Today was the 3rd and final day of Affiliate Summit East 2010. My morning started very, very slowly. I did not go down to the blogger lounge first thing and even made it there way later than expected. I was able to write a quick post for Blogging Tips, I actually used some of the questions from the Panel that I would be on later in the day.
|I had breakfast with Tim Jones and we started talking about our panel in the afternoon. Our panel was Increasing Engagement / Bloggers Connecting with Their Audiences. We had a quick breakfast so that we could get down to the Keynote early and catch Jim Kukral. But before that the Affiliate Superfriends got into their custom capes and masks. The Affiliate Superfriends are friends of Jim Kukral who have been with him for a while and who have helped him promote his book, Attention. I got to take the behind the scenes photos with the Affiliate Superfriends.||
Then it was time for the keynote with Jim Kukral. Jim really nailed his keynote. I know that I completely gush at what Jim does but that is because every time I talk to him he kicks my butt with something cool to do. I even got an assignment from him at the end of today. His message was clear, well thought out and something that was not only relevant but inspiring. When the Affiliate Superfriends came into the session it was awesome, so very fun, it made Jim smile. So, after the keynote I was able to catch a great photo of all the Affiliate Superfriends with Jim.
After the keynote Allison went out for lunch with one of her friends, I hung in the Blogger Lounge and put up a few photos onto Facebook. I was unable to get many more up. I was really off my photo taking game at this session. I need to get back on the ball.
At one I was able to spend time with Eric Schechter, Kris Jones, Tim Jones and Murray Newlands so we could prepare for our session. Tim and I had already gone to lunch so we no longer had orange tickets so when we got to the door and the women were there taking tickets I just kept walking and pretended that I did not hear them. I did not end up getting blocked or kicked out as I was the day before when I tried to take a plate to Allison and had to smuggle her out a bagel in an bag. We were able to get a lot accomplished and were all pumped for our session.
We went and found our room, did the mic check and then it was time for the session. We had a few things going against us and not the least of which was that Scott Stratten of Unmarketing was doing a session at the exact same time. There was also a session on working with and marketing to women so we had a tough spot to be in. However, we got a good turn out and spent half the session with prepared questions that Kris Jones asked the panelists. The second half was where we took audience questions and we had so many questions that we were unable to get to all of them before time ran out. To me, that was a successful session. We had about 40 people in the room. I hope the feedback was good.
After that Allison and I went to the final networking session with everyone. It was a nice way to wind things down with our friends and talk about some last minute follow ups. We stayed till the convention people decided that it was enough. So Allison and I went and walked down the street to Magnolia to get Eva some Cupcakes. I hope that she likes them because they are crazy expensive. But they actually are very good because Kim Ann Curtin picked up a bunch of cupcakes for the blogger lounge including one for me. It was delicious.
Then it was picking up the luggage and getting to Penn station, waiting for the train and heading home. We also caught up with Suzanne McDonald, one of my co-organizers of WordPress Providence and a good friend. I unfortunately picked the quiet car so we couldn’t talk, but we were very tired, all of us, and slept part of the way home anyway. I write this as I lumber along on the Northeast Express headed for a nice soft bed. Another great Affiliate Summit.
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