There are some entertaining videos going around that chronicle the after hours networking at the recent Affiliate Summit in Orlando.
The late night hijinks and jams led to the suggestion by somebody to launch a site, Affiliates Gone Wild. Before the end of the conference, Debbie (Loxly) Carney, Affiliate Manager at CafePress, had secured the .com and the site is now home to some footage.
It’s nice to see the camaraderie in the videos – affiliates, merchants, networks and vendors that compete with one another can get together over songs.
To me, these are the best pictures of what this space is all about… relationships.
There was talk at Affiliate Summit about having a jam at the next show (January 21-23, 2007 at Bally’s Las Vegas), and that sounds really good to me. We’re investigating it right now.
Wrapping up a conference day with a networking concert from an affiliate marketing super group sounds great to me.
When I was reading the feedback from Affiliate Summit this morning, there were some attendees who remarked that people in the industry who attended the show and industry itself is not professional enough.
Well, the reality is that many of the biggest performers work out of their house. Not by necessity, but by choice. They actively eschew conventional corporate culture (myself included).
It’s a diverse space packed with unconventional free spirits, and that’s why so many find it to be endearing.
In her conference wrap-up in the Revenue Magazine blog, Lisa Picarille remarked that “ninety-eight percent of the people I polled about their jobs said they were meant to be online marketers and couldn’t imagine doing anything else or having a better jobs.”
Now isn’t that what it’s all about?