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July 12th, 2007, 11:26 PM #1Time for my AS post
Being my first time at one of these conferences, it was quite exciting being in Miami and attending. And I have to say, publically, that if it wasn't for Andy then my first conference would not have happened. I've thanked him prior to the summit and even at the summit. I have to, again, say thank you to Andy for helping to make it possible.
That was the first person I wanted to really meet face to face, but it was great meeting the rest of the folks that I had the opportunity to meet; Jorge, Deb, Scott (Scooter), Coley, Dale (TFAW), Brian (Cursal), Brian Littleton, Rexanne, Alan (yes I may actually promote you now, lol), most of the AffiliateCREW crew, Ron, Emilio from ARC, Geno, Nunez.....I know I'm missing a lot of people, and I apologize for not remembering everyone right now. If I met you and talked to you, then you apply. Don't hold it against me. Donuts got pointed out to me at the Sagamore, but then he vanished into thin air so I was not able to actually meet him, unfortunately.
There was a blonde I really wanted to meet, too bad she was at the wrong booth. Even for the chance to talk to her, I couldn't patron that particular booth, lol.
I have to say, as well, there were a couple of people who impressed me by the fact that they just hung out with me, never really pushed anything on me, and weren't all business. I know the point of this is to network and make new contacts, but at the same time it doesn't always have to be all about business. I didn't want a business card in my face all the time, or getting some spiel all the time.
One of those would be Bob (known here as Robert Drumm) from AC Lens. We had some casual conversations, shot the shit smoking a cig out front here and there, and that was it. No immediate sales push, no card thrown at me, just casual meetings and even though I already knew of AC Lens, I'm going to give them a look.
Another, who isn't as active here but still hangs around, is Michael from uBid. Not until Monday night at the WMRadio party did I get his card, and only because I asked for it. We hung out most of the night at that party until he had to go schmooze, but we had hung out prior to then as well. And he really had every intention of buying me a beer, had the open bar not still been going, lol.
And again, Brian (Cursal). Not until we parted ways (just before I was fixing to leave to come home on Tuesday) did I get a card. We hung out quite a bit during the conference, had lunch together on Tuesday, attended a class together, I ran him by the AffiliateCREW booth (I need some bounty commission, lol), and we just hung out in general whenever we ran across each other. Just a general friend. We even manned the Piano Wizard booth together for a little while, lol.
Not to say others weren't that way as well, but these were 3 people I had general, constant contact with throughout the conference.
Joel Comm, he put on an excellent class. Taught me a few things I didnt know. As did Wil from SEER. And the Conversion Rate Clinic class was quite entertaining and educational. Athough Sondra Stewart needs to pep up a bit, she just wouldnt come out of her shell (that was sarcasm for all intents and purposes).
Funny thing, as much as I made my rounds inside, most of my networking was done out front around the ashtrays. I made many a contact and learned of many a new program outside smoking a cigarette. Not to say I didn't do the same inside, but it was moreso out front.
I really enjoyed my first affiliate summit, and I certainly hope I get to make another one soon to see my 'new friends' again and meet those that I didn't have the pleasure of meeting at this summit (a couple of you know who you are because I emailed you about it, lol).
And I even had to push ABW on many a people who had actually never been here.
July 12th, 2007, 11:43 PM #2
July 12th, 2007, 11:47 PM #3
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Shawn, it was great seeing you and hope to hang with you more at the next one. You really need to come to VegasDeborah Carney
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July 13th, 2007, 10:28 AM #4Originally Posted by mobilebadboy
Originally Posted by mobilebadboy
It's hard for me to express how much I valued Wil Reynolds presentation. I've worked in many industries in my life and I'd say his presentation is the very best I've ever attended, anywhere. Shockingly good. He's very well informed, a great speaker, shares excellent stuff and he has this uncanny ability to nimbly and coherently bounce around in different directions with the audience's questions. His presentation here was completely new stuff - not a replay of the last time I saw him present. He gets a five donut holes rating from me. His presentation was worth more to me than I paid in total expenses to attend the entire show. I hope Missy and Shawn keep him coming back!
July 13th, 2007, 10:40 AM #5
Originally Posted by mobilebadboy
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You should have stuck around us at the SAS party for the Tattoo Media insanity. I'm glad you had a good time and hope to see you in Vegas.
July 13th, 2007, 10:46 AM #6Originally Posted by DonutsAffiliate Summit - Las Vegas on January 10-12, 2016
July 13th, 2007, 10:58 AM #7Originally Posted by mobilebadboy
Thank you my friend. It was my pleasure. I hope it has given you more momentum to continue in this industry and use your God given talents not only to exceed your own personal expectations, but to also enable you to pay it forward one day when you are in the same position to help someone else suceed in this industry. This industry has been very good to me on many levels and it is my duty to contribute, give back and help as many others as I can ...
It was a real pleasure meeting you ...Andy Rodriguez Consulting, Affiliate Program Management and Consulting Services, Since 2001
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July 20th, 2007, 09:15 AM #8Great meeting you
It was great meeting you, and sorry they kept that open bar open so I had to simply hand you a beer! Next time we'll get that links for drinks deal going!
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