The long-awaited Webmaster Access, an affiliate veteran, celebrating its 20th anniversary on the market, opened its doors for the attendees on September 13. And what doors were they! The event took place at one of the most stunning hotels scattered around the city of Limassol, Grand Resort Hotel, renowned for its beach, topnotch service, and elegant style that would equally impress first-timers and old-timers who'd seen the entire world. Anyway, there's still a lot to cover, so grab your cup of tea, get a tasty snack, and plunge into the bubbly atmosphere of the conference.
Grand Resort Hotel
The Grand Resort Hotel in Limassol is a luxurious and elegant five-star hotel that offers a stunning beachfront location with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. The first thing you notice entering the building is the modern and sophisticated design, with spacious and well-appointed rooms and suites that undoubtedly provide guests with ultimate comfort and relaxation.
As mere guests of this resort, we weren't lucky enough to attend a rejuvenating spa session with various treatments, massages, and wellness programs, but just the interior soothed your nerves: fountains, an abundance of lavish vegetation, and the color scheme redolent of Old Hollywood virtually sent you to the realm of relaxation where worries either nothing or didn't exist. This might trifle you before a strenuous networking session, but in a couple of moments, your anxiety dissipated: you inhaled the salty air, examined the rows of palm trees in a garden nearby, looked at the sea, and heard the first DJ beats with Andy Wullmer shouting in the background, eager to present himself and start the conference...
There couldn't be a better start. Could there?
This time Traffic Cardinal made itself known by getting its own booth at the conference and bringing exclusive merch everybody was so excited to obtain. But before the writer speaks a few words on that, let us describe the event in a couple of sentences for you to have a brighter impression of what it was like.
If you are an early bird who wants to put everything in order two hours before the actual event, you were granted an exciting opportunity to observe the impeccable technical processes other attendees missed. If you found a problem with your booth, you could contact the organizers, and the team would take care of it in no time, fixing everything that demands immediate attention.
Those who came in later were pleased to hear Andy Wullmer roaring in a mic, greeting everyone he saw. Listening to the inspiring DJ beat, switching from Sweet Dreams to I Was Made for Lovin' You Baby to another old-school remastered hit, you traipsed through the rows of booths, making acquaintances. One of the advantages of the conference that people might overlook is that it was fairly small: obviously, it could not compete with the giants of the industry, inviting moguls and gurus all the from the USA and unrolling remarkable shows distracting from the main purpose of the event, but you had an exciting opportunity to strengthen the bonds even with the people you saw for the first time. You dilly-dally around the hall, not knowing who to say hello to, but in a couple of hours, everyone's a friend, ready to give you a helping hand or talk business to you. This company isn't your direct hit, but you know who should be addressed to connect these two; someone has already reached out to you saying that that girl in a white dress may be having something in store just for you.
Practically, this was an interesting shift in approaches: normally, you are supposed to be a geisha, conversing with different people, changing topics constantly, looking for the best angle to spark a discussion, fighting initial embarrassment and innate modesty. This time, you aren't actually meeting new people: you're talking to someone you already know, more confident in your small talk endeavors, and more eager to highlight the points you'd like to dwell on.
In short, Webmaster Access was a relatively small conference that could quickly improve your relationship with the newly found partners: on the first day, you might be a little intimidated by throngs of people swarming in the corridors, and by the end of the conference you're already planning exciting projects and inspiring activities that can shake up the market. Evidently, the result isn't gonna keep you waiting, but only time will tell how successful it is in reality.