Throughout the past six years, there has been a significant shift in
the promotional methods used by affiliates to drive sales to merchants.
It is important to understand how and why this shift has occurred and
ways advertisers can implement strategies to engage with all affiliate
The affiliate channel has always offered advertisers the opportunity to
deliver large volumes of leads; the challenge remains both assessing
the value and assigning an appropriate reward for those leads.
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For some advertisers, merely being listed on cashback sites is enough for them. For the savvier retailer, planning a strategy around cashback sites involves setting additional targets to sit alongside the sales’ volumes they hope they’ll achieve.
New customer acquisition is a key metric for many merchants and the affiliate channel has demonstrated its ability to drive new customers at low costs.
With more online retailers interrogating the data that is available to them, affiliate networks are able to highlight the volume of new customers they are capable of delivering through their affiliate partners.
There are a number of myths that are associated with cashback sites portraying them in a negative light.
Cashback sites are continuing to deliver vast volumes of sales for the advertisers that work with them. There has been considerable growth in the sector over the past couple of years and this has shown no sign of slowing.
Cashback sites will typically be among the top earning affiliates on most, if not all, affiliate networks.
Anyone working in affiliate marketing will tell you it’s a complex
channel. Typically the day to day grind of an affiliate network is to
try and make sense of this complexity, juggling priorities and
conflicting interests, resolutely performing the role of middleman and
Yet as the industry matures and grows in both value and influence, is the role of the affiliate network changing?
As we approach the pre-Christmas rush many advertisers will be looking
to launch affiliate incentives as part of their fourth quarter
But with affiliate marketing continuing to show
strong growth, advertisers can expect increased competition for
exposure on the best affiliates’ sites. So what makes an affiliate incentive successful and what ideas might advertisers want to avoid?
While the general discussions about behavioural retargeting have
concentrated on the thorny subject of privacy, for affiliate marketers
the debate has a different focus, challenging some fundamental and long
Matt Bailey wrote earlier this month on the problem that affiliate marketing seems to have in shaking off negative connotations.
His points are entirely valid; affiliate marketers continuously have difficulties in effectively communicating the strengths of our channel.