Affiliate marketing in
emerging markets
1 million conversions later
Dorin Boerescu, CEO 2Parale & 2Leva
2Parale – Biggest affiliate Romanian network
• Founded in 2009
• +350 advertisers
• +33.000 affiliates
• More than 1 milli...
2Leva
• Founded in 2011
• +35 advertisers
• +4,000 affiliates
• More than 100k conversions
– >80k sales (+€2 million sales...
8 emerging markets
• Romania
• Bulgaria
• Croatia
• Slovenia
• Hungary
• Czech Republic
• Slovakia
• Poland
8 markets at a glance
• 96 million people
• 51 million internet users
• 53% average internet penetration
• €1bn online adv...
8 markets sizes
Population
Online advertising market
€
Offline advertising market
€
Romania 19M 46M 303M
Bulgaria 7.3M 24M...
8 markets sizes
Ecommerce market € Affiliate marketing budgets €
Romania 1bn 2M
Bulgaria 300M 300k
Croatia N/A 300k
Sloven...
Big guys are already here
• International/regional big players from
ecommerce/advertising/affiliate
• Zanox, Tradedoubler,...
Market specifics
• Young and undeveloped: Romania (2 significant
networks), Bulgaria (1.5  ), Croatia&Slovenia
(none), Hu...
Romanian affiliate market
• Ecommerce + CPS based
• 50-100% annual growth 2012-2016
• Networks:
– 2Parale
– Profitshare
– ...
Romanian affiliate market
• Telecom is coming – Vodafone program active in 2Parale
• Banks, insurance - testing
• Big publ...
Poland affiliate market
• One of the oldest in region – definitely the biggest
• Big “offline” clients - banks, automotive...
Sources
• Mediafact Book Romania - by initiative
• Do you CEE? - by Gemius/IAB
• ADEX Benchmark - by IHS/IAB
• ROads - by ...
Affiliate profile, behavior, traffic sources
Romania, 2013
Affiliate profile – Romania
• Market research by 2Parale
• Published in august 2013
• 851 affiliates responded
Gender
71%
29%
Male
Female
Age
25-34
18-24
35-45
45-54
under 18 55-64
When did you enter in affiliate marketing?
53%
23%
11%
6% 7%
2013 2012 2011 2010 before 2009
how much do you earn monthly from aff mkg?
90%
7% 2% 1%
less than €250 €250-1000 €1000-€10,000 €10,000 -
Direct traffic sources
54%
41%
30%
22%
21% social media
personal blog
niche content projects
reviews sites
general publish...
How much do you reinvest from your
affiliate income?
43%
29%
11%
17%
I don't reinvest 1%-20% 21%-40% more than 40%
28% of ...
Best practice
• Affiliates who invest constantly may be your
best long term partners.
Help them to get better ROI - pay th...
In how many programs are you active?
<10
80%
80%
13%
4%
3%
less than 10
11-50
51-100
more than 100
Best practice
• Most likely – you have 1/10th of your affiliates
attention.
Be ACTIVE and RELEVANT!
What are the most important criteria
to try a new affiliate program?
79%
48%
39%
31%
22% 22%
% of commission advertisers
r...
Best practice
• There are few things to draw affiliates attention
when starting a new program.
Start with a BIGGER COMMISS...
Top reasons to stop promoting an
affiliate program
54% 52%
36% 35%
30% 27%
low eCPC % of rejected
commissions
too high
lat...
Best practice
• You don’t have many aspects under your
control in keeping your affiliates active
• Pay the commissions as ...
Insight
• I love the statistics from 2Parale and the fact that I
receive an email immediately after I generated a
commissi...
Thank you
dorin.boerescu@2parale.ro
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Ecommerce & Affiliate marketing in Central Eastern Europe 2012/2013

  1. 1. Affiliate marketing in emerging markets 1 million conversions later Dorin Boerescu, CEO 2Parale & 2Leva
  2. 2. 2Parale – Biggest affiliate Romanian network • Founded in 2009 • +350 advertisers • +33.000 affiliates • More than 1 million conversions – >660k sales (+€20 million sales for advertisers) – >540k leads • More than €1.5M paid commissions • Realtime.2parale.ro – all conversions in real time • iOS app
  3. 3. 2Leva • Founded in 2011 • +35 advertisers • +4,000 affiliates • More than 100k conversions – >80k sales (+€2 million sales for advertisers) – >34k leads • Realtime.2leva.bg/realtime
  4. 4. 8 emerging markets • Romania • Bulgaria • Croatia • Slovenia • Hungary • Czech Republic • Slovakia • Poland
  5. 5. 8 markets at a glance • 96 million people • 51 million internet users • 53% average internet penetration • €1bn online advertising market • €4.5bn offline advertising • €12bn ecommerce • €30 million affiliate marketing budgets
  6. 6. 8 markets sizes Population Online advertising market € Offline advertising market € Romania 19M 46M 303M Bulgaria 7.3M 24M 169M Croatia 4.2M 14M 195M Slovenia 2M 16M 140M Hungary 10M 120M 444M Slovakia 5M 65M 300M Czech Republik 10.5M 291M 1.3bn Poland 38M 496M 1.730bn Total 96M €1bn €4.6 bn
  7. 7. 8 markets sizes Ecommerce market € Affiliate marketing budgets € Romania 1bn 2M Bulgaria 300M 300k Croatia N/A 300k Slovenia 200M N/A Hungary 1.3bn 1M Slovakia 600M 500k Czech Republik 2.7bn 5M Poland 5.9bn 20M Total €12.3bn €29.1M
  8. 8. Big guys are already here • International/regional big players from ecommerce/advertising/affiliate • Zanox, Tradedoubler, Vodafone, PayPal, PayU, Opencart, Magento, PrestaShop, Google, Sociomantic, AdPilot, Allegro/Naspers, BonPrix, Facebook etc.
