Affiliate Summit | Unskippable - Marketing Keynote Speaker - Jim Kukral - Part 3

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The Affiliate Summit Mandals Song

The Affiliate Summit in Boston is almost here. I’m so excited about it that I wrote and performed a song for the event. Video below, and here’s the video on Youtube if you want it.

If you haven’t registered for the show yet, you better do it right now because it will sell out any day now (I know, I have the inside information). :) When you do, please use my affiliate link? Why not? Hey, I performed for you!

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Feedfront Magazine Review

You like free right? You like magazines too? Well, how about a free subscription to Feedfront magazine? Yep, head on over and subscribe for free. I reviewed it below.

So what is Feedfront all about?

The magazine is dedicated to bringing ideas, resources, and opinions from Internet marketing innovators to you before your next project or venture. Get the insight on the front end, rather than feedback after you’ve executed. This magazine is for the futurists; the next-gen marketers; the early adopters in affiliate marketing.

Note: My point in the video of saying it’s not a magazine is that it’s not traditional magazine in terms of its content. As a contrast, a magazine like Revenue Today is full of longer, more journalistic type pieces where Feedfront is full of more user generated content and helpful tips and tricks. They’re both magazines, and both awesome. Just different styles. Oh yeah, and both free to subscribe.

Affiliate Marketing Is A Lifestyle Choice – Response To Jason Calacanis

Last week at the Affiliate Summit event in Las Vegas I had the pleasure of introducing Jason Calacanis as the keynote speaker. While I wasn’t sure what Jason was going to say exactly, I was sure that he was going to say something that would get the industry talking.

I was right. Here’s some links to catch you up on reading. Think Big. Live blogging the keynote. MissyWard.com. Keynote video footage. MP3 of the entire keynote speech.

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Last week at the Affiliate summit event in Las Vegas I had the pleasure of introducing Jason Calacanis as the keynote speaker.
While I wasn’t sure what Jason was going to say exactly, I was sure that he was going to say something that would get the industry talking.

I was right.

If you’d like to get refreshed on the topic and discussion, just visit the links under this video on JimKukral.com to catch up.
During his hour-long keynote address, Jason hated on some of the people and practices of affiliate marketing, which caused many a fan of the industry to cry foul.

But what a lot of people aren’t talking about from his speech is how he applauded how brilliant the same people in the industry are.
I get it… everyone remembers the negative stuff. It’s a shame, but I get that.

I’ll leave the who’s right or wrong to all of you to debate. I’m more interested in the reality of the perception that Jason and others have about affiliate marketing.

I’m a branding guy after all.

On one blog after the event Jason was quoted as saying… “My lasting impression of the Affiliate summit is… really smart folks who think small.”
Do affiliate marketers really think small? Or, is it just that the nature of the business that keeps us small?
After all, we are pretty much just selling other people’s stuff for a cut of the action.

So Do we think small? Or is that just the way the business is?

The entire model is built off an affiliate working off of someone else’s backend.

Which pretty much is the wrong thing to do when thinking of setting up a traditional online business.
At least that’s what we’re taught.

So is it truly viable to build many million-dollar businesses off of selling someone else’s stuff?
Sure, it is, but therein lies the real point I want to make on this matter.

I don’t want to own a typical 25 million dollar business
Jason Calacanis told the affiliate marketers in the world that they think too small, and that they should be owning large businesses that are worth millions.

That’s all fine and good, except for one major point.

I don’t want to own a huge business with lots of employees. I don’t want to talk to vc’s and sit with Silicon valley people.

I’ve done that once already, and I don’t like it. I much prefer my flexible days when I work a few hours here and there on my own schedule.
I like not having to deal with investors, or bankers or other types of soul-sucking people who kill my creativity and who want to keep me at a cubicle under fluorescent lights.

I don’t want to have a slew of employees who I have to manage either.
Bottom line… I like my affiliate type lifestyle.

And after all is said and done, that’s the true way to look at affiliate marketing that I don’t believe Jason gets…

Affiliate marketing is a lifestyle choice.

Thanks for the great keynote Jason, and for getting some good discussion going. And thanks for the hug.

Affiliate Summit Video Footage

Here’s six or so minutes of random footage I took with my Flip camera at the Affiliate Summit event earlier this week. Some good stuff in here. Like…

  • Gary V (the wine guy) buying a domain name at the Moniker domain auction.
  • Sam Harrelson swearing on camera.
  • Stephanie Agresta pitching some social booking, as usual :)
  • A few of us drinking Mickey’s Big Mouth beer. Horrible.
  • People riding the Segway.
  • Other assorted and random clips too.

Want to see more people riding the Segway? Check this vid out. Why don’t you see me on it? Because I tried to get on and almost wiped out big time. That thing isn’t built for big people. At least no one had their video camera running.

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Jason Calacanis Affiliate Summit Keynote Footage

Right after I introduced Jason I sat down and pulled out my Flip cam and took a little footage. Here it is. Just a few minutes long. I know the official footage of the keynote will come from the Affiliate Summit gang in a few weeks, including my intro hopefully.

Want to listen for now? They have the mp3 of the keynote available here. Do a search on Technorati for more blog posts about the event.

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Affiliate Summit Survival Guide Video

Just getting back on track after a long trip to Vegas for the Affiliate Summit. I was the emcee of the event. Normally, I’d just blog my experience, but I’m only doing videos now, so you’ll have to wait until next week to hear what I have to say in video form.

For now, here’s a video of the opening reminders that I produced and showed to the room of about 1,000 people Monday morning… right before I introduced Jason Calacanis. Hopefully somebody has that video as well so I can put that up. The point of this video was to wake up the crowd and get a few reminders thrown in, plus to make sure that everyone knows this is a fun event. Enjoy.

If you were there… did you like this better than someone up there saying “Good morning…” all boring and all?

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Affiliate Summit Tips from Shawn Collins

I interview Shawn Collins, via fake satellite, on today’s Daily Flip show. Shawn is the co-owner of the Affiliate Summit event, taking place (this time) at the Rio hotel and casino in Las Vegas in February 2008. Shawn answers some questions like “Can I still get a press pass?” and “What’s the top piece of advice for a new attendee?”, plus more.

Watch this video at YouTube.

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