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Affiliate Summit East took place about 2 weeks ago, but I am just now finally getting around to writing my wrap up post. I am pretty sure this will be the last ASE13 wrap up post you read and I am hoping it is the most interesting. I had a great time in Philadelphia and met a lot of great people, but probably what I will remember most from this Affiliate Summit is the moment when I almost died.
This year we had six members of the PeerFly team fly to Philadelphia for the conference. Lauren, Davey, Charlie, Travis, Corey and I arrived on Saturday and we stayed until Wednesday night. The conference was from Sunday until Tuesday so we had a day before and a day after to visit Philadelphia, which was a lot of fun. Before I get into that, let me tell you about Sunday at lunch when I was almost killed by a taxi driver.
Charlie, Lauren, and I were at lunch at Jake’s Pizza right across the street from the Philadelphia Convention Center where Affiliate Summit was being held. We had finished eating, but we were sitting there talking about Tony Robbins which Charlie and I had attended in July. We were pretty deep in conversation when all of the sudden there was an explosion!
I do not remember standing up, but the next thing I knew I was standing 5-10 feet back from where I had been sitting. It only took a minute for me to realize what had happened. A taxi cab had smashed into the building.
I’m not really sure what happened, but it appeared that the taxi driver had blacked out and hit the building full speed. Luckily, he hit the pillar between glass panes and although it caused the glass to explode all over everyone sitting at the restaurant eating, it stopped the car from coming inside the building. If he had not been stopped by the building he would have run Charlie, Lauren, and I over. He was driving straight for us.
Everyone inside of the building appeared to walk away without any serious injuries. We left before the ambulance had gotten the driver or the passengers out of the car.
It was an absolutely insane experience. My adrenaline was pumping pretty hard for the next half hour or so. When we got back to the convention center we had a pretty interesting story for the people we were meeting at the Meet Market.
Dinner with Ben from POF
My dinner with Ben from Plenty of Fish the night before I was almost killed was a lot less eventful, but a whole lot of fun. Ben got into Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon as well so we scheduled a dinner meeting. Ben and I have become pretty good friends over the years working together and it was great to be able to meet up and discuss life and business. After dinner we got a cab and went to visit the Rocky statue.
We have some fun stuff planned for my publishers at PeerFly who run or are interested in running traffic with POF. Make sure to subscribe to my newsletter so you are the first to know about our plans!
Sunday Meet Market
Although the most memorable part of Sunday was almost getting killed, I did get to meet a lot of great people at the Meet Market including a bunch of new publishers, but also some people I have been working with for awhile who I met for the first time. For example, the infamous Barman from PPC.bz and I had a nice long conversation about some of the stuff I am doing with Facebook Pages. He’s a pretty cool guy!
Sunday night we all went to the ShareASale party. ShareASale always has an awesome party with an open bar the first night of Affiliate Summit. This year was no different. We all had a great time and I even had a chance to pitch Shawn Collins (co-founder of Affiliate Summit) with my speaking proposal for Affiliate Summit East 2014! He seemed to like it.
By the way, ShareASale’s party was “Rock” themed which is why Shawn has a crazy wig on (picture on the left).
Pro Drinking Tip:
For first time Affiliate Summit attendees it’s common to drink way too much the first night of Affiliate Summit at the ShareASale party. Although I recommend having a great time and drinking up to your limit, do not cross the line of having fun and getting completely drunk. I have done a pretty good job over the years of not crossing the line into complete drunkeness, but it’s a fine line and lot of people will ruin most of the next day being hungover and it’s important to get the most of the conference so don’t do that!
Monday and Tuesday Exhibit Hall
The Exhibit Hall at Affiliate Summit is where all the serious networking happens. The Meet Market is great, but more people attend the Exhibit Hall during the second and third day. I met with a lot of great people and everyone really liked our new PeerFly shirts. I also had some affposts stickers that I gave away and it was cool to get feedback from people that are using the site.
Affiliate Nation Party
This year PeerFly was a sponsor for what turned out to be probably the best Affiliate Summit party I have been to, the Affiliate Nation Party. We had a VIP table and it was an amazing night. I had some great conversations with people you will probably recognize.
Me and John Chow of JohnChow.com.
Me and Tom Fang of iPyxel.com.
Me and Havana Brown, the celebrity DJ that ran the night.
I am a few weeks behind and just now catching up with my work because of all the amazing connections I made while I was at Affiliate Summit. One of the great things about attending conferences like Affiliate Summit is that they are super motivators. I have been working on a bunch of different things nonstop since getting back from Philly and I’m going to use that motivation to continue to increase my revenue in a bunch of different areas.
I am really looking forward to ASE14 and I hope I get an opportunity to speak and share my knowledge with attendees. Either way, look for more from me soon right here.
Let’s make the journey to success together. Let’s have some fun. Let’s make some money!