FeedFront Magazine Issue 38

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Issue 38 ― April 2017

The Death of My Father Saved Me by Shawn Collins Page 29

Face-to-Face Networking in an Online World

Meditation Makes Happy Affiliate Marketers

By Michelle Held - Page 13

By Sean Yoon McDevitt - Page 20

Dollar a Day Facebook Hacks By Dennis Yu - Page 27

Issue 38 · April 2017

Table of Contents

STAFF Co-Editors in Chief Missy Ward, Shawn Collins Co-Publishers Missy Ward, Shawn Collins


The Death of My Father Saved Me


Are you a Major League Player?


Coreg Makes a Comeback


3 Common Website Mistakes


Maximize Micro-Influencers for Increased Affiliate Revenue


5 Daily Tasks for Successful Affiliate Management


How to Expand Your Affiliate Business Internationally


Conversions vs. Compliance


Maximize Your Potential Working with YouTube Influencers


Face-to-Face Networking in an Online World

By Michelle Held


Creating an Omni-Channel Affiliate Program

By Daniel Fink


How Direct Mail Out Performs Digital Channels


Power of the Influencer Through Video


Turn A Handshake Into Business Success


Meditation Makes Happy Affiliate Marketers


No Such Thing as a Free Lead


Why You Need A Press Release


Set T.R.A.P.S. For Higher Google Rankings


Tips to Network Like a Beast


Dollar a Day Facebook Hacks


How Networks Save Their MVP Affiliates


How To Respond To Declined Applications


Writing Creative Copy in a 9-5 Setting


Flat Fee Placements – All About Timing

Contributing Writers Ricky Ahuja, Jason Ciment, Shawn Collins, Adam Dahlen, Teodora Dobjanschi, Daniel Fink, Travis Glenn, Jen Goode, Jonathan Goodwin, Michelle Held, Gavin Hodges, Gayla Huber, Rob Israch, Darryl Mattox, Tara McCommons, Sean Yoon McDevitt, Jonathan Miller, Ben Opsahl, Michael Pomposello, Stephanie Robbins, Angel Rodrigues, Melissa D. Salas, Egbert Snijders, Dennis Yu

Graphic Design Logan Gattis Designs www.logangattis.com Magazine Coordinator Amy Rodriguez

By Shawn Collins By Tara McCommons By Jonathan Miller By Travis Glenn By Stephanie Robbins By Teodora Dobjanschi By Egbert Snijders By Gayla Huber By Michael Pomposello

By Gavin Hodges By Melissa D. Salas By Jen Goode By Sean Yoon McDevitt By Darryl Mattox By Angel Rodrigues By Jason Ciment By Ricky Ahuja By Dennis Yu By Rob Israch By Adam Dahlen By Ben Opsahl By Jonathan Goodwin

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· Issue 38 · April 2017

Editor’s Note

The Death of My Father Saved Me by Shawn Collins Shawn Collins (and his father)

Each day, as I settled into my cubicle, I’d feel like I couldn’t breathe all the way. That’s not some metaphor. It was real. The idea that I was going to settle for weekends was suffocating me. Something had to change.


une 27, 2017 will be the fifteenth anniversary of the day my father passed away. He was 61.

That’s where serendipity came into play. A year earlier, I’d met Missy Ward at an event called Affiliate Force. We were

I have vivid memories of Sundays as a kid. My dad

conference friends and virtual strangers. We hung out again

would be jovial in the morning, but by dinner time, there would

in April 2003 at the annual Affiliate Force, and got to talking

be a sadness to him. I noticed it, but didn’t understand it until

about ways the event could be better, but how the organizer

years later when he told me how much he didn’t like his work.

was resistant to our ideas.

Over the years, he worked at a series of city, state, and

A few weeks later, we had a chat on the phone, and Affili-

federal government jobs. This provided him financial security,

ateSummit.com was registered on May 19, 2003. Both of us

but not much else.

kept our day jobs as we struggled to get this new idea off the

He spent the last five years or so of his life sharing the countdown to his retirement. That’s when he was going to enjoy the weekends, and Sunday nights through happy hour on

ground. There were lots of hurdles, including a lack of money and experience. Over time, we left our jobs to focus on Affiliate Summit. Being my own boss got me in a good place. A place where

Friday, too. Things didn’t go as planned. He died shortly before the countdown to retirement reached zero days. That had a big impact on me. At the time, I was running the affiliate program for ClubMom.com, and my book, “Suc-

Sunday nights were now exciting, because there were new opportunities ahead of me on Monday morning. I was in a good place in my head, but not geographically. Then a move to Austin got me in a great place.

cessful Affiliate Marketing for Merchants” was recently pub-

This was my tribe: people who spoke my language. They

lished. I was steadily making progress career-wise with titles

worked at startups and tech companies. Mentioning affiliate

and salaries, but I was missing something.

marketing got a knowing glance, instead of a twisted face of

I started noticing that my Sunday nights were getting

confusion. I got them, and they got me.

harder. I was feeling unsatisfied with my job. Well, it was more

Plus… sunshine and tacos.

a feeling like I was wasting my time. I was living the movie Of-

I don’t think I’ll ever retire. My dad probably thinks I’m

fice Space, and I even had a Red Swingline Stapler on my desk.



Shawn is Co-founder of Affiliate Summit and Co-Editor-in-Chief of FeedFront Magazine, and blogs at affiliatetip.com.

