First let us thank everyone that showed up to the Viva Las Vegas Lounge! Although the live Sirius radio broadcast with guests like Lukas Rossi from Rockstar Supernova and the drummer from Guns-n-Roses, Steven Adler did get up a few feet away from us and go speak with them, no one could be out done by the comedian Jim Breuer. We weren’t sure if Jim was a guest or if he’s part of the show, but he stayed the entire time and pretty much gave every one of us a headache for screaming into the mic continuously. You could never even hear what the others were saying because he spoke over them, but then you couldn’t understand Jim because he screamed so loud it distorted the sound. Absolute thumbs down to that station and their performance. It could have been better, but oh well.
On to the real matter at hand, our LinkWorth happy hour. Matt and I both agreed Friday on the plane ride home that it was the absolute best part of the entire trip. Pubcon was “ok”, but other than hearing the engines prove points or show us new releases we haven’t yet read on their blog already, it’s a bit a waste of our time and money to go sit in these seminars. So this go ’round, Matt and I wanted to step outside of the norm and plan a gathering for our customers and other associates outside the actual convention. This led to putting a small happy hour together at the Hard Rock Cafe where Matt and I were staying. A way to get up and close to each and everyone that shows up listening to any and all feedback over a few drinks and see where things go.
All I can say is, “SUCCESS!” From the initial first arrival “Dazzlin Donna” all the way down to the “American Muscle” crew, we were able to speak, face to face, with some of our long time advertisers and partners who have been with us since we initially launched. The theme was “what is your account id?” in hopes of becoming the lowest account id in attendance. I believe M_Reider at account 24 was the lowest (other than my account 1 😀 ), however, I didn’t hear of one that was over 100. It was definitely very special to us in putting faces to names and creating a more personal working relationship with all of you.
Initially, we were worried people would have a hard time finding us because some tables that were supposed to be roped off, wound up not being so at the last minute and we couldn’t do much with it. We did notice that most visitors found us quickly. If you looked for us and did not find our table, we deeply apologize and next time will be much more organized!
Once the drinking began, a shot here or there and then inhibitions started being dropped like our money in the local slot machines. As our drinks kept coming and a few visitors moved on to bed or “other things”, our group dwindled down to Steve and his crew along with Matt and I. One of the guys “Dave” had a few martini’s dry on the rocks and had a great idea to possibly put our LinkWorth Logo on the outside of his left shoulder. Matt, being one that rarely backs down from a bet, says, “If you will do that, no only will LinkWorth pay for your tattoo, but I’ll get one with you!”
After some careful consideration and thought about the idea, I closed our tab at the bar and called up a nice big limo to take us all down to Vince Neil’s ink parlor. The two gave things one last consideration and didn’t even think twice about it. Next thing you see is both guys headed back. Unforutnately, Dave’s room was not on the outside window for us to watch, but Matt’s was. We had a camera with video making her way to the back to catch Dave.
So the final outcome was the simple logo on our business cards. Matt placed his on the underneath of his left bicep (OUCH!) and it actually looks like a very cool and trendy tattoo. Dave threw a little fit at first for the size and wanted it TWICE AS BIG! ! On the outside of his shoulder/arm, so his is a little larger.
After the fact someone brought it up to go over to the Hart & Huntington ink parlor and try to be on their reality show, but at that point in the night, we wanted to make sure it went through before changing of minds and get it done. The TV aspect would have been interesting enough to qualify for the show, but I’m just as happy with the memory and the pictures and videos we have.
The pictures and videos of Dave (our client) getting our LinkWorth Logo tattooed will be up very soon. Hang tight, they’re well worth it. I think we all deemed it the most exciting time of the entire conference that night. GREAT stuff. Thank you Matt & Dave! Expect the video’s and Pics this next week.