I attended Affiliate World Asia 2018 in Bangkok, and I’m going to give my honest review of the experience.
This was my first time attending, and this review should help you decide if this is an affiliate conference you need to attend.
Affiliate World Accommodation
I was very lucky to find a great hotel near to Centara World, where Affiliate World was held.
Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel is a 4 star hotel and around a 10 minute walk from Centara World. It’s reasonably priced with great rooms and is one of the better hotels I’ve stayed at in Thailand.
Affiliate World Event Space
Affiliate World Asia 2018 was held at Centara Grand Convention Center in Bangkok. Centara Grand is above the famous Central World shopping centre. Despite the confusingly similar names, Centara Grand is in a great location. It’s right in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping and business centre.
Affiliate World Asia recommend registering the day before to pick up your pass. I had a few emails to see to, but otherwise, I was pretty free and more than happy to check out the location and collect my pass.
They took my photo, gave me some information about what to expect over the next couple of days and told me to turn up at 8am the next morning.
With a stomach full from the hotel’s all you can eat breakfast buffet, I made my way down to the event.
Arriving a few minutes before 8am, I found the entrance to the shopping centre closed. I picked my pass up here the day before, and was a little confused when I couldn’t see how to get in.
Someone later told me that the shopping centre doesn’t open until 10am. Unfortunately for us there weren’t any signs or staff to help point us in the right direction. As a result, I found myself and a growing number of others trying to find our way inside.
Eventually we found a security guard who knew about the event and directed us to a side entrance on the side of the building.
The confusion didn’t end when we got to reception, since there was no one there to direct us to the right floor.
Once we found out where Affiliate World was being held, everything started to run a little smoother.
I had my pass scanned and despite being told to arrive at 8am, nothing was starting until 10am. I had some work to get to, so this turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Affiliate World Speakers
Ok, this is where we get to the meat of the event. Learning from the best in the industry is what we’re all at an affiliate conference for. And the Affiliate World Asia line-up didn’t disappoint:
My personal favourite speakers were Danilo Lee, Depesh Mandalia, Mike Long and Ralfs Smilsarajs. Everyone brought something unique to the table, but I found these four stood out.
Overall, I’m happy I got to experience a really good spread of talent that had strengths in different areas. As we speak, I’m working through the notes I took from the event. Here’s hoping I can apply these learnings to my own online businesses.
Networking at Affiliate World
There were a number of networking sessions each day to help bring like minded affiliate marketers together. I prefer to network over a drink in a more natural environment, so I tried to make the most of the Affiliate World bar and hosted after-parties.
I made some connections that have already proven to be valuable and this is always a plus from these types of events.
I recommend hanging around the bar if you’re new to the world of affiliate conferences, and I guarantee you’ll get talking to someone. Whether it be one of the speakers or a fellow affiliate marketer that you can learn from.
Affiliate World After-parties
Of the two days I attended Affiliate World Asia, they hosted after parties on the Red Sky Rooftop Bar at Centara Grand. This is a beautiful location with an incredible view of the Bangkok skyline.
At these after parties, I had the opportunity to speak with Danilo Lee and a couple of other speakers which proved extremely valuable to bounce ideas off each other.
My experience with Affiliate World were positive and overall I was impressed with the event. There were some operational improvements that could be made for Affiliate World Asia 2019, but this is a minor critique.
If you’re looking for an affiliate conference to attend in 2019, I would recommend Affiliate World Asia. Not only for the speakers, but also for the opportunity to connect with like minded affiliate marketers. This event definitely attracts people who are serious about affiliate marketing.
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