· Issue 38 · April 2017

Are you a

Major League Player? by Tara McCommons

Tara McCommons


s affiliate marketers, we are hustlers. Pivoting our

People Skills: The hallmark of our industry is relation-

strategies around industry shifts and wearing mul-

ships. Possessing the ability to inspire, empathize, and connect

tiple hats, while keeping our eye on the ball(s), has

with people is a critical tenet to growing and achieving success.

become common practice, and how we thrive.

Our virtual ecosystem can make this challenging, especially in

Just as in baseball, there are players in our industry that

diving beyond the surface level, but this skill is a game changer.

outperform others—those that are called up to the major

Our social intellect is a catalyst for expanding relationships (not

leagues and (sometimes unknowingly) manifest themselves

to mention creating our coveted support system).

as mentors for others to learn from.

Mediocrity Scorned: The best affiliate marketers exude

Here are four common traits I’ve observed in some of the

determination and positive energy; tilting and persevering to

brilliant minds that push our industry forward and create new

do better becomes their unspoken mantra. We are fortunate

channels of opportunity for others.

to be in an industry that breeds entrepreneurs. Take notice of

Doers: Just like athletes, progression in strength and endurance requires you to be a master of action. Whether it’s

the extraordinary ones among us and learn from them. Don’t get stuck in the contentment of being a bench warmer.

asking questions to learn new techniques and skills or sharp-

Giving Back: One of the most remarkable qualities of our

ening your game to become the best of the best, a consistent

industry is the sharing of knowledge and lessons learned. The

focus on action is apparent. In our ever-evolving digital mar-

best affiliate marketers make those around them better; and

keting landscape, it’s easy to get caught up in overthinking a

there are many! Just look at the FeedFront contributors—ex-

strategy. So true is the saying “If you snooze, you’ll lose.”

amples of mentors among us. Where else should you look?

One of my favorite quotes (from a hall of fame baseball player, Tommy Lasorda) is one I have found to resonate pretty

Affiliate Summits and the Performance Marketing Association (PMA) are outstanding outlets for giving back.

darn well in our industry—“There are three types of players,

Will this be your season to push the limits and be the bet-

those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and

ter player? Are you prepared to be called up? Your affiliate mar-

those who wonder what happened.” Which type are you?

keting team needs you!

Tara McCommons is VP of Sales and Marketing for LinkConnector and a PMA Board member.


· Issue 38 · April 2017

Coreg Makes a Comeback by Jonathan Miller

In my experience, it’s one of the cheapest ways to generate opt-in data, especially on Facebook. With an opt-in rate of

Jonathan Miller

1 in 6, my average cost is around $0.47 a record. By adding co-registration lead generation to my own quizzes over the


heck your Facebook timeline and you’ll see friends and co-workers sharing competitions, quizzes, and

last 6 months we are turning a profit while building email lists. Key takeaways on why I’m in love with coreg.

giveaways. It’s almost as if quizzes are the new self-

1. You obtain marketing consent

help section. People love quizzes and giveaways, so it’s no wonder

Consumers that engage with quizzes give you permission

that when personality quizzes, dream holiday competitions,

to market to them. If you’re running a quiz or a co-registration

or product giveaways come along, Facebook users flock to

offer, you’ll not only acquire personal information, but also get

participate and share.

opt-in consent to market to your recipient.

Clearly, co-registration marketing is making a comeback. I’ve been testing using my own quizzes and have found that if properly executed, co-registration competitions and quizzes

2. You gather invaluable demographic data Metrics focused affiliate marketers understand that demographic and psychographic profiling plays a key role in the

are a powerful marketing tool. For the uninitiated, coreg (or co-registration marketing)

success of their businesses. Armed with this information,

is where consumers complete a sequence of questions, and

you’d spend less time picking relevant offers to promote, see

based on their interests are either subscribed to newsletters

an increase in your activity rates, as well as your earnings.

or opt-in to receive information from advertisers. Coreg fell out of favor in recent years, mostly due to a prolif-

3. Engagement drives revenue

eration of coreg networks that proffered low quality consumer

Engagement is critical to the sustainability of your busi-

data. When I started list building for an offer I was running, I test-

ness and can only be improved by understanding your con-

ed several co-registration lead suppliers, but found that when I

sumers. Once you understand and use their demographics,

‘bought’ in subscribers, they were often uninterested, didn’t en-

behavior patterns and buying triggers, you can segment your

gage with my content, or were just downright fraudulent.

lists more effectively, build consumer profiles, and present

I could see the value in owning consumer data, so rather

more relevant content. Your revenue will increase and list re-

than abandoning coreg entirely, I built my own co-registration

tention will improve, as your readers will be more engaged, in-

platform, which enabled me to control the end-to-end pro-

terested, and active. They’ll be far less inclined to unsubscribe.

cess. Once I’d refined my sequence of questions and figured

If you’re into building mailing lists, you should consider

out what actions I wanted my users to take, I started market-

coregistration marketing. Done right, it can have a massive

ing my competitions & quizzes.

impact on your business.


Jonathan is a husband, dad & serial entrepreneur, lives in Africa & recently founded Coreg.Software

· Issue 38 · April 2017

3 Common

Website Mistakes by Travis Glenn Travis Glenn


ebsite optimization has been a focus for affiliates since the early days of affiliate marketing. However, we can still miss the mark when creat-

ing blogs, ecommerce stores, and business websites.

Mistake 2: Big fancy words. When you’re an expert in something, it’s easy to think about complex concepts in your area of expertise as com-

Most of the sites you see on a day-to-day basis would

monplace. You might use jargon, or overly technical terms

benefit greatly from an optimization-focused update. Below

that can leave your audience lost. Nothing sends potential

we will look at a few of the most common mistakes, and how

customers into the arms of your competitors faster than mak-

we can fix them.

ing them feel lost and confused. The fix: Keep it simple. Write to a middle school level.

