What’s going on guys?
It’s been ages since I’ve written (actually since my last Colombia trip in August). I wanted to do a quick recap of my second trip to Colombia. This time I put together sort of a mastermind / vacation with a few affiliates that I know personally and work with. December was a really great time to visit, considering the weather was way nicer than it was in NYC and the city itself was gearing up for Christmas celebrations and that meant lots of lights, parades, and fiestas.
This is the place I found for us to stay at for the month. I decided to do a little video tour of the penthouse. Check it out below:
While a month might seem like a long vacation, we actually all worked for about half the day and then explored the city for the rest of the day. There was an awesome outdoor row of restaurants sitting atop the mountain and we would sometimes bring our work there and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the city while working on our campaigns. While there, Ian Fernando and I actually filmed a Q&A for affiliates that had questions about how to improve their campaigns. Check it out the video below and the transcript on Ian’s blog:
Following our stay in Medellin, we all headed over to Cartagena, a coastal city of Colombia, for about a week. There was a huge electronic dance music concert called SummerLand going on featuring Dash Berlin, Armin van Beuren, Avicii, and a whole host of other really awesome internationally known DJs. We figured it’d be a great way to bring in 2014 and end our trip and it was. We all had a blast and who could complain about ringing in the new year in nice 85 degree weather? Of course this didn’t make a lot of my northeast friends happy
After Cartagena, I returned back to Colombia for about a week before flying straight to Vegas for Affiliate Summit West 2014. Well not really straight there considering the initial delay which resulted in having to take a multi-connection flight, but in the end I made it to Vegas, which was a good thing considering I was speaking there on a panel regarding Affiliate Marketing Strategies on Facebook with Ian and Jj Alan.
The session actually went really well and according to the post-conference feedback as well as attendees coming up to us after our session, people really enjoyed our session and learned a lot. It was a really great experience to have been able to field questions from such an intelligent audience and help provide them with strategies that they could use to better their businesses. It was odd and humbling at the same time to be the speaker being approached after the session and everyone trying to get a minute to ask their question. I hope I was able to help a lot of people and I definitely think I’ll be speaking again at some event in the future. Also, a big thanks to Shawn and Missy for giving us the opportunity to speak!
Another reason I was glad to have made it to Vegas was that I was hosting my first dinner at the STK Steakhouse in the Cosmo. Profit Kings Media was gracious enough to sponsor the dinner and it turned out to be really beneficial to everyone there. This was a very private dinner and only a few of some of the brightest affiliate and marketing minds I know were invited. I wanted to keep it small so that it didn’t become so big to the point where it wasn’t personal anymore. I got a lot of great feedback from the dinner and it actually spurred a lot of new business relationships following the Summit. Yousif Yalda, owner of Profit Kings Media, and his awesome team were key to making it happen and they did a great job of making it an awesome dinner. If you’ve never worked with Yousif before, I highly suggest you reach out to him. I was one of his first affiliates and he’s made many more affiliates after me rich, so that tells you something.
Here are a few pictures from the dinner:
Once again, thanks to everyone that came out to dinner! It was great having everyone.
I’m pretty glad I went out to Vegas to attend ASW as truth be told I was kind of on the fence being all the way in Colombia enjoying 75 degree weather. Truth is every time I go out to a show I always gain at least one piece of knowledge, or one new relationship, that helps me grow my business not to mention the motivation it provides to hustle when you get back. It’s also always fun to see friends again that you haven’t seen in a while – it’s almost become a reunion of sorts for me which is awesome.
Now I’m back in NYC grinding out the rest of this winter and blocking out any distractions as I’m focused on growing my company. That’s one of the reasons I haven’t been posting as much. Nonetheless, I have a lot of hopes for this year and new projects down the pipeline. I’m excited to see what the new year brings and looking forward to being at the next show in New York!
As a side note, I’ll be re-releasing the Rogue Affiliate System soon after adding new content to it. If there’s anything specific you guys want me to cover in there, let me know!
Thanks for reading and continuing to read. It’s always great to meet readers face to face when I travel or go to a show and I really appreciate everyone that takes the time to read and comment. More frequent posts to follow!