ER7 – The Venue

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In the last email, I gave you a brief overview of my event we will be having December 2nd and 3rd in San Francisco. In this email, I want to tell you about the venue.

A brief history of past venues:

  • ER7 Spring of 2008 SF – We chose a great venue called the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco. It was a smaller boutique hotel with water views. The hotel staff gave everyone first class treatment and it was great. We dined at Boulevard the first night of the event, where GaryV ordered wine for everyone and then later even shot one of his episodes with a few of our attendees. The second night we dined at Waterbar – personally my favorite seafood place in the world (but I am a crab lover).
  • ER8 Fall of 2009 NYC – This year we headed to the city of New York, which can be fast-paced and overwhelming to say the least. We chose the Hotel Gansevoort because, well, it was the classiest place in NYC to have an event! We spared no expense, and when we were not in the classroom working one on one with attendees, we were dining on the rooftop overlooking Manhattan. Everyone kept talking about how amazing the venue was. For dinner we ate at STK and sat next to celebrities – Bruce Willis and former NFL star Laurence Talyor (LT). It was an amazing night!

But we don’t just set up and pick up the tab for these these amazing dinners. We also have an amazing menu for lunch and breakfast every day. You are going to absolutely love it!

We want the Elite Retreat to be an amazing life-changing experience for you, so we spare no expense when selecting the proper venues.

So without further ado, I am very proud to announce this year’s Elite Retreat (ER7) will be held at the prestigious Clift Hotel in San Francisco.

I think they put it best when describing this one of a kind space: “An inspired fusion of old-world hotel elegance with distinctly contemporary energy and glamor, the nearly century-old Clift’s modern and daring sense of diversity perfectly captures the city’s spirit. Steps from Union Square shopping and the legendary Nob Hill, Clift is perfectly located for sightseeing, shopping and socializing.” Our event will be held in various meeting spaces throughout the hotel over the two days.

So mark your calendars for December 2nd and 3rd at the Clift Hotel, San Francisco.

In the next email I will announce the official speaker list and agenda for this year’s event.

We will open registration next Tuesday, September 28th, 2010.

Also – We have plenty of sponsorship opportunities available and will have a media kit out soon. Shoot over an email to for more information.

74 thoughts on “ER7 – The Venue

      1. Putitoutthere

        I wish there’s a cheaper version of ER. I’ve always wanted to attend since I heard about it 2 years ago.

  1. Ethan

    A good choice! I attended a conference at the Clift a few months back and I’m impressed with the place. The room was very elegant. And the food… I have no words.

    1. AnnieLouJ12860

      I find their lobby intriguing. A bit dark than most of the other hotels I know but not gloomy. It’s just charmingly different. Did you notice the leather love seat with buffalo tusks at the lobby?

      1. Alan Alan

        Very trendy hotel. My daughter enjoys staying there. Personally, I prefer a simpler and more subdued atmosphere.

        1. WhoisDoyle

          Furniture by Philippe Starck. Portraits by Jean Baptiste Mondino. Munchies from Asia de Cuba and cocktails from the Redwood Room. Is the ER7 simply awesome or what?

        2. spameater

          You can see the portraits created by Jean Baptiste Mondino when you take a virtual tour of the hotel. An art house hotel with a touch of pure sophistication? I think the Clift got the best formula for garnering the most patrons in.

    2. Jona712

      With its whimsical furniture, top-notch restaurant and bar (I just love the Mojitos at Redwood Room!), I say Clift Hotel is a fine choice for this wonderful web marketing and online business coaching event. Keep up the good work, Jeremy!

      1. AnnieP78

        The Clift is a **cool** hotel. So cool, in fact, there is no sign outside the building — you just have to know it’s there. It’s on Geary between Mason and Taylor, at the corner of Taylor. How epic is that? 😀

        1. KrisM77

          I completely agree with your statement. They even allow some pets inside. We brought our then 1 year old Rottweiler, Pockets, in the vicinity and the concierge didn’t even bat an eyelash.

    3. AL0101

      I haven’t been in SF for over two years now. I went to a theater in Union Square once and noticed the hotel’s facade passing by. I think it’s a great venue for any gathering or conference.