Mistake 1: Too many words.

Customers care much more about the actual problem your

Many of us make the mistake of being too wordy on our

product or service solves than they do about boring specifica-

websites. We assume that anyone viewing our site needs

tions. There is always a simple way to explain the benefit the

to know dozens of facts about our business, products, and

reader can get from doing business with your company.

services. Many sites have more than 1,000 words on their homepage.

Mistake 3: No prominent call to action.

Think about it from the perspective of a potential cus-

With very few exceptions, websites need a call to action.

tomer. Do you think that visitor wants to spend 10 minutes

If your site is cluttered with text, links, navigation bar buttons,

scrolling and reading the multi-page, dozen plus paragraph

and images, it can overwhelm site visitors.

masterpiece that you wrote? Or do you think they are prob-

The fix: Make sure there is at least one primary call to

ably busy people, with a short attention span, and that they

action on your homepage, and that it is displayed above the

are looking to scan headings and keywords to find out if your

fold. Many modern sites utilize a navigation bar, and having a

product matches their needs?

contrasting colored call to action slapped right on the top right

The fix: Keep it brief. Write and rewrite your homepage

of that bar works great for both desktop and mobile users.

content until it sums up exactly what your business is, and

By considering the above points, and thinking of things

how your product benefits the potential customer. On aver-

from a customer-first perspective, you can greatly improve

age, you should be able to communicate this in less than 20

the look and feel of your site. Spending time optimizing your

words above the fold, and likely less than 100 words on the

site can lead to huge increases in converting browsers into

entire length of your homepage.


Social Media Marketer and Biz Dev Director at the PeerFly Affiliate Network. Twitter: @travispeerfly


· Issue 38 · April 2017

Maximize Micro-Influencers

conference. Affiliate managers and OPMs (Outsource Pro-

for Increased Affiliate Revenue

gram Management agencies) understand the power of influ-

by Stephanie Robbins

Stephanie Robbins


he industry is buzzing with the word ‘influencer.’ Attendees packed the room at the Advertiser’s Crash Course in Influencer Marketing session during Affili-

ate Summit West. It was the highest attended session at the

encer marketing and its place in the affiliate space. What is often overlooked is the power of smaller influencers,

creates authenticity and deeper storytelling. A more engaged

commonly known as micro-influencers. Micro-influencers have

customer is more likely to buy.

smaller followings, typically under 10,000. Micro-influencers


may not have the large following of a celebrity influencer, but

Trust increases with more intimate engagement. Simply

their ability to deliver sales does not disappoint. In my experience,

put, intimate engagement is more likely to exist with smaller

these content affiliates outperform their larger counterparts.

numbers. Larger influencers can’t keep up with responses.

Why Do Micro Influencers Bring More Sales?

How To Engage Micro Influencers

Here are some reasons why these smaller niche content

The good news is that not only do micro-influencers cre-

affiliates are the sweet spot for conversions and ROI.

ate great affiliate sales; they are also easy to recruit.

Just Right

Know Your Niche

There are certainly many online celebrities who under-

To optimize your outreach, know where your product or

stand the power of affiliate marketing. Many are able to de-

service most resonates. I have multiple niches for each pro-

mand high flat-fee rates without the risk of a cost for perfor-

gram I run. Each niche has their own recruitment strategy. If

mance model. With micro-influencers you are not competing

you do not truly understand who your product or service will

with the larger brands and proposals. In recruitment, I have a

most connect with, not only will your recruitment fail, but also

higher on-boarding rate with micro-influencers

any potential for sales will be lost.

Relatable and Connected


With smaller audiences, these influencers can connect

As mentioned several times, micro-influencers have a

at a personal level with their followers. As we all know, affili-

stronger engagement with their followers. Become one of their

ate marketing has and always will be about relationships. It

followers. Engage on social media. Comment on blog posts. If

makes sense to work with an influencer who has stronger

you have the right niche, engagement is easy and authentic.

relationships. Closer relationships translate to more sales be-


cause, after all, friends buy from friends.


Micro-influencers may not give you diva attitude but they certainly know their value… as well they should. Present a prof-

When I speak to the power of micro-influencers, I am

itable and aggressive compensation plan. You are not the only

specifically referring to smaller, niche affiliates. If your prod-

manager seeking this affiliate out simply because s/he is smaller.

uct or service fits his/her niche, there is a natural alignment

So, get out there, connect, and watch your affiliate rev-

of passion and knowledge. This organic connection is what


enue grow.

Stephanie Robbins connects brands to niche online influencers to incrementally grow revenue through affiliate programs.

