I just got back from ASE08 a couple days ago, so I’ll just kind of blog about what happened and my experience.
First off I’d just like to say that the setup of Affiliate Summit is retarded. Don’t let in a MASSIVE portion of this industry because a couple advertisers want to serve booze at their booth? At least give me a wrist band or something so I can’t drink. I guess Shawn doesn’t care because they “sold out” anyways, although if he had any brains he would just rent out a bigger place, let everybody in, and make a shitload more. Oh well, “tightening up” on security was a fail anyways because I knew a bunch of “kids” under 21 that got in. I won’t comment on whether or not I got in ;).
Anywho, I spent most of my time hanging around the summit, going to lunches, dinners, and parties. Not actually going to any of the summit provided to be pretty useful, as I got to sleep in and relax a lot more. 99.95% of the speeches don’t include any actual good information that affiliates need to know or don’t know already, so I made better use of my time at lunch meetings and chilling on my laptop/working.
I got to meet up and go out with some UberCamp peeps and that was definitely a good time. I was peer pressured to buy a MacBook Air at some mall…it’s pretty sick though.
Boston is actually a very nice town, I enjoyed being there a lot. Miami was a better spot just because of the beach and it being different from most cities, but I would definitely visit Boston again.
As far as work and networking goes, things went great. I had a lot of great dinners, people are so much more willing to talk about what they’re doing in real life as opposed to over the internet, including myself. Anybody that I hung out with that asked me what niches I’m running, I pretty much told them.
Very solid week though, next time around Affiliate Summit West I’m going to make a private recon in the same city for those who either can’t get into affiliate summit, or don’t want to be bored out of their mind, and just give presentations of my own. That would be pretty cool.
Anyways, definitely stick around this blog for the next week…been working my ass off countless hours on something I think you’re all going to like.