It was my great pleasure to attend the annual meet up of Adsimilis Network which was held in Dubai this year. It was the first time that I participated in an international affiliate marketing event and also the first time in my life I delivered a speech. When I look back at my journey it makes me think that this was a big moment in my life. I never imagined I would be invited as a speaker anywhere, and for that I would like to thank Sean Mulkeen Co-Founder of the Adsimilis Network, Elena Mari and specially Eleah Portillo and all of the Adsimilis team for providing me this opportunity. With it being my first time I wasn’t able to deliver my speech properly and in fact due to all the nervousness I couldn’t even deliver 50 % of what I had in my presentation, however the amazing response from the audience was something which made me realize it wasn’t a fail at all. It was a very emotional moment for me, I would like to explain it by below image.
On the left side was me till the age of 11 (due to efforts of my late father and grandfather), I was admitted into good schools. However, I never thought about the right side. I was introduced to computers at the age of 12 in my school, after that I used to demand a computer from my father, however it was always a challenge for him to be able to afford one. In short, he was selected for a United Nations Mission in Liberia (offering him a better wage packet), and the first thing he did when he returned was to get a Desktop computer for the family house. That’s how I started using it to practice what I learned from a HTML book I had. Another long story short, on Friday 26th September 2014 a remarkable event occurred in my life, my very first speech… A big thanks once again to Adsimilis for making it happen. Now let’s cut my emotions and coming back to the event! I thought I would share this short story because after the meetup it was how I took it.
Officially, the event started on the 25th of September 2014 at Barasti Beach . Where I and my business partner met the amazing team from Adsimilis and also Ian Fernando , Martin Osborn , Robert Gryn from Voluum, justin Barr, Alex loh, jim Stark and other affiliates who came to attend the event. We all introduced ourselves to each other and had drinks, after which we headed out towards a VIP Dinner at Ocacti restaurant -Dubai Marina. Where we all had dinner with a fantasizing view of Dubai Marina and laughing at the jokes Predrag Arbutina and Robert Gryn kept us entertained with. It was a great opening night to the meet-up because we all got acquainted and the world I had behind a computer, the work I did, came to life, it was great to interact with such like-minded people who shared my passion and drive!
On the 26th of September we reached the Sofitel Hotel Jumeirah Beach around 1 PM to where the actual event was hosted. It was nice to see some familiar faces and network once again and discuss how they were enjoying the place I like to call my second home; DUBAI! Then around 2:45 everyone was in the conference room rearing to go! The event officially started, and Adsimilis welcomed all the participants.
The first speaker to indulge us with his knowledge was Jim Stark, a guy of much wonder and wise knowledge. His speech taught us about innovation, economization when you do get those top bucks, networking and the importance of a mentor, and that’s just to be brief! He spoke about his experiences and life in the industry, where he began and where he came, where he and his colleagues and family are today. It was very inspirational to say at the least!
After Jim was my speech! I was much nervous and couldn’t deliver my speech properly. I mainly talked about how list building can help affiliates to maximize their revenues. I also talked about making marketing angles and what to offer to our lists and how to attract our prospects and earn their trust.
The next speaker was Robert Grynn, the owner of voluum. Roberts’s speech spoke about business in general and about Aff Marketing, he shared his knowledge on what made a successful affiliate and successful business personnel. I particular learnt that delegation is important in success, to share roles and work with genuine and trustworthy people. His extensive knowledge was surely a great speech!
The fourth speaker was Alex Loh, telling a story of a lion and offering us chop sticks! Alex’s open personality kept myself and I am sure many other positive throughout the conference, and his presentation reflected this well! He also shared experiences and knowledge, gave a few tips and tricks to encourage everyone to work strong TOGETHER. Overall I really loved his speech.
The fifth Speaker was Justin Barr, Talked about what it takes to become a successful affiliate. And why it is important to have a proper portfolio website in order to get into premium advertising networks, He also shared a few tips to pick up good offers and when asking affiliate managers for information what exactly affiliates should be asking for and how to get your hands on new traffic sources.
At the end Ian Fernando and Martin Osborn concluded the session by sharing their knowledge and experience about affiliate marketing and answered the questions about affiliate marketing and advertising.
At the end we were also given some goodies as well.
After that we went to Mango Tree Restaurant, Souk Al Bahar near Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa where dinner was hosted with spectacular views of the famous The Dubai Fountain.
Due to super tight schedule we couldn`t join on the last day to desert safari however the pictures we seen later showed it was also a great adventure as well.
Overall, I can’t summarize the meet up in words because it was phenomenal, meeting people that have influenced my routine and drive in work, people who have made me laugh and be positive, People from all parts of the world, coming together to share their knowledge. I will never forget this weekend, I will cherish it as being my first affiliate event and hope for many more in the future!