· Issue 38 · April 2017

5 Daily Tasks

Teodora Dobjanschi

for Successful Affiliate Management by Teodora Dobjanschi


here are five simple tasks an affiliate manager should

to start promoting your products or services and make sure

include in their daily routine in order to achieve suc-

you cover all segments: new, active, and dormant affiliates.

cess. Here’s how you can organize your time and

Also, provide your new affiliates with a welcome kit that can

tasks in order to achieve the best results.

guide them through your program and explain them how to

1. Nurturing and Activation

start generating revenue right away. Keep the communication

Provide your affiliates with all the needed creative materi-

open with all your active affiliates and reach out to them to

als in order to help them grow their results within your pro-

check if there is anything you can do to help them. And make

gram and sell more. Also, reply to emails daily, in order to build

dedicated campaigns for your dormant affiliates to remind

the relationship with your affiliates and assist them with their

them of your program and the opportunities they have if they

questions. Create your list of top affiliates and make sure you

become productive. Generally, this task should take 10% to

proactively reach out to them to maintain communication and

15% of your time.

inform them about any changes, new campaigns, new prod-

4. Reporting

ucts, etc. And invest 35% of your working hours to nurture and

Measure your results and follow clear KPIs (Key Perfor-

activate affiliates to get the best out of your existing affiliates

mance Indicators) on a regular basis. Some KPIs are mea-


sured weekly, monthly or quarterly, but you should measure

2. Affiliate Recruitment

your sales fluctuations daily. This way, if there is any issue

To grow your affiliate program and on-board new af-

with a link that usually is performing very well, you can take

filiates, that can generate new revenue for your business, you

action immediately and solve any issue immediately. Invest

should have a recruitment plan in place and invest daily in

5% to 10% of your time to measure results and other reporting

achieving your recruitment objectives. The recruitment part


should be at least equal with the time invested in nurturing

5. Optimization

and activating your existing affiliates - invest 35% of your daily

Study your competitors, follow industry news or bench-

time in finding new affiliates and optimizing your recruitment

marks, analyze your program’s performance, and identify

actions (approximately 2.8 hours per day)).

ways to grow results or lower costs. If you will do all the above

Remember, 9.2% of the affiliates find out about new affiliate programs when the affiliate manager contact them directly (2016 AffStat).

3. Communication Provide your affiliates with all the needed information


on a regular basis and measure your KPIs, this should not take more than 10% of your time. You can adjust the time allocation of these 5 daily tasks depending on your current objectives or program maturity, but make sure you keep the proportions. Teodora Dobjanschi is Senior Affiliate Recruiter at Avangate Affiliate Network.

· Issue 38 · April 2017

How to Expand

Your Affiliate Business Internationally

Egbert Snijders

by Egbert Snijders


lways wondered how to expand your affiliate busi-

4. Learn the language?

ness as a publisher outside the US and become an

From a product promotion perspective, and for ease of

international success? Start with the following 5 tips.

communication with local advertisers, it is easiest to select

1. Choose an affiliate network with international

a country outside the US where English is a de facto official


language. Think about Australia, New Zealand, or the United

Start your international affiliate journey by finding an

Kingdom. Consider selecting a country that is proficient at

affiliate network that includes advertisers from across the

English as a second language. The top three countries that

globe. A great starting point from a publisher perspective is

are proficient at English as second language are the Nether-

to search for larger affiliate networks with a lot of international

lands, Denmark, and Sweden. The downside in these coun-

advertisers to choose from.

tries is that you will likely need to promote the product in the

2. Research international advertisers.

local language. Request advertising material from the adver-

Once you identify a network with international advertisers,

tiser or the advertisers might help you translate your promo-

do some research into the local productivity of the advertisers.

tion strategy into the local language.

Evaluate which advertisers are successful and popular in their

5. Different country, different laws.

country of origin. What are their local conversion rates? Once

The most common laws outside the US affecting affiliate

you have chosen your main advertisers, start looking for small-

marketing include the EU cookie law and the Canada’s anti-

er, niche advertisers that will make your portfolio more diverse.

spam law (CASL). If you decide to choose to work with an ad-

3. Culture and customer behavior.

vertiser in the EU, you need to get consent from your website

Get a basic understanding of the different cultures in

visitor that they agree with the cookies your website is us-

each country. The easiest way to learn more about customer

ing. If you decide to promote using a Canadian advertiser, be

behavior outside the US is to have conversations with interna-

aware of the CASL. CASL requires companies to obtain cus-

tional affiliate managers. They know their customer behavior

tomer permission to use personal data for any type of com-

and spending patterns. For example, US customers are very

munication. In case of CASL non-compliance, some serious

focused on online shopping, with the largest international

penalties are involved. Prior to collaboration with international

spending with an average revenue of $1,804 per shopper in

advertiser make sure you learn the local laws to keep you out

2016. The United Kingdom follows with: $1,629 and Sweden

of trouble.

with $1,446. Adjust your marketing strategy to match to local spending habits.

There are definitely some challenges, but if you use these five tips as a foundation, you could be very successful.

International Digital Marketing Specialist and AVP of digital marketing at Mariner Finance.


· Issue 38 · April 2017


vs. Compliance by Gayla Huber

Gayla Huber


ears ago: Leads were flowing in, volume was king,

isted. It’s not uncommon nor is it something that has to be

and compliance wasn’t much of an issue—or at least

shut down. You will likely never know all the affiliate, publisher,

one we spent much time on?

and traffic channels your lead generators enlist at any given

Skip to today: Regulatory scrutiny, politicizing industries,

and consumer activists have brought significant changes to

moment in time. Audit URLs the leads are coming from and if they are not compliant, make them compliant.

how we market to and sell our products. Lead flow is down in

Avoid bad actors. There is too much risk in the current

many industries, conversion from third-party marketing has

regulatory environment. We have found that 28% of total ad-

dropped, and compliance expenses are up.

vertiser infractions are due to misleading content on URLs

So, how do we pivot away from this story line, and con-

and 6% contained banned terminology.

nect the gap between lead conversions and compliance data?

