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    Quote Originally Posted by alexpratt View Post
    We even video a number of the sessions from the conference online now http://www.igbaffiliate.com/content/video so you can learn without attending
    And I personally want to thank your team Alex, I got a ton out of attending Barcelona in '08 and had planned on attending one conference per year but was unable to make it last year due to medical issues, these videos that you posted up were a ton of help and I really took something away from watching them. I hope that it will continue in the future events. Even if I attend the show(s), seeing these again can help even if I made it to the presentation.
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    From a personal point of view my take on the whole thing is this:

    Alex runs conferences and as such, his aim is to have as many programs taking stands as possible. He does not run an affiliates protection organisation of any kind so should not have to pick and choose who he lets stand on the basis of their good standing in the industry. If this was the case, what would the criteria be? Only programs that are not rogued by anyone? and also that are legal in the country of the conference? Impossible to manage.

    Conferences are as much a social event for all that go as they are anything else. I guess as many turn up for the free booze, parties and to meet up with old friends.

    I feel that there is a good balance at these conferences tbh!

    1. For the new affiliates green behind the ears there is most of the protection organisations there offering their services just like there is the rogue programs, therefore although they may meet with programs that many of us may never deal with, they may also meet with organisations that will tell them who they can expect to be safe with and who they may consider not so safe to work with.

    Plus the fact, how many affiliates that go to a conference is there that do not know of places like GPWA APCA AGD etc etc? How would they find out about the conference in the first place?

    Then of course there is also the case that if an affiliate does not take due diligence for their business, then they are not very good business people and are pretty much doomed to fail anyway. In our business just like any other, failing to become part of industry associations is tantamount to commercial suicide.

    2. For the seasoned affiliate there is the chance to have fun whilst having your moan face to face, strike a deal with a program maybe, meet up with other business people and exchange notes. If you really feel strongly about a program you could always stand there and tell people what you feel as they approach - not recommended as you may get more than you bargained for!

    3. The protection organisations can stand or even just attend giving them the chance to try to sort issues out and also make affiliates aware of both themselves and any issues in the industry.

    4. Then of course there is all the info that can be gained from all the talks, seminars and more.
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    these videos that you posted up were a ton of help and I really took something away from watching them. I hope that it will continue in the future events. Even if I attend the show(s), seeing these again can help even if I made it to the presentation
    I was just going to mention the videos they are a great tool and my business partner watches them all from each trip I take because she is terrified to fly so she does not attend the conferences. Other then that Alex summed up all the reasons on why affiliates should attend it is very true that your business success will be all the more better once you have made it to one of the conferences.

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    One of my friends is a very successful affiliate ,I met him at a SEO conference in 2005 and back then neither of us admitted to our 'gambling affiliate business'.He said he was in Software and my story was AudioBooks.
    In 2007 he asked me to help him with a problem he had -his problem was collecting $xxx,xxx in commission from a casino program for him via my Business in Canada so that he could come here to buy a property for CASH.He has never attended a Gambling conference to this day.

    My first conference I ever went to -I skipped it and had a meeting in the Airport with one of my aff managers who told me what a great time he had. I have sent Gina to conferences and it has been mostly social for her.
    The best trip I ever took for business was in 2008 when my husband and i went to Malta to meet some casino managers there ,then we went to Spain /Gibraltar then to UK.It is far better to have one on one time with your affiliate managers when neither of you feel presured for time.

    June 2009 we flew to London ,spent the day with Jonathan and Martyn and really just hung out getting to know eachother.Our business with them has increased tenfold since meeting them ,mainly because when you meet your manager in Person and you like eachother it is like building something great with a friend.I have the same deal with them now as I always had so don't think by meeting your managers they will give you 90% commission and many freeies.The benefit you get from in person meetings is you can give eachother a understanding of the other persons strong areas and how you can compliment eachother to build a successful partnership,at least that is how i look at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chips View Post
    And I personally want to thank your team Alex, I got a ton out of attending Barcelona in '08 and had planned on attending one conference per year but was unable to make it last year due to medical issues, these videos that you posted up were a ton of help and I really took something away from watching them. I hope that it will continue in the future events. Even if I attend the show(s), seeing these again can help even if I made it to the presentation.

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    Would be great if there was a table there dedicated to the information accumulated over the past year regarding these rogue type affiliate programs. A table where the fresh blood could actually look into programs before signing up with them. So cold hard facts how these programs run would probably steer new affiliates away from them. Maybe a J Todd video booth or something like that. It sounds to me that money seems to be worth more than the truth here.

    A rogue affiliate operator with rogue affiliate programs all in the same room just proves my point. I hope next year there is something a little more privatized than this big CAP event. You don't have to support a rogue in order to do business.
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    I have just decided to attend and would be happy to meet anybody for a chat and see what business we can do together..

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