What's better than earning fat affiliate commissions every day? Earning fat affiliate commissions while you're in Puerto Rico on someone else's dime! The guys over at NDemand Affiliates have organized a Meet Up in Puerto Rico for the weekend of November 18th - 20th. All expenses (including food, booze and entertainment!) are paid for and all you need to cover are the plane ticket and your hotel room, which they have negotiated special low rates for.
You'll be staying at the Ritz-Carlton, San Juan (check out this view!) and will be treated to fine dining, open bars and a couple cruises around the coast line. All this while meeting ambitious industry partners (affiliate bloggers Ian Fernando and Riley Pool among others will be in attendance) looking to forge relationships and drum up business ideas.
Heck this is all sounding so good we here at oDigger might make a cameo :) To get the inside scoop on this tropical affiliate fun-fest we caught up with President and CEO of NDemand, Mike Pacheco.
Us: Hey Mike, tell us a little about what the Puerto Rico meet up is all about and what inspired you to organize it?
Mike: The Meetup is about affiliates,advertisers,and networks getting together in a relaxed atmosphere and networking.I feel the more relaxed and more fun a person is having the more open they becomeand the more or a better quality of business gets done.Thats what we are hoping for here theres not going to be any shortage of fun soit will be up to everyone else to handle the business part.
Us: The meet up will be a great networking and business development opportunity. Who's going to be there?
Mike: Everyone!! Or at least they better be there! Seriously though weve invited everyone and hope to see a lot that confirmed there but the definites will be Bret Grow President of Linktrust hes a great guy and it’s the tracking platform we used so I figured why not get him out there so affiliates and advertisers can talk shop with him and let him know the things the like about LT and what they think can be improved on. Also Rohail Rizvi is coming he actually won the drawing we had for a free trip and I know good friend Ian Fernando is also coming for sure.This is just a sample of the many that have confirmed we also many affiliates and some networks and advertisers as well as locals confirming they are attendingas well.
Us: Tell us about the Ritz-Carlton San Juan where everyone will be staying.
Mike: Well the ritz is a nice hotel with a great location that’s why we chose it. If you aren’t familiar with it definitely check out their website.
Us: What activities do you have lined up?
Mike: Here's the activities list down to the hour:
7:30am: Start boarding outside of Ritz Carlton for Catamaran
8:00am: Leave for Catamaran
9:00am: Check In at Catamaran
11:00am: Arriving at (Icacos, Palominito, Lobos, Tortugas o Palomino)
1:00pm: Departure from (Icacos, Palominito, Lobos, Tortugas o Palomino)
2:30pm: Sailing to Villa Marina
3:30pm: Arriving at Villa Marina
4:30pm: Back at Ritz Carlton
6:00pm: Board for La Rumba Dinner Cruise (sails around the Bay of San Juan)
6:30pm – 9:30pm: Still working on exact times, but entertainment, dinner and open bar will be provided
Lunch/Buffet Menu for Catamaran
Sandwiches: Fresh Bread, Cold Cuts, Swiss cheese, Tomatoes, Onions, Pickles, Mustard etc., Pasta Salad, Fresh Fruit Platter, Green Salad, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Fresh Vegetables, Tuna Salad, Snacks, Cookies, Cheeses, Crackers, Chips & dips
Unlimited drinks: Sodas, Water, Ice Tea, Fruit Punch, Lemonade, Painkillers (Drinks), Rum Punch, Rum & Coke
Party Cruise Dinner
3-hour ride with DJ entertainer
Menu: Chicken breast with Mushroom Sauce, Tenderloin, Rice & Beans, Fresh Salad & Flan
Appetizers: Assorted Dumplings, Meatballs in Sauce & Mini Egg Rolls
Open bar: DonQ Limon, Dewards, Finland, DonQ, Beefeater, Coors Light, Medal, Budweiser, Red Wine & White House, Sodas, Juices
Us: You've been to many networking functions. Tell us a success story where a networking function helped you develop new business or make a profitable connection.
Mike: I try to go to as many shows and networking events as possible they always come in handy because whether it’s a day from now or a year from now I will at somepoint use the contacts Ive met to make more money. That’s what its really about how can we all make more money with each other and I hope that’s what we accomplish by throwing this meetup.
Us: Anything else you would like to add about the Puerto Rico Meet Up?
Mike: Its going to be epic so make sure you book your flight and hotel so you aren’t sitting at home looking at pictures on facebook or forums saying to yourself man I missed the greatest meetup in internet marketing history!!!
This trip looks like an absolute blast and we highly recommend it to anyone looking to take some serious strides with their affiliate marketing. As we mentioned earlier, all entainment, food and drinks are paid for and you just have to take care of showing up and your room (which they've negotiated special rates for.
Hope to see you there!