Affiliate Conferences - why bother...?

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    Vivi Fox

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    Okay, thanks.

    Profile pix is??????
     
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    CygX1

    CygX1 Affiliate Guard Dog Member

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    Any affiliate can go and any company can sponsor or attend. o_O

    Before you get sucked in the world of casino affiliate programs at one of the conferences make sure to collect some information about the exhibitors you consider working with. You will always find a lot of crooked and shabby affiliate companies offering you free beer and more at these events.
     
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    Vivi Fox

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    Thanks a lot for the tip.

    Appreciate it.

    Regards.
     
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    Guard Dog

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    That IS a really good tip. The BIGGEST sponsors are typically the BIGGEST crooks. It is still a shame that the conference companies only care about their pockets :(
     
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    Vivi Fox

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    Wish I make money to get there one day.
     
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    AussieDave

    AussieDave 17 years & still going!

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    I agree... but the same could also be said for example about the GPWA.
    They continue to accept sponsorship dollars, even when a program is dodgy. Is this acceptable? NO.

    BUT like the conference companies, they both operate as commerical entities.
    So unless they are aiding and abetting criminal activities, their B2B activities are exactly that, just business.

    Edit: If affiliates aren't happy with these conference companies, then do what others do and boycott their events.
     
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    Aeternus

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    I have been in this industry for around six years and I have never been on a single conference.. I have been invited to meetings and what not, but I have never really seen the point in going to be honest. I do all my communication by email or some times by phone, works out alright.

    I thought about going some times. Am I missing out?
     
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    KasinoKing

    KasinoKing Player turned affiliate.

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    It depends where you live and how much you earn as to whether it's worth going for you.
    I've been to London x8 or 9, Barcelona x1 (free!), Dublin x1 & Amsterdam x3.
    These are all relatively close for me and the most they've cost is about £700 - and that's only because I chose to stay in a "posh" hotel close to the venue! ;)
    (I've done London for under £300 four times!)

    But I would definitely recommend London at least once (the best one) if it suits your budget.
    I had a few really good conferences there with very constructive meetings with existing and new operators.
    Top be honest, now they are more of a "jolly" and just to see people I know - and I do very little "new stuff".
    I will keep going though...

    KK
     
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    Aeternus

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    Thanks for the reply KasinoKing!

    I will consider going to London next year.
     
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    AE-Martyn

    AE-Martyn Affiliate Program Representative

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    Another good reason to go, from an affiliate perspective is the free stuff you can get, some of it's handy. KasinoKing takes an empty suitcase just for these.
     
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    AidanLCFC

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    How was the Amsterdam one in the end? I can never be bothered to travel too far so only have done London although, the same as KK, not really much new stuff I can do so usually just end up getting pissed with friends I've met in the industry
     
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    AE-Martyn

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    I didn't attend this one, the first one I've missed in 11 years.

    From my point of view, there is a definite benefit to sitting with an affiliate and having a few beers. It helps strengthen your partnership and often can lead to a decent night ahead. Even if no new business is done, you'll probably find it a little easier to do business in the future.
     
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    KasinoKing

    KasinoKing Player turned affiliate.

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    I actually took my 7-seater car with just me in it - you'd be amazed how much stuff I managed to cram in there! :p

    Seriously, the amount of freebies has dropped dramatically since 5+ years ago... but then, how many pens, lighters, packs of cards and strange bald-headed bug-eyed dolls with a can of Red Bull on top does one person really need???

    KK
     
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    AE-Martyn

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    So it was you that raided our stash of strange bald headed bug eyed dolls with a can of Red Bull on top!!
     
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    AidanLCFC

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    that certainly is true, feel I've made some good friends working in this job now and it makes normal day to day issues if ever they arise a lot easier and straight forward to fix
     
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