The time has come again for the affiliate marketing industry to meet in Sin City. My old friends Missy and Shawn have moved their leading event to the glamorous and elegant Wynn as their previous space had no more room. As Shawn pointed out to me yesterday, while much of the industry is contracting, Affiliate Summit keeps on growing and growing. Next week everyone from affiliate marketers , agencies, networks to wannabe “guru” experts will congregate for a few days to talk about the industry, provide advice and get really drunk while wearing ugly sweater vests.
Many of you will have your first Affiliate Summit in Vegas, while others are old veterans of the seedier parts of the Strip. Still, here is my guide to what to do while in Vegas and what events to actually go to.
Sunday January 9th @ Spearmint Rhino.
Pro: Party with the Ads4Dough crew and many of the top cutting edge affiliates at one of the most famous Vegas strip clubs. Ads4Dough has made a name for itself as a simple, easy to use network with great customer service and good payouts.
Cons: Since the economy crumbled in Vegas, all the hot girls have left Spearmint Rhino. Expect acne ridden 38 year old women with alcohol fueled cellulite legs who will bother you with the pickup line “my name is olga, wanna dance?”
ShareASale Party (Pick up an invitation at the Meet Market on Sunday @ the ShareASale Table.)
Sunday January 9th @ Tryst Nightclub
Pro: Won’t have Wickedfire members looking for a circle-jerk.
Cons: Won’t have Wickedfire members.
5th Annual Kick-Off Party
Sunday January 9th @ Wynn
Pro: This get-together from Kevin De Vincenzi of XY7 is always a great place to meet new people in a quieter setting. Kevin’s a great guy with an interesting way of doing business.
Cons: You have to listen to Kevin’s constant impersonation of Robert De Niro from the movie Casino.
Clickbooth’s Blackcard Party
Monday January 10th @ Location TBD
Pro: Party with Adrant’s Steve Hall and his gaggle of girls that follow him everywhere.
Cons: This “private” party still doesn’t have a location from what I’m told and Clickbooth CEO John Lemp has promised a strip tease.
The Affiliate Ball
Monday January 10th @ Rio’s Crown Theater
Pro: Since its sponsored by Blu Cigs, you’ll get to smoke on fake cigarettes all night with the crew of a variety of good networks like Peerfly, ProfitKingsMedia, OJQ, Clickbank, Underground Elephant & Neverblue. This party is being thrown by Darren Blatt famous for his ghetto pimp n’ hoe “Players Ball”
Cons: You’ll have to go through a metal detector to enter, frisked and perhaps be Chad French’s bitch for the night.
AffiliateSummit TipOff Party
Monday January 10th @ Palms
Pro: Party with the Gleichenhaus brothers of Doubleplay Media as they entertain you. Don’t worry, there is an open bar all night for anyone who comes.
Cons: Something to do with playing with balls that I don’t quite understand.
Sushi Samba @ The Venetian
Pro: Perhaps one of the best sushi places in the Las Vegas, it is a recommended place to take any client, friend or date.
Cons: The girls at the bar who express interest in you, are not really that interested unless you want to spend $800/hour for them to be interested.
JoelRobuchon@ MGM Grant
Pro: Bar none, one of the top restaurants in Las Vegas. Features an amazing menu with an even better wine list. If you are looking for a place to take that “could be sexy if she lost 30 lbs” chubby affiliate manager that you’ve always wanted to hook up with, here’s the place.
Cons: Expect to pay about twice the value for the wine, plus deal with a really snooty waiter who might not appreciate your Nebraska accent.
N9 SteakHouse @ the Palms
Pro: One of the few steakhouses in Las Vegas that actually gets it right. While I lived in Las Vegas, I went there frequently.
Cons: Expect to have to listen to some 50 year old sugar daddy seated in the booth next to you explain to his paid date why she shouldn’t be ordering her steak “well done.”
Rick’s Las Vegas
PRO: Rick’s has taken over the stripclub scene in Las Vegas and has become the premiere gentleman’s club. This is partially because Howard Stern now frequents the one in New York now, but also because Rick’s has turned stripclubs from an underground business into a publically traded company.
CONS: Expect to spend some significant money to get a private area.
Email Wylie@ricks.com for a free limo ride. Tell them Pace sent you.
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Booth #413 @ Affiliate Summit