Targeting Value Added       Affiliates Affiliate Summit West, 2012            Robert Glazer     Founder, Acceleration Part...
Why Value Added Affiliates?Affiliate marketing is the 90-10 ruleThe goal for affiliate marketing should be new customer ac...
What’s a Non Value Added Affiliate?Most affiliate sales are not generated by unique or incrementalnew customers and are no...
How Does Double Counting Happen?• You have a lot of players on your marketing team who are  working with consultants or em...
When 1+1+1+1+1+1=2• Everyone is taking credit for the same sale• When it is time to report, each channel acts like the oth...
Follow The Clickpath• This is how conversions happens in reality• Many low value affiliates are always at the end of this ...
See What Analytics Can Show You           Email:                              PPC:      Social                            ...
Who is a Not a Value Added Affiliate?Affiliates whose methods cannot be understood (where there is smoke,there is fire)Aff...
Example of Non-Value Added Forced click & incorrect expirationNot a real offer Six month expired offer
Methods to Identify Low Value or FraudResearch new affiliates and their promotional methodsLook for sudden spikes in traff...
SAS Clickstream Tool
Who is a Value Added Affiliate?Ability to affect a purchasing decision or vendor, notafter the decision has been madeAbili...
How Do I Find Value Added Affiliates? Need to think outside the box Approach like business development or sales opportunit...
TacticsResearch tools o Who has the SEO or traffic you want? (SEM Rush, Alexa) o Third party software (ie syntryx)Deep div...
Tactics Cont.• PR and announcing your program (ABW)• Set up creatives and data feeds by category to attract new  verticals...
Example #1:• Professional Photographers• Wedding Service Providers• Mom Blogs• Storefronts (integrated with SAS)   o Profe...
http://www.tinyprints.com/storefront/jennycrugerphotography                                   http://www.tinyprints.com/st...
The Results• 900 Storefronts in the first year• On target for $1M in revenue• Major new product initiative for the company...
Example #2:• Photo enthusiast websites (ie: Pentax forums,  Nikon Forums)• Professional photographers• Scrapbookers, genea...
Example #2:• Blurb book authors   • Affiliate widget for people to promote their books and show     preview pages http://w...
Example #3: Sparkling New Hot Products• Affiliates with a niche audience can sometimes identify  hot products that you may...
Example #3: Sparkling New Hot Products• Affiliates with niche audience can sometimes  identify hot products you may not kn...
Example #3: Sparkling New Hot Products• Affiliates with niche audience can sometimes  identify hot products you may not kn...
Example #3: Sparkling New Hot Products• Affiliates with niche audience can sometimes  identify hot products you may not kn...
Example #4: Blogger Outreach• Abe’s Market natural and organic retailer with a wide variety of  divergent products from sm...
Example #4: Blogger Outreach• Challenge with The SafeCig was personalize  social good message critical to new owner’s  bra...
Make Your Program Attractive      To Value Added Affiliates• Low quality affiliates will drive away value added affiliates...
ExampleMID-CHECKOUT COMMISSION REDUCTION & OVERWRITE RULETiny Prints uses a dynamic pixel system that may make changes to ...
Summary• Know what’s valuable and what’s not for your business• Focus your program on new customer acquisition and measure...
Questions? Contact       Info           Robert Glazer   Founder, Acceleration Partners rglazer@acceleration-partners.com  ...
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Getting low values affiliates to join you program is easy. We’ll give you examples of outside the box recruiting ideas to find non-traditional affiliates to add value and drive incremental sales.

Experience level: Intermediate
Target audience: Merchants/Advertisers
Niche/vertical: Recruiting

Robert Glazer, Founder, Accelertion Partners (Twitter @affiliatemgr) (Moderator)
Angel Djambazov, OPM, Custom Tailored Marketing (Twitter @djambazov)

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    1. 1. Targeting Value Added Affiliates Affiliate Summit West, 2012 Robert Glazer Founder, Acceleration Partners Angel Djambazov Owner, Custom Tailored Marketing
    2. 2. Why Value Added Affiliates?Affiliate marketing is the 90-10 ruleThe goal for affiliate marketing should be new customer acquisitionA large portion of the industry does not understand affiliateattributionAffiliate sales are inflated 200-300% across the boardThis inflation is due to merchant pressure but does not reflect realsales.To understand the importance of value added affiliates, you need tounderstand why many affiliates today are not value added
    3. 3. What’s a Non Value Added Affiliate?Most affiliate sales are not generated by unique or incrementalnew customers and are not de-duped against other channelsCompanies are paying commission levels designed for newcustomer acquisition to a large group of affiliates who are justattracting their current customers, especially those who arealready in the cartWhen a well known affiliate program puts that their conversionrate at 12% on marketing materials, it’s clear that they don’tunderstand where sales are coming from. World class retailers donot have close to a 12% conversion ratio.
