Las Vegas 2019. Incredible. 2020 Will Be Insanity.
We have just returned from our annual Super Affiliate Conference in Las Vegas. As with past years, the trip is something that we look forward to and anticipate an awesome time, but they always seem to top expectations in every way! This year was no different. The group of super affiliates that came down were amazing, many new faces, many second year folks, and many people that have been there for 5+ years now.
I always like to come back and offer everyone here with some insight into the actual event itself, as well as offer some insight into our decision-making process, some things that we have planned, and our overall motivates behind every decision that we do make.
So let's begin, starting with how YOU can make Vegas next year...
The Opportunity. 300 Sales in a Calendar Year.
For those of you that do not know, we run an incentive based opportunity here with our affiliate program that ANYONE can take part in and that anyone can achieve.
Here is a breakdown of the Super Affiliate Incentive program. If you can make 300 unique Premium referrals (someone upgrades from Starter => Premium) from January 1st, 2019 to December 31st, 2019 you will get invited to our annual Super Affiliate Conference.
Anyone is more than capable of achieving this, and many of the folks that were in Vegas this year were able to achieve this as a result of taking action training here the prior year. If you are interested in working towards this incentive and building a full time and sustainable business promoting a service that you love (Wealthy Affiliate), I recommend that you head over to the Affiliate Bootcamp and get rolling.
There are 7 Levels of training within Bootcamp, and it will literally walk you through the process of starting out, right through advanced techniques to scaling and growing your business.
The 2019 Super Affiliate Conference
Day 1: The Meet and Greet
We fly in the first day and we always get together for a meet in greet. There are always new faces in the crowd, and a lot of the old faces that come to Vegas each and every year. It is the opportunity for us to all hang out, get to know one another, share stories over the past year, and ultimately build amazing bonds with the amazing folks that come to Vegas every year.
And I don't say that, just to say that. These are all people that I respect, that I thoroughly enjoy being around (Carson feels the exact same way), and that are very intelligent. They also share one thing in common with us, they want to help people. They are, plain and simple, NICE and compassionate people.
This is a good time to get to meet the new faces as well as catch up with friends from past years that we haven't seen in person. The thing about these events is that we are all the same type of people, nice, caring and authentic. This just happens to be the type of person that the Wealthy Affiliate community attracts.
We have the evening catered, so lots of good food, drinks and conversation. It creates a great deal of comfort heading into the first day of the actual round table discussions.
Day 2: Getting Down to Business (and some fun)
When guests arrive in the morning, our not so round (rectangular) table was full of this years SWAG, and the materials they need to follow along with years conversations. It is usually more of a "book" because we have so much going on, and so many platforms/ideas that we are looking to implement in the year ahead. This years outline of "things going on behind the scenes" was 37 pages in length!
Along with this, we have the entire day catered, including breakfast platters, lunch, and of course refreshments. This is the case each day that conferences are going on.
Here you can see some pictures of this years "big table" before we got down to business!
You can see we have padfolios, pens, coffee mugs, charging batteries and a few other goodies, and some "spending" cash that people can use for whatever they like, to gamble or otherwise.
After the day, we usually wrap things up in the evening with a 'socail' event. This year we did Craftsteak, one of our favourite restaurants in all of Vegas and it is certainly our favourite steakhouse.
See a pic below of a few of us enjoying dinner.
Day 3: More Business, Collaboration, and Idea Sharing (and a nice dinner)
We had some more amazing discussions on day 3. Some more interesting conversations surrounded new platforms that we have coming at WA, and the overall strategy and approach to "getting people over the hurdle". Everything that we build here at WA is for you and is to help you create and grow a business online with more ease.
This also includes helping newcomers getting over technological hurdles, and also the motivational hurdles that prevent them from success. This of course could mean many things to many people, and this is something that we are constantly working to refine.
We have some brilliant training roll outs, some brilliant new platforms, and many overall system improvements that are going to help further advance, refine and polish the platform here at WA in 2019 (and well beyond).
We didn't become the industry leaders in the affiliate marketing space by sitting on our laurels and we certainly will not be in 2019.
The Day 3 evening was ended with a Japanese night, with a wide array of Japanese food, different types of sushi and sashimi, warm appetizers from a world-famous Morimoto restaurant that catered the food. We also had a large selection of Japanese beer for refreshments. It was great fun, lots of amazing sushi that was specifically made to order by the head Morimoto sushi chef.
During this event, we also had the top "up close" magician Robb Weinstein, perform sleight of hand magic for several hours blowing all of our minds! It was amazing! See some pics below.
Day 4: A Bit of Business, and Then A LOT of Fun
We usually wrap up the final day with a half day session, followed by our farewell session at night. We like to really do it up on the last night, and surprise the Super Affiliates with a new location. This year we relocated to the Wynn Encore for our final evening together.
We had a bartender serving several feature cocktails, everything from Champagne based drinks to an Old Fashions with a twist. The room was over 6,000 square feet and had enough room for everyone to comfortably hang out, socialized, shot some pool and listen to live music.
Yes, live music.
We were able to get Jesse Roper, a very talented Canadian blues musician, out of his busy touring schedule to come down to Vegas and play several hours of acoustic for us "in room".
Jesse Roper has been establishing a solid footprint in the blues industry over the past few years and has accrued a very lively following. He is an incredible guitarist, and he has the vocals to match. I grew up with Jesse right from elementary school and if you want to hear some of his awesome music, I recommend that you download his Albums on Apple Music or Spotify. He has a lot of radio hits here in Canada, and it is just a matter of time I believe before his career shoots to the moon.
The evening was a lot of fun and it ended with a lot of "see you next year" comments. We can't wait to see the entire group back, along with some new faces (perhaps YOU?) next year in LV.
The 2019 Game Plan
Alright, as I write this I am now back to reality and I have had time to digest the Vegas Experience. As I have said in the past, it only continues to get better and this year has been no exception. The group that was there this year was nothing short of amazing, the conversations and discussions we had solidified (and in some cases slightly changed) our direction in 2019, and we are more amp'ed than ever about the future at WA.
The platforms that we have slated for this year are going to be rolled out through 2019, with many of them in very late stages of development and coming as soon as a few weeks from now. It is going to be a very busy spring!
We have brand new platforms coming. We have new versions of existing platforms coming. We have micro and macro improvements to existing platforms and services. We have more training, and updated training coming. We have more levels of support coming. And we are doing this all for ONE and only ONE reason, YOU!
Our goal has been and always will be to put our community first. We are in the business of helping people and doing so in a way where we can offer the best service in the industry (I think by a country mile), for the best price (also, by a country mile).
We are keeping the foot on the pedal this year. We are the busiest we have ever been, but we also have the most polished and refined internal development process (and a skilled team of programmers). Expect big things out of us, we will not disappoint!
Here is to a brilliant 2019 ahead, and we hope to see many new faces in Las Vegas next year for our 2020 Conference, yourself included!