@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:
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.
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.
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