This Affiliate Summit was off the hook! Great Keynote Sessions and some of the best parties yet! I met some amazing people in the industry. I decided to go to ASW13 a day early that way we can check in to the hotel and get my pass early trust me no lines is a big plus.
Day One: I attended the Coupons Deals & Sales – Oh My! I learned that $750 Billion in coupons are printed & that only 1% are used $6.5 billion which is a pretty decent number if you think about it how many times have you bought a product that has free shipping or a 10% off coupon this tactic works on me especially when buying domain names.
Later on that night I attended ShareASale Under The Stars Party which was hosted at the Chateau Nightclub. Great food and music from the DJ as well as the open bar and free drinks cant beat that for being an affiliate!
Day Two: I attended the keynote Session Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger. He Talked about his life and how it took him 10 years to get the movie deal with David Anspaugh. He mentioned to be positive and do not think goofy thoughts instead listen to them but do allow them to bring you down.
After attending sessions and going to the meet market for some coffee I headed to the Exhibit Hall for some free swag I met up with John Chow,ShoeMoney & Syed Balkhis. Big Thanks to ShoeMoney for signing my book and big shout out to Maxbounty for hooking me up with a Free book!
Later on in the day I headed to the Affiliate Ball I had an amazing night VIP Access Profit Kings Media & EDK Inovations were nice enough to let me hang out at?their?booth Kathryn Ekman and I had a great time drinking?Champagne?cant beat bottle?service!
Well I'm off and on the road to Las Vegas to attend Affiliate Summit West 2013. I look forward to making new friends and networking with some awesome networks and affiliates. If you need info on parties going on during affiliate summit head over to site I just recently created www.aswparties.com
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If you want?to be a successful affiliate marketer, you need to build up a good mailing?list. If you don?t have an email list, then you are throwing away money.? A mailing list offers you an easy way to stay?in touch with interested customers and potential customers, keeping them?informed about your products and increasing the chances of them coming back to?your site to make a purchase.
If you don?t?have a list, it?s much harder to bring visitors back to your site, and you will?be forced to rely on other (potentially expensive) forms of marketing just to?keep your traffic at its current level, let alone bring in new visitors.? Fortunately, modern list management tools?make it easy to stay in touch with your customers.
The Basics of List Building
To build your?mailing list, all you need is a good autoresponder service. Popular third party?services include Fluttermail, GetResponse and Aweber.? If you have the technical skills to run your?own list, you could try Infinite Responder, an open source mailing application that has a lot of useful features including scheduled mailing, newsletter style?mail bursts, and easy to configure bounce handling.
Once you?ve?decided what you want to use to send your email messages, you need to get?people to sign up to your list.? If you?simply add an opt-in form to your website, you might get a couple of signups,?but it will take a long time for your list to get big enough for you to?effectively monetize it.? Consider?running a competition, or offering a free ebook download as an incentive to get?people to join your list.
The Importance of Opt-In
It is vital that you require people to opt in to your list.?Do not add people to your list without obtaining their consent first of all.? Sending unsolicited emails is against the law in many parts of the world, and even in areas where the law?permits the sending of unsolicited emails, you could be breaching the terms of?service of your hosting agreement.? Do you really want to risk losing your domain name and hosting because you wanted?to cheat and make your mailing list subscriber figures look better?
By using an opt-in mailing list, and making it easy for people to opt out or suspend their?subscription if they are going on holiday for a while, you keep your customers?happy, and promote your business as an honest and reputable one.
What to Do With Your List
Once you have a list, you need to make it work for you.?Send out regular emails (but don?t overload people?s inboxes by sending multiple mails per day!), with useful tips, interesting articles, and perhaps?even the occasional freebie or money off voucher.
Don?t make every email a sales pitch.? Give out free?information, and make at least half of your emails entertaining or informative.? When you want to promote a product, start by adding some gentle pre-sells to your regular newsletter, and then send out a hard sell email. The pre-sells should have got your subscribers thinking about your product, and they?ll be more receptive to your final sales pitch.
