Elite Retreat 9 – Agenda, Location, and Experience!

Registration for the public will open this Thursday, March 8th at 10am CST.  The cost is $7,995 for the 3 day industry leading event.  We will screen all applications to ensure that they will get value out of the conference and also be a great addition to our ongoing mastermind alumni.  Last year we ran out of spots in HOURS after we opened registration. Please let us know if you have ANY questions, please contact us here.

Today I wanted to tell you about the Agenda, and over all experience you can expect.

First a few words from former Attendees, Speakers, & Sponsors:

”We have never had a better ROI sponsoring an event, like we had sponsoring the Elite Retreat.  Count us in for any ER’s you do in the future…” -Lex Annison – Facebook (sponsor Er 4)

“The Elite Retreat instantly propelled our businesses 6 months ahead. To call this event a conference does not do it justice. It should be called “An event with incredible people who all want to help each other grow their companies” – Matt Coapman CMO, Blu e-cigs

“I have been to over 30 events in the last 5 years in the industry. As an attendee I have never gotten such amazing value. What an amazing group of attendees and speakers! Count me in every year!”
Aaron Baker – Executive Vice President of Atrinsic.

“There’s something about the idea of spending such an intense one-on-one time with experienced webmasters  that makes some sense.” –Darren Rowse – Problogger.net (speaker ER6)

“I have spoken at the Elite Retreat 4 times dating back to 2007. Its been great to see the event grow over the years and become a “must attend” for any serious entrepreneur.” –Guy Kawasaki – Co-Founder of Alltop (speaker Er 4,6,7,8)

“I came as a presenter, that’s the reason I’m here, but I stayed because of the content. It was really, really interesting. The other presenters were fantastic. I found myself picking up little tidbits about SEO and different things that aren’t my primary areas of expertise.” –Matt Mullenweg – WordPress Founding Developer (speaker ER6 – 2008)

“You’ll be blown away by the mind power in the room. In 48 hours, you’ll walk away with substantive takeaways you can use in your business right away and a connection with high-caliber, successful people that you can continue collaborating with. Today it’s not about who you know, it’s about how well you know them. You’ll definitely walk out of ER8 with very tight connections.” –Missy Ward – Affiliate Summit Co-Founder (attendee ER7 – 2010)

“Elite Retreat is like no other event I have spoke at. I really enjoyed networking with the attendees and have continued a relationship with them. Very smart group of folks” –Gary Vaynerchuk Internet Celeb, Founder Wine Library (Speaker ER5 – 2009)

The Location:

This years event will be held at the prestigious Clift Hotel April 25th, 26th, and 27th in San Francisco, CA.

This Years Agenda:

The agenda for the Elite Retreat is very unique, and we think that it provides the best way for our attendees to get the most out of the event.

The night before the event begins we have a nice cocktail reception where all of the guests can mingle and get to know each other.

The first day we start with breakfast at 9am.  Then we start of the day with a brief introduction of all the leaders, and also all of the attendees.  This way everyone can start to feel comfortable around each other.

The first and second days are very similar and will be filled with eye opening presentations and full days of one on one time with all of the experts.  Breakfast at 9am – 10am, lunch from 1pm – 2pm, with some breaks in there as well.  At 5pm we will leave the hotel venue and let people recharge for a bit.  At 6pm we will reconvene for cocktails and dinner.  The cocktails and receptions is a relaxed atmosphere giving all attendees more time to discuss all that they have learned or still want to learn.

The only difference with the 2nd day is that instead of dinner,  we will conduct a network reception.

The 3rd day is a full day of mastermind sessions. We are looking this year at traveling to the Twitter HQ to meet them and have our sessions.

Attendees will have opportunities to present a problem and other attendees/speakers/leaders will give example experiences that they have had and what they personally did.  I have been using these methods for quite some time and it has had a huge impact on my company.  We also have a couple other surprises in store for the 3rd day.

Why You Should Come:

First of all this event is not for everyone.  We know that for the right person, this event is priceless.

No where else will you get the amount of attention from the leaders and attendees alike at this event. But, if you are unsure if this is right for you; we do take time to screen all of the registrants. After registering, we will send a brief questionnaire asking you to tell us about yourself, and your goals you want to accomplish at the Elite Retreat.

After a review of all the attendees, we will notify you whether we think you are a good fit or not.  If we feel we do not have the proper expertise to ensure you will be able to accomplish your goals by coming we will do our very best to get that person to the event.  But, if we are unsuccessful and do not feel we have a 100% chance of meeting your expectations we will let you know and refund your money.

I can tell you first hand that I can attribute most of my companies income to ideas that were spurred by the Elite Retreat event.   The alumni are amazing and it is time for you to become a part of this elite tribe of people.

Who should come:

We always say the Elite Retreat is where you “take your business to the next level”.  But that is a very broad statement right?

The fact is,  previous attendees are all over the map.

I would say about 1/3 are affiliates looking for new ways to generate traffic and some ninja tips on how to improve what they are currently doing.

The rest is a big mix, usually consisting of people who are looking to take their products online, people selling products online looking to grow, and people who offer consulting services to e-commerce based companies looking for new tips and techniques.

In the past we have had everyone from Bariatric Surgeons, mom and pop travel agencies, plumbers, dentists,  you name it!

We have also had some big company people like a EVP from Ford Motor Company,  Intel,  nVidia, Chitika, MySpace,  FaceBook,  Google, Yahoo and many others.  These are obviously huge contacts for people to network with.

The bottom line is everyone, no matter what you are doing,  is looking to grow their business and that is exactly what we do for you at the Elite Retreat.

The Guarantee:

We have never had one unsatisfied attendee at our event in the past eight years of having it.  This makes us fairly confident in our abilities and in the event itself.  We are so confident that we offer a money back guarantee to all of our attendees.  If for any reason after the first day, you feel this event isn’t for you, just find one of the staff and we’ll get you a plane ticket home and refund you your registration fee.  No joke!  It is more important to us, that our attendees go home happy and satisfied, than it is to take your money and not care.

The Cost:

The price of the event is $7,995 per person.  The only other thing you need to cover is your flight and hotel.  All meals and nightlife are included with your registration.

Countless attendees keep telling us we need to raise the price to 15-25k,  but we feel the event is an unbelievable experience for $7,995 and I do not see increasing the price anytime soon.

I always like to surprise attendees with bonus gifts,  which by themselves is worth 2-3x the cost of the event.  I already pitched my idea to the alumni and they loved it.  I think you will too!

The After Care & Followup:

Once the event is over the value does not stop.  We have once a month Alumni mastermind calls and even some exclusive Alumni events.   But perhaps the biggest value is you can feel free to call on me for anything you need.  Ask any previous attendee.  The Elite Retreat Alumni is a very close knit group of experienced, accomplished,  entrepreneurs and we have created quite a tribe.

Each attendee is also given my personal email and cell phone and I continue to work one on one and provide resources to them for life.

See you there!

I can’t wait to meet you and work with you one on one for 3 solid days.  This event is my baby and I feel I really have a gift for analyzing what people are working on and coming up with many ways they can grow.  I have also assembled like minded people but, with different backgrounds to give you even more angles of attack.

Registration will open this Thursday, March 8th at 10am CST.  For new people.

Remember there is ONLY 30 seats available for this once a year event.

Registration to Alumni has been open since early last month and as of right now we are more than half sold out!

Last year the event sold out in record time and we expect this years event to sell out very fast!