10 Tips to Survive Affiliate Marketing Events
Want a survival guide for affiliate marketing events? Check it now or cry later!
- 10 Tips to Survive Affiliate Marketing Events
- 1. Pack Lightly
- 2. Make Your To-Do List
- 3. Bring Food Packs
- 4. Drink Plenty of Fluids
- 5. Prepare Your Meetings Like a Pro
- 6. Understand the Pros of Networking
- 7. Pick the Right Workshops and Conferences
- 8. Listen Up and Learn from Others
- 9. Attending Parties is a Smart Business Move
- 10. A Smile Takes you Farther
We can almost see you:
You’re packing your bags, making sure to not forget those awesome plane tickets which feel like the keys to freedom and you’re on your way to one of the many affiliate marketing events.
However, you somehow feel iffy, unprepared and are now experiencing a repulsive feeling of latent inadequacy.
How will you be able to network?
How can you make sure to come up with a plan to be at the best conferences and listen to the most engaging speakers, while trying not to compromise your experience of the vibe and the whole environment?
The Mobidea Academy is here for you.
We’re pros when it comes to online marketing events, okay?
We’re here for you and we came up with 10 tips that’ll allow you to survive affiliate marketing events, reap the rewards of efficient networking, and use that knowledge to improve your performance in the business.
Ready for this?
Then let’s go!
10 Tips to Survive Affiliate Marketing Events
Ready for Mobidea Academy’s awesome tips to survive affiliate marketing events?
Here’s the list!
1. Pack Lightly
Know those awfully sad people who get so busy packing up bags filled with clothes, hygiene-related materials, inappropriate bunches of differently branded sun lotions, and facial creams?
Don’t be that person.
Affiliate marketing events don’t exactly mean you have to rough it up, becoming some sort of nineteenth century survivalist.
However, you should only bring essentials with you.
You’ll have to board planes, run like Usain Bolt to catch another rusty plane, go through the interminable hassle of security checks, produce documents, passports, identity devices and what not.
Do you really wanna be the guy who brings their whole life inside a fat Samsonite?
Of course not!
What to pack?
You can never go wrong with comfy shoes and clothes.
Bring both more informal and formal clothes.
Don’t need to bring a tuxedo.
But it’s never a crime to bring a blazer, and then a more informal outfit such as a t-shirt containing some branding so as to make sure people know which company you’re actually representing.
In case you are an affiliate, wear whatever you want but nothing too scary!
You’re gonna be meeting representatives of affiliate marketing companies.
These are professionals and they deserve to talk to affiliates who are sensible enough to bring some normal clothes.
Don’t show up with a pinkish bunny costume, is what we mean!
This is an industry event.
You’ll be meeting diverse sets of people, running from one place to another, coming up with strategies to give more business cards than humanly possible.
You wanna pack lightly, be ready to be on the move, and not bring your whole trailer park with you!
2. Make Your To-Do List
Everyone says print media is dead.
From The Guardian to The New York Times and yes, even the newspaper printed by your poor village in Eastern Kenya…
Print media is going to slowly disappear into eternal oblivion.
However, when it comes to online marketing events, printing documents really helps.
Print documents, reservations, plane tickets, exhibition tickets/passes.
Don’t forget about your business cards!
It’s essential to print important and not-so-important documents.
From flyers, to brochures and even some special gifts for a client or partner you’ve been wanting to meet for ages.
Trust us on this:
Make sure you have a printer and print the hell out of your documents.
When it’s all said and done, it’s not gonna be fun for you to have to deal with impossibly rude airport personnel blaming you for being too technological and forgetting to bring printed info!
Wanna make your own life easier?
3. Bring Food Packs
This is an affiliate marketing event, which means you’ll be covering more ground than the average British colonizer in 1769!
Since you’ll be all over the place during the trade show, don’t forget to take some sweet energy bars to give you that awesome sugar pump.
Or that piece of fruit that’ll help you keep on being yourself without risking slowly dying of unmitigated hunger.
Events tend to be stressful and tiresome.
This means you also have to make sure you bring some SOS pills in case you’re feeling ill or have a painful headache.
It’s all about being well-fed, well-functioning.
You need to be your best self!
4. Drink Plenty of Fluids
Water is your best friend, indeed!
Communication is key when it comes to affiliate marketing events.
Your day is basically gonna be a set of conversations.
You’re gonna use your vocal chords more often than Beyoncé on a regular Sunday.
You’ve gotta stay hydrated.
Drink plenty of salvaging fluids, and we guarantee you won’t lose your voice.
You’ll be able to keep showcasing the same level of enthused commitment throughout the duration of the online marketing event.
5. Prepare Your Meetings Like a Pro
Meetings are key to a successful affiliate event.
The goal for affiliates?
To know which companies will be attending and plan to meet them, going through what these businesses have to offer and asking polite and constructive questions.
Ask about how fast the networks pay, or about how many traffic sources are already integrated on network A or B.
Be precise and ask questions that matter to you as an affiliate.
What if you’re a network representing a company?
Here’s what you have to do:
Make sure you’re well-prepared and ready to answer any questions related to the product you’re trying to market.
Some meetings will fail.
You’ll feel tired, disappointed and ready to give up.
