Monthly Archives: May 2011

ShareASale ThinkTank Recap, Race to Affiliate Summit East, 2011, and Running into Rahm Emanuel

This week on the Affiliate Thing podcast, Shawn Collins was joined by Deb Carney, Jen Goode, and Shannon Weidemann to record this episode in Chicago at the conclusion of ShareASale ThinkTank 2011.

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Also discussed were a charity race leading up to Affiliate Summit East 2011, a logo contest for cash, a chance for affiliate marketers to sound off, a way to get on the cover of FeedFront magazine.

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ShareASale ThinkTank 2011 Recap

I just got back from ShareASale ThinkTank 2011, which took place May 25-27, 2011 at the Westin in Chicago, IL.

ShareASale ThinkTank 2011ShareASale ThinkTank is the annual conference for ShareASale affiliates, merchants, and vendors.

The first day started with an evening event where attendees got together to network at the Epic Restaurant and Rooftop Sky Lounge.

Unfortunately, I got in late and missed this one, but was primed for big action the next day.

Day two started with a series of breakout sessions, and I was on the Mag Mile Buying Trends panel to discuss what is happening in the world of webtrends, such as the buying habits and observed behaviors of several different demographics encompassing age, gender, and niche.

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The sessions were followed by a networking break to fuel up on caffeine and brain food.

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Later on, there was a networking lunch, where we enjoyed some local fare like Chicago hotdogs.

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Lunch was followed by a series of Affiliate-Merchant Private Meetings, where dozens of companies got face time with a bunch of current and future affiliates.

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After the meetings wrapped up, many attendees headed to Game 5 of the 2011 Eastern Conference finals between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls.

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Brian Littleton, Missy Ward and the Chicago Bulls

Game 5 - Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls

The final day kicked off with yet another tasty networking breakfast. And then there was the closing ShareASale “Things We Need to Fix” session.

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This is an open forum, hosted by Brian Littleton, President and CEO of ShareASale, where attendees are able to share their thoughts on improvements and changes.

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After the “Things We Need to Fix” session, we all headed to see the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game from the 3936 Wrigley Rooftop.

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This was a fantastic way to wrap things up, as it was sort of a multi-floor skybox to watch the game and chat with fellow ThinkTank attendees.

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3936 Wrigley Rooftop Lower Bleacher Area

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I’d like to give a big thanks to Brian Littleton and his team for a top notch event that was filled with productive business, some really useful tips, new friends, and good times.

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Check out the Tweets from ThinkTank with hashtag #thinktank11.

Pictures: ShareASale ThinkTank 2011

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How to Get to the Hilton New York for Affiliate Summit East 2011

Affiliate Summit East 201 is taking place August 21-23, 2011 at the Hilton New York in New York City.

Hilton New YorkThe Hilton New York is located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York, United States 10019. The telephone number is 212-586-7000.

The hotel is located within blocks of the N/Q/R/W (yellow) and B/D/F/V (orange) lines on the New York City Subway.

Estimated driving time from area airports is 30 minutes from La Guardia Airport, 45 minutes from John F. Kennedy International Airport, and 45 minutes from Newark International Airport (driving directions from airports).

Valet Parking costs $51.00 daily. The valet entrance is located on West 53rd Street between 6th & 7th Avenues.

Grand Central station (Metro North and subways) is 15 minutes across town, Penn Station (Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit, and subways) is 15 minutes downtown, and Port Authority (buses and subways) is 10 minutes downtown.

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10 Strategies for Launching a New Web Based Business with Jay Berkowitz

Affiliate Summit ran a free webinar on launching a new web based business recently, and it’s now available to watch on demand for free.

Watch this webinar if want to learn from Jay Berkowitz about selecting a business model, developing a website, generating web traffic, search engine optimization strategies, and monetizing the website.

Jay Berkowitz is author of “Ten Golden Rules of Online Marketing”, host of the Ten Golden Rules of Online Marketing podcast, CEO of Ten Golden Rules and founder of the Internet Marketing Club.

