Affiliate Summit West 2015 Recap – By Shawn Collins

by Colleen on April 29, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015 was the first day of Affiliate Summit West 2015 at Paris Las Vegas. Registration check-in and set-up for the Meet Market kicked off the day at 8:00 AM.

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I gave my First Timers Orientation for Affiliate Summit West 2015 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.

There was a selection of breath fresheners set up at the orientation, so the first time attendees could make big things happen with the best breath at the conference.

This was followed by twenty breakout sessions throughout the day that covered conversion marketing, email marketing, inbox zero, pay-per-call, social media, WordPress, 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 series of Ask the Experts Roundtables, where experts on various topics held interactive discussions. The agenda finished up with a 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 2015 attendees. I checked out the ShareASale Under The Stars Party at Hyde @ The Bellagio Hotel. It was a great event that was up close to the Bellagio fountains where folks in the industry celebrated the 15th anniversary of ShareASale.

Monday, January 19, 2015 was the second day of Affiliate Summit West 2015 at Paris Las Vegas. The day started with a tasty breakfast for VIP and All Access pass holders.

Then there were fun opening remarks from Emcee Jon Levine and an inspiring keynote from Chad Hymas.

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 West 2015.

And we had a nice spread for lunch that included marinated artichoke salad; Penne pasta with Roma tomato basil sauce; grilled chicken breast with pesto roasted garlic sauce; Sicilian meatballs with Lyonnaise tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper; and a selection of desserts: Biscotti, tiramisu, lemon tart, ricotta tart and espresso tart.

The Refuel, Rendezvous & Refresh Room was very popular throughout Monday. Attendees were able to grab some coffee or tea and take advantage of the tables and WiFi to have meetings, catch up on work, or simply take a break.

Day two of Affiliate Summit West 2015 wound up with the Affiliate Ball, which featured Sean Paul.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 was the third and final day of Affiliate Summit West 2015 at Paris Las Vegas. The day started with a series of educational sessions. This was followed by the 9th annual Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Awards, which recognize exemplary affiliate marketers.

The following were the winners and runners-up for the 2015 Pinnacle Awards:

• Affiliate of the Year: Tricia Meyer (runners-up: Rae Hoffman, VigLink)
• Affiliate Manager of the Year: Joe Sousa (runners-up: Luke Kling, Adam Riemer)
• Exceptional Merchant: Wayfair.com (runners-up: Abe’s Market, Fanatics)
• Affiliate Marketing Advocate: Brian Littleton (runners-up: Bob Glazer, Tricia Meyer)
• OPM/Agency of the Year: Acceleration Partners (runners-up: ebove & beyond, Schaaf-PartnerCentric)
• Tool/Service of the Year: FMTC (runners-up: BrandVerity, Shareist)

After the awards, we got to hear a powerful keynote from Noah Kagan, Founder of AppSumo. During the keynote, Noah Kagan gave out over $3,000 of his speaking fee to the crowd, so they could chat with their new relationships and buy small gifts, based on the interests of their conference friends.

The final day of Affiliate Summit West 2015 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 – there were approximately 6,000 attendees at Affiliate Summit West 2015.

Register now for the early bird prices for Affiliate Summit East 2015, taking place August 2-4, 2015 in NYC.

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

This article appeared in issue 30 of FeedFront Magazine, which was published in April 2015.http://issuu.com/affiliatesummit/docs/feedfront-30

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