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I've been at the affiliate conference in Las Vegas. There seems to be quite a large attendence; I'd estimate about 400 or more people. I've been to a few of these over the years, and what is interesting to me is that this year it seems like there are more affiliate networks than I've ever seen before. In fact it seems like there are more network attendees than any other group such as advertisers, affiliates, or agency people.
It was also interesting to see a domain company running a live auction for domains. These things are fun to watch, but I think they are something of a fake event. You could watch the fast speaking auctioneer "Do I hear $6000? Give me $6000, ok $5000 going once, going twice - SOLD! The problem was, there was nobody in the small audience bidding. I would look around and there was just nobody bidding (even as a price of a domain was going up up up. I see this as another way the domain industry is hyping the business to keep the prices of domains they own up. One domain (I think it was offer.com,supposedly sold for $1.5 million.
I haven't been to any of the information sessions, but the the agenda did seem to present some issues that would be interesting to affiliates with some experience. I think most people were like me, though, who were just there to connect with other people there.
I'll see what its like today now.
> domain auction
Ummm, ya - PubCon Vegas ring a bell?
> I would look around and there was just nobody bidding
You can email in a bid on paper before the auction starts. That is what the auctioneer is going on.
Shawn does a great job.
They had the busiest exhibit hall of any show I go to because it's more of the focus here than others, but that means the space should maybe be bigger. If a customer and vendor is talking on each side of an aisle, more than one or two people should still be able to get through down the aisle.