    4. 4. How Does Double Counting Happen?• You have a lot of players on your marketing team who are working with consultants or employees in each of these areas SEO Affiliates & Affiliate Manager PPC Consultant Consultant Email Marketer Re-Targeting Sites Display Ads
    5. 5. When 1+1+1+1+1+1=2• Everyone is taking credit for the same sale• When it is time to report, each channel acts like the others do not exist PPC: Email: $1M $1M Re- Affiliates: Targeting $1M Sites: $1M Total Company Display SEO: $1M Revenue: Ads: $1M $2M
    6. 6. Follow The Clickpath• This is how conversions happens in reality• Many low value affiliates are always at the end of this chain (often a customer already in the cart), taking credit for the whole sale Organic Paid Affiliate Search Advertising Or like this: Organic Paid Email Display Affiliate Search Advertising So how much is that conversion really costing you?
    7. 7. See What Analytics Can Show You Email: PPC: Social Affiliates: Display & Retargeting: Incremental Affiliate Sales Organic Search
    8. 8. Who is a Not a Value Added Affiliate?Affiliates whose methods cannot be understood (where there is smoke,there is fire)Affiliates who bought prebuilt template affiliate sitesTrademark bidders and poachers (PPC and SEO)Cookie stuffers and sites that try to get forced clicks (coupon sites arebig offenders)Certain coupon sites. Can be especially true if your company is theonly one selling a product/service with no direct competitionToolbars or other software where the ability to uninstall is difficult orimpossible. No intent by the userAffiliates who take orders from value added affiliates
    9. 9. Example of Non-Value Added Forced click & incorrect expirationNot a real offer Six month expired offer
    10. 10. Methods to Identify Low Value or FraudResearch new affiliates and their promotional methodsLook for sudden spikes in traffic, transactions or conversions(8%+ is suspicious for non coupon sites)If network displays referring url, check this frequently with newor high volume affiliatesCompare first referrer to last referrer cookieBeware of conversions that come through proxies or thin siteswith very high Alexa rankings (no human traffic)Use resources like BrandVerity, AffiliateFairPlay, RiskIQ, andFraudlogix
    11. 11. SAS Clickstream Tool
    12. 12. Who is a Value Added Affiliate?Ability to affect a purchasing decision or vendor, notafter the decision has been madeAbility to develop brand loyalty in a new audienceThey have the traffic or mindshare that you want75%+ new customer referrals2%-3% conversion ratePromotion is often at the product level
    13. 13. How Do I Find Value Added Affiliates? Need to think outside the box Approach like business development or sales opportunity. Create target list, outreach and follow-up Approach like a consumer would. Who uses this service/product, who benefits? Who sells complimentary products/services? Do they create content? Do they create community? Do they have a major reach (Facebook, E-mail, etc)?
    14. 14. TacticsResearch tools o Who has the SEO or traffic you want? (SEM Rush, Alexa) o Third party software (ie syntryx)Deep dive into your analytics to see what sites referred quality trafficin the pastFollow-up on natural links, people who did blog posts, reviews etc. toask them about becoming an affiliateReach out to your best customersUse social analytics tools that extend past your site’s analytics(Radian 6)Real personal 1-1 outreach (phone, email, affiliate events, etc.)
    15. 15. Tactics Cont.• PR and announcing your program (ABW)• Set up creatives and data feeds by category to attract new verticals (i.e. wedding, gifts, etc)• Use 3rd party tools to extend creative reach Trade associations Promotions or contests for high value referrals Implement new technology to open doors (i.e. pay-per-call)
    16. 16. Example #1:• Professional Photographers• Wedding Service Providers• Mom Blogs• Storefronts (integrated with SAS) o Professional Photographers o School PTA o Non-Profits
    17. 17. http://www.tinyprints.com/storefront/jennycrugerphotography http://www.tinyprints.com/storefront/laef
    18. 18. The Results• 900 Storefronts in the first year• On target for $1M in revenue• Major new product initiative for the company• Less than 20 beta non-profits and PTA’s raised almost $125k in Nov/Dec• Our Storefront members are doing all of the selling and marketing for us. They are giving customers a compelling (non discount oriented) reason to choose us over a competitor.
