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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.
Want to know where you should be aiming your e-commerce investment to increase online sales?
We asked 100 senior decision makers from leading global retail brands, who were attending the latest Internet Retailer conference, about what they are planning to invest in over the next 12 months.
As the affiliate marketing industry is facing new challenges, affiliate management is becoming a progressively intricate endeavor. However, opportunities to market your business successfully through affiliate programs are now more plentiful than ever.
Today I am thrilled to bring you a Q&A with Kevin Edwards, former Chair for the IAB's Affiliate Marketing Council, and currently Strategy Director at Britain's largest affiliate network, Affiliate Window.
A wise man once said that “you always fear what you don’t understand” and, despite being over a decade since its initial conception, people still fear performance marketing.
The wise man in question was Carmine Falcone in Batman Begins, and for a brutal leader of Gotham’s criminal underworld, his philosophy certainly rings true.
I don’t think there are obvious comparisons to performance marketing and Batman, although it is nice to think that our industry is the anti-hero striving for universal approval, but his simple ethos has been resonating loudly throughout the performance channel recently.
Based out of the 7thingsmedia New York office, I was glad to attend this week's Linkshare affiliate network Symposium.
The networking-heavy event had various sessions that were packed with affiliate insights, tips and best practice processes.
However, one session which particularly caught my interest was with Andy Hoar from Forrester Research on the Direct and Indirect value that affiliates deliver to advertisers.
On Tuesday night, the sixth annual Performance Marketing Awards was held in London, attended by more than 800 people and judged by Econsultancy Research Director Linus Gregoriadis, among others.
The event was previously known as the a4u Awards, but the name was changed to broaden the remit of the awards, allowing entrants from the various sub-channels of performance marketing, including social, mobile, email, search and display, not just just the affiliate sector.
With consumer behaviour and shopping habits continually evolving, coupled with the increase in smartphone penetration, more and more consumers are accessing the internet through mobile devices.
This is something that we have been monitoring closely at Affiliate Window for the past 18 months. Back in December 2010 we saw traffic through mobile devices account for 2.4% of all network traffic and 1.7% of all sales.
Fast forward to March 2012 and these figures have grown considerably with 10% of traffic and 6.6% of sales coming through mobile devices.