A Look Back At Affiliate Summit East 2013

Affiliate Summit East 2013

Earlier this summer, I attended Affiliate Summit East in Philadelphia. As expected, Shawn and Missy put on another top-notch show, and I thought it’d be good to do a quick recap for those of you who might be considering attending an Affiliate Summit event, like the upcoming Affiliate Summit West show next month in Las Vegas.

The first question you need to ask yourself is what type of pass you plan on purchasing. I did the VIP pass this time around, which gave me access to the exhibit hall, meet market, keynotes, session videos, access to ALL of the sessions, and the newcomer program. It’s a bit pricey at $1249, but if you do it right, you’ll walk away with enough knowledge to make that money back in no time.

Now if you’re an Affiliate Summit veteran, you might consider saving some money and going with the Networking Plus pass, as it’s only $549, and it gives you access to most of the VIP perks, but you can only attend 1 session per day, and no access to the newcomer program. Since you still get access to all of the session videos, you’re not missing out on much, but you can’t ask questions of the panelists since you’re watching a recorded session.

If this is your first time attending Affiliate Summit, it can be a little overwhelming, and that’s why I suggest going with the VIP pass, so that you can take part in the newcomer program, where a conference veteran shares ideas and information to help newcomers optimize their time at the conference. Otherwise, you’ll just wander around in a daze, and probably miss out on some important stuff along the way.

Networking is the name of the game at Affiliate Summit, so you’ll want to do your homework ahead of time and hit the ground running when you enter the show. Whether it’s meeting affiliate managers you’ve worked with or socializing with other affiliates and peers that you’ve talked to online, there are opportunities everywhere if you keep your eyes and ears open.

Same token, there’s a ton of valuable information being given out at these sessions, so make sure you study the session schedule and see which ones you should be hitting up. The schedule is pretty intense, I made the mistake of hitting up a TON of sessions, which while super informative, made for a LONG and tiring few days. Not to mention, it limited the amount of time I had to spend in the exhibit hall.

Knowing now that I could have simply waited for the session videos to come out, I might have skipped a few of the less important sessions and simply watched them when they became available. Now I know for next time..

In any event, overall ASE 13 was a great event, and I came away with a lot of new ideas, information, and strategies to help me expand my business even further.

If you’re considering attending a future Affiliate Summit event, I highly encourage it!


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