Thanks for Your Support for the 2014 NYC Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

I walked 39.3 miles (my RunKeeper app said it was even more) with the Affiliate Marketers Give Back team in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York City this past weekend.

Finish Line at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

I ended up at the #6 overall individual fundraiser with $17,157.92, and our Affiliate Marketers Give Back team raised and donated $40,406.61, which will fund research to find a cure or prevention, as well as programs that enable all patients to access quality care. A key priority is the medically underserved, including low-income, elderly, and minority individuals.

The first day was Saturday, October 18, and we got together before sunrise on the west side of Manhattan.

Opening Ceremonies for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Walking up the West Side

The early start kicked off a marathon walk that was supposed to be 26.2 miles, but the route was mis-marked, so we ended up walking some bonus miles. It was a really neat way to see New York.

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We finished the first day of walking on Randall’s Island, and I was really happy to make it the whole way without any blisters, but I did manage to mess something up in my right knee.

Mile 26

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The second day, Sunday, October 20, started before sunrise with a breakfast in the dark morning. We loaded up on some carbs and protein before setting out for the remaining 13.1 miles.

I hit the medical tent to get my knee wrapped and to gobble some painkillers before we set off. That was a little tough to leg out the final day, but I did manage to escape without a single blister – my strategy of Injinji toe socks, as well as Body Glide and Blister Shield, kept my feet in good shape the whole time.

Unfortunately, the blister goblin was not as kind to Tricia Meyer.

Getting blisters popped

I figured our miles would be longer the first day, because the route was not labeled correctly, but RunKeeper tallied more than 13.1 miles for us on the second day, too. Whatever the total was, it felt like a lot of miles.

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In the late morning of the second day, we hit the finish line, and that was such a satisfying and emotional moment. All of the training and fundraising and everything lead up to that happy moment at the end.

We didn’t get to enjoy it too long, though. We had to race back to the hotel and clean up for a flight to Charlotte, NC to go to ShareASale ThinkTank.

Before we left the finish line, I stepped back over to get a shot of my hat at the finish line. It was a hat my mother-in-law, Maria Sanchez, gave me a few years before breast cancer stole her away. I wore it for the whole walk to keep her with me as I walked in her memory.

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In the end, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in NYC raised $7 million dollars, and I was proud to play a role in that.

Thank you so much to everybody who supported me through donations, positive thoughts, texts, etc. Also, I’d like to give a big thank you to the Affiliate Marketers Give Back team.

It was a lot of fun to spend all that time getting to know the folks on the team better.

And a big thanks to Avon and all of the volunteers who made this all happen. What a giant undertaking, and it ran so well, and they took such great care of us.

What an inspiring, humbling, wonderful, emotional, and transformative weekend.

All money raised by the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is managed by the Avon Foundation for Women, a 501(C)(3) public charity that funds a comprehensive network of programs and services dedicated to serving breast cancer patients and their families through five areas of the breast cancer cause: awareness and education, screening and diagnosis, access to treatment, support services, and scientific research.

Introducing the Speaker Faculty for Affiliate Summit West 2015

The speaker faculty for Affiliate Summit West 2015, taking place January 18-20, 2015 at Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV, has been finalized.

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The keynote speakers will be Chad Hymas, President of Chad Hymas Communications, Inc., and Noah Kagan, Founder of AppSumo.

Jon Levine, Director of eCommerce of All Inclusive Marketing, will be the conference emcee.

And there are over 100 other speakers covering analytics, bloggers, conversions, email, Facebook, FTC, Google, lead generation, legal, mobile, pay per call, productivity, SEO, social media, startups, WordPress, and more on the Affiliate Summit West 2015 agenda.

Check out the list of speakers for Affiliate Summit West 2015.

Why Don’t Affiliate Networks Have App Stores?

I’ve been thinking a lot about a presentation Justin Ball, CTO of AtomicJolt, gave last month at the Performance Marketing Summit in Salt Lake City. His talk was titled “Affiliate Networks: The Next Big Platform“.

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Justin discussed the flourishing ecosystems for developing apps or plugins for WordPress, iOS and Facebook.

These platforms were made stronger by nurturing a community of developers.

So, why can’t or won’t affiliate networks do the same thing? I bet affiliates and merchants would love it.

I purchase plenty of WordPress plugins that help me as an affiliate. It would be great to have more free and premium tools right in the affiliate networks, and it could lighten the pressure on the networks to innovate tools, too.

Don’t Pay More Than You Have to for Affiliate Summit West 2015

The early bird pricing for Affiliate Summit West 2015, taking place January 18-20, 2015 at Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV, will end on October 24, 2014.

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After October 24, 2014, the registration rates for the Networking Pass ($99), Networking Plus Pass ($279), VIP Pass ($879), and All Access Pass ($1,879) are going up.

Starting October 25, 2014, the rates to register for Affiliate Summit will be $249 for a Networking Pass, $549 for a Networking Plus Pass, $1,249 for a VIP Pass, and $2,249 for a All Access Pass.

For a description of the available pass types see registration options for Affiliate Summit West 2015.

The early bird deadline is not flexible for anybody.

Limited Affiliate Summit West 2015 booths are still available (the top sponsorships and Meet Market tables are sold out).

Rooms at Paris Las Vegas are available at an Affiliate Summit group rate starting at $165/night until December 15, 2014 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. After that, the hotel will charge the prevailing rate.

Save the Date for Affiliate Summit East 2015 in NYC

Affiliate Summit East is heading back to New York City on August 2-4, 2015.

Marriott Marquis in Times Square

Affiliate Summit East 2015 is taking place at the New York Marriott Marquis (we read through all of the feedback from this past August, and the Marriott Marquis got tons of praise, so we are returning).

More details to come shortly.

Hotel rooms at the special Affiliate Summit group rate are now available to book at the New York Marriott Marquis.

See the history of Affiliate Summit for the history of the premier affiliate marketing conference.