Just got back from Santa Barbara and CJU 2010. I had a great time. The Fess Parker is a wonderful venue and the conference is first class. Lots of great food, drinks, and parties. But the best part is the networking. The first afternoon is the expo with many major advertisers, publishers, and agencies exhibiting. I quickly found the ones I wanted to say hello to or meet and then picked up a few freebies. As an affiliate publisher, my sales are good this year and it was encouraging to find out that my merchants had noticed. It looks like I’ll pick up some commission boosts for that performance. I am working towards CJ Performer and this could be the year that I do it.
The opening cocktail party was at the Santa Barbara zoo. The weather has been unusually cool in California this year and this day it was as well. But a lovely spot, overlooking the ocean. Great food, drinks and giraffe feeding.
The next day was full of sessions and networking followed by the CJU awards dinner. I was thrilled to sit with Kristen and Priest from buycostumes as they accepted their People’s Choice award. Yea! They are the best!
Thursday was the last day, a few more meetings, a look at some exciting new technology from Commission Junction, an informative session on SEO and then time to head home. The time sure went by fast.
I love this conference and will be back in 2011.