  9. 9. Market specifics • Young and undeveloped: Romania (2 significant networks), Bulgaria (1.5  ), Croatia&Slovenia (none), Hungary (1?) but with a fast growing pace • Fast rise and fall of daily deals industry (led by international players like Groupon or regional big players like Kolektiva) – 2011-2013 • They drove a higher acceptance of online payments (5-30%) – for the benefit of all ecommerce, and a fast development of affiliate industry.
  10. 10. Romanian affiliate market • Ecommerce + CPS based • 50-100% annual growth 2012-2016 • Networks: – 2Parale – Profitshare – Forestview – Piata digitala • Clients: emag (Naspers), Elefant (big bookstore, now moving to an everything store), regional and local players in Fashion, Home&deco, Computers&Electronics • ~10% of the e-shops are active in affiliate marketing.
  11. 11. Romanian affiliate market • Telecom is coming – Vodafone program active in 2Parale • Banks, insurance - testing • Big publishers and media groups – moving to ecommerce and affiliate projects • Cash-back started in 2012/2013 • Small players on vouchers or emailing • Strong on PPC and comparision engines/agregators • Conversion rate 1-3% (network average) • Average basket value: €37 - 7% average commission • 4.5k e-shops, €1bn ecommerce
  12. 12. Poland affiliate market • One of the oldest in region – definitely the biggest • Big “offline” clients - banks, automotive, telecom, FMCG (e.g. Adidas, T-mobile, Kinder, Peugeot, Pepsi) • CPC/CPL based – strong on finance/insurance • Big publishers and media groups as affiliates • Networks: – Tradedoubler – Novem – Afilo – Netsales – Zanox – Netaffiliation – Tradetracker • 12k e-shops, €62 average basket value, 24% of eshops using aff mkg • €5.9bn ecommerce, €500M online advertising, €20M affiliate budgets
  13. 13. Sources • Mediafact Book Romania - by initiative • Do you CEE? - by Gemius/IAB • ADEX Benchmark - by IHS/IAB • ROads - by pwc/IAB • Ro e-commerce landscape - by GPeC.ro • Is Polish e-commerce booming? - by OEX Divante • Ecommerce Poland 2013 – by dotcom river • 2Parale data • NB all data are for 2012/2013
  14. 14. Affiliate profile, behavior, traffic sources Romania, 2013
  15. 15. Affiliate profile – Romania • Market research by 2Parale • Published in august 2013 • 851 affiliates responded
  16. 16. Gender 71% 29% Male Female
  17. 17. Age 25-34 18-24 35-45 45-54 under 18 55-64
  18. 18. When did you enter in affiliate marketing? 53% 23% 11% 6% 7% 2013 2012 2011 2010 before 2009
  19. 19. how much do you earn monthly from aff mkg? 90% 7% 2% 1% less than €250 €250-1000 €1000-€10,000 €10,000 -
  20. 20. Direct traffic sources 54% 41% 30% 22% 21% social media personal blog niche content projects reviews sites general publishing project
  21. 21. How much do you reinvest from your affiliate income? 43% 29% 11% 17% I don't reinvest 1%-20% 21%-40% more than 40% 28% of affiliates invest more than 20%
  22. 22. Best practice • Affiliates who invest constantly may be your best long term partners. Help them to get better ROI - pay them faster, offer them incentives for bigger performance, share more information.
  23. 23. In how many programs are you active? <10 80% 80% 13% 4% 3% less than 10 11-50 51-100 more than 100
  24. 24. Best practice • Most likely – you have 1/10th of your affiliates attention. Be ACTIVE and RELEVANT!
  25. 25. What are the most important criteria to try a new affiliate program? 79% 48% 39% 31% 22% 22% % of commission advertisers reputation tools provided (banners, feeds etc.) advertisers category % of rejected commissions terms and conditions of program
  26. 26. Best practice • There are few things to draw affiliates attention when starting a new program. Start with a BIGGER COMMISSION than category average (at least for a while)
  27. 27. Top reasons to stop promoting an affiliate program 54% 52% 36% 35% 30% 27% low eCPC % of rejected commissions too high late payments available tools low conversion rate weak communication with aff man
  28. 28. Best practice • You don’t have many aspects under your control in keeping your affiliates active • Pay the commissions as fast as you can • Listen. Answer. Help. Share. Be honest.
  29. 29. Insight • I love the statistics from 2Parale and the fact that I receive an email immediately after I generated a commission, with details about the advertiser and the sale. Also, they have a tool to generate an affiliate link directly in the browser when you visit an advertiser website.
  30. 30. Thank you dorin.boerescu@2parale.ro

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