Our second day in Vegas and it was time to get down to business. Allison and I got up and had a nice relaxing morning. I picked up some muffins from a little coffee shop in the hotel. We enjoyed them in the room while we relaxed before the long day ahead. Today I spoke on a panel, we went to Margaritaville and also Zumanity and then capped the evening with a charity bowling event.
First off, the panels. We went down to watch one panel on Social Media strategies and it was interesting. I was paying attention but also thinking about my upcoming panel. I was nervous again because while I do have knowledge that I love to share I sometimes struggle with the confidence to really promote myself. So this was a good thing that I was on a panel.
Our panel was called Monetizing Blogs: Affiliate Marketing & SEO. On the panel was Kristopher B. Jones, President, Pepperjam Network, A GSI Commerce Company (Twitter @pepperjamceo) (Moderator), Me, John Carcutt, SEO Manager, MediaWhiz (Twitter @JohnCarcutt), Tim Jones, Owner, TheRealTimJones.com (Twitter @TheRealTimJones) and Murray Ross Newlands, Founder, Affiliate Heat (Twitter @murraynewlands).
We prepared prior to the event by having a couple of phone calls. I also went and saw who was going to attend and contacted each person I could find and asked them why they signed up and what they expected to gain from coming to the session. The response was fantastic and the room was full.
We had a great time on the panel and we were even given the John Chow sign of approval.
I hung around and watched the next session which was called Start Monetizing Your Blog Today.
The people on that panel were Marty Fahncke, President, FawnKey & Associates (Twitter @FawnKey) (Moderator), Kristin Kinsey, President/CEO, MadHatter Consulting, Inc. (Twitter @KC), Tricia Meyer, Owner, Sunshine Rewards (Twitter @sunshinetricia) & Carolyn Tang, Director of Client Services, ShareASale.com (Twitter @catango). This panel was an introduction to monetizing your blog and it was approached from the perspectives of three distinct roles in the affiliate marketing space. The Affiliate company, an Affiliate Manager and an Affiliate. Very useful info.
I went back upstairs and Allison and I got ready to head to the strip. We caught the shuttle to Harrah’s and walked over to Margaritaville.
Allison has never been to one so we fixed that and we each had a nice meal of Cheeseburger’s in Paradise. Dinner ran a little long so afterwards we booked it over to the New York, New York to catch our show.
Thanks to the awesome Jessica Berlin of Cirque Du Soleil we had fantastic tickets to see Zumanity. Zumanity is Cirque Du Soleil’s adult show. It is sexy, provocative and overall amazingly fun. Leave your inhibitions at the door as you watch some incredible feats of athleticism from some very beautiful people. The show had so many different acts and each one more visually stunning than the next.
They were also broken up by the clowns of the show, they were very funny, they got the crowd involved in the action too. Both Allison and I loved the show and walked out really happy to have seen it. The more I see Cirque shows, the more I want to see other ones. It is funny because before my first show I had not had any interest in seeing a Cirque show at all. After Ka I was wondering what else I was missing form these performances. They are fantastic and that is not because we were comped the tickets either, the shows are that good.
After the show we walked back to the shuttle and then it was back to the Affiliate Summit Events. We went to the Karaoke party and then we participated in the Strike Out Breast Cancer Midnight Bowling Event Fundraiser over at the Gold Coast Casino. They have a bowling alley on the second floor of the casino, what a great thing to have there as an alternative to all the gambling.
The event was organized by Karen (@karengarcia) & Joel Garcia (@joeldgarcia) and Wade Tonkin (@affile8warrior) of GTO Management. They manage the affiliate program for BowlingShirt.com. I am an affiliate for that program and really like their stuff. We all got custom Bowling shirts for the event and it will be an annual thing. I am looking forward to the next one. We raised a great deal of money to fight Breast Cancer too.
After that. Bed. So Tired.
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