Even so, the fact that some meetings will fail doesn’t meant you have an excuse to not be on top of things.
Prepare, schedule, and give it your all.
Imagine you’ve got 50 meetings in a single event.
What to do?
How to survive?
Prepare each one of them with remarkable detail!
Can’t have a laptop around you?
Write down all the info about each specific meeting.
This will help you remember who you’re gonna meet, what’s the right sales pitch, what’s the best approach, etc.
Write down the name of the person you’re meeting, the place where you’re going to meet them (maybe you’ll run out of battery on your mobile phone and you won’t be able to know where you’re supposed to meet!) the purpose of the meeting, the key aspects you want to focus on and what the goal is.
Bring a USB and plug charger.
Buy different adaptors since different countries will have different types of plugs.
If you need any info regarding the company, you should consider taking some flyers and a printed company presentation.
This will allow you to have something to show during the meeting.
You can even offer those materials to the person you’re talking to.
6. Understand the Pros of Networking
Networking might be the best way to get to know new people and innovative companies.
While you’re talking to others, you can learn about their business needs and you can also better understand how you can help them succeed.
Trade shows tend to be the place where companies present the latest news about the industry and about themselves.
This means you’ll be at the forefront, witnessing all the innovations and creations that are being presented and which might revolutionize the industry.
You have to be on alert mode and be a social butterfly.
Engage with people, exchange ideas.
This is how you evolve, find out what everybody’s talking about and develop your company’s potential.
It’s all about looking for a bridge and establishing a connection.
Be the first to ask what people are doing and make sure you connect.
When approaching people, the best way to start a conversation is to briefly present yourself and then ask what the other person does.
This gives you time.
The other person is now presenting their work.
What to do?
What they say matters because it’s gonna help you calibrate your approach and overall business strategy.
This can be quite tricky.
Even so, if you manage to do it, you’ll be able to form a connection with that person.
This means it’s more likely that they’ll feel like doing business with you and that your company is just the right thing for them!
If you’re an affiliate, let the professionals do the talking.
Then, after listening to them speak, ask constructive questions and try to figure out if that specific service is the one that best suits your affiliate marketing needs!
7. Pick the Right Workshops and Conferences
Attending workshops and conferences.
That’s crucial for affiliate marketing trade show success!
It really is one of the best ways to learn and to make sure you keep up with all the industry’s innovations and improvements.
Before an event, define what are the topics you’re more interested in.
Moreover, understand which workshops or conferences seem to be the must-attend ones.
Bear your business needs in mind, of course.
You won’t know unless you ask.
It’s your mantra.
This is the flashy memo you’ve gotta remember.
Workshops also help you clear the air about specific subjects.
This means they’re like a training ground that helps you succeed.
Conferences are the best places to meet people who have similar business interests.
If you want to meet webmasters and there’s a conference about webmasters, you should definitely get in there!
Don’t be shy!
Ask questions, either during or after the conference.
Because this is quite the unique opportunity to talk with super experienced pros giving you FREE advice.
You’ve gotta take that chance, bro!
8. Listen Up and Learn from Others
Zac Johnson is a super affiliate.
In case you’ve been asleep and have just woken up from a morose coma, please be so kind as to check this interview!
Because – by checking it out – you’ll find a tremendously useful piece of advice.
It’s really gonna help you out in these tough events.
You’re attending conferences, talking to key opinion leaders.
But what’s the crucial part?
Listen carefully to what everyone is saying because you’ll learn a little bit with everyone you’ll meet at the event.
Secrets, best practices, hidden strategies.
People will exchange ideas.
They’ll share new perspectives, new rules, different verticals that only the masters know, etc.
All this will allow you to increase your knowledge on specific matters, as well as to share your own views on particular topics.
9. Attending Parties is a Smart Business Move
Where’s the best place to enjoy a drink while discussing the industry’s trends?
All events have parties so that attendees can relax and network in an informal ambiance.
No one likes to be constantly bothered at any party.
Of course it’s important for you to make the most of all networking opportunities, but just make sure you can talk about other stuff rather than work, work, work, work.
You can talk business, for sure.
But do it informally, throw some funny jokes, and move to casual themes.
Make sure your talking buddies have an opportunity to speak, be relaxed and remember your charming conversation later on!
Parties are awesome and a great place to build on previously established relationships.
Later on, at home, explore that connection even further using some much-loved technology:
Email, Skype, Telegram, Facebook, whatever.
Meet people, connect with them, and then follow up like a pro!
10. A Smile Takes you Farther
Last but not least, smile!
People like to meet and to talk to nice, happy people.
How do you prefer people to talk to you?
In a friendly way, right?
This is crucial!
A real key element.
You must keep this advice in mind at all times.
Be the person you want others to be when they come to meet you.
Be friendly, empathetic, talkative, engaging, engrossing and fun!
Be modest and avoid being an arrogant sleaze.
The business relationship will go forward super smoothly.
It’s gonna turn into a golden business!
There you have it.
10 kick-ass tips for you to succeed in your experience as an event attendee.
Pack your backpack with some comfy clothes, bring all the flyers you’ll need, make sure to buy that healthy bottle of water you love, and get ready for some fun and games in affiliate marketing trade shows.
You may even have a chance to meet one of the many Mobidea Crew members who are addicted to events.