Day Two of Affiliate Summit – Saturdays Poor Decisions
(Read our Day one of Affiliate Summit here.)
Between staying out a little late and Debbie not feeling well we didn't make it to the audience conference and we kind of slept in. After packing up it was around 12 noon check out time so Debbie and I checked out and decided to go check into our new hotel the Washington Jefferson on 51st street. I picked this hotel after we missed getting a decent rate at the Hilton. I booked through Expedia since we had a coupon and I wanted to use it before it went away.
This was one of the many mistakes that I made (Debbie will agree) on Saturday. We checked into this hotel in sheep's clothing and it looked ok from the lobby. We were greeted by a nice doorman who took us to the room. As we exited the elevator I knew were in trouble as I had to push open a door to exit the elevator. My first clue I was in a dump, we get to the room on the fourth floor and when we opened the door there was a mattress and not much else.There wasn't even a place to put our suitcases. It kind of reminded me of the inside of the prison barge they use to hold prisoners here in New York. Wait cancel that because the prison barge is probably nicer.
Anyway as the doorman/bellhop came to the room with our bags I asked if all the rooms were like this and he told me for about $20 a night we can upgrade. First time I was ever up-sold by a bellhop but something had to be done. I went down and got a key to see the upgraded room and it wasn't much better but at least there was a desk for the laptop and a place for suitcases besides the bed.
It was now about 1 or 2pm so we needed some food since we didn't do breakfast. We went looking for a place and we found this diner on the corner of 52nd and 8th so we went in and was glad we could still get breakfast. The place looked OK so Debbie got her usual banana pancakes and I got eggs Benedict. We finished up and went back to the hotel to get our stuff we needed before heading over to the hotel to meet with affiliates before heading to the Abestweb Party. We lounged around the hotel lobby bar with Bill from Girlychecks.com and my friend Packy from Syracuse.
We all just sat around waiting for registration for Affiliate Summit to open so we could register and get our passes. It is always good to register the day before as trying to do it the morning summit opens is usually packed and you are standing in line and missing the show. We met with our client Nellie and Amanda from Corpnet Incorporation Services and went up and registered. It was now back to the bar and wait for others to go to the ABW party which didn't start until 6pm. We got a group of us together and walked to the place where it was being held. We should have taken a cab since the ladies were walking in heels but it was only a few blocks away.
The party was good as we met many affiliates that we knew for years face to face for the first time. I planted myself right in front of the mini burgers just like I said I would on ABW. This was a wise choice as most of the people kept coming back to this area for more. I had a rum and coke and then switched to coke for the rest of the night as I knew I had a big day Sunday with the Meet Market table and I wanted to be on my game. As the party was winding down we gathered a group up and walked over to the buy.at party. I lead a bunch of people liked the pied piper through Times Square pointing out things like where the failed bomb attempt happened. This made people walk faster lol. I am always amazed at the amount of people looking up as they walk around NYC and this group had a lot of people that were doing just that.
We got to the Buy.at party and it was amazing! There was waitresses serving all sorts of chocolate and the club was really nice. Most affiliates were gathered by the couches near the bar but I had to investigate the back. I found a huge pool table and a large screen TV that had Wii games and a really nice place to set up shop so to speak. Buy.at really outdid themselves this time picking out a place for their party. I hung out back here most of the night talking to affiliates Eric Nagel, Jen Goode and Tricia Meyer. We met up with James Martell and his wife Arlene, Debbie and I started talking to them like we usually do. James, Debbie and I just did a podcast about NYC so it was good catching up with them. James and I can talk affiliate marketing all day if Debbie and Arlene would let us. This party was really good and a great way to start off Affiliate Summit. The party was only around the corner from our hotel so after the party we went back and called it a night to get fully charged for meet market. See that on Affiliate Summit Day Three page.