Thoughts About ShareASale’s ThinkTank 2016

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If you attended ShareASale’s 10th Annual ThinkTank event in Chicago this year, then you appreciate how great of an event it was. If you weren’t able to attend, we’ll keep our fingers crossed that you’ll be able to join us next year. If you partner with ShareASale, we think it’s one of the top affiliate events to add to your calendar.

ThinkTank is an exclusive event designed by the ShareASale network to assemble and introduce new and up & coming Affiliates with Merchants and OPMs (like Acceleration Partners). This year’s event brought over 125 Bloggers and 40+ Merchants and OPMs together for workshops, sessions, keynotes, 1-on-1 private meetings and numerous networking events.

Here are three things that make ThinkTank an especially impactful event for Merchants:

  1. 1-on-1 Private Meetings: These 15 minute 1-on-1 meetings create opportunities for merchants and OPMs to speak and network with different bloggers. For Acceleration Partners and our clients who attended, it was a great time to strategize and discuss questions regarding products and each brand, along with learning promotional opportunities that were available through each site.
  2. New ShareASale Technology: One of the many benefits of attending ThinkTank is insight into upcoming changes and/or updates to the ShareASale interface. This year, during the agency/OPM educational session, we were notified of updates, including conversion lines, storefronts and the new automated milestone emails. Acceleration Partners was also able to contribute to the meeting by presenting a case study on how conversion line technology impacted the Cricut affiliate program. Keep an eye for an upcoming blog post featuring this case study.
  3. Networking Events: In addition to the 1-on-1 meetings, ShareASale hosts multiple networking events at ThinkTank to connect merchants and OPM’s with affiliate partners. These events include the welcome reception, the welcome dinner (which has strategically assigned seats from ShareASale) and an “Under the Stars” party. These events are a fantastic way to meet and interact with people.

A special thanks to the ShareASale team, especially Brian Littleton and Erica Toren and a shout-out to our affiliate partners and clients who attended this year’s ThinkTank: ALOHA, Cricut, Shutterfly/TinyPrints, ModCloth and Stella & Dot.

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