Take, for instance, American Express’ hyper-personalization strategy. At the Direct Marketing Association’s 2018 &Then conference, David Knapp, the company’s director of digital marketing, discussed how this strategy has resulted in a compound annual growth rate of 150% in engagement for the company’s email marketing efforts -- as well as a slew of awards for the best email marketing campaign. This forward-thinking approach was driven by looking at customers’ data to understand their spending habits as well as what incentivizes them.

An influencer is an individual who holds the power to impact the purchasing decisions of a large segment of the population. This person is in a great position to benefit from affiliate marketing. They already boast an impressive following, so it’s easy for them to direct consumers to the seller’s products through social media posts, blogs, and other interactions with their followers. The influencers then receive a share of the profits they helped to create.
The notion that affiliate marketing is only for gigantic websites with millions of unique visitors is a thing of the past. In the affiliate model, you can receive commission in a pay-per-lead model, but the pay-per-conversion model is much more common. With that said, there is very little risk to the merchant. If there are no conversions, they don’t pay (other than any monthly membership fees charged by the affiliate network).

I frequently see people join a network, see no immediate results and traction, and let the campaign fall by the wayside. Remember: No one knows your business as well as you do, so leverage your knowledge and think outside of the box for who may be a great fit as an affiliate. They don’t have to be a massive company with millions of followers on social media. They just have to have a decent following, an engaged audience, and a potential interest in or need for your product or services.


The best email marketing automation tools depend on your budget and email campaign goals. Here are some to consider. MailChimp offers a free plan for up to 2000 subscribers, so it’s a popular email marketing service to start with. Alternatives to MailChimp include Constant Contact and Aweber. If you need to include more features, try an email marketing software such as Hubspot or Infusionsoft, which many larger and small businesses use. Whichever you choose, you can easily hire an email campaign marketer to help you set up your personalized email address and create an email newsletter template.

In some ways, trying to establish a direct affiliate marketing relationship with a merchant is a lot like trying to get an advertiser to run a campaign on your site. But there is a major difference here that you should consider when reaching out to establish direct relationships: the biggest hurdle to overcome from the perspective of the merchant isn’t a cash payment (as it is with advertising) but rather an administrative burden.

Spam is the biggest threat to organic search engines, whose goal is to provide quality search results for keywords or phrases entered by their users. Google's PageRank algorithm update ("BigDaddy") in February 2006—the final stage of Google's major update ("Jagger") that began in mid-summer 2005—specifically targeted spamdexing with great success. This update thus enabled Google to remove a large amount of mostly computer-generated duplicate content from its index.[33]
Conversion is a targeted action performed by user after a click on the ad. The "Conversions" column in AdWords helps you evaluate the effectiveness of different data in a cross-section: an ad campaign, an ad group and each separately, keywords, a search query, the type of traffic (Computers, Mobile devices, Tablet PCs), demographics (age, sex) location, time, etc.
Kathleen: Oh, that's neat. Yeah, one of the reasons I was really interested to talk with you, is that I haven't really spoken with anyone in depth about affiliate or referral marketing in this podcast. Which, when I started thinking about it, it was kind of surprising to me because what I'm focused on is inbound marketing, which is naturally attracting the right customers as opposed to going out and spamming them and trying to get in front of them.
This metric is a way of summarizing the conversion rate, average ticket price, and commission percentage. It does not take into account the click rate that an offer will receive. So while EPC is certainly a useful stat to consider when evaluating potential affiliate offers, it must be considered alongside the click rate an offer will receive. A great EPC combined with a bad click rate won’t translate to great earnings. (In other words, the highest EPC isn’t necessarily the best offer.)
Keep the subject line and pre-header short: The subject line is crucial. Keep it short so the reader knows exactly what the email topic is about. And the pre-header text (also known as snippet text), don’t let it go to waste by using “To view this email in your browser…”. Instead, summarize the email or include a call to action (i.e., Use “FREESHIP” to get free shipping).
The fit must be right between you and the merchant who is going to benefit from your promotional efforts, or it simply won’t work. The easiest way to begin with affiliate marketing is to select an affiliate network. Many affiliate networks exist, some which are tied to well-known companies like Amazon, Google, and Apple, while others specialize in specific types of products and services.
While this might seem surprising at first, think about your own online behavior: When you sign up for a website (like an online store), you have to enter your email address to create the account. You even need an email address to create a Facebook or Twitter account. What’s more, Facebook and Twitter email to notify users of activity, like when someone is tagged in a photo.
Steven, you nailed the topic! Thanks a lot! I am already on my way to your described perfect email marketing strategy. 1. Following tactic of personalization in my messages, because I always appreciate the personal touch myself. 2. Next, segmentation - real assistant for you and your audience, it filters out everything you don't need and everybody that won't be interested in your topic. 3. Mobile-friendliness that's is the point I was never outlined and thought of. So the first thing to improve! 4 & 5 Testing and automation are included in my plan from provider.Thanks again for the content, now I know gaps in my strategy, that I could work on.
Demand for these insights and the flexibility to use them will soon become the expectation rather than the exception. What’s more is that these critical tools will ultimately help further allocate marketing budgets towards truly incremental partners. Without them, brands will be hamstrung and will struggle to fully leverage the potential of the affiliate marketing model.
While these models have diminished in mature e-commerce and online advertising markets they are still prevalent in some more nascent industries. China is one example where Affiliate Marketing does not overtly resemble the same model in the West. With many affiliates being paid a flat "Cost Per Day" with some networks offering Cost Per Click or CPM.
If you’ve found that leveraging the affiliate model for lead generation initiatives can be rather tricky, rest assured that you are not alone. Establishing and managing a successful lead generation campaign is quite nuanced. However, there are steps you can take to ensure your campaign gets off to a successful start and delivers a steady stream of quality leads.

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A lot of the companies I want to feature on my site aren’t on affiliate networking platforms. Ive been reaching out asking if they would let me sell their stuff on my website with links but I’m not sure how much is safe to ask for for each purchase made through clicking on the link I provide. I’ve done a little research and 15-20% seemed like a safe starting point. What do you think?
For example, automated sales emails that are made to look like genuine emails might be useful once or twice, but as a regular occurrence, they will likely be seen as cheap and inauthentic. Moreover, these types of emails are borderline illegal in Canada due to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), which states that it is a violation to send an email (or other electronic communications) to a person unless they have consented to receive it. And automated sales emails may potentially be in violation, as the person who sent an email and the person it was sent on behalf of must be disclosed. Furthermore, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enacted its own standards in 2018 that impact email marketing.
The first thing that you want to do is to perform an affiliate program competitive analysis to research and find out what your direct competitors are offering. This is important as affiliates will compare you against others in your industry and may opt to promote someone else if their payouts are higher. You do want your competitive payouts to stand out.

A call to action (CTA) is a word or phrase that encourages readers and subscribers to do something specific. Examples of calls to action include “subscribe”, “shop now”, “get the free ebook”. You use CTAs on email signup forms, landing pages, in email newsletters, and more. When someone does what you want as a result of your call to action, that’s called a conversion. In email marketing, a conversion often means following a link in a email newsletter to visit another resource.
Arlen: Yeah, there definitely are models like that. And I've dealt with a lot of different customers of our that are in the organic food space actually. And this is something, I don't know if it's something that's customary in that space that are selling organic super foods and a variety of different, kind of niche products that they have a distinctive presence online.
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