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Affiliate Summit West 2012 Begins

Internet marketing event, Affiliate Summit West 2012 begins tomorrow, January 8 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. As I went through the photos I took at ASW11 I was reminded at how impressed I was at how much Affiliate Summit had grown since my last visit in 2008. If there is any doubt about the success of this event, consider that this is the 19th consecutive show that they have sold out due to capacity. That is pretty impressive. Unfortunately, I committed to something that fell through, so I was too late to try and get out to Las Vegas.

For those of you that are attending, I am going to suggest that you attempt to obtain a pass to the Affiliate Ball, which will be held at the Crown Theater in the Rio. It is starring hip-hop artist, Nelly and it is put on by Darren Blatt. I have known Darren for many years and he always puts on a great party. I highly recommend attending if you can manage it. In fact, if someone contacted me and said they wanted me to cover this party for them, I would fly to Las Vegas immediately. His parties are that good.

For those of you that thought ahead and got passes for ASW12, enjoy your show. I will do my best to be there next year. Continue reading

Affiliate Summit West 2011 Review

This is my review of the Internet marketing event known as Affiliate Summit West 2011, AKA ASW11. Affiliate Summit West was held January 9-11, 2011 at the Wynn in Las Vegas, NV. Due to scheduling conflicts, I had not attended Affiliate Summit since 2008 when it was held at the Rio. I was looking forward to this show to see how much things had changed over the last few years. Besides, in 2008 I only spent one day there and never ventured beyond the exhibit hall and a suite party.

I usually cover B2B trade shows where I already know a large percentage of the participants, or they at least know who I am. As a result, my coverage is usually limited to photos with a review based on my observations. When I obtained my press credentials for ASW11, I made a mental note to try and look at this through a “reporter’s” eyes, which resulted in my entering deeper conversations with some attendees and exhibitors. This review will take some of those conversations into consideration.

The Venue

It is kind of funny, but I have a condo that is in the shadow of the Wynn. Although I watched it being built, and I often wondered what it was like inside, I had never ventured down the street to check it out. Now I had my excuse. As it turned out, everything I had to do at the Wynn was in one small corner of the resort. I think I saw the casino once, but I never ventured into it. We did walk down to La Cave to grab some lunch on Monday and were pleased with our choices. Continue reading

Photos from the Affiliate Ball at ASW11

The big party at Affiliate Summit West 2011 was the Affiliate Ball, held Monday evening at the Crown Theater, located in the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. My good friend, Darren Blatt, has been hosting events like the Affiliate Ball for 12 years and Monday night proved that he knows what he is doing when it comes to productions like this. Starring Three 6 Mafia, with lead act the Black Rock City Allstars, this party was rocking. I suspect there were about 2,000 people in attendance and everyone seemed to have a great time. This was confirmed the next day by the sparse attendance at the early sessions of ASW11. I have no doubts that these shows will only get bigger as conference attendees become familiar with the name, Affiliate Ball.

For first time visitors, the fastest and easiest way to get through these large galleries is to use the slideshow option, then full screen. It is set for five (5) seconds, but if you click the image it will go to the next one.

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