Video: 10 Strategies for Launching a New Web Based Business – Affiliate Summit Webinar

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Booking Your Hilton Room at Affiliate Summit Group Rate

The Hilton has informed us that if one or more nights that you have selected are sold out from our room block their online system will revert to their next best pricing for the length of your stay.

However, you are still entitled to our discounted room rate for any nights that are still available.

Please contact reservations at the Hilton directly and let them know that you are with Affiliate Summit and they will be able to assist you. 1-212-586-7000

Affiliate Summit East 2011 – Travel Page

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My Daughter is Becoming an Affiliate Marketer

I was recently on the EndaCast podcast with hosts Sal Greco and Logan Lenz to chat about some of the ins and outs of getting started in affiliate marketing.

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We also touched on the origins of Affiliate Summit, how I am getting my 12-year-old daughter into affiliate marketing, and answered some listener questions.

Plus, Justin Rondeau of Template Zone popped in with some news on the new Insights features inside Facebook pages.

Listen to the episode at http://endacast.buzzsprout.com/3563/26235-episode-5-w-shawn-collins-of-affiliate-summit.

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Affiliate Summit Webinar Replay: 10 Strategies for Launching a New Web Based Business

If you missed the live webinar entitled “10 Strategies for Launching a New Web Based Business” by Jay Berkowitz, then you’re in luck. We’ve made the recording available to you today. You can watch it on YouTube, or on this page below.

This presentation will cover 10 Strategies for successfully launching a new web based business. Including selecting a business model, developing a website, generating web traffic, search engine optimization strategies, and monetizing the website. If you’ve ever seen Jay present at past Affiliate Summit events, you would know that he always comes prepared with top-quality, helpful information that you can use to improve your business or brand.

Remember, if you’d like to present a webinar please visit this page and fill out the submission form.

Also, you can see a list of all past and present webinars on this page.

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Affiliate Summit Logo Theme Contest

Affiliate Summit has launched a logo theme contest at ThePerfectDesign.com with cash prizes.

Affiliate SummitThe contest is running ten days from Tuesday, May 24 and the prizes are: 1st place $1200, 2nd place $800, and 3rd place $500.

The challenge for designers is to take the Affiliate Summit logo and design five different themes with it.

The following five themes must be designed into/around/on our current logo to be considered:

  • Affiliate Summit West – Las Vegas theme
  • Affiliate Summit East – New York theme
  • Holiday Season theme
  • Black Friday theme
  • Breast Cancer Awareness theme

More details at ThePerfectDesign.com.

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Want to Contribute to Issue 15 of FeedFront Magazine?

The fourteenth issue of FeedFront Magazine is out, so we’re on to issue 15.

The next issue of FeedFront will be coming out in August 2011, and the deadline for article proposals for issue 15 of FeedFront is June 3, 2011.

If you are interested in writing an article, go to the FeedFront proposal form to submit a one sentence summary on what you’d like to cover.

No ghost-written articles. We only want content from people writing from their personal industry experience.

If you have previously been accepted to write an article and either failed to meet the deadline or did not adhere to the editorial guidelines, please submit your article proposal elsewhere. We take our deadlines and guidelines seriously.

Do not submit a complete article now – just a one sentence summary.

We will contact everybody who submitted a proposal by June 10, 2011 on whether the article ideas are accepted or denied.

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Race to Affiliate Summit East 2011

Affiliate Summit has created a dailymile Challenge where we will donate $1 to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade for each mile run or walked (up to $5,000) from 05/23/11 through 07/31/2011.

Can you rack up more miles than Shawn Collins?dailymile syncs with Garmin (205, 305, 310xt, 405, 405cx), Nike+ device and iPhone app, as well as a number of iPhone and Android clients.

You can also manually enter your running and walking efforts.

In order to participate in dailymile activities, you will need to friend me on dailymile and I will invite you to the challenge.

Do you accept the Race to Affiliate Summit East 2011 Challenge?

Affiliate Summit West 2011 is taking place August 21-23, 2011 in New York City.

The participant with the most total miles at the end of the challenge will receive a Platinum pass to the conference.

Please note that all information you provide as part of the contest is public and may be used by Affiliate Summit in our marketing efforts for this event.

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