4. Make integrated marketing decisions. Direct mar-

1. Put compliance first to confidently work all leads.

keting is not a magic button. It’s a series of decisions based on

Check your audit process for all aspects that would make a

metrics using good data and then repeating each day, week,

lead contactable and compliant upon receipt. IntegriShield

month, and year. Combine the data to look at all channels and

found that 9% of an advertiser’s infractions are from missing,

their outcomes—both conversions and compliance risk.

or non-compliant, consumer consent and disclosure language.

Tie conversion metrics to integrity and compliance scores

Examine all the lead pages you own and are affiliated with

to determine beginning allocations each month. Remember,

to ensure compliant opt-In language. Otherwise, you end up

you can control your risk. Keep the lead pipeline open by being

returning the leads or eating the costs. It could also result in a

specific and eliminating offending publishers, but keeping the

good traffic source being shut off for something easily fixed.

vendor “live” for all the quality sources they use.

If a lead slips by and you do work it, the fines and potential civil penalties could put you out of business.

Businesses depend on lead volume and quality to drive sales. The current trend of fear-based decision making needs

2. Collect detailed lead data. You’ll need objective data to

to become more strategic. Implement compliance processes,

make good marketing decisions. This will take more time with

follow them, and seek solutions before eliminating potential

non-aggregated data, but it can still be done. Better yet, ask your


service providers if they can integrate with other systems. 3. Remediate instead of wasting a lead/source. You may find many leads come from pages you had no idea ex-

The tools, data, and ability to regulate your marketing exist. With increased vulnerability has come increased control if you don’t shy away from integrating strategies.

Gayla Huber, IntegriShield president, helps brands monitor, track and enforce regulation for compliant marketing.


· Issue 38 · April 2017

Maximize Your Potential

Working with YouTube Influencers by Michael Pomposello

Michael Pomposello


n 2017, influencer marketing is a cornerstone of most media

and others strive to produce videos that will live on forever and

plans being created by top brands and affiliates alike. In late

garner most of the views over time from people finding the

2016 and into early 2017 we are seeing a tremendous rise

video from YouTube or Google search.

in popularity of partnering with YouTube influencer channels,

If you are promoting something directly tied to an upcom-

as they have proven to not only be an effective driver of brand

ing event, such as a holiday promotion, for best success look

awareness, but they are also driving qualified leads and sales.

to partner with creators who are making videos that people

Let’s look at some guidelines for how to have the most

look to watch right away. The #1 example of this on YouTube are vloggers. This strategy works well because their viewers

successful campaign possible.

tune in right away to see their most recent update when the in-

Calculating Rates:

formation is still relevant. In turn, your offer is seen in a timely

Determining what is “fair” is often a challenge when part-

fashion, as well. It should be noted that because of the nature

nering with influencers of any kind and YouTube influencers

of the vlogs, once the video goes live it has a very short “shelf

are no different. Luckily, there are some standards. These

life” of maximum efficacy.

sponsorships are usually priced on a CPV (cost per view.)

On the contrary, other creators produce content that is in-

“Views” are defined as the number of views publicly listed on

formative to a target audience in perpetuity. While this content

the video page thirty days after it went live. When structuring

will get views from their loyal following when it initially goes

these deals, the channel should provide the number of views

live, the real value that it can provide to a marketer is that it will

they guarantee to hit in a thirty-day window, and the CPV is

be found in both YouTube search results and Google search

multiplied by this number to determine the price of the spon-

results for people looking for relevant solutions. If your offer-

sorship. If the number of views exceeds the guarantee, the

ing is not time sensitive, this is often the best way to go. For

price remains fixed and no additional views are charged.

example, we executed a campaign like this for a Fortune 500 automotive parts retailer by partnering their brand with a You-

Selecting Influencers:

Tube creator who makes videos that shows viewers how to

Is my offer evergreen or timely? This question is key when

do their own automotive repair. Any time someone is looking

determining which kind of influencer you want to partner with

up how to fix their car problems, they find the creator’s videos

because some put out content that is relevant in the moment,

and are exposed to the sponsor’s brand and links.


Michael Pomposello is co-founder of Influencer Connect and blogs for “The Connection” at influencerconnect.com

· Issue 38 · April 2017

Face-to-Face Networking

in an Online World by Michelle Held Michelle Held


admit that I missed Affiliate Summit West this year. Okay,

ference with cavernous hallways. They regard it as another

that’s a half-truth – I missed most of the sessions I wanted

unavoidable fact of working life, but ASW is informative, valu-

to attend. My session on Social Media for Boring Business-

able, and fun.

es on Sunday afternoon went well. After I presented, I listened

Attending conferences is important for your business

to two of my friends talk at their sessions, and that was it. I

and career advancement. You’ll stay current and connected.

spent the rest of the time catching up with colleagues, meet-

Enjoying them is a matter of finding the venue that suits you.

ing new people I had connected with via the ASW app, and

There are so many opportunities to connect at ASW. It

hustling to meetings.

begins at the airport, where every year, without fail, I cross

By Sunday evening, one of my fellow speakers joked that

paths with an exhibitor or another attendee during the egress

we had more invitations to dinners than there were dinners. We

from McCarran. The speaker networking event on ASW eve

are in no way unique; that’s just how ASW networking goes.

is always an enriching way to reconnect with those I have not

Together, we squeezed in a few more sessions between

seen since the previous Affiliate Summit – East or West. We

meetings, not wanting to miss all the knowledge available. We

spend the evening catching up and making introductions.

worked our way through the energized Meet Market and hit

This year we played golf before heading back to pick up our

the exhibit hall floor several times, each time connecting a

badges together.

new face to someone we previously knew only via email.

