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Affiliate Summit Discount Code and Survival Tips

If you’re headed to the Affiliate Summit West 2010 (in Las Vegas)  for the first time (or even if it’s your 3rd or 4th time), you might want to take note of the following tips to get the most out of the experience.

Note: If you haven’t registered yet, be sure to get your Affiliate Summit passes now and use the code “ASW10WEE” (good for 10% off any type of conference registration). Affiliate Summit co-founder Shawn Collins just told me over instant messenger that summit registrations will close in the next 24 hours (or less).

Tip #1: Get your summit pass, book your hotel, confirm your travel arrangements if you haven’t yet. Official room rates are $169/night at the conference venue, the Rio, so you might want to get rooms at the Wynn or the Encore at that price point or marginally higher.

Remember the event is from the 17th to 19th, that’s next week, so don’t make plans during that time.

Tip #2: Confirm your meetings, parties and one-on-one meetings ahead of time. I’ve been sending out emails, twitter direct messages, IMs to set up calls, confirm dinners and parties. There’s likely 2-3 great things happening during the same time slot every day, so you’ll need to prioritize.

Also if you’re planning to meet someone – your affiliate manager, a fellow affiliate or a potential business partner – be sure to get their cell, arrange a breakfast or lunch meetup. Although the event isn’t the largest, having a couple of thousand people at the same venue means you might go 3 days without bumping into them.

Tip #3: Get in early. Las Vegas’ McCurran Airport is notorious for delayed flights due to turbulence, and I’ve spent 1+ hour circling over the airport and missed the entire Meet Market one year. If possible, fly in on the 16th (Saturday), and relax before the event proper, that way you’ll be fresh instead of doing a Keanu Reeves-style Speed rush to get to the conference venue.

Tip #4: Sleep is a rare commodity. Expect to get little sleep during the conference, especially if you’re like some of the party-deprived affiliates out there. It’s not unusual to crash at 3am, then start your day at 10am (you could sleep through, but what’s the point?). That means you should avoid working all night on your Valentine’s/tax campaigns and have a good night’s sleep before the conference.

Tip #5: Stay the course: Although it’s a 3-day conference, the event picks up momentum around the evening of day 2 (Monday). If you’re not staying through till Tuesday evening (or staying over till Wednesday morning), you might be missing out on a lot of fun. Watch for fellow bleary-eyed affiliates at McCurran on Wednesday morning.

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Although it is quite a pain to fly 20 hours each way from my home in Singapore, it’s worth making the once a year journey. Will you be there?

12 comments on Affiliate Summit Discount Code and Survival Tips

  1. Sakana
    January 5, 2010 at 7:38 am (3920 days ago)

    Dude…where have you been?

  2. Carl
    January 5, 2010 at 7:54 am (3920 days ago)

    Great article, Andrew. Thanks for the useful info!

  3. Bryn Youngblut
    January 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm (3920 days ago)

    Haha oh man I love how you said crash at 3am, remember this is vegas. I think 3am is usually when I head to the next party…last year at asw I went to bed at 7am at the earliest and was awake at 9am every day. I got sick for a week when I got home but it was so worth it.

  4. Andrew Wee
    January 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm (3919 days ago)

    Hey dude, you’re young.
    I know guys who go the 2-3 days on a couple of hours or no sleep.
    That’s one way to collapse on the trip back…

    I’ll seeya soon!

  5. Bryn Youngblut
    January 6, 2010 at 3:51 am (3919 days ago)

    haha yeah I know

  6. John Jensen
    January 8, 2010 at 2:49 am (3917 days ago)

    I need to meet marketers, what is the best way to find them???

  7. John Jensen
    January 8, 2010 at 3:05 am (3917 days ago)

    HELP, it is sold out, i need a tix, any one have an extra????

  8. linuxchica
    January 11, 2010 at 11:08 am (3914 days ago)

    @John Jensen Ck ebay or keep checking back to site

  9. Stan Hunting
    January 12, 2010 at 11:22 pm (3912 days ago)

    I’m also in need of tix for the exhibit hall only – any suggestions other than ebay? Any networks out there with spares still available?

  10. Gail Gardner
    December 10, 2010 at 6:06 am (3581 days ago)

    Hi Andrew,

    Yours is the only discount code I’ve seen for any type of conference registration for Affiliate Summit. Do you have any objection to my mentioning it in posts on blogs and linking to this page for your tips?

    Influence People has a Social Media Marketing event scheduled in Las Vegas for the next day. Any chance you would consider staying over for it? Details in the link to this comment.

    I have another tip for travelers. I know that staying at the venue has a ton of benefits, but if they can’t get in there or just want to do something different I always do a search on local.yahoo.com for bed and breakfasts and sort them by reviews. I’ve saved money and stayed in unique rooms doing that and friends might be able to stay at the same place if they look early.

    One tip about using the search engines B&Bs commonly use is that if you use a range of dates they may show sold out but if you search on individual days you can often get in provided you’re willing to change rooms. I love doing in themed B&Bs because then I get to experience more than one of their unique rooms.

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