Affiliate World Europe 2018 – BARCELONA!

My AWE2016 review still generates some commotion because of my dislike for Berlin, so it was very obvious that I found it very good news that Affiliate World Europe is taking place in Barcelona this year.

I’ve attended all Affiliate World events since Asia 2015. That means this was my 6th Affiliate World Conference and gotta say they are still getting better. I’ve already shared a short review on WHAT THE AFF, right after the event but I wanted to go into more detail for everyone who’s been following me on this blog.

First off, yes, gonna repeat myself but Barcelona just felt like a much better city for such a conference than Berlin. The vibe of the city, the people, the surroundings just fit with a relaxed conference much better than Berlin. I don’t know if there are any better cities in Europe to host such a conference.

The venue has plenty of space to grow the attendance, and it’s right next to the beach. It’s an EU city so it means it’s easy to get a visa for the vast majority of attendees. Transportation within the city is also pretty good.

I remember taking an Uber back to the airport and when the driver complained about the “being stuck in traffic” to someone on the phone (yep, I have some secret Spanish skills), we were actually going at a reasonable pace. Obviously the driver has not experienced Bucharest, Bangkok or Manila to see what stuck really means. 😀

It was a short trip for me this time so I didn’t get to experience as much of Barcelona as I should have… Oh, well. Priorities! Big thumbs up overall!

Now about the conference…

AWC has proven time and again that they take the feedback from attendees and want to deliver quality. No different this year. With every conference, the quality of exhibitors and speakers goes up. They managed to strike a nice balance between affiliate marketing, e-commerce and branding I think. Sure, some would have preferred more of the other topic, can’t 100% please everyone.

Even exhibitors were more diverse companies than usual. Not just affiliate networks and traffic sources. You had more trackers, service providers and even a crypto related project. Can’t wait to see what AWA 2018 brings!

When it comes to my goals for the conference – I heavily underestimated how much time I have available. My goal was to find companies to partner and/or sponsor WHAT THE AFF but I met so many other great people that I wanted to talk to that I just did not have enough time to talk to everyone at the booths there. Oh well, lesson learned for Bangkok. Bring more people!

Now would be a good spot to share some pictures… But if you know me, you know that I am not the sort of guy who takes a lot of pictures. I tend to keep my phone away when talking to people. Fret not, however! You can see a bunch of good pictures that others made – let me just link you.

Affiliate World Conferences Facebook page has a bunch of pro pictures that give you a good feeling for the speeches and exhibitor’s market. Go check them here.

Next, IAmAttila made a full review of his Barcelona trip in pictures. He made a blog post out of it. It includes a lot of the things happening around the event so it nicely complements the pictures from AWC FB page. You can check Attila’s post right here.

Shortly after the conference, I got a good question from someone at Leadbit, and I thought it’s something to share here too, because it explains my feeling towards Affiliate World very well.

What is AWE  for you? Why should people take part in STM events?

They say home is about the people, not the place, and it that sense, STM is like a home for me and many other attendees.

That’s it from me for now!

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Emanuel Cinca, aka Manu

My story starts in Lipova, Romania, a town of about 10,000 inhabitants, where I was born in a working class family. Growing up in a family that had a shaky financial base and relied solely on month to month wages, and sometimes on short term loans from friends, I knew that I a) didn’t want to get a regular job EVER, and b) I want to have true financial independence.

Fast forward to my high school days, I got admitted into the number one high school of Arad county, “Moise Nicoara” National College. Don’t ask me why they call it a college, that’s just the translation from Romanian. I had a passion for technology and computers, so it seemed natural that I wanted to get into the so called informatics class.

The 4 years here taught me that:

1. Where you come from has little to no impact on your ability to learn, your skills and their value

2. Being number one high school is overrated

3. In the standard educational system, you are not allowed to excel at something, until you have proven to be above average at everything else.

4. Grades are an extremely flawed measurement of someone’s skills

5. I know myself better than anyone else, so I should make my decisions, not anyone else, and I should be OK with the consequences.

These learnings will be reflected in some of my posts here.

After high school, I quit University after 2 months in… TWICE! One time I quit Computers and Information Technology, and the second time I quit Business Administration.

During these years I also developed a passion for poker. I was a content producer at the world’s biggest online poker school for 2 years, and I wrote a book with a Maths professor from Nottingham and TT, who also blogs here. The book is called The Education of a Modern Poker Player.

I moved to Vienna in 2013, at TT’s initiative, and had several failed ventures together, all leading up to what is now Adefy.

I have a keen interest in psychology and in data, which makes performance marketing such a great industry for me. I blog about these topics, sometimes adding education, personal development, and management to the mix.

Interested in: Psychology. Marketing. Management. Investing. Startups. Entrepreneurship.

Hobbies: Reading. Fitness. Football. Travelling.

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emanuelcinca

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