On day two, as I listened to a woman tell me about how

I finally saw people I had worked with for almost a year

she enjoyed her role at Shopify, we realized that we already

when I helped a brand host an affiliate event in one of the

knew each other. We had been on the same conference calls

suites. On the way to more meetings in nearby lounges, I ab-

and email chains but had never seen each other.

solutely had to stop for a selfie with a Samurai guarding the

Many of us work in virtual teams, independent of location.

entrance to the Dueling Pianos Lounge. And who could pass

We prefer to Skype, chat, and text. Can’t make that webinar

by that giant photo-op hashtag.

you signed up for? Watch the recording later on. Remember, there is still value in face-to-face interactions. Face time (no,

Like anything else, it’s what you make of it. Affiliate Summit West is simultaneously exhausting and fulfilling. Some cringe at the thought of another Vegas con-

not the app!) is still a thing. Yes, I have to watch the session speakers I missed on video. Probably at 1.5x playback speed! It was worth it.

Michelle is an author and digital agency owner who blogs on metrony.com and pintalk.net


· Issue 38 · April 2017

Creating an

Omni-Channel Affiliate Program by Daniel Fink


oday’s customer is generally very inquisitive and interested in educating themselves on products before

Daniel Fink

they decide to make a purchase.

Customers will jump in and out of a merchant’s various

marketing channels before making a purchase, requiring multiple marketing touch points before converting. With each dip

funnel to drive their customers. If you really want to drive more

they take into that marketing pool, a chance to lose or win

mobile leads or sales, then a pay per call program should be

their patronage occurs. It’s important for each channel of the


marketing mix to efficiently work with each other to provide a unique, consistent, positive brand experience.

Mobile Marketing – According to official Google statements, more than 50% of all Google searches now take place

If a merchant can provide a true omni-channel experi-

on mobile platforms (I also was witness to this said by Google

ence, not only will they create new high quality customers, but

at the Invoca Summit). Mobile sales have been skyrocketing

retain existing ones and increase order values.

year over year. With more and more access to tablets, smart-

While traditional publishers still play a large role in affiliate programs, it’s becoming more and more important to build

phones, and other mobile devices these trends will continue to grow.

out new relationships with more channel specific partners.

Many merchants aren’t taking advantage of this channel

Creating an affiliate channel that amplifies the omni-channel

to its full effect. In fact, a consumer’s omni-channel experi-

experience for a merchant will result in those incremental

ence breaks down many times in this channel due to poor de-

sales and higher order values we’re all looking for these days.

signs on the web experience, overbearing text messages, and

Each channel you approach has its own set of specific publishers that allow you to expand a program past a more traditional approach.

a slew of other mismanaged or poor design choices. However, the potential for growth here is overwhelming and multi-faceted. On top of pay per call discussed above, we

Let’s take a look at two of the fastest growing channels in

now have publishers to help manage texting programs, inte-

this marketing mix and how they can work together to drive

grations with networks to monetize application marketing,

some serious growth.

and many other mobile publishers.

Phone Calls – Pay per call has been around in affiliate for

Pay per call and mobile marketing are just two of the

years now. Most large networks have a pay per call solution,

many channels to explore when building an affiliate program

or you can work directly with companies like Invoca. There is

through an omni-channel strategy.

a large sub-set of publishers in this space that do great work

However, by creating a seamless interaction between a po-

generating high quality, high value sales for their partners. It

tential mobile user and a merchant’s call center the affiliate pro-

gives a lot of mobile marketing publishers an easy conversion

gram can boost top line revenue with high quality customers.

Daniel Fink is a Senior Affiliate Manager at Schaaf-PartnerCentric an Affiliate Program Management Service Provider.


· Issue 38 · April 2017

How Direct Mail

Out Performs Digital Channels by Gavin Hodges

Gavin Hodges


irect mail response rates have flourished, compared

4. Appropriately target your audience. However you

to their online counterparts, and it’s time marketers

acquire your lists, make sure the information is accurate and

take action.

in-line with your target audience. Start by dividing your final

Some might be surprised to know that direct mail remains

list into segments relevant to your campaign. This allows you

a popular and effective marketing channel in 2017, despite liv-

to target recipients individually versus a broad approach that

ing in an age of smart phones and touch screen computers.

hits everyone with the same message that is less effective.

According to the Direct Mail Association (DMA), response

In summary, if done right direct mail campaigns are still

rates took quite the jump in 2016 with a 5.3% response rate to

an effective means of advertising and can yield great results.

house lists and 2.9% to prospect lists.

In fact, due to the saturation of digital marketing in the age we

These are the highest levels the DMA has seen since 2003. To put it in perspective, in 2015 the rates were 3.7% and

are living in, direct mail response rates have flourished compared to their online counterparts. Other digital channels are not even in the same league as

1.0% respectively. Your mailers, if used properly, can offer personalized and memorable pieces in tandem with a multi-channel marketing

direct mail (5.3%) with response rates reported by the DMA as low as: » Paid Search, 0.5%

approach to increase response rates from perspective inquiries.

» Social Media, 0.6%

Follow these essential elements to achieve its true poten-

» Email Marketing, House List:0.6% and Prospect List:



1. Incorporate calls–to-action and personalization to the target audience. Without direction on the next step for

Direct mail also ranks among the top three marketing

the recipient, your piece is just another form of branding that will yield no monetary return. The best advice here is to “keep

channels when comparing ROI:

it simple stupid”. Use a simple yet strong message to show


Email, 122%

how customers can benefit from your offer/message.


