Affiliate Events: NAMS vs Affiliate Summit

@Kimmoy asks: What's your opinion of NAMS vs Affiliate Summit?

As you know, I am involved with NAMS, which is the Niche Affiliate Marketing workshop hosted by David Perdew in Atlanta twice a year. The 3rd NAMS workshop takes place in January and I'll be presenting again.

Not only is this one of the very few events where I've ever presented, it's also one of my absolute favorite to attend. A good number of my Elite Members also attend, so it's a great opportunity for us to hang out and work together in person for a change. As tight an online community as we are, meeting up in person really takes our group to a whole new level.

I'll state the obvious and say that I am biased when it comes to the NAMS workshop, but do my best to answer your question in detail because there are definitely reasons to consider both of these events...

NAMS is probably one of the most hands-on, social industry events that I've personally attended. Seats are limited as there is a lot of hands-on work and open Q&A throughout the weekend. A session usually includes a how-to presentation, followed by a timed workshop to implement what is learned in that session.

At the last NAMS event, there were people who made their very first affiliate sales right there at the event. Those who didn't have domains and hosting accounts yet were personally assisted in getting them set up right there on the spot.

We don't just teach, we demonstrate and then help everyone implement.

There's also the social networking aspect of NAMS that makes it stand apart from other industry events. All of the experts, speakers and presenters are available throughout the weekend. They are all very approachable, there to help and answer questions. The entire group, speakers and attendees alike, hang out after hours together for meals and conversation as well.

These 2 videos really say it all...

NAMS is always a great time, a small intimate group usually under 200 people total, a terrific (positive) atmosphere and tons of learning & networking.

I'm not sure if there are actually any seats left for the upcoming workshop in January 2010 but you can check at the event website:

http://www.nicheaffiliatemarketingsystems.com

If there are still seats remaining, you can use this coupon code to get $100 off your ticket: 100NAMS3

There's also a pre-event online series of webinars you can attend, even if you can't make it to the live event, so keep an eye on that site for those details as well.

The next Affiliate Summit event is Affiliate Summit West 2010, scheduled for January 17-19 in Las Vegas. This event is also hosted twice a year, and has been since 2003, with one on the East coast and one on the West each year.

I have not tested this coupon code for Affiliate Summit, but it is supposed to be good for 10% off registration: ASW10WEE. You can also do a search on Google for Affiliate Summit Coupon Codes - or ask around on Twitter.

I have never attended an Affiliate Summit event, but it has been on the top of my must-attend list for a couple of years now. I'm hoping to make their East coast event in 2010 - then I can give you a personal opinion.

They provide educational sessions by well known affiliate marketing experts, and also have a large number of affiliate merchants and vendors in attendance. This is one of the best events to attend if you want to network and schmooze with reps from some of the top affiliate networks in the industry.

One of the main reasons I want to attend an Affiliate Summit event is to meet Rosalind Gardner in person (finally!). Another objective would be to scout out new merchants and do some wheeling 'n dealing with affiliate managers. It's a Super Affiliate's ideal event!

Plus I hear they have great swag ;)

Obviously I can't speak from personal experience on Affiliate Summit like I can the NAMS workshop, but which event you choose to attend (if not both) ultimately depends on your personal objective.

Best,

p.s. I am an affiliate for both NAMS and Affiliate Summit, and am involved with both the NAMS event and the pre-NAMS online training. I earn commission on ticket sales to both events, which I use towards my travel expenses. I also use NAMS commissions to cater a private reception for Elite Members that attend.

Using my referral links for events and products mentioned here on ClickNewz is a great way to give back to the community, and is what allows me to keep tutorials and how-to information free for everyone year after year.

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Discussion

  1. I am very much looking forward to NAMS next month. Affiliate Summit sounds interesting too. There are so many events (both Internet/Affiliate marketing plus weight loss/fitness/foodie niche events) I would like to attend but I would definitely need sponsors to make that happen. Looking into all of that but just really excited to meet everyone I have come to know online. So excited about the elite members reception.

    • It'll be a great time, for sure! And gosh, we haven't had opportunity to see each other in person in over 5 years now! Looking forward to it, and so glad you're going :D

  2. GailJ Richardson says:

    Great post Lynn. I think everyone is excited about NAM3, I know I am and I can't wait to see everyone again and meet the new members. I check here first before I buy or sign up for anything because I agree that supporting this forum is a must. You provide so much helpful information. Thanks for all you so.
    Proud to be an Elite Member Gail J Richardson

  3. Susanne Myers says:

    I haven't attended affiliate summit either, but wanted to chime in on NAMS. I attended last August for the first time and absolutely loved it. I like the fact that it is a hands-on workshop and I walked away with some content as well as several marketing strategies that allowed me to work less and make more.

