were addressed which will help shape future ShareASale offerings and enhance their already dynamic platform.

This is my 3rd ThinkTank and by far, it's been the best. Hopefully one of the suggestions that came up during the “Things We Need to Fix” session will be instituted. If it is, maybe I'll see you in Hawaii for ShareASaleThinkTank 2010 😉

To view the rest of my ShareASale ThinkTank 2009 Photo Collection, please click the image below:

ShareASale ThinkTank 2009 Photo Collection

I'm back from BlogWorld Expo 2009 and headed straight out to the ShareASale Think Tank. (#ThinkTank09)

Post will have to wait on #BWE09, but enjoy the photos in the meantime.

Michelle Feldman, Missy Ward and Loren Feldman During BWE09Missy Ward with Loren and Michelle Feldman of 1938 Media

Click photo above to view the set.

Why am I not wearing an Affiliate Summit shirt, you ask?

Well, I'm sporting the Tatto Media shirts as part of my “Brand My Boobies” campaign, in which Tatto Media donated $4,250 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation on behalf of my Affiliate Marketers Give Back effort.

Thanks Tatto for giving back!