During Affiliate Summit West 2012, I’ve had the honor of being invited to Ian Fernando’s dinner. For those of you who don’t know about Ian’s dinner, it’s a private invite-only dinner where only 25-30 extremely successful people are invited.
Before going to the dinner, I was invited by Adsimilis to join the StackThatMoney / Adsimilis / Affbuzz meetup in the “Hangover Suite” in Caesar’s Palace. To be honest, the suite didn’t look anything like the suite in the movie so I suspect someone made it up. Damn marketers, always over-hyping things.
The place was totally crowded! There was plenty to drink, a beer pong tournament, a DJ… It was pretty awesome. As I already mentionned in my previous post about Adsimilis dinner and Party, a packed place is really not my preferred environment since I am quite a shy/nerdy type of guy, and I’m absolutely not into the “pack” mentality. This warm-up was interesting even though I didn’t stay very long.
I then walked to BOA Steakhouse to join Ian Fernando and all his invitees for dinner. It was a little intimidating to get invited to such a dinner and to get asociated with such a bunch of successful persons, especially as it was my very first time attending Affiliate Summit, and I have the feeling that my business is still extremely small compared to most of these guys’.
The people invited to this event have a wide variety of background, from SEO’s, mailers, media buyers to PPC and PPV specialists… There was also the AdHustler guy (check his blog if you don’t know him: plenty of value there). Just thinking at how much these people are moving on a monthly basis makes my head spin.
To be 100% honest, since this was my first live event and I’m obviously lacking some serious skills in the networking game, I’ve probably not taken away as much as I could have from this dinner. But it was still a great opportunity to learn and meet some people who are having big success in our industry, and I took away a couple ideas that I’ll try to implement in my business after adding my own twist to them.
I’d like to publicly thank Ian Fernando for giving me such an opportunity, as well as Kris Trujillo and all the guys from Xrev Media for sponsoring the dinner. You guys rock!