Social Media, 28%

2. Include contact information and how to act. Make


Direct Mail, 27%

sure your customers know how and who to contact to act.


Paid Search, 25%

Ensure this portion is accessible and stands out so there is no


Online Display, 18%

confusion on how to contact you. 3. Stand out in the Crowd. Think of all of the mail you

Direct mail may not reign supreme over all forms of mar-

get. It can blend together sometimes, right? You should create

keting, but it still remains a very effective marketing channel.

a piece that builds upon the offer and catches the prospects

Don’t let past trends cause you to lose out on direct mail op-

eye among the clutter.

portunities and “Act Now!”


Gavin Hodges is a Marketing Analyst at Target Direct Marketing, leaders in inquiry/lead generation.

· Issue 38 · April 2017

Power of the Influencer

Through Video by Melissa D. Salas


Melissa D. Salas

uch like content marketing and social media ad-

creates video e-commerce; where there is commerce, there

vertising, video marketing and influencer market-

is affiliate marketing.

ing have become two channels in which brands

Millennials are engaging with brands and elevating the

have invested creatively and strategically. Consumers ex-

importance of brand transparency. Take an existing market-

pect video content to appear with every search they make.

ing campaign and add a video challenge element to it. Imag-

As marketers find more innovative ways to keep existing

ine all the short-length videos by beauty gurus pushing your

customers loyal, and grab our target customer’s attention,

product. You can have a video campaign reach millions via

video and influencer marketing should be a part of the ac-

the influencer’s social reach.

quisition plan.

With each video campaign, you will see increased views,

There is an observable transition in 2017 from editorial

likes, comments, retweets, pins, shares, etc. It’s any market-

bloggers to video bloggers, thanks to the rise in Facebook

er’s dream of perfect targeting. Create the space for real con-

Live, Instagram Stories, and SnapChat. Video and influencer

versations to happen. That’s where you will find conversions.

marketing can help increase interaction with your brand in a

So, who is an influencer? Anyone who is passionate

positive way. Videos tell a story, and stories are more memo-

about anything in its simplistic meaning. People trust peo-

rable than text or flashy banners.

ple. They use the power of free speech to write, say and do

Consumers trust reviews from friends and family, and even strangers, when deciding what products to buy more

what they want in their video. Think of any topic, product or service, and you will find a blog for that.

than branded messaging or celebrities. Influencers play a

Influencer marketing is the most cost-effective channel

growing and important role in word-of-mouth advertising.

for acquisition and branding, even when adding the affiliate

Influencer marketing is now the fastest-growing customer-

model to invest back into the influencer. Understand that

acquisition channel producing high-quality content with

there is a small production cost for the influencer to cre-

built-in distribution at a cost-effective rate.

ate the content: photographer, videographer, product, hair &

It is highly measurable and can be targeted to very spe-

makeup, styling, etc.

cific audiences to convert viewers into buyers at any step

Who are your brand advocates? Go after your top 5%

of the shopping journey. Utilize video and tap into the audi-

customers to start. Build a content strategy with those mi-

ences belonging to these influencers who—through personal

cro influencers and invest in them. They are your greatest

touch and authenticity in the content—have trust within their

asset. Need ideas? Try customer testimonials, product dem-


onstration videos, open box unveiling, DIY videos, beauty or

The “vlogger” is usually showcasing the product in everyday life making it more believable. With vlogging, consumers can buy the demonstrated product or service, which

fashion lessons, etc. Start those strategic conversations surrounding video and influencer marketing with your team. The value is there.

Melissa Salas, Global Partnerships Director for Indi.com with 16 years Affiliate & Video Marketing experience.


· Issue 38 · April 2017

Turn A Handshake Into

Business Success by Jen Goode

Jen Goode


etworking is like making new friends, new friends that want to help you make money. Take the time to say hello, take an interest in what others are striv-

first two minutes of meeting someone. Instead, if you really

ing to do, and offer to help where your skills or products fit.

click with someone, make a point to set up time to connect

These five simple steps will help guide you toward network-

after the event, and spend more time getting to know what

ing to grow your business.

business opportunities might be ahead for both of you.

Say hello and chat a bit

Follow-up with a thank you

Of course, start by saying hello and shaking hands. Then

Make sure to follow up in the first few weeks after an

stick around and chat, have a real conversation. Share what

event, even if you don’t have a pending deal. This is your op-

you do, what you’re about, how you think you might fit with

portunity to start a relationship with someone in your busi-

the company you are talking to. Ask questions and listen to

ness wheelhouse. Remember to say thank you, and if you

answers. That first hello is your opportunity to introduce

enjoyed the conversation and appreciate their time, let them

who you really are.

know. A little thank you goes a long way.

Offer a stellar business card

Check in once in awhile

Your business card is the number one most important

Touch base every now and then to see how others are

item to have at any networking event. It’s a little piece of you

doing. Send a note at least once or twice a year, even if you

and your business that you can leave behind. Your business

don’t have an active project together. A quick hello is a great

card should look great and communicate who you are, what

way to keep your name in front of potential business oppor-

you have to offer, and how you can be reached. Add a bit of

tunities. Share what you’re up to and offer to help in areas

personality; a photo or some kind of visual cue as to who you

you might be a fit.

are, so your card stands out from the stack.

Shaking hands and exchanging cards at an event is just the first step. Continue to grow the relationships you start.

Make friends Shake hands with the goal of making new friends. You’re there to meet people and build business relationships. Good, solid relationships don’t happen overnight, let alone in five minutes. Don’t expect to just walk up and talk deals in the

You never know where someone you’ve met will be in a year. If you aren’t a business fit today, you might be the perfect person for their next project. Rule of thumb: people always prefer to do business with people they like first.

