I just got back from ShareASale ThinkTank 2016, which took place May 15-17, 2016 at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile.
ShareASale ThinkTank is the annual conference for ShareASale affiliates, merchants, and vendors.
The first day started with a Cocktail Hour hosted by Affiliate Summit, followed by a Welcome Reception and Opening Keynote.
The opening keynote was from Marissa Levin, leadership columnist at Inc. Magazine, as well as Founder and CEO at Successful Culture and Founder & Chairman at Information Experts.
We were sitting together for dinner, before the keynote, and I was excited to find out that she was a fellow Maryland Terp. And it turned out she lived in a house next to my fraternity house back when we were undergrads. Small world.
Day two started with some breakfast and a series of breakout sessions, followed by roundtables, and then a networking lunch. I led a roundtable on Facebook remarketing, and it was a lot of fun to chat with folks about applying it to their business.
Lunch was followed by a series of Private Affiliate-Merchant Meetings, where dozens of companies got face time with a bunch of current and future affiliates.
Affiliates that came by the Affiliate Summit table also had the added benefit of getting a cool Affiliate Summit t-shirt.
After the meetings wrapped up, we had some free time to explore Chicago, and I headed out with a group to Eddie V’s Prime Seafood.
After dinner, there was the ShareASale Under the Stars party, which was a great time at an awesome spot, like usual.
The party was followed by an after party back at the hotel, where Brian Littleton, Founder and CEO of ShareASale, played piano for an extended singalong with the crowd.
The final day kicked off with yet another tasty networking breakfast, as well as an entertaining and informative keynote from Christen Moynihan, Editorial and Accounts Manager / Unicorn Wrangler at The Broke-Ass Bride.
And then there was the closing ShareASale “Things We Need to Fix” session. This is an open forum, hosted by Brian Littleton, where attendees are able to share their thoughts on improvements and changes.
On the evening of the final day, a bunch of us went to watch Brian tend goal for a playoff win.
I’d like to give a big thanks to Brian Littleton and his team for a top notch event that was filled with productive business, some really useful tips, new friends, and good times.
Check out the Tweets from ThinkTank with hashtag #thinktank16.