Affiliate Summit East 2013 Recap – By Shawn Collins

by Colleen on November 12, 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013 was the first day of Affiliate Summit East 2013 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.ff24_cover-sm

Registration check-in and set-up for the Meet Market kicked off the day at 8:00 AM.

I gave my First Timers Orientation for Affiliate Summit East 2013 session at 10:00 AM, and I was glad to see a packed crowd of folks eager to learn how to optimize their time at the conference.

This was followed by sixteen breakout sessions throughout the day that covered affiliate programs, blogging, affiliate management, mobile, legal, video, SEO, social media, and more topics.

The Meet Market opened at noon and ran through 6:00 PM with a steady stream of attendees meeting with the table exhibitors.

During the day, exhibitors built out their booths in the exhibit hall for Monday and Tuesday.

The day wrapped up with Emcee Wade Tonkin leading a series of Elevator Pitches, where attendees could get behind the microphone and share what sorts of people they were trying to meet at the conference.

This was followed by the Newcomer Program meetup, and then everybody heading out for their Affiliate Summit evening plans.

It was fun to see so many of the attendees sharing pictures on social media of their cheesesteaks and visits to the Rocky stairs.

Monday, August 19, 2013 was the second day of Affiliate Summit East 2013 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

The day started with a tasty breakfast for VIP and All Access pass holders, followed by some brief announcements from Affiliate Summit East 2013 Emcee, Wade Tonkin.

Then there was an inspiring keynote address from Dr. Randal Pinkett, Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners.

I might be a little biased, but my favorite slide was one where Dr. Pinkett featured pictures of a bunch of different entrepreneurs and talked about how none were individuals – they were all teams. Among the teams featured were Missy Ward and me. 🙂

The exhibit hall opened on day 2 and thousands of affiliate marketers came together for a full day of networking.

In addition to all of the business talk in the exhibit hall, there were also educational sessions throughout the day at Affiliate Summit East 2013.

And we had a Philadelphia themed lunch complete with cheesesteaks, hoagies, soft pretzels, and Tastykakes.

After the education sessions, there were a series of Ask the Experts roundtables, where a number of interactive discussions were led by industry veterans.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 was the third and final day of Affiliate Summit East 2013 at Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

The day started with a tasty attendee breakfast, and I got nice and fueled up on bacon and juice.

This was followed by a power packed keynote from Wil Reynolds on the changes coming from Google and how affiliate marketers should adapt.

The final day of Affiliate Summit East 2013 also featured a series of breakout sessions and lots of networking in the exhibit hall.

The conference closed out with a different sort of keynote from Rae Hoffman – she talked about things her son taught her about life and business.

I will neither confirm nor deny that I got a little teary eyed.

After Affiliate Summit East 2013 wrapped up, we brought speakers and some attendees (there was a chance to get a spot during my First Timers Orientation) from the conference to enjoy dinner, drinks, networking, and general goofy times at the Phillies game.

Thank you to everybody who came out to network, learn and have fun with us – Affiliate Summit East 2013 was the biggest Affiliate Summit ever with over 4,400 attendees!

If you haven’t heard, we’ll be back in NYC for Affiliate Summit East 2014 on August 10-12, 2014 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Shawn is Co-founder of Affiliate Summit and Co-Editor-in-Chief of FeedFront Magazine, and blogs at

This article appeared in issue 24 of FeedFront Magazine, which was published in October 2013. Read issue 24 of FeedFront Magazine.

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