      1. Husher50

        My parents booked a room at The Clift when they dropped by for a quick visit to my aunt a few weeks back. I thought they were exaggerating about the food and comfort and convenience but when I read the reviews online, I knew I just had to visit the place. Take it up a notch with it becoming the ER7’s venue this December and I know I just gotta sign up.

    4. medomoc

      You have no words? Are you saying you don’t have the words to describe the experience or you were just too busy stuffing your face? ROFL. Seriously, the food is divine in The Clift. Can’t wait to join the Shoemoney throng this December!

      1. thoushallpass

        I do hope we can have a short visit to Alcatraz after the event. Anybody else wants to visit the famed penitentiary?

        1. smstudent

          The Japanese Tea Garden and Golden Gate Park are recommended tourist attractions as well. Now I know where to stroll after the Elite Retreat!

          1. RedBlack88

            You should try the kayaking trips to McCovey Cove and Mission Creek. If you have good kayaking skills, I’ll recommend the trip coming out of Pier 39 to Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Those were among my fondest memories of previous San Francisco trips.

  2. Bryan Jake T

    Where can I sign up to get email updates? I’ll be doing a lot of traveling beginning next week so I may not have enough time to follow your blog for more info.

    1. The American Dream

      Please do check out the links Shoe provides with each post. I think he gave the specific link when he published his teaser post yesterday. See you there, buddy!

      1. twitteraddict05

        I have already tweeted the registration schedule and my mailbox is just screaming with replies and retweets. Looks like it’s going to be a tough contest just to get an ER7 spot!

        1. WhateverWorks

          Last year slots were sold out only a few days after registration opened. Looks like it’s going to be another tough race for a seat in the ER meeting rooms this year.

  3. Lola Dee

    There’s this Vietnamese restaurant, Thanh Long, that my family and I frequented when we were vacationing in San Francisco. They have this delicious dish called Drunken Crad. I’m sure you’ll love that dish, Jeremy.

    1. TomYoon

      With its fusion of Asian and Latin tastes, the Clift’s Asia de Cuba is definitely a spectacle of gastronomic delights. Please do reserve a seat for me, Shoe. As a foodie and a web marketing enthusiast, this is just one complete bundle of coolness!

    2. WhateverWorks

      I fell in love with Vietnamese cuisine during a holiday trip in Ho Chi Minh. Their salad rolls (Gỏi cuốn) are the best!

  4. Lola Dee

    There’s this Vietnamese restaurant, Thanh Long, that my family and I frequented when we were vacationing in San Francisco. They have this delicious dish called Drunken Crab. I’m sure you’ll love it, Jeremy.

    1. WilmaP

      Here’s a recipe I got off the Food Network 3 years ago. Hope this can help you prepare drunken crabs at home:


      3 bottles premium ale
      3 lemons, cut in 1/2
      1 head garlic, split in 1/2
      3 pounds Alaskan king crab legs, split
      Drawn butter, for serving


      To a large stockpot with a steamer insert, add beer, lemons and garlic and bring to a boil. Add crab legs and cover. Steam for 5 minutes or until crab is cooked through. Serve with drawn butter.

    2. Ara600_m1

      You should visit again especially during crab season. There are restaurants down at Pier 39 serving different crab dishes. You can enjoy a great meal and the amazing bay views that some of the restaurants have.

  5. The American Dream

    I had the opportunity to stay for a couple of days at the Clift a few months ago and the experience was just awesome. Apart from the whimsical furniture designed by Philippe Starck, the critically acclaimed fine-dining restaurant, Asia de Cuba, and the famous Redwood Room for cocktails are just wonderful places to see (and to be seen). Can’t wait to sign up, Jeremy. Best wishes from Florida.

  6. F2Xsites

    You held Elite Retreat twice in 2009? I recall reading a recap of the said conference in Hotel Vitale at SF. So you also held an ER in NYC?

    1. internetFTW

      No, I think he just mixed up the two. The one held in Hotel Vitale, San Francisco was ER Spring of 2009. I guess NYC was in 2008.

    2. newmediaist12

      Have you ever stumbled upon this piece of info? Los Angeles’ full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”. It can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A. Maybe San Francisco also has a longer name, too.

