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AffCon2010 Panel "The Affiliate Tax: How Colorado & the Industry Mobilized its Fight"
 

AffCon2010 Panel "The Affiliate Tax: How Colorado & the Industry Mobilized its Fight"

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MediaTrust CEO Peter Bordes moderates the AffCon Convention panel about the Affiliate Marketing Internet Tax that threatened the entire affiliate marketing industry. Affiliates , affiliate networks, ...

MediaTrust CEO Peter Bordes moderates the AffCon Convention panel about the Affiliate Marketing Internet Tax that threatened the entire affiliate marketing industry. Affiliates , affiliate networks, agencies and merchants had to come together to form the Performance Marketing Association, and mobilize locally and nationally to engage and educate States looking to pass the ill conceived Tax Bill to balance their budgets. The States had no idea what affiliate marketing was and how big it was as an industry in each State. Nor how many people would be put out of business or would move their business to another State or country.

The CO Tax fight is an example of how the affiliate marketing industry came together as a local and national industry to defeat the Bill with only 3 weeks on the time clock.

This panel and presentation talks about the future of affiliate marketing and how everyone can contribute to shaping the future of this rapidly growing segment digital media and advertising globally MORE http://www.blog.mediatrust.com

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  • your very welcome Michael... please share with everyone. there is a follow up post from the panel. it was very eye opening having a rep form the CO legislature on the panel... the aff tax is being created in a vacuum and is more about balancing State budget then understanding it neg affect on business.
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    AffCon2010 Panel "The Affiliate Tax: How Colorado & the Industry Mobilized its Fight" AffCon2010 Panel "The Affiliate Tax: How Colorado & the Industry Mobilized its Fight" Presentation Transcript

    • The Affiliate Marketing Tax: How Colorado & the Industry Mobilized its Fight
    • Affiliate Marketing-Citizens Unite!!!
      • The affiliate marketing taxation issue is a wake up call & goes beyond Colorado. This is about our industry and its future.
      • The CO tax is a vital example of HOW & WHY we can come together as an industry. Locally & nationally to proactively collaborate & overcome issues the affect our future
      • Everyone needs to participate no matter how big or small… Affiliates, Networks, Agencies, Advertisers alike
      • Help shape the future of our industry:  Colorado is a great example for affiliates & the industry – showing up makes all the difference!
        • YOU are a part of a community, be it a local or a national group. We are stronger as a collective than as individuals...take action!
    • Look at Our Breadth
      • We cover the country & are growing.1/3 Linkshare Database
      • We represent $billions in local and national revenue
      • We have power of numbers IF we come together & coordinate
      • Take our destiny in our hands before others do!
      • We are one of the fastest growing and most misunderstood
    • The opportunity: Performance Marketing Growth 13% 46% 41% 5% 48% 47% 4% 45% 51% 4% 39% 57% Source: IAB April 2-10 4% 37% 59% 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 $12.5 B $16.9 B $21.2 B $23.4 B $22.7 B
    • The opportunity: Affiliate Marketing Spending
    • We Need to Act Together as a Unified Industry Network Local Groups National Groups Social Networks Corporate Involvement We need to coordinate locally and nationally and leverage social media amplification using twitter, facebook, and blogs etc to mobilize, broadcast, and generate ground swell awareness http://www.performancemarketingassociation.com Industry Groups Associations
    • However, performance marketing stands at the crossroads... MAKE NO MISTAKE … we are at a critical time in our growth. Decisions & how we act now will FOREVER impact everyone and our future potential
    • We Need to Go from Good to Great
      • We have a history of being fragmented & have operated in an unregulated super highway of grey as a young emerging segment of internet marketing.
      • We have a history of being reactive vs proactive
      • No central association to coordinate & drive standards, research, industry data about our markets. We have been operating in a black box w/ ZERO INFO
      • Enter the Affiliate Advertising Tax... a wake up call that started the process of our becoming organized as an industry... we still have along way to go
      • The tax issue was the first to challenge us to become less fragmented, leverage our size & grow up
      • We MUST come together locally & nationally to proactively shape the future of our industry: Adtax , FTC regulation, compliance, and standards issues are JUST getting started. This is the nature of business evolution
      • Either we take control & participate in our future OR it will be done by outsiders who do not know all the facts or have enough data to make informed decisions
      • The formation of the Performance Marketing Association PMA has begun bringing us together to collaborate around the 1st of many critical industry causes
    • The Benefits of Our Industry Action & the State Affiliate Tax issue
      • PMA helped prepare & coordinate efficiently & effectively by building a strategy around legislative efforts
      • CO affiliate marketing community mobilized & coordinated:
        • local meetups with affiliates, networks, & agencies to show how vital we are & how many people are involved
        • leveraged social media to create ground swell to engage local government
        • individuals & Companies took an interest and showed up to fight the tax
        • ALL made a difference in not having affiliate marketing WIPED OUT in CO w/ merchants completely pulling out due to the tax
      • The affiliate marketing industry has now won in 13 other states because people unified across the industry
      • We now have data & information from our association to explain what affiliate marketing is & how big & vital it is to local & national economies
      • Effort was planned, practiced, and coordinated to create and influence state and national awareness and acquire local political influence and support in a way that never existed… We created a VOICE
    • ITS NOT OVER! This is just starting
      • Now more than ever, we all need to do our part!
        • This is going to come back state by state. Regulation, Compliance and more need our attention
      • STAY & GET involved by:
        • getting more involved with the PMA by joining & get in working groups
        • following the PMA twitter stream so you are aware and active
        • Blog, Tweet and engage in your social media channels about the issues and spread the word. They all affect you and us as an industry directly.
        • Help Share The Future of Our Industry
    • The Panel
      • Peter Bordes, CEO and Founder, MediaTrust
      • http://blog.mediatrust.com http://twitter.com/mediatrustpete
      • Janine Crooks: Affiliate Manager, Scudder Phillips
      • http://www.twitter.com/jeannine_crooks
      • John 'Jack' Pommer, Colorado State Representative
      • http://pommer.us
      • David Asseoff, President & CEO, Adperio
      • http://www.twitter.com/davidua
    • Questions for the Panel
      • What was your reaction to the ad tax & when you heard it was coming to CO? What did you do?
      • Why should others get involved. What do you recommend the citizens of affiliate marketing do?
      • How big was that chasm you had to cross to effect change? did people know/understand the issues & what data & info did you gather & use to paint the picture?
      • Tell us about the bill in Colorado (what is is and how would it affect affiliates)?
      • What did you do to mobilize forces and work against it?
      • What tools were used and what did you feel was most effective (call-ins, emails, social media, meetups, etc.)?
      • How did you feel about Amazon pulling out at the last minute after working with you to address the tax?
      • What was the final outcome and how did you feel about it?
      • What would you recommend to affiliates fighting these bills in other states? (working with lobbyists, using PR, working with the PMA and similar orgs)
      • Where do we go from here?
    • Questions for Representative Palmer
      • Why was this bill introduced? 
      • What data information was used for the understanding of the industry and foundation for the Bill
      • How did you anticipate it would affect people? 
      • How do you feel about the outcome and Amazons final response? etc.
      • How can we help you help us?