Affiliate Summit East 2014 Recap – By Shawn Collins

by Colleen on October 13, 2014

Sunday, August 10-12, 2014 was the first day of Affiliate Summit East 2014.

Registration check-in and set-up for the Meet Market kicked off the day at 8:00 AM.feedfront-28-cover-small

I gave my First Timers Orientation for Affiliate Summit East 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 blogging, content, Facebook, gamification, links, monetization, SEO, WordPress, YouTube, 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 Rachel Honoway, 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.

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

I checked out the ShareASale Under The Stars Party at the Broadway Lounge in the New York Marriott Marquis. Missy Ward and I were humbled and honored by a philanthropy award during the party.

Monday, August 11, 2014 was the second day of the conference.

The day started with a tasty breakfast for VIP and All Access pass holders.

Then there was an inspiring keynote interview between Emcee Rachel Honoway and Rich “Big Daddy” Salgado.

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 2014.

And we had a nice spread for lunch that included broken lasagna, rosemary marinated chicken breast, red quinoa with pickled onion, and sauteed broccolini with cherry tomatoes.

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 East 2014 wound up with the Affiliate Ball, which featured Juicy J and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 was the third and final day of Affiliate Summit East 2014.

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

Shortly after, there was a fun and informative keynote from Julie Gurner, which was illustrated live by The Draw Shop.

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

The exhibit hall wrapped up with a Pub Crawl for some cocktails and last visits to the exhibiting companies.

After Affiliate Summit East 2014 wrapped up, we brought speakers from the conference to enjoy a wine tasting cruise around Manhattan.

Thank you to everybody who came out to network, learn and have fun with us – Affiliate Summit East 2014 was the biggest Affiliate Summit East ever with over 4,400 attendees!

Register now for the early bird prices for Affiliate Summit West 2015, taking place January 18-20, 2015 in Las Vegas.

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

This article appeared in issue 28 of FeedFront Magazine, which was published in October 2014.

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