The second day of Affiliate Summit East started very early for me. I ended up getting up and going to the blogger lounge to get some posts written. I love being the first person there and getting some crazy amounts of work completed. So for an hour I was able to write posts and post photos and really get my thoughts together. Today as I write this I am on the train headed home. There was no time for me to come in and write the Monday and Tuesday Posts, so I will do this on the train ride.
|Allison came down in time for the opening keynote by Dr. Frank Luntz. I was not impressed. I’m probably one of few who were not thrilled with his keynote. The speech was dry, full of statistics and didn’t really get useful until near the end of the session. One thing that really lost him for me was having the AOL Instant Messenger up and with sound on. So once he turned up sound so that he could play a useful video it was interrupted by doors opening and doors slamming. So irritating and that is where he comepletely lost me. ?Not so much on the content, I could follow that easy enough but his persona turned me off to the content.||
After that session I went back to the blogger lounge and there I recorded a LIVE Geek Dads Weekly episode with Daniel M. Clark and Joe Magennis. This was the first time that the three of us were able to meet in person and because of that we decided to record a LIVE show. The great thing about being in the blogger lounge was that we were able to interview a bunch of other people who were in the lounge. We interviewed Adam Cohen, Heather in BC, John Chow, Mike Schechter, Nadia Aly from Microsoft, Mike Buechele, and Debbie Carney (Loxly).
The recording session went well even though we only had three mics. Unfortunately my wireless one wouldn’t work as an input device. It kept crashing the garage band program. We recorded the whole thing and once it was over garage band crashed but luckily Daniel M. Clark was able to find the temp files and piece the tracks back together and edit the show. A lifesaver.
After the recording I went and visited the exhibitor hall. I’m not big on picking up booth swag unless it is really useful or cool. I picked up some DC Superhero boxers, sleeve for my iPad, a stuffed animal and some shirts for Eva. ShareASale, one of my favorite merchant networks. I spent some time with them. Allison went for a walk around the city once we were finished with the show. She found some cool places.
On the afternoon, I went to one session on marketing digital media as an affiliate, that would be digital music downloads, digital videos , and digital books. I got a lot out of the session which was given by @AmazonAssociate.
After that I went upstairs to see Peter Shankman and ask him if he was willing to sign my Kindle. He was very excited to do so because he had never done that before. I was surprised. His book Can We Do That?! Outrageous PR Stunts (Aff Link) was a great one. It was nice to see Peter again and congratulate him in person of his sale of Haro.
I caught up with Allison and we then went to the Australian Bar. We split a cab with Joe Sousa and his wife Kate. Kate was the person who made this tiny sweater for Jen Goode’s penguin. The event was put on by GTO Management for a MakeBeer.net. We got to taste some great beers and have some tasty appetizers, the shrimp was beer battered with Coopers Beer as the batter. We had plenty of that beer and then made our way back to the hotel in a Cab with Todd Farmer and Karen Garcia.
We went to the Trivia night except Shawn Collins had the Trivial Pursuit games. So, instead I went up to the room and got Mario Kart so that people could play something until Trivial Pursuit arrived. In the meantime I was one Howard Cosell wannabe along with the other co-host and race announcer Lisa Picarille. I was pretty much a heckler of the racers. Let’s just say that I was using many of my drink tickets that night. I hope that I was entertaining at least and a welcome distraction until Trivia arrived.
Day 2 was a very good day. The big highlight was the Geek Dads Weekly podcast. I am so lucky to be a part of such a fun team.
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