    19. 19. Example #2:• Photo enthusiast websites (ie: Pentax forums, Nikon Forums)• Professional photographers• Scrapbookers, genealogists, yearbook creators
    20. 20. Example #2:• Blurb book authors • Affiliate widget for people to promote their books and show preview pages http://www.blurb.com/affiliates/bookshow• Mom blog contests and giveaways • Free book offer, then a contest to win $75 for blogging and talking about their book. Blogger chose winner and 50 sites participated. • http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2011/12/giveaway-blurb-planner.html• Blurb’s marketing team is leveraging affiliate base for new product launches (ie Instagram photo books, day planners, Facebook books)
    21. 21. Example #3: Sparkling New Hot Products• Affiliates with a niche audience can sometimes identify hot products that you may not know are best sellers. o Onlineshoes and Nursemate
    22. 22. Example #3: Sparkling New Hot Products• Affiliates with niche audience can sometimes identify hot products you may not know are best sellers. o Onlineshoes and Nursemates o Jones Soda
    23. 23. Example #3: Sparkling New Hot Products• Affiliates with niche audience can sometimes identify hot products you may not know are best sellers. o Onlineshoes and Nursemates o Jones Soda
    24. 24. Example #3: Sparkling New Hot Products• Affiliates with niche audience can sometimes identify hot products you may not know are best sellers. o Onlineshoes and Nursemates o Jones Soda
    25. 25. Example #4: Blogger Outreach• Abe’s Market natural and organic retailer with a wide variety of divergent products from small manufacturers. Challenge was to move them beyond coupons in a way that spoke to that diversity while highlighting the Abe’s Brand.• Outreach to Mom Bloggers via a) Product samples b) A fee plus structure c) A monthly editorial calendar. Invited bloggers to come put forward various promotions that were right for their audience (i.e. Gift card giveaways).• Provided baseline training in affiliate marketing for those unfamiliar with the channel.
    26. 26. Example #4: Blogger Outreach• Challenge with The SafeCig was personalize social good message critical to new owner’s brand focus. Key to that was telling personal stories.• Searched for and found a blogger who had a large engaged audience, whose ideals aligned with the owner’s, and who was bravely willing to share her story.• Liz Strauss has helped evangalize the brand via EmpireAvenue, Facebook, Twitter, and at shows. She also wrote an extremely moving unprompted personal experience that made SafeCig owner James Cameron tear up.
    27. 27. Make Your Program Attractive To Value Added Affiliates• Low quality affiliates will drive away value added affiliates if their clicks are always hijacked.• Have a strict T&C and enforce it. If it looks like open season for PPC bidding etc., it will drive quality affiliates away.• You don’t need 200+ coupon sites in your program. Too hard to police.• Create policies, terms and technology that rewards the desired behavior o Custom coupons that reward original site that posted if scraped o Mid-cart checkout rule
    28. 28. ExampleMID-CHECKOUT COMMISSION REDUCTION & OVERWRITE RULETiny Prints uses a dynamic pixel system that may make changes to the standard commission inthe case of a mid-checkout referral, which is defined as a cookie that is set within the last tenminutes before purchase. Given the extensive personalization required for most of our orders,the average visit to order time is usually days or hours, not minutes. By reducing ourcommission on these types of referrals and by closely monitoring the quality of traffic wereceive from each affiliate, we will be able to pay out higher commissions for driving newcustomers and traffic. This logic also gives full credit to the first referring affiliate in the case thata second affiliate enters within this last ten minutes.Scenarios• Two affiliates outside of ten minutes before sale, normal "last in" logic applies• One affiliate outside of ten minutes before sale, one within. "Last in" affiliate will receive 2% lowered commission and first affiliate will receive full commission.• Single affiliate within last ten minutes, 2% commission will apply• Two affiliates within last ten minutes, last in will receive the reduced 2% commission.
    29. 29. Summary• Know what’s valuable and what’s not for your business• Focus your program on new customer acquisition and measure attribution• Put a premium on new customer creation• Make sure your affiliate team has the sales, marketing and business development skills needed to grow your program• Have terms and conditions that discourage low value affiliates from joining your program in the first place• Remember, anything that seems too good to be true in affiliate marketing usually is
    30. 30. Questions? Contact Info Robert Glazer Founder, Acceleration Partners rglazer@acceleration-partners.com Twitter: @affiliatemgr (t) (617) 264-0334 Angel Djambazov Owner, Custom Tailored Marketingcustomtailoredmarketing@gmail.com Twitter: @Djambazov

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