    By far my favorite part though was the networking. It's a great group of people and I made quite a few new friends. We've been since helping each other grow our businesses.

    NAMS is definitely worth attending and I look forward to January.

  4. Great post, Lynn. I can't wait to meet everyone at NAMS in January.

    (when Angie said "next month" above...I thought, is it really "next month"? - and it is - just over 6 weeks from now!
    I have my NAMS Seminar booked, my plane booked, my hotel booked, and can't wait to get there.
    See you all there!
    Diana

  5. Al Mangones says:

    Lynn,

    I signed up for NAMS earlier this year when you mentioned in on IMTW. Luckily I live in Atlanta, so it won't be a long trip for me.
    You talk about your "Elite members" Could you tell me what this is?
    I'd like to learn more. You provide great information for free here on the blog. I can't imagine the content your members get!

    Thanks,
    Al

    • Al,
      I would be happy to tell you more about the elite group. I have an aff link for the group but prefer not to post. Feel free to email me at AngiesBizStuff(AT)gmail(DOT)com and I can answer any questions you have.

      Basically the elite group is a place for members to get feedback on their businesses and share ideas and tips. It's more in depth than the main forum would be and Lynn personally does site reviews for us and of course we all give input too. Awesome stuff going on within the elite group.

    • Hi Al,

      Sure! There is actually a link in the post above where I mention it (just near the photo at the top right) that will give you more information.

      Our group meets in a private forum on my main forum. You can join the main forum free and get a feel for the community before deciding if you want to upgrade to Elite Member.

  6. Gosh Lynn, you sure knows how to make me feel special - answering all of my questions and such :-D Thanks for sharing your insight and I can't wait to meet everyone at NAMS! Maybe you can do a cross-blog conversation with Rosalind who attended Affiliate Summit, that would be cool...

  7. Ahmad Austin says:

    I can't wait to attend the NAMS conference. I also can't wait to meet you Lynn. I read your blog almost everyday. I am bringing my wife with me, so she can see how people are making money online.

  8. This seems to be a very nice group. I love how intimate the group is that makes it easier for them to be very effective when it comes to implementing their goals.

    • That's true Luigi - it really is an awesome group, and everyone goes out of their way to help each other out. Even the attendees pitch in and work together or share resources.

      At our last NAMS event in August everyone was very open with their feedback after Day 1, and we took that feedback and made some changes to the schedule and presentations throughout the rest of the weekend. It really is an amazing group to be involved with. David Perdew sets an event atmosphere that is second to none...

  9. January is not going to work for me ; ( ...but did I understand you to say that NAMS is held twice a year? When will it be held again? I will make a point of getting there any way I can if it's a little later in the year!! And I'll drag my sister with me!

    • Hi Glenna,

      Yes - and if all goes as usual the next NAMS will be in August again. We should know for sure by the beginning of February as David will announce the details at this upcoming event. I'll keep you posted - would love to meet you both there. ;)

  10. Hi Lynn,
    I tried to order the flash drive for the Aug 09 NAMS workshop, but the ordering system would not apply the discount coupon. I think it would be very beneficial to have. Any suggestions? I hope to start AM soon.
    Thanks for all your helpful advice. I really enjoy receiving your information.

  11. I'm going to miss you all in January, but I'll be first in line to get tickets for NAMS4 if David continues on with the event.

  12. Lynn, I spoke on the upcoming convergence of affiliate marketing and network marketing (mlm) at the most recent Affiliate Summit East in New York. You would love attending these events. They are very well run and beneficial in terms of content provided and contacts. I will be attending again in Las Vegas (for the fourth time) covering the event for my best practices' blog. Thanks for your input on NAMS and all your contributions in educating people about affiliate marketing. Best wishes, Debbi

    • Thank you Debbi. I look forward to meeting you at an upcoming Affiliate Summit. I'm hoping to make one in 2010, so we'll have to make plans to meet up for a coffee while there. ;)

  13. great post and I am so excited about NAM3.

  14. Lynn -

    Wow! We of the humble NAMS beginning are honored to be supported by you and even mentioned in the same paragraph with the Affiliate Summit. Alas, I won't be able to attend Affiliate Summit because it's around the same time as NAMS. And in August, on exactly the same weekend.

    Three weeks before NAMS, I'm in lockdown. And one week after, I'm in recovery.

    Speaking of NAMS, we have opened up the workshop again because we had a few cancellations. We currently have about 6 seats left. But I'm closing it on Friday at noon EST.

    And here's a new coupon for $300 off the regular price - NAMSOPP - people should use your link http://www.nicheaffiliatemarketingsystems.com and pop over to the NAMS forum to find out about the workshop pre-training at http://nicheaffiliatemarketingsystem.com/forum

    See you soon.

    dp

  15. NAMS vs Affiliate Summit. Glad to hear your opinion Lynn. It is very nice to attend both event...

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