Posts tagged with 'affiliate marketing'
Successful ecommerce thrives on working with the the best business partners that ensure you stay one step ahead of your competitors, but over the last decade things have become pretty stagnant in the affiliate channel when it comes to service provider choice.
Large brands tend to review their affiliate network provider every two to three years and differentiation between service providers has become harder to see.
A worrying trend has arrived driven by a lack of innovation. In order to lock in market share contracts have been increasing and the small print surrounding notice periods has been growing.
With mobile commerce continuing to gather pace through the performance channel, it has been interesting to look back across the past few weeks to analyse the role mobile played over the Easter bank holiday.
With our March stats indicating that traffic through mobile devices reached 21.1% while sales were at 14.2%, it was interesting to see the impact of a long weekend on mobile usage.
We have traditionally seen that consumers turn to mobile devices at weekends. This is not particularly surprising when we consider that office workers step away from their desktops and instead use mobile devices to access the internet.
In May of 2013 Affiliate Management Days is coming to Europe. The inaugural conference in London is going to be opened by the already-legendary Matthew Wood.
By way of preview, I have sat down with Matthew to ask him a few questions about the current state and future of affiliate marketing.
Matthew has over 15 years of experience in affiliate marketing. He is the founder of a4u and a4uexpo, and an acknowledged thought leader and speaker within the sector.
Over the past two years we have witnessed traffic through mobile devices increase from 2% to 19% of total network clicks.
If we exclude tablet devices from this equation, traffic through mobile handsets has grown from 1.8% to 11%.
With consumers increasingly using mobile devices to access the internet, it becomes of paramount importance to ensure that the mobile user journey is optimised for this experience.
With the festive break all but a distant memory, we have taken the opportunity to look back at our stats across the network for the run up to Christmas as well as the post Christmas sales.
As a company running affiliate campaigns for around half of the UK’s largest retailers as well as over 1,000 SMEs, we are able to interrogate our data to provide some insights into general retail trends over the Christmas and New Year period.
There were a number of predictions and subsequently reports of the largest online shopping days and in this post we are able to look across our advertiser base to identify the peak trading periods.
With consumer behavior shifting and mobile commerce playing a more prominent role, we also look at the device trends during this time.
There is no escaping the fact that mobile commerce has been experiencing considerable growth. Recent research from Deloitte suggested that mobile devices would influence £3.5bn of retail sales this Christmas.
As well as understanding the anticipated growth of m-commerce, it is also important to recognise the devices that are fuelling this growth.
With targeting capabilities evolving, it is possible to segment audiences based on the device they are visiting through and advertisers are able to capitalise on this through targeted promotions.
How does one make the most of their affiliate marketing program? On what areas of affiliate management should one focus to optimize the ROI of an existing affiliate program? These and many other questions are answered by today's guest.
Today's Q&A is with Carolyn Tang Kmet, former Director of Affiliate Marketing for Groupon, currently VP of Performance Marketing at All Inclusive Marketing Inc and holds Affiliate Summit's Affiliate Manager of the Year 2010 Pinnacle Award. Carolyn is also an adjunct lecturer at the Loyola University of Chicago, where she teaches both undergraduate and MBA level e-marketing courses
As affiliate marketing matures, newer threats and challenges also evolve. However, the opportunities are still bountiful, and with the right approach a merchant can still succeed marketing their brand and business through a well-built affiliate program.
Today's guest is Todd Crawford, a recognizable affiliate marketing veteran, co-founder of Impact Radius, and former VP of sales and business development at Digital River's oneNetworkDirect.
In 1998 Todd also contributed to the founding team at Commission Junction, where he later served as Vice President for more than seven years.
Both affiliate marketing (in general), and affiliate program management (in particular) have intricacies. And the further we go, the more fascinating these become. With the proper approach (read: due attention), new doors and opportunities open all around the place.
My today's Q&A guest is Tony Nelan, Head of Account Management at Google Affiliate Network. Having affiliate marketing experience both in the United States and in the United Kingdom, Tony is now leading Google's global affiliate account management team.
Affiliate marketing exists on the crossroads of a number of online marketing channels. Paid search is one of the channels that many affiliate managers end up having trouble reconciling affiliate marketing with. Can the two co-exist in harmony, and if so, how do you achieve it?
Today I am excited to bring you a Q&A with David Szetela, an online advertising expert, author, speaker and consultant, former CMO for Bionic Click and former Owner and CEO of Clix Marketing, a pay-per-click (PPC) advertising agency.