Affiliate Summit West 2014 Recap – By Shawn Collins

by Colleen on June 16, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014 was the first day of Affiliate Summit West 2014 at Paris Las Vegas.

Registration check-in and set-up for the Meet Market kicked off the day at 8:00 AM. feedfront-issue-26-cover-small

I gave my First Timers Orientation for Affiliate Summit West 2014 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 SEO, compliance, blogging, Facebook, coupons, international, video, 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 a welcome talk from Emcee Marty Fahncke, followed by a series of elevator pitches where attendees were able to step up on stage to let the crowd know what they’re looking for at the conference.

The agenda finished up with a Lady Blogger meetup, as well as a get together of participants in the Newcomer Program.

There were lots of networking options in the evening for Affiliate Summit West 2014 attendees.

I checked out the ShareASale Under The Stars Super Heroes vs Super Villains Party at the Chateau Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas.

There were lots of entertaining costumes, on both the hero and villain sides. I was on the side of good as Beer Man.

Monday, January 13, 2014 was the second day of Affiliate Summit West 2014 at Paris Las Vegas.

The day started with a tasty breakfast for VIP and All Access pass holders, followed by a series of educational sessions and the opening of the exhibit hall.

Later in the morning, we had brief announcements from Affiliate Summit West 2014 Emcee, Marty Fahncke, followed by a funny and data rich keynote address from Steve Denton, Vice President of Marketing Solutions at eBay Enterprise.

After the keynote, the action returned to the exhibit hall, where thousands of affiliate marketers descended on the booths.

One of the very popular attractions was the Hostamania booth, where Hulk Hogan posed for pictures with conference attendees.

In addition to all of the business talk in the exhibit hall, there were also educational sessions throughout the day at Affiliate Summit West 2014 on topics that included mobile, conversion rate optimization, affiliate management, WordPress, affiliate recruitment, coupons, and Google+.

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

Day two of Affiliate Summit West 2014 wound up with the Affiliate Ball, which featured Flavor Flav, B Real from Cypress Hill, Too $hort, and more. They also gave out AFFY Awards, and Amy Rodriguez and Colleen Makel of Affiliate Summit were recipients.

Thanks to Darren Blatt for pulling together another epic Affiliate Ball.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 was the third and final day of Affiliate Summit West 2014 at Paris Las Vegas.

The day started with a series of educational sessions. This was followed by the 8th annual Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Awards, which recognize exemplary affiliate marketers.

The following were the winners and runners-up for the 2014 Pinnacle Awards:

• Affiliate of the Year: RetailMeNot (runners-up: Rae Hoffman, Eric Nagel)
• Affiliate Manager of the Year: Khushbaht Abdulloev (runners-up: Greg Hoffman, Joe Sousa)
• Exceptional Merchant: (runners-up:, VMInnovations)
• Affiliate Marketing Advocate: Brian Littleton (runners-up: Rae Hoffman, Tricia Meyer)
• OPM/Agency of the Year: Greg Hoffman Consulting (runners-up: Acceleration Partners, All Inclusive Marketing)
• Tool/Service of the Year: BrandVerity (runners-up: For Me To Coupon, Shareist)

After the awards, we got to hear a powerful keynote from Derek Flanzraich, Founder & CEO of Greatist.

The final day of Affiliate Summit West 2014 also featured a series of breakout sessions and lots of networking in the exhibit hall.

The exhibit hall closed out with a pub crawl, which was a fun way for the crowd to get in one last networking party.

Thank you to everybody who came out to network, learn and have fun with us – Affiliate Summit West 2014 was the biggest Affiliate Summit ever with over 5,400 attendees!

Register now for the early bird prices for Affiliate Summit East 2014, taking place August 10-12, 2014 in NYC.

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

This article appeared in issue 26 of FeedFront Magazine, which was published in April 2014.

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