Affiliate Summit East 2010 East Recap – By Shawn Collins

by Colleen on October 4, 2010

The final numbers are in for Affiliate Summit East 2010, which took place August 15-17 in New York City, and we ended up with 3,527 attendees – the biggest Affiliate Summit East to date.

We are very excited about the sustained growth during such a fragile economy – it’s a testament to the strength of the affiliate marketing space, even during a recession.

Day 1

I started off the first day of Affiliate Summit East 2010 with a 10 AM session geared towards folks attending Affiliate Summit for the first time.

I wasn’t sure if I’d be speaking to a sparse crowd as I headed down, and I was delighted to have a large, packed room of conference attendees looking for advice on how to make the most of Affiliate Summit.

My session was followed by the opening of the Meet Market and a series of breakout sessions that covered all sorts of topics, including SEO reviews, outsourcing, podcasting, and WordPress.

I really liked the way our new method of Q&A via SMS, Web and Twitter worked out.

While the action was taking place in the Meet Market and sessions, the exhibit hall was being built out for days 2 and 3 of Affiliate Summit East 2010.

In the evening, I headed to ShareASale’s “Under the Stars” Party on the Empire Hotel Rooftop to continue the networking and good times.

Four hours of sleep, one 5-Hour Energy drink and two 20 oz. Diet Dr. Peppers later and it’s on to day 2.

Day 2

Day two of Affiliate Summit East 2010 started off with the keynote address from Frank Luntz, author of one of my favorite books, Words That Work.

I was really looking forward to this talk and it didn’t disappoint with facts, figures, examples, and ideas for molding a message.

After the keynote, Frank Luntz signed copies of his books for an hour.

The exhibit hall also opened on the morning of day two of Affiliate Summit East 2010, and there was a nice flow of affiliate marketers throughout the two floors of the area.

Breakout sessions during the day covered a wide array of topics, including Facebook, Google slaps, legal issues, SEO, social media, and the Android platform.

There were a number of other networking and educational events throughout the day, such as the Affiliate Showcase, Vertical Exchange, and Ask the Experts roundtables.

Day 3

The final day of Affiliate Summit East 2010 started off with the keynote address from Jim Kukral, author of the bestselling book, Attention! This Book Will Make You Money.

Jim gave a really inspirational talk that focused on building a business around a lifestyle.

Jim Kukral signed copies of his books for well over an hour after the keynote.

The second day of the exhibit hall at Affiliate Summit East 2010 had nice crowds on both floors in the morning and afternoon.

Breakout sessions during the day covered a wide array of topics, including paid search strategies, curation, sports marketing, blogging, and marketing to women.

Thank you to all of the folks that came out for Affiliate Summit East 2010 – see you January 9-11, 2011 at the Wynn Las Vegas for Affiliate Summit West 2011.

Shawn is a Co-founder of Affiliate Summit and Co-Editor-in-Chief of FeedFront Magazine.

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