Affiliate Summit East is almost here, and I’m so, so sad I won’t be attending this year (thanks, #babything). ASE is one of my favorite conferences, and I dare say I enjoy it more than Affiliate Summit West — ASW is like a party, ASE is a bit more business-focused, in my opinion. My very first speaking gig was at ASE ’14, and my first solo session was at ASE ’15. I also love New York, and the energy of the city really helps the vibe of the conference.
You’ve had your 1:1 meetings. You lost your voice from all the networking. You’re tired, maybe a little hungover and full of ideas. You’ve got a stack of business cards to sort through, a list of merchants you met with and tons of new blogger friends. You learned about a few new aspects to working with ShareASale, like reports you didn’t know existed or ways to optimize your blog for better monetization.
ThinkTank has played a huge role in my affiliate marketing life — the Denver show in 2013 was my inaugural event, and it’s where I met the people who have been integral to my success in the industry. (More about that here.) That first ThinkTank was also my very first foray into any conference having to do with affiliate marketing … and look at what I’ve done in the time since! I’ve spoken at four Affiliate Summits and will be speaking at Performance Marketing Summit the day ThinkTank kicks off. Not too shabby, eh?
It’s nary a secret that ShareASale is my favorite network among the affiliate networks out there. The tools are a blogger’s dream — from the deep-linking Product Discovery bookmarklet to the widget-y Product Showcase to the consultant’s idyllic two-tier and referral links — and the interface and reporting are super idiot-proof. Not to mention the SAS team is uber responsive with pretty much any question I have — and those tend to be many.