Today is my first day back in the PeerFly office since leaving on the 7th for Affiliate Summit West (ASW12). This year’s Affiliate Summit West was by far the best one I have gotten to go to. There was a record attendance and I am confident that we were able to drum up more business at this event than any other we have gone to. I got to meet many new affiliates including some publishers that I am already working with. It is always nice to put a face to a name (or email) :)
We didn’t have a table in the Meet Market at ASE11 in New York, but we had one in Vegas last year so we decided to go ahead and get another one this year. It was a great decision. The Meet Market was absolutely packed. There were over 5,000 attendees this year and I am pretty sure a majority of them decided to go to the Meet Market. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed meeting so many new people, including my buddy Stéphane Kerwer, from Dukeo.com.
Caesars Palace is a huge casino and needless to say, they have a very large conference center. The Exhibit Hall was a giant room filled with booths from all over the industry. A few companies that I’ve mentioned on my blog before had booths including LeadImpact, 7Search, Mediatraffic, and Cupid.com. According to AffiliateSummit.com, 27% of the attendees were networks and that was easy to see because most of our competitors had booths setup as well. We used the same booth that we have used at the past two shows.
We plan on getting a new booth for our next show, but overall this booth has been great and we always get compliments.
Our new shirt turned out pretty good. We had it shipped directly from the printer to Caesars Palace so we didn’t get to see it before hand, but it’s pretty cool.
I don’t think it was quite as popular as our shirt from last year, but it turned out pretty good and I didn’t hear anyone say they didn’t like it.
In conclusion, it was a great show and I’m pretty lucky to have a job where I get to go to Vegas for about a week and get paid to do it. Being an affiliate manager is great overall, but getting paid to go to Vegas, meet new people, and play blackjack are pretty good perks. But, now it’s time to catch up on all these emails from while I was gone and follow up with the people I spoke with at ASW! :)