STM London & My Plans For March
In case you haven’t heard, STM Forum is holding a massive affiliate meetup in London next month.
Somebody better call 8 Northumberland Avenue ahead of time — because to the unsuspecting waiter, bar man, or miscellaneous lost Japanese tourist, it’s going to be raining vast quantities of sausage from March 9th.
That’s the opening night of a three day networking marathon that brings together some of the biggest names in our industry.
STM has slapped together a fantastic lineup of speakers, many of which you will recognise from the forum, including:
- Lorenzo Green (Mr Green)
- Jordan (stackman)
- Besmir (bbrock32)
- Dr David Savory (Zeno)
- Josh Mayne (Maynzie)
- Alexander Tsatkin (The Angry Russian)
- Tim Tetra (Timtetra)
- Benjamin Yong (Kokofai)
- Jim Stark (Jim)
- Charles Ngo (Dr_Ngo)
- John Alanis (Johna5150)
- Alex Willemsen (Scitox)
- Lars Kroijer (Kroijer)
- Christian Weselak (Ratalliance)
- Robert Gryn (Zeropark)
- Christina Szekeres (FBQueen)
- Rohail Rizvi (Rohail)
- Chris Hanage (Papaya Mobile sponsor speaker)
- An Advidi sponsor speaker TBA
That is a lot of authority in the affiliate space.
Most of these speakers are closely intertwined with the daily struggles of affiliate marketers.
(Unlike some of the speaking lists you see at other conferences, where most of the ‘authorities’ wouldn’t know the language of affiliate marketers if it slapped them square in the jubblies.)
You can see the full schedule of events here, but I’ll summarise the best bits and some important notes:
Monday, March 9th
Monday’s shenanigans are open to everybody, both STM members and the general public. You need to register online before attending.
Registration is free.
After registering, collect your pass between 12pm-4pm on Monday from 8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5BY. You’ll need it for all events.
The highlights of Monday include 3 hours of speeches from industry veterans, and an opening party hosted by AppFlood at Forge Bar near Cannon Street.
I’ll definitely be attending on Monday, so if you want to meet up for a drink (but don’t have STM membership), drop me an email or track me down at the event.
Tuesday, March 10th
Tuesday is for STM members only.
Not a member? Sign up now.
Voluum will be kicking off a networking brunch between 10am and 1pm at the Prince Albert Suite near Regent’s Park.
This sounds pretty interesting.
Attendees will be divided in to smaller groups depending on the type of traffic sources and verticals they run.
Personally, I can’t wait to see what the ‘First Free Find & Fuck’ table looks like…
In the evening, there will be more speeches at 8 Northumberland Avenue, as well as the inaugural STM Awards.
This blog has somehow wrangled a nomination in the Blog of the Year category, despite about five new posts.
There are some excellent nominees in the ‘Success Story of the Year’ category, which will go to the affiliate who has made the most emphatic progress, as seen on the STM Forum. If you need a rocket lit under your arse, I suggest you sign up and read the stories of the nominees.
They are the true stars of the STM brand.
You will find guys who have gone from zero to $XX,XXX/month in profit. And their progress can be followed, in full, on STM.
Of course, you can meet these affiliates in person.
By coming to the event.
Adsimilis will cap the Tuesday by hosting a Games Night at All Star Lanes in Bayswater.
If you are a dab hand at foosball, bowling or Xbox, you can come along and shame your fellow peers.
Wednesday, March 11th
Wednesday is also for STM members only.
The morning starts with paintball hosted by Avazu.
Just reading the description — “We have the ultimate STM twist for this paintball experience but we can’t tell you anything else” — I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds pretty bloody ominous.
- Guns loaded with acai berries?
- Capture the laptop (full of campaigns)?
- Team Affiliate vs. The FTC?
The last time I indulged in paintball, I got — what’s that quaint British term? — oh yeah, absolutely fucking smashed.
I almost ended up on the motorway after attempting my best Rambo impression with less than 20/20 vision and a fundamental ignorance of the ‘Out of Bounds’ signs.
From 8pm onwards, a legion of bruised, battered and hungover affiliates will be tapping up the Core Bar on Queen Street.
Wednesday’s grand closing party is sponsored by Advidi and has an equally ominous 1990s theme.
Come on, suckers.
Who’s gonna bite the bullet and go Full Geri?
It’s your last chance to
drunkenly extract campaigns network with the best in the industry.
STM is known for putting on the wildest affiliate shows in town.
If you are in London — or willing to travel — this is going to be a HUGE three days that will inspire, motivate and hopefully kickstart your campaigns to the next level.
Sign up to STM today, and register for the event!
Special kudos to the sponsors:
My Plans For March
This blog has been quiet recently. I’ve had to prioritise my business with a focus on training employees, at the expense of splurging my views to you cretins.
Life is busy.
I’m moving to Thailand with my girlfriend on March 14th.
She’s already secured a job in Thailand, and the final arrangements have been made for us to say Au Revoir to the Big Smoke.
We’re counting down the days with a combination of excitement and dread.
- The excitement of starting a new life in Asia
- The dread of dealing with final ‘logistics’ while the calendar closes like a spiked ceiling in the Temple of Doom.
Who am I kidding?
It’s mostly excitement.
I have a house full of belongings to shift:
Furniture, appliances, a huge pile of books… a Lazy Spa…
Is there such a thing as owning too much crap? I think so.
I was going to blow a fortune putting my stuff in storage, and shipping over my office essentials — but fuck it, why bother?
There’s a good saying: “The more stuff you own, the more your stuff owns you.”
The only thing I’m taking to Thailand is my clothes — and my dogs (back to their homeland, the expensive little arseclarts).
Everything else is getting sold, donated to charity, or trashed.
Of course, ‘dealing with everything else’, as anybody who has moved house will attest, is a great aphrodisiac… for shitting your pants.
It will be worth it in about 3 weeks!
I can’t wait to touch down in Bangkok.
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I'll see you there -- both in London and BKK! How long are you staying in London for?