2007 Affiliate Networking Dinner


The 2007 Affiliate Networking Dinner was a huge success. Over 100 affiliate and Internet marketers from as far away as Thailand made it to the Pacific Palisades hotel in Vancouver for a night of dining, drinking and social networking.

The event, now in its 4th year, is the brainchild of Ian Lee of the Affiliate Marketers Alliance. Ian did a masterful job putting the event together and was a great host. This is the first time we have attended the event and we look forward to doing it again next year.

Beside Sarah and me, fellow Saturday Pho Festers, Stephen Fung and Greg Morgan joined us. As for the rest of the 100+ people at the event. I didn’t know any of them (other than the host). However, some of them knew me because of the recent Vancouver Sun article. It is OK that I didn’t know anyone. That’s what a networking event is for. I met many like-minded affiliate marketers and got a chance to talk to some affiliate networks as well.

The Food


The dinner was a buffet created by Zin Restaurant. As buffet goes, it was better than average. If this were a Dine Out Vancouver experience, I would have score the food quality 2.5 out of 5 stars. Good thing we were not there for the food!

The Affiliate Marketer


Ian Lee of the Affiliate Marketers Alliance was nice enough to take some time out from his busy networking to take a picture with me. Ian’s a really nice guy and I’m sure I’ll be doing some business with him in the future.

Some Guys Have All The Luck


The event’s platinum sponsor, Millnic Media, offered up a 30GB Microsoft Zune as a draw prize. Of course, I won it. You know what they say: some guys have all the luck 🙂

37 thoughts on “2007 Affiliate Networking Dinner”

  1. Stephen says:

    Why is Ian on your lap? 😮

    1. He’s creating a “marketing alliance”

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  2. Lorne Fade says:

    Hes not on his lap. LOL.

    Hey John you dont really need a zune do you? Looks like a chance for a viral marketing giveaway if u ask me 😀

    And yeah, the food is never any good at those convention or networking venues.

    1. Leftblank says:

      Haha, I’d indeed also love to win a Zune 😉

      Looks like you’ve had a nice evening John, it’s cool to see a lot of ‘big guys’ together, I was already wondering how you got so many social contacts, but this explains some 😉

  3. ian says:

    Of course, all Ian’s are really nice guys.

  4. Nomar says:

    That zune rocks !!

  5. Michael Kwan says:

    It really does look like Ian is sitting in your lap. No wonder you won the Zune (wanna give that to me? I know you’re interested in another viral marketing scheme).

  6. Jeff says:

    Darn.. I got an invitation for this, I never remembered to follow up on this to attend and such.. damn it.

    How is the microsoft Zune??

  7. HMTKSteve says:

    A Zune? Don’t these people like you?

  8. Gareth says:

    If you smash the zune to pieces, then you can give it away to more than one person!

  9. Jon says:

    Haha, congratulations John you lucky bastard! You should put the Zune up as the prize for a contest hehe.
    Perhaps to the person that gives you the best contest idea. 😮

  10. Daniel says:

    Yeah Zune to the crowd!

    Make it the funniest comment win it.

  11. “some guys have all the luck” is an understatement.

  12. Perhaps you can give away the zune as a prize? 🙂


    1. HMTKSteve says:

      Who would want to win that as a prize?

      1. David says:

        I wouldn’t turn it down…haha

      2. Bill says:

        I wouldn’t turn it down either 🙂

  13. Gdog says:

    John, can I have your Zune? I know you’ll end up giving it away as some sort of super-evil-linkback-scheme that we’ll be a part of. Mark my words.

    1. derrich says:

      I was just about to ask if he was going to do a contest to give it away. LOL!!!

  14. Adam says:

    Can see that some of the commentators have a problem with the Zune. Have tried it and it is great. I would love to win it as a prize.

  15. Ryan says:

    Does this mean we’ll see a contest soon? You know, where a Zune is the top prize?


  16. Ashish Mohta says:

    Thats really great JC, Congrats.

  17. ilker says:

    Congratulations John!

  18. David says:

    Congrats John. Seems like a fun evening, food, more connections, and a prize!! Enjoy the Zune, unless ofcourse it will be an upcoming prize 😉

  19. Shawn Knight says:

    Man you have the best luck EVAR… you should go to the casino’s more often hah

    1. David says:

      But being smart about things, you can create your own luck.

  20. Marc says:

    From what I’ve heard about the Zune, use it in a giveaway or put it up on E-bay…

  21. Tyler says:

    Is anyone even selling those up here in Canada, well mainly BC? Someone was telling me that FutureShop,Bestbuy don’t have them nor do London Drugs and A&B Sound.

  22. Carl says:

    Did someone try to steal your glory and claim the Zune for you?

  23. Wade Tonkin says:

    Congrats on winning the Zune. That looks like some pretty serious hardware.

    It was nice sharing a table with you and having you snap a pic of me working the Crackberry and perfectly showing my bald spot 😉

  24. Michael Kwan says:

    Sorry all, I’m in possession of that exact Zune. 🙂

  25. Michael Kwan says:

    On a related note, Stephen Fung snapped a pic at the dinner that provides indisputable evidence that John Chow is the root of all evil.

  26. Ajith says:

    Hows the zune John is it woth your luck or is it just another player

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