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    ShareASale ThinkTank: May 25-27, 2011
    I normally wouldn't go off to a conference 3 days before Memorial Day, the biggest day of the year for pool supplies, but just signed up for the ShareASale ThinkTank.

    Who's goin'? Look me up if you are, and if you haven't heard of ThinkTank, checkitout at shareasale/thinktank
    Chicago, May 25-27 - filling up Fast!

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    The event hotel is filling up pretty quickly Chuck - you might want to jump on that.

    I'm really excited to go as this is one of my favorite events of the year between the networking, the learning about new tools provided by SAS and the can't miss "what we need to fix" session with Brian.
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    Sunshine Rewards will be there!!
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    I'm excited about getting to come. I missed the last two, but I was planning to be in the Chicago area that week anyway, so it was a no-brainer. I'm only booked at the hotel for Wed and Thurs because I'm going to head out to the NW burbs Friday night and meet up with the kids for the holiday weekend.

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    I'm pretty excited to attend my first industry conference! I'll be there with bells on .

    Looking forward to meeting you all in real life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AffiliateWarrior View Post
    The event hotel is filling up pretty quickly Chuck - you might want to jump on that.

    I'm really excited to go as this is one of my favorite events of the year between the networking, the learning about new tools provided by SAS and the can't miss "what we need to fix" session with Brian.
    Looks like I need to hurry on the hotel. I thought I have more time on booking hotel until my travel dates and flights are booked?.

    What makes you think the hotel is filling up quickly?.

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    we'll be there
    APMEX Affiliate program will be there. I'm excited, because this is the first conference we'll be at besides Affiliate Summits!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redtagdeals View Post
    Looks like I need to hurry on the hotel. I thought I have more time on booking hotel until my travel dates and flights are booked?.

    What makes you think the hotel is filling up quickly?.
    I've seen it posted in a couple of places but one for sure was in the email from Lindsey almost a week ago to all registered attendees:

    "Thanks for registering for ShareASale ThinkTank 2011 in Chicago at The Westin River North! I just wanted to send out a quick email to all registrants as hotel rooms are beginning to fill up. As a heads up, please note that as the weather begins to warm, and baseball season comes into full swing, Chicago Hotels book quickly and rates increase. "
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    Thanks Tricia. I went ahead and booked the hotel for now. I still need to firm up my schedule and make the flight bookings!. I plan to be there barring any last minute changes.

    BTW - the hotel booking can be canceled without any penalties until a day before the check-in date. So, it does not hurt to make that booking ahead of time!

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    I wanted a single King bed and the Westin was already out of those rooms last week. I ended up booking at another hotel a couple blocks away.
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    The (3) ThinkTanks I have been to have all been a wonderful experience. If anyone is wavering on attending - just make up your mind and go. You will learn a lot, you will have a great time, and Chicago is a great town to visit.

    I'll be just south of Chicago, at our printing plant, tomorrow and Wednesday but won't actually get into the city on this trip. Then I'll be at a conference in western Ohio the week before ThinkTank. So, unfortunately, Jill and I won't make it to this year's ThinkTank. Maybe (hopefully) next year.

    A note for baseball fans: For those of you who make it to the Cub's game on the TT agenda, you will really like Wrigley Field. It is an amazing piece of baseball history. There is some "serious" baseball in the Chicago area - I've been to the new Comiskey Park, the old Wrigley Field and the new Miller Field (home of the Milwaukee Brewers). The Kane County Cougars also play some fine baseball at a very interesting minor league ballpark just west of Chicago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaxon – AIM Group View Post
    I wanted a single King bed and the Westin was already out of those rooms last week. I ended up booking at another hotel a couple blocks away.
    Hmm .. I was able to book a King Bed yesterday with SAS ThinkTank special rate of $219/night + taxes!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by redtagdeals View Post
    Hmm .. I was able to book a King Bed yesterday with SAS ThinkTank special rate of $219/night + taxes!!
    Yeah, I don't know what it was. I spoke to Lindsay (Shareasale) today too and she said that there are still King beds available. Maybe it was just that day and there are some available now? I was also booking for 4 nights, so that might have something to do with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaxon AIM Group View Post
    Yeah, I don't know what it was. I spoke to Lindsay (Shareasale) today too and she said that there are still King beds available. Maybe it was just that day and there are some available now? I was also booking for 4 nights, so that might have something to do with it.
    Oh well .. it could have been some sort of glitch or as you said you're trying for 4 nights .. I booked only for 2 nights so far ..

