I just got back from ShareASale ThinkTank 2014, which took place October 19-21, 2014 at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge in Charlotte, NC.
ShareASale ThinkTank is the annual conference for ShareASale affiliates, merchants, and vendors.
The first day started with a golf tournament at the Golf Club at Ballantyne, followed by a Scotch, Wine & Cheese get together for the attendees.
I got in late and missed this one, because I was finishing up the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in NYC, but I made it in for the Welcome Reception.
Day two started with some breakfast and a series of breakout sessions, followed by a merchant hotseat and then a networking lunch.
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.
I liked how they incorporated signs this time around to indicate whether a merchant was available to chat.
After the meetings wrapped up, we had some free time to explore Charlotte, and I headed out with a group to try some local BBQ. Verdict: Texas > North Carolina.
Everybody got back together for a Game Night, where we all played industry trivia, pool, ping pong, slot car racing, and more.
This was followed by a piano singalong and more networking into the night. Some of us got so caught up in the fun that we celebrated with a human pyramid.
The final day kicked off with yet another tasty networking breakfast, as well as an entertaining and informative keynote from Missy Ward, Co-Founder of Affiliate Summit.
And then there was the closing ShareASale “Things We Need to Fix” session. This is an open forum, hosted by Brian Littleton, President and CEO of ShareASale, where attendees are able to share their thoughts on improvements and changes.
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 #thinktank14.