Be consistent with your newsletter. If you think you?ll struggle to write a newsletter every?week, spend a day or two preparing a large batch of emails, and schedule them?so that you don?t have to worry about doing any more writing for a few months.
Once you have a good list of subscribers prepared, you?ll wonder how your site survived in?your pre-list days!?
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CES is just?around the corner, and SXSW 2013 is due not long after that, as well as Affiliate Summit West so now is a good time to start planning next year?s conferences. Here are a few tips to help you?stay fit and healthy, have a good time, and get your money?s worth out of the?tech conferences you attend.
Try to keep?the amount of stuff you take with you on conference trips to a minimum.? If you can avoid checking bags for conferences that require flying to get to, then that will save you a lot of?time.
Try to limit?your packing to the gadgets you actually need.?Do you really need to take your laptop or will a tablet PC do the job?
Will you actually use your video camera? Is a Dictaphone necessary or can you?record conference sessions on your mobile? The less you have to carry, the?better.
2. Dress?for a Long Day on Your Feet
Looking smart?is important, but you don?t have to sacrifice comfort.? At most conferences, you would look out of?place if you dressed like you were heading to a wedding. A smart pair of?trousers, a clean shirt, and a pair of dark coloured, smart but comfortable?shoes is all you really need.
Be sure to?break in the shoes you take well before the conference ? especially for events?such as CES, which have several halls full of exhibits to explore.
3. Take?Hi and Low Tech Equipment
Even though?you?re going to a tech conference, you will inevitably end up needing to use an?old fashioned pen for something.? That something may be filling out entry forms for a competition, taking notes when?your tablet PC?s battery lets you down, or scrawling a reminder on the back of?a business card.
4. Use?the Networking Opportunities
While it?s?tempting to fill your entire day with conference sessions, that?s probably not?the best use of your time. It is a good idea to go to the keynotes, and the?conference sessions that are especially interesting to you, so that you can ask?questions and meet the speaker. If a session doesn?t particularly appeal to?you, don?t go just to fill up the day.There?s a good chance that the slides for the session will be available?online, so leave that session and spend that time exploring the booths or?meeting people.
Build in some?time in your schedule to have a drink, eat, visit the bathroom, or just chill?out and read through the conference booklet. Remember that a lot of conference?sessions over-run, people are late for meetings, and trade shows are generally?chaotic.? If you try to fill your day with?back to back sessions, meetings and appointments, things will go wrong.
6. Look?after Your Health
The?post-conference flu is not something you want to come down with.? One look at any tech conference hashtag will?tell you how prevalent colds, flus and stomach bugs are. Some basic precautions?such as eating healthy, taking a multi-vitamin, and washing your hands?frequently will help to stave off bugs.?Carrying some painkillers in your conference bag will make you popular on the last day, too!
7. Do?Your Homework
Before the?conference, make a list of sessions you want to go to, people you want to meet,?and stands you want to visit. On the opening morning of the conference, arrive?early and spend a few minutes checking the calendar for schedule changes sothat you can finalize your plans for the rest of the week.
8. Charge?Your Mobile
If you plan?on Tweeting from the conference, charge your mobile in your hotel room every?night, and bring the charger with you so that you can top-up from power outlets?at the venue.? You may want to consider?bringing a spare battery or a portable charger just in case.? Even if your phone lasts for several days?during normal use at home, there?s a good chance the extra use it will get at?the conference will drain the battery.
9. Book Early
If you know?what conferences you want to go to next year, book the flights and hotels well?in advance.? If you leave booking until?the last minute, you could end up having to stay well out of town, and you?ll?pay far more for your flights. Booking early will let you take advantage of?cheaper prices, and a far better selection of hotels.
When you get?home, sort through the stack of business cards that you collected, and send?emails to everyone that you spoke to.? If?you use LinkedIN or any similar services, send them a connection invitation.?It?s always a good idea to stay in touch with contacts that you make through?networking at conferences. Even a casual connection can? be valuable later in your career.?