    If you got a hotel couple of blocks away, it should not be too much of an inconvenience walking along the river there (unless you partied heavily LOL)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redtagdeals View Post
    Oh well .. it could have been some sort of glitch or as you said you're trying for 4 nights .. I booked only for 2 nights so far ..

    If you got a hotel couple of blocks away, it should not be too much of an inconvenience walking along the river there (unless you partied heavily LOL)!
    Haha, a couple of city blocks = 5 min cab ride .
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    Quote Originally Posted by POOLCENTER View Post
    I normally wouldn't go off to a conference 3 days before Memorial Day, the biggest day of the year for pool supplies, but just signed up for the ShareASale ThinkTank.

    Who's goin'? Look me up if you are, and if you haven't heard of ThinkTank, checkitout at shareasale/thinktank
    Chicago, May 27-28 - filling up Fast!

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    Has anyone been to this even before? If so what did you get out of it?

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    We have enjoyed every TT but @ the Winn due to scheduling
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    Terry, I went to their event at Pelican Hill a couple of years back and missed last year's event due to illness. Brian and his team do a good job of lining up quality content for merchants and affiliates alike. They also do a great job of putting together networking events that allow plenty of time and a good environment for conversations. My favorite part of the event is the "What we need to fix" session at the end where Brian takes live feedback from affiliates and merchants and OPM's on what SAS could do better - I don't know of any other network head that does this in their event.

    If you come, you should be able to get value from it in terms of having a better understanding of the SAS platform and how you can put it to work for you, you should be up to date on important industry issues, and you should have made some actionable connections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry15 View Post
    Has anyone been to this even before? If so what did you get out of it?
    See my post #12 above. If you have the opportunity, you don't want to miss it.
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    I'll be there
    I just registered yesterday and still need to book my hotel. Has anyone heard of great deals nearby, or is the conference location the best place to stay?

    I'm looking forward to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by helpingmoms View Post
    I've seen it posted in a couple of places but one for sure was in the email from Lindsey almost a week ago to all registered attendees:

    "Thanks for registering for ShareASale ThinkTank 2011 in Chicago at The Westin River North! I just wanted to send out a quick email to all registrants as hotel rooms are beginning to fill up. As a heads up, please note that as the weather begins to warm, and baseball season comes into full swing, Chicago Hotels book quickly and rates increase. "
    ACK! Thanks Tricia. Booking a room just moved to the top of my priority list!

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    I'm booked and looking forward to it!
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    Staying at the event hotel is good if you can do it - way more convenient - with the newly announced pricing on the SAS room block ($199 per night) I don't know if you can beat that for price/convenience at a Westin level property in a town like Chicago.
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    There's a pretty good selection of hotels within a few blocks, but it's tough to beat the $199 convention rate by enough to be worthwhile. La Quinta Inn and Hampton Inn are $179, for instance. Holiday Inn is $164. There are a few a bit further away for $135-$145 or even the Ohio House Motel for $99. You could always try Hotwire or Priceline, but you might be even further away.
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    $199 seems a great rate. Per mail from Lindsey, even folks like me who booked at $219/night, will only be charged $199!. Cool ... I am still not booked on flights yet, so that part is still a bit uncertain ..

    BTW - what's good mode of transport from MDW or ORD to the hotel (Westin) - taxi, shuttle or others ..

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