Brittany “take it to the” Bankston
As you know I have been in the industry for a few years now and can honestly say I have not come across an AM not only as nice as Brittany, but one who has such a loyal following. Like myself, she too has an absolutely adorable daughter and is totally driven by the need to see her “mini-me” grow into an adorable and intelligent young woman – just like her mommy.
Brittany, thanks for taking the time to do this for me. You have many many readers very happy (my nephew being one of them, more on that later :-) ). Let’s get started shall we:
Q: If you would be so kind, please tell us about yourself and what you are currently doing.
A: Well, I just recently left AKMG. They are a great company with some talented individuals, things just didnt work out quite how we planned. Before that I was at Affililate.com, where my whole online marketing experience began. As of right now, I am a free bird. Focusing on a few side projects I began last summer, wreaking havoc on fb and most important, spending all the quality time I can with my #1 mini me.
Q: How did you find yourself working in the Affiliate Marketing industry?
A: I started in the industry at Affiliate.com (Media Breakaway) as the pendings analyst. My brother in law Joe Kemp, who is an amazing designer there, mentioned they were hiring and that i should check it out. So I did. And here I am.
Q: How have you found this industry to be? Was it what you thought it to be?
A: I really had no idea as to what I was getting into. Ive found it to be an extremely lucrative industry full of very intelligent and creative individuals that I have been very happy to be working with.
Q: There are more and more women playing a significant role in this industry, what do you attribute that to and more importantly – do you think that to be the case going forward?
A: This is somewhat of a tough question. I think that in general women have been, and will continue playing significant rolls not only to existing companies, but to their own successful start up companies as well. As far as our industry is concerned, I think that women have been looked upon as “for show”. For example booth babes, or networks hiring on good looking females as somewhat of a publicity tactic. If you’re a half way decent looking chick, with maybe noticeably larger boobs than most, its unmistakable that you don’t have a brain. Which in many instances it’s quite the opposite.
Q: Who was or is a major influencer for you?
A: My grandmother is/was the most influential person in my life. Im thankful everyday for her and for the life lessons she taught me. Common sense, respect those that earn it, quit playing in the fire place, if you can absolutely help it, dont let anyone see you cry, if you keep burping like that you’re going to tear a hole in your esophagus, and the golden rule.
Q: What are your favorite must read industry blogs or websites (brownie points if you mention RickyAhuja.com)?
A: I try to take a gander at all of them. Especially if they are close affiliate friends. Some that Ive been a pretty consistent reader for the past few years are:http://www.nickycakes.com/, http://www.adhustler.com/, http://www.wallofmonitors.com/, http://www.ianfernando.com/, http://bryn.me/, and of course http://rickyahuja.com/. Oh, and not gunna lie, I’ve always been a big wickedfire.com fan.
Q: Where do you see the affiliate marketing industry heading with social media in the next year? Do you think that micro blogging platforms like Twitter, Four Square and FB have the potential to change the entire landscape of presenting information to the public?
A: I personally think they have way more potential than they actually put out. As far as presenting info to the public, I dont really think that is an issue. Word and press travel so fast. Really its just knowing whether the info being passed on by word of mouth is being misconstrued. If they were as smart as they try to lead us to believe, they would work harder on coming up with much more innovative ad platforms.
Now for a few FUN questions:
Q: You are given a free pass to Affiliate Summit, Ad Tech or Leads Con – where do you go and why?
A: I would go to Affiliate Summit Vegas. Its usually right at the start of the new year when affiliates and companies have all of their goals in line and are preparing to do bigger things. Plus its Vegas, most of my favorite people are already there and ready to party and I can help guys like my fave Asian Jonathan Chong lose at poker.
Q: If you could pick the brains of anyone – dead or alive, who would it be and why?
A: Brian Warner aka Marilyn Manson. Ive personally always been a huge fan of his music. No Im not some crazy Satanic ritual performer (although if I could cast spells and such, don’t think for a second I wouldn’t) I’ve always just had the “I dont care what anyone thinks” attitude and I believe he is a classic example of that. Not only after all of the accusations of him having some sort of significant roll in the Columbine shootings because his lyrics and video games just made the kids do it, but all of the religious protesters that cant seem to mind their own. He still gets up and does what he loves and moves on without being afraid to tell his mind. Do the things that make you happy, be a good person, learn from and enjoy all of the experiences in your life and disregard any of the people that try to stand in your way or tell you otherwise.
Q: What advice do you have for my female readers who are looking to get into affiliate or online marketing?
A: Get your priorities straight, learn all aspects of the business, be honest, dont take shit from anyone and enjoy meeting an array of new people that will not only help you grow in business, and as a person, but will be great business partners and close friends.
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