  7. FirenzeZ

    “Insider tip: The Union Square area that surrounds the hotel is filled with theaters and art galleries. Half-price, day-of-performance tickets for shows ranging from Broadway musicals to small, local productions are available at the TIX booth at Stockton and Geary streets, two blocks from the hotel.”

    1. Yes2Freebies

      The attendees will have to extend their stay through the weekend to explore Union Square alone. Is it still crab season in San Francisco early December? That would be another awesome reason to stay longer.

      1. Robin Sterling

        The Clift Hotel is also well-equipped with extensive banquet facilities. With a perfectly designed business center as well as several meeting rooms, this hotel is geared up for any kind of events, be it small boardroom meetings to large incentive groups. You can also workout the stress of the day the state-of-the-art fitness center. (Of course, I do have to shed off the extra pounds after I gorge myself on Asia de Cuba’s avant-garde cuisine. LMAO)

    2. enajyram00

      This is a great hotel and centrally located. It’s quite pricey, though, but you are literally a stone’s throw away from Union Square. Couple of things to note: get a room high up — probably higher than the 5th floor — there is a club downstairs and it’s very noisy in the lower rooms. Other than that, it’s one of the snazziest bookings I’ve ever been to.

  8. moolahmachine

    Shoe, did you know that no word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple? (P.S. Thanks for the heads-up on the registration schedule. Can’t wait to sign up. San Fran, here I come!)

    1. floresparati

      Other than the noises from the Redwood Room and the elevator, as well as the tiny lavatories, the Clift is a great hotel. It’s an art gallery, too, if you think out of the box.

  9. Dandundun

    The rooms at the Clift have super-fast Wi-Fi internet access. Watched a streaming movie (Silence of the Lambs) there, too, just to find out if it was just hype. Did you know that in the full 17 minutes Anthony Hopkins played Hannibal Lecter, there is not one scene where he blinks?

        1. melg

          It does have that effect. Have you seen The Exorcist? I swear Linda Blair’s character’s head spin scene gave me nightmares for weeks.

  10. Laney Pitt

    Coming from Saginaw, Michigan, I can easily say that my wife and I are not chic in any way. However, after we were treated to the magnificent accommodation and service in the Clift, man, I can get used to being chic all the time!

  11. H delacruz

    Oh, San Francisco! Framed by majestic mountains, windswept bluffs and rugged canyons, San Francisco unfolds in scenic splendor at every turn, from the Mt. Tamalpais north of the Golden Gate Bridge, to the fog-shrouded, old growth redwood forests of Muir Woods beyond the Marin Headlands. Top it off with ER7 and you’re in for a great vacay/learning experience!

    1. Creative Marketer

      How poetic! I really hope I could get a slot. I haven’t had the chance to explore San Francisco yet. I’ve only been there once. It would be nice to go there for what promises to be a unique learning experience at the workshop.

  12. georgeblanco

    What’s the 411 on The Tenderloin? I have come across a lot of negative comments on the place and I just want to ask for added information. Thanks and more power, Shoe!

  13. James Is (Not Working)

    A friend once related that “the sorry fact about San Francisco is that tourist dollars keep the city afloat, but there’s no reason to do anything about crime unless they stop coming. Think of a trip here much like you would a trip to Vegas. Same people, same dangers.” Any SF residents that might help clear this up?

  14. Nicole Burns

    I absolutely love sightseeing in San Francisco. There are just too many attractions to explore. And the nightlife is never dull.

    1. Mark Mead

      Our company had a team building at the indoor skydiving facility. It was one of the most exciting experiences I’ve had. I’ve been going back there with my friends.

  15. Chris Green

    Too bad SF has a lot of negative feedback just because a lot of homeless people are roaming around the place. Isn’t having the best marina in the USA the greatest reason for you to drop by this sanctuary of culture and tradition?

    1. sasha_482

      There are many homeless people here in Chicago too. But that doesn’t stop tourists from visiting. I think it’s the same everywhere.

  16. PattyT12

    I think SF is a charming and picturesque place. I may be biased though since I have lived in the city all my life. There are just too many to see and enjoy. I also like that I could hang out in Irish pubs that reminds me so much of my father’s hometown.

  17. Jason S.

    Rocket Profit gave away a free ticket to Elite Retreat in 2008. Whoever won that free ride must have been the luckiest person on the planet.

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