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There are a lot of evening networking opportunities taking place during Affiliate Summit West 2012. Below is a listing of the parties during the conference.


Please note: As some of the parties are “by invitation only”, we suggest you contact the company directly for more information.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday ASW Drinks in Vegas!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Affiliate Summit West 2012 Tweetup at Gilley's

  • Sponsor(s): Adrants (Steve Hall), Murray Newlands, Heather Smith
  • Time: 7:30pm – 11:30pm
  • Location: Gilley's inside Treasure Island
  • How to RSVP: RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/216247098460701/.
  • Who is invited?: All Affiliate Summit West 2012 attendees.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Affiliate Meet Up of The Year

Mailer Meetup

  • Sponsor(s): XY7 Elite, Digital Bulldogs, RTK Media, VoloMP, Impressionwise
  • Time: 7:00pm –
  • Location: Kingpin Suite @ Palms
  • How to RSVP: Registration at mailermeetup.com.
  • Who is invited?: Email marketers.

Las Vegas Classic Basketball Tournament

  • Sponsor(s): XRev Media, Fanatics.com, Crush Ads
  • Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Location: Impact Basketball 121 E. Sunset Rd
  • How to RSVP: RSVP at http://www.lasvegasclassic.net.
  • Who is invited?: Everyone.

ShareASale Under the Stars Party

  • Sponsor(s): ShareASale
  • Time: 8:00pm – 12:00am
  • Location: Chateau Nightclub (Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino)
  • How to RSVP: See us at the Meet Market Sunday from 12-6 to pick up your ticket! You'll need a ticket to attend so come early to ensure we'll have enough left!
  • Who is invited?: Everyone.

Neverblue VIP Event

  • Sponsor(s): Neverblue
  • Time: 9:30pm – 12:30am
  • Location: PURE Night Club (Red Room)
  • How to RSVP: Contact your Affiliate Manager.
  • Who is invited?: Invite only.

Badger Ball

  • Sponsor(s): Sytropin.com, Webair.com, Aaronkellylaw.com, Freshadsmedia.com, Sellhealth.com, Snapterms.com, eaglewebassets.com, PerformTel.com
  • Time: 10:00pm –
  • Location: The Palms Penthouse B
  • How to RSVP: Request an invite at honeybadgerwebassets.com/badger-ball.
  • Who is invited?: Invite only.

Tip Off Party

  • Sponsor(s): Infinite Traffic, React2Media, CPAWAY, Optimal Fusion
  • Time: 10:00pm –
  • Location: The Hardwood Suite at the Palms Hotel
  • How to RSVP: Click RSVP at tipoffparty.com.
  • Who is invited?: Affiliates.

Strike Out Breast Cancer Charity Bowling

  • Sponsor(s): BowlingShirt.com, GTOManagement.com, and ThingsFromAnotherWorld.com
  • Time: 12:00am – 3:00am
  • Location: Goldcoast Lanes, 4000 W Flamingo Rd
  • How to RSVP:
    1. Register at http://asw12bowling.eventbrite.com.
    2. 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.
    3. Forward your email confirmation of your donation to bowlASW12@gtomanagement.com
  • Who is invited?: Affiliate Summit attendees.

Monday, January 9, 2012

MGECOM VIP Cocktails

  • Sponsor(s): MGECOM
  • Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Location: MGECOM suite, Caesars Palace Las Vegas
  • How to RSVP: Invite only.
  • Who is invited?: Affiliates and merchants.

Meet SeaWorld's Animal Ambassadors

  • Sponsor(s): SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
  • Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Location: Neopolitan I & II, Caesars Palace Las Vegas
  • How to RSVP: RSVP at http://seaworldasw.eventbrite.com/.
  • Who is invited?: Everyone!

RevenueWire VIP Party

  • Sponsor(s): RevenueWire
  • Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Location: TBA
  • How to RSVP: Invite only.
  • Who is invited?: Invite only.

Affiliate Karaoke

  • 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

Affiliate Ball

  • Sponsor(s): MaxBounty
  • Time: 9:30pm –
  • Location: Crown Theater, Rio Hotel
  • How to RSVP: Get a pass at the Affiliate Ball table in the Meet Market.
  • Who is invited?: All Affiliate Summit attendees.

Affiliate Fight Night with Randy Couture

  • Sponsor(s): Clickbooth, Authorise, Calculated Creativity, Dating Gold, Molding Box, Optizmo
  • Time: 10:00pm – 3:00am
  • Location: Xtreme Couture (4055 W. Sunset Rd.)
  • How to RSVP: Go to affiliatefightnight.com.
  • Who is invited?: All Affiliate Summit attendees.

If you're running a party, dinner, etc. during Affiliate Summit, submit your details to us and we'll add you here.

This post will be updated as we get more details.

Affiliate Summit West 2012, starting on Sunday, January 8 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, is now sold out.

This conference makes it 19 times in a row that attendee registrations for Affiliate Summit have closed before the event, due to capacity.

As we process cancellations, the registration page will open up and additional registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Affiliate Summit West 2011 Exhibit Hall

Check http://www.regonline.com/asw12 for availability. If you’re able to enter your registration — you’re good to go.

In the event registrations are open onsite, based on last minute cancellations, the rate will be $449 for a Silver Pass, $749 for a Gold Pass, $1,749 for a Platinum Pass, and $2,749 for a Diamond Pass.

More information on Affiliate Summit at http://www.AffiliateSummit.com

Internet ad revenues rose 23% to a record $14.9 billion in the first half of 2011, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC US). This is twice the rate of growth during the same time frame last year and with staggering increases such as these, we have to ask ourselves why?

Assessing the Economic Condition

One of the strongest contributing factors in the growth of online ad revenues is the weak US economy. Since the market crash in late 2008, just about every single industry has struggled with weak sales figures and lagging growth rates and has turned to additional ad spends to garner more sales.

A second contributing factor to the explosive growth of online marketing is the fact that consumers now spend an average of 13 hours per week online, which is approximately the same amount of time they spend watching television. Advertisers with products and services to sell would be remiss if they didn’t leverage that fact.

Affiliate Marketing Proves Recession Resilient

In the wake of budget constrictions and ROI scrutiny, smart advertisers have embraced affiliate marketing because of its inherent benefit of only paying when a specific action is achieved.

Additionally, affiliate marketing offers advertisers a way to explore other customer acquisition channels, as affiliates are quick to jump on emerging advertising platforms such as mobile, social media, as well as offline activities like print and coupons.

The amplified adoption of affiliate marketing by advertisers and affiliates is responsible for its enormous growth. In fact, affiliate marketing is forecasted to grow to $4 billion by 2014, according to Forrester Research.

The Growth of Affiliate Summit

As I write this article, Affiliate Summit West 2012 is projected to achieve its largest attendance with over 5,000 affiliates, advertisers, networks and service providers converging at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

The increased implementation of affiliate marketing into advertiser’s customer acquisition plans coupled with the bolstering of the industry’s impression overall are contributing factors to Affiliate Summit’s success.

Conversely, it’s with great pride that we look upon each Affiliate Summit event and meetup, every FeedFront Magazine issue and all GeekCast.fm podcasts as a platform to inspire the growth of our industry overall.

The Future of Affiliate Marketing

As consumers spend more time online and as the economy continues to bounce back, it is certain that the U.S. Internet marketing sector will continue to grow.

Additionally, through continued innovation, acquisitions and as more online content creators integrate affiliate marketing in their monetization plans, there leaves little to no doubt that affiliate marketing is poised for expansive growth as well.

Affiliate marketing is an exciting and lucrative space to be in right now. Will you be joining us in 2012?