Day 1: Hotel Check-in/First Day Of Ad:Tech
I arrived earlier Tuesday morning, a couple hours before the opening of the Ad:Tech exhibit hall. I took a cab from the airport instead of BART (Hey! SFO get some better signage for those from out of town to find BART) I got to the hotel around 9:00 AM or so and believe it or not the Grand Hyatt had my room all ready to go, which was great, so I got unpack, relax for a little while before heading over to the hall.
When I arrived at the hall, it was PACKED. Also I was very confused of why would they send you your badge in the mail, only to have you wait in line just to get a badge holder????
So by the time I got my badge holder it was time to head out already, I had a lunch scheduled at noon with Dina Riccobono from Market Leverage over at Scalia’s on Powell Street. I got to also meet Andy Espenshade; Andy is ML’s new Director of Marketing. I want to thank Dina and Market Leverage for a great lunch. (Chocolate Bomb!)
After lunch I headed back to the exhibit hall, walked around for a little while and then went to the Affiliate Summit Beer Garden and talked with Trisha Lyn Fawver and talked a little with Karen Garcia from GTO Management.
After that I meet up with the Tracking202 gang, along with Jasper Pangilinan, and a few others. Next it was time for some food, afterward a few of us headed over to the ppc.bz party at The Cat Club. I was there for a little while and around midnight I was exhausted, since I did get up at 3:30 AM that morning, I headed back to the hotel. So yes I missed the Acai Berry Wrestling.
Day 2: Ad:Tech Part 2
The next morning, I had a ton of work to do, so I spent the most of the morning in my hotel room making some phones calls and sending some emails. Around 2:00 I headed over to the exhibit hall. Walked around for awhile and was just Ad:Tech’d out.
Later that that night, I headed over to MIGHTY for the Meetup202 group. It was a great event, got to see some old friends and made some new ones along the way. I finally got to meet in person Garrett, Kim, & Monica all from Epicenter, although their offices are only 30 minutes away from my house, it’s the first time we’ve meet in person.
I hung out with those gals and Daniel Boyd and Bret ???(sorry, didn’t catch his last name) for pretty much the rest of the night/morning. We went to Advercircus and that was crazy and drinks were free all night. Thanks go out to Clickbooth for putting on one hell of a party.
Day 3: BBQ202 & Travel Day
So after tons of drinking and staying out late every night, I was just beat, I’m not as young anymore. I called down to the front desk and ended up getting a late check out and then headed over to Tracking202’s house/office for a little impromptu BBQ and got to meet some more new friends, like Danielle Nagami, Ryan Pamplin, Emily Thomson and a couple others. After a few hours, Wes (Mahler) took me to the airport and I was home in no time, thanks again to Wes for the ride.
All in all it was a great trip, met some new friends as well as seeing some old ones and I’m look forward to seeing everyone again in August at Affiliate Summit East in NYC and doing it all over again.
PS: I am slowing going through and posting pictures as I get to them.
The BBQ202 pictures are up now on Flickr.