Affiliate Summit East 2013 Day 1 Observations – Homeless Zombie Addition #ASE13

Posted by Ad Hustler | Posted in Ad Networks, Affiliate Marketing, Big Pimpin', Doing Business | Posted on 19-08-2013

If you’ve been reading my ramblings for a while you know how I cover conferences.  There are no long well written posts here.  I prefer to just post my thoughts and observations….granted, my thoughts can be kind of weird.

  • Philadelphia is filled with homeless zombie types wandering all over the place.  More people have asked me for 33 cents then have tried to give me a business card so far.
  • The bigger/more expensive the watch, the smaller the penis (and likely the sooner that persons company is going out of business)
  • A lot of people at Affiliate Summit don’t do affiliate marketing anymore, which there’s nothing wrong with.  A lot of people seem to have moved to more stable areas of internet marketing.
  • There seems to be a marked comeback of nutraceuticals which as just as uncompliant at Acai so expect another crackdown sooner than later.
  • Fake it till you make it is alive and kicking. I was talking to some insiders about affiliate networks.  Some of the affiliate networks you think are doing well, aren’t.  I learned yesterday that one network that you would think kills it every month is doing about $250,000 revenue per month and making about $30,000 and then still having to pay about 8 employees.  I say it all the time but KNOW WHO YOU’RE WORKING WITH & make sure you aren’t extending too much credit to these networks.
  • The parties sucked pretty bad last night exept for Badger Ball which was pretty cool.  If you want a badass party check out Affiliate Ball tonight!
  • I feel bad for newbie affiliates who are trying to make it and live the dream.  It’s going to be a long, hard, ugly road.

That’s all for now.  Talk to ya’ll tommorow.  If you see me today, say hello!

Never Trust Your Clients

Posted by Ad Hustler | Posted in Doing Business, Local Online Advertising | Posted on 07-08-2013

Seriously….whatever they say, just ignore.  Formulate your own data and make decisions based on YOUR data.  I have clients tell me left and right that no one reads the fine print.  They just look at the big number and decide if they are interested or not.  Not true my friends.  Eye tracking technology says differently.

Fine Print

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Last Chance To Sponsor Affiliate Ball East 2013

Posted by Ad Hustler | Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Doing Business | Posted on 27-07-2013

Hot Off The Presses: 

The Affiliate Ball maintains a consistent, high standard when it comes to throwing private industry parties during the Affiliate Summit. This party is no exception!  The Affiliate Ball has secured legendary superstar, Busta Rhymes to perform this Summer’s ASE!.

The Affiliate Ball is an experience that connects business with pleasure.  Keeping this in mind, there will be no VIP area for this special show,  however there will be a VIP hour from 9:00 pm until 10:00 pm on August 19th at the Whisper Club with regular doors opening at 10:00 pm.

AdSupply will be sponsoring this VIP networking hour and will be serving the BEST Philly Cheese-Steaks in town, fresh from Tony Lukes (featured recently on the TV show “Man vs Food”). Be sure to ask the sponsors of this party for this special networking pass, which will have about 500 of our industry’s best affiliates and publishers looking to prospect serious business deals. The Affiliate Ball wants to give you a chance for these VIP hour passes by liking them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Affiliate-Ball/163962430316518 , 20 “lucky likers” will be awarded a pass.

The AFFY Awards will also be back saluting a few industry veteran’s for their outstanding internet achievement. This party is all about turning the spotlight back on the real superstars of our industry.

You can RSVP at http://affiliateball.com/rsvp.html. Passes will be emailed a week before the show or you can stop by the “Affiliate Ball Meet Market” booth to pick them up in person.

The main sponsors of this mega party are SocietyInvite and OasisAds with AdSupply as a Gold level sponsor. Other sponsors include SellHealth, CallPixels and TrustedRevenue.

Only a few sponsorship’s and reserved tables remain. All sponsorship’s include lot’s of VIP hour passes and huge exposure. If you or your company are interested in securing a sponsorship please contact Darren Blatt at info@affiliateball.com or visit http://affiliateball.com today for more information.

Busta Rhymes Performing At Affiliate Ball East 2013

Posted by Ad Hustler | Posted in Big Pimpin', Doing Business | Posted on 05-06-2013

Affiliate Summit East 2013 is fast approaching and an Affiliate Summit always means that my boy Darren from Affiliate Ball is going to put on one hell of a party.  If you’ve never been to an Affiliate Ball before think of it like an industry party mixed with a concert and a guaranteed awesome time.  The contracts were just signed so I can officially account that BUSTA RHYMES will be the headliner for Affiliate Ball taking place in the city of brotherly love; Philadelphia, PA.

I’m psyched for this because I love his new song #TWERKIT

Here’s the official Press Release

Busta Rhymes to perform at the Affiliate Ball!

The most anticipated Affiliate Party of the year is back, The Affiliate Ball! Party Promoter Darren Blatt is happy to announce that 11 time Grammy nominated, hip hop artist, Busta Rhymes will be the headliner. Fresh off his recent signing with Cash Money Records, and smash hit –” Look At Me Now” Busta Rhymes is excited to be sharing his classic hits, as well as his new club bangers with all the attendees of this year’s Affiliate Summit!

As always, The Affiliate Ball plans on having many special surprise guests, as well as they will be presenting more “AFFY Awards”.

The AFFY Awards are presented to a handful of affiliate industry peers in recognition for their outstanding internet achievement. Last year’s Affiliate Ball had Ice-T & Coco hosting these fun awards. This year’s venue has the capacity for invited 1000 guests, which makes this it’s smallest venue yet . If you will be attending this year’s Affiliate Summit then you definitely want to RSVP as soon as possible to secure your ticket into this star studded party.

Past artists of the Affiliate Ball include: Nelly, Big Boi of Outkast, Three 6 Mafia, Doug E Fresh, MixMaster Mike of the Beastie Boys, Ice-T and Coco, Sugar Hill Gang, Kurtis Blow, Coolio and many more.

For current sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@affiliateball.com

The Affiliate Ball is the largest party in the online marketing community, and also an official party of the Affiliate Summit.

Headlining sponsors are SocietyInvite.com and OasisAds.com. For more information please visit their official website AffiliateBall

Pandora Prediction

Posted by Ad Hustler | Posted in Doing Business | Posted on 13-05-2013

I’ve been a big advocate of our clients running on Pandora and I actually like them  as a company but I have a new Ad Hustler prediction.  By Q4 2013 or Q1 2014 we will see a huge decrease in subscribers to Pandora’s user base.  They of course will downplay it but the bottom line is that Pandora is not positioned for a long term play in this space.  People are tiring of the Pandora algorithm, saying it’s gettin repetitive and complaining about the ads.  Unfortunately they’ve taken a very TRADITIONAL approach to advertising with obtrusive and interruption ads and that along with STIFF competition will be their undoing.  I think Spotify is well positioned for the iTunes like play for people who love choosing exactly what artists they listev to and Songza is going to dominate the music discovery market.

What are your streaming music predictions?

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