My favorite show of the year, just a short flight away was the best one yet!!! Affiliate World Europe in Barcelona was A M A Z I N G! Met so much new people and really loved the city; it’s beautiful people and amazing architecture. So much so, will have to return soon again with the family.
Upon arrival, we went to check out the venue and ran into a bit of problem; I didn’t have a pass!
Luckily the technical issue was quickly solved and I was issued this beauty:
These guys did an amazing job at the door, and I thank them for their wonderful work they’ve done at the event!!
I post on Instagram, so follow me here — when I saw that the COAT CHECK room was named CLOAKROOM, I LOL’d and knew I had to take a picture. Seems like people LOVED the pic was it got over 200 likes on FB, as the event progressed I kept on seeing more and more pictures posing by this CLOAKROOM, as it truly is funny for anyone that knows what BH marketing involves.
people say looks a lot like the lead singer of Coldplay, Chris Martin,see for yourself:
I had some meetings, and work to attend to.. but in the night I decided to go check out the ADVIDI party; which by the way was bad ass because they launched their new branding campaign and super cool new logo. Here’s Petar from Advidi doing his presentation:
Turns out MATULO from the STMFORUM was chillin at the party too; here’s a picture to prove it!
Seems like AWE was taken over by Italians, everywhere I went, everywhere I looked there was one italian, or 5. Here’s Luca and his crew, the guys that are solving the thing I hate most about ecom; super shitty products and shipping times using a new service called uDroppy. I’ll write a longer post about their cool company soon. In the meantime, here’s me and a lot of Pizza eaters.
As I was leaving the ADVIDI… I ran into the first affiliate from Serbia I ever met, Darko and his sexy girlfriend Lenka. After we left, the rest is a big blur…
The next day started late, slept in and missed breakfast, so I went to the mall Diagonal, and found a super awesome Chinese place right by the entrance. The food was DELICIOUS. VERY fresh, no MSG, and great service. Highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Barcelona.
After brunch, we went over to the show to catch Ben Malol preaching on stage about bags. Just kidding, he was laying the smackdown on how important it is to touch on paintpoints and use them as angles in your copy for ecom.
Before Benny’s presentation was over, I got a surprise SMS that my HODLER buddy Mark Van Stratuum, the author of The Drug of Choice [READ IT HERE] so I went out to meet him in the smoking area by the entrance. This guy is super cool, I recommend you learn his story on how he was advidi’s #1 affiliate.
Meet Dennis, him and I go way, way back 11 years… he was one of the first guys I ever worked with and he’s still as crazy as 11 years ago as you can see. Can you guess where he’s from? 😀 LOL
I ran into Kroom the legend, turns out he started another company about chickens. Los Pollos, it’s an auto optimizer for incoming traffic; so you send traffic to it and it will take out the granular shit and send everything to the best combination. Awesome Name!! They were giving away test tubes filled with jet fuel as part of their promotion (yea kroom flies fighter jets, u can see it on his instagram) . Hope no one died!
Awe Woulnd’t Be AWE without me stopping by to say hi to my friend and super moderator AMY from STM FORUM
After the conference, we headed out to a BH meetup. I decided to lambo; because crypto= moon+lambo right?
When we arrived at the Grand Central Hotel, we went in and asked where’s the meetup they didnt have a clue what we were talking about but they let us go to the roof pool. When We walked out, we saw families and kids. We didn’t wanna stick around here, it just didn’t feel right… Before we left, we snapped this picture tho, WHAT A VIEW!!!
After a private mastermind next to some great Spanish wine, we headed to the Clickdealer Bizzarium party. The entrace was all smoke and mirrors literally, here’s a pic of us all distorted with two Romanian aff legends Emil & R.A.T.
The CD Party was off the hook until around 11PM when hundreds of people showed up. As it was a small venue, it got so packed you couldn’t move and it was not fun. We decided to call it a day and head out for a late snack at that time and then ZZZzzzz time.
Next day it was Conference time again. Met up with my buddy Baseem who I’ve known for a long time, he was super pissed how ecom gurus on stage where talking about how to test products right now especially because all their screenshots and stats are from 1-2 years ago LOL . Funny guy no doubt!!
Here’s my friend Luka, I’ve known this guy for 2 years he’s super nice Italian guy. He visited me in Budapest before, and I was shocked to learn this uDroppy that was everywhere was his new company.
Right after meeting Luka, we ran into our main man from Advidi; Petar. We had no clue but the guy is also Serbian (I am Hungarian/Canadian, but was born there in Subotica) so it was a mini meetup of the Serbian affiliates. We will be doing something very special with Advidi soon, so stay tuned for that!
I’ve known about BitterStrawberry for ages; we used to work with them but I never met Carmen in person before; I was surprised to see she’s not 2 meters tall. Not sure why but I imagined her to be super tall. But that isn’t all, I was more shocked to learn she and her husband own this super successful company. Great job!! Her team is also really awesome, especially Adela & Sara!!
While on a smoke break, I ran into Olga from LeadBit.
We worked with LeadBit in the past, and they even had a featured post on my blog introducing their company.
She’s super nice and gave me this awesome world cup scarf!! Thanks 🙂
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Ran into my buddy Samir outside, blinded by the sun light, we’re both stand-sleeping.
AWE had a company by the name ZORKA mobi. A typical CPA Network. For us, from the city of Subotica ZORKA is a pretty legendary factory that polluted the area for many decades until it was shut down. So having a CPA named after one of the most polluting factories in your city is pretty funny.
Stopped by Sagrada De Familia, this place is so amazing. Then it was off to the FB Ad Buyers event by my buddy Tim Burd!
On arrival, I ran into Lawrence, him and his partner run some of the biggest ecom stores in the world. Always good seeing this guy, last year we masterminded about crypto at AWE in Berlin, then we all invested early and made a lot HODLING out for the 20k bitcoin mark!!
Look who it is, Ben Malol!! The super duper ecom guru!
My buddy Mark, me and Jason Akatiff owner of A4D and a legend in the space; one of my blogging inspirations tbh.
Bumped into FbQUEEN, while chatting it up with Jason & Tim Burd. She was quite the stripes.
Here’s Alla (Ella) from Adcombo, a nice Polish girl that loves my blog she said and Christina aka FBQueen.
After AD BUYERS the word on the street was that the afterparty was at the W hotel. When we got there it was a true clusterfuck, the hotel had no idea there will be an event and they wouldn’t let anyone onto the terrace.
But wait, Mark said, FUCK THIS MAN! Let’s just buy the hotel and have the party. So he went over to front desk, said I will buy the W hotel right now for double the price it’s worth just give me a bitcoin wallet! So they gave him a wallet, he sent over the coins and after waiting 45 minutes for them to confirm, the PARTY WAS ON! 😀 just kidding.
I was tired of standing in line, and all the disorganizational mess so I headed for some comfort food.
And that was the end of my journey at AWE 2018. See you at the nexxt one!!