Day 1 at Affiliate Summit – Just a little Early
Debbie and I were originally planning on going to Affiliate Summit on Saturday morning since Debbie was going to the Audience conference but since we are about an hour out of the city I suggested we stay in the city on Friday night instead of getting up super early to take in the show. We had some big boxes to take into the city for the meet market tables and since we were not staying at the Hilton during summit we could bring them in early and put them in someones room that was staying at the Hilton.
Although we did not stay at the Hilton during the summit we booked a room there for Friday night since it was reasonably priced. We got into the city around 4pm on Friday and settled in after seeing Shawn Collins and Connie Berg and a few people we knew in the lobby. After we checked in Debbie and I went to the Old Castle pub on 54th street to get some late lunch/ early dinner. We have been to the Old Castle many times and besides the great food it is 1/3 of the price then the restaurant at the Hilton. As we sat down Joe Sousa saw us through the window and came in and joined us. Joe just got married so it was great hearing all the details of the wedding and catching up with him. He was nice enough to let us put our boxes in his room (Thanks Joe) We were then joined by Shawn Collins who was running around doing last minute stuff for the show.
Friday night we spent mostly around the lobby seeing old friends and affiliates starting to get settled into their rooms. Most of the time we were sending affiliates down to Old Castle since the drinks were also a lot cheaper then the Hilton bar. We probably saved affiliates a thousand dollars in drinks by sharing this info with HeatherinBC this info and she passed it on.
We were on our way to the room to call it a night when we met up with Amy and Kim from buy.at who twisted our arms(yeah right) to have a drink. After one drink we decided to go to the OLD castle and have a few more. I was tweeting out that there was singing and dancing going on but it was more talking and catching up with a few affiliate friends.
Walked back to the Hilton and called it a night. A little later then planned but that’s all good. Click here to read about Day Two at Affiliate Summit.