ShareASale ThinkTank 2011 Recap

by Shawn Collins on May 30, 2011

I just got back from ShareASale ThinkTank 2011, which took place May 25-27, 2011 at the Westin in Chicago, IL.

ShareASale ThinkTank 2011ShareASale ThinkTank is the annual conference for ShareASale affiliates, merchants, and vendors.

The first day started with an evening event where attendees got together to network at the Epic Restaurant and Rooftop Sky Lounge.

Unfortunately, I got in late and missed this one, but was primed for big action the next day.

Day two started with a series of breakout sessions, and I was on the Mag Mile Buying Trends panel to discuss what is happening in the world of webtrends, such as the buying habits and observed behaviors of several different demographics encompassing age, gender, and niche.

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The sessions were followed by a networking break to fuel up on caffeine and brain food.

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Later on, there was a networking lunch, where we enjoyed some local fare like Chicago hotdogs.

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Lunch was followed by a series of Affiliate-Merchant Private Meetings, where dozens of companies got face time with a bunch of current and future affiliates.

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After the meetings wrapped up, many attendees headed to Game 5 of the 2011 Eastern Conference finals between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls.

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Brian Littleton, Missy Ward and the Chicago Bulls

Game 5 - Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls

The final day kicked off with yet another tasty networking breakfast. And then there was the closing ShareASale “Things We Need to Fix” session.

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This is an open forum, hosted by Brian Littleton, President and CEO of ShareASale, where attendees are able to share their thoughts on improvements and changes.

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After the “Things We Need to Fix” session, we all headed to see the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game from the 3936 Wrigley Rooftop.

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This was a fantastic way to wrap things up, as it was sort of a multi-floor skybox to watch the game and chat with fellow ThinkTank attendees.

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3936 Wrigley Rooftop Lower Bleacher Area

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I’d like to give a big thanks to Brian Littleton and his team for a top notch event that was filled with productive business, some really useful tips, new friends, and good times.

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Check out the Tweets from ThinkTank with hashtag #thinktank11.

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