Jen Goode, owner of JGoode Designs, illustrator and creativity adventurer, blogging at 100Directions.com.


· Issue 38 · April 2017

Meditation Makes

Happy Affiliate Marketers by Sean Yoon McDevitt “Wow, thanks for the science review Sean, but how does this add to my life before my hectic morning commute?” Well as an affiliate marketer, you can probably avoid that commute and work from home, dear reader. Kidding! Sean Yoon McDevitt

Here are some tips that have helped me and many others find their “Zen” amid the click-bait chaos:


editation is only for those monks over in Tibet,

Make it Routine

right?! Or the granola, “take a shower once a week”

What I’ve found helpful is adding meditation into my

set, but definitely not for us affiliate marketers.

morning routine, which only takes about 5-10 minutes. Yes,

Those in the tech industry who have real world responsibilities

most articles / recommendations / people will suggest 20-30

like a job, bills to pay, and kids to take from soccer to dance to

minutes, or hours on end, but one can still realize the benefits

[insert activity here] don’t have the time for all that woo woo

of meditation with short periods each day, and can eventually

stuff… right?

work their way up to longer durations if they so choose.

But what if there are “real world” rewards that would help us all create happier, healthier lives that are sustainable?

Get Comfortable

Would that turn our attention away from broken affiliate links?

All one needs to remember is (1) posture (basically for

To that point, the 2013 Psychology Today article “20 Sci-

the same reason we have ergonomic chairs), (2) the breath

entific Reasons to Start Meditating Today” focused on how

(something to focus on… and because you can’t take your

simple meditation, or mindfulness practices, can assist us in

laptop everywhere), and (3) be kind to yourself (just like when

becoming more productive affiliate rockstars and happier hu-

you see a sale ahead of time from your favorite brand and

mans overall.

create a reminder).

Some of the benefits described in the study (as well as in myriad similar scientific research papers) include: » Reduced Stress

Practice Lastly, try it out. Beginning a meditation practice will take

» Improved Concentration

exactly that… practice. However, I’ve found it’s wholly worth

» Increased Immune System Health

it – after meditating daily for the last 4 years I have become

» Increased Social Connection & Emotional Intelli-

more productive at work (while less stressed), the normal

gence (EQ)

annoyances of life have become easier to manage, and my thoughts and emotions are more under my control. I hope you

Those listed above are only a few of the real-world benefits of meditation, and others can be found by the very deskjockey friendly practice of “Googling.”


too can experience the same. Follow these easy steps, and you too will be able to survive your inbox after the next Affiliate Summit. Sean is a Senior Partner Manager for Offers.com & Ziff Davis Commerce.

Monica Ea

· Issue 38 · April 2017

No Such Thing as a

Free Lead by Darryl Mattox

Darryl Mattox

With the prevalence of social media over the past few years, many schools and companies have shifted their primary marketing strategy to their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages. Looking at the higher education sector, our data shows over 35% of inquiries and 43% of enrolled students have come from digital media sources. Social media offers a variety of businesses an opportu-


ecause there’s no such thing as a free lead, we’ll ex-

nity to experience a greater presence and exposure to their

plore how long-term success is achievable through

target market—with a low (or no) cost. Unfortunately, the

an integrated marketing strategy that combines

message’s impact often falls short of the marketer’s expectations. For social media to truly be an effective lead genera-

earned and paid media. We’ve all heard the saying: “There’s no such thing as a

tor, it needs to be paired with paid media.

free lunch.” Well, the same holds true for lead generation.

Most consumers consider social channels to be a re-

There is no such thing as a “free lead”. Every lead has a val-

source for information and/or confirmation. It is paid media

ue, whether coming from paid media (TV, print, PPC, display,

that performs the heavy lifting when it comes to gener-

etc.), or from earned media (SEO, social media, etc.).

ating sales. The converse is true, when paid media is inte-

In fact, leads generated from an integrated marketing strategy, a combination of paid and earned media, tend to be the most cost efficient leads.

grated with a strong social and web presence it becomes a much more effective strategy with increased results. A paid media marketing strategy without earned media,

On its own, earned media has proven not to be an effec-

or vice versa, is like buying a smartphone without a data

tive lead generation source. The idea of “if you build it, they

plan. It works and has plenty of wonderful features, but most

will come” has not been a reliable marketing strategy. How-

won’t function, and its effectiveness as a communication

ever, when used in conjunction with, and as a complement

tool is limited. If you want to achieve long-term results from

to, paid media strategies, it becomes a much more powerful

your marketing efforts, you need a strategic plan that inte-

approach for lead generation.

grates both paid and earned media sources.


Darryl Mattox, Gragg Advertising’s President/COO, a full-service direct response marketing agency and Premier Google Partner.

· Issue 38 · April 2017

Why You Need A

Press Release by Angel Rodrigues


press release is the first step to telling the world you wrote something and you want everyone to take notice. Authors typically feel uncomfortable with self-

marketing and publishing houses know this. A press release is a task they do for you. If you are self-publishing or going through an indie publisher, a press release may be tasked to

Angel Rodrigues

you, the author, but you better make sure that it is created. Fundamentally, no one pours out their heart and soul into their writing, so that it stays a secret. A carefully crafted press release goes out into the world much in the way a business card gets passed around at dinner parties telling others you have something to offer. In today’s society, social media is a comprehensive tool that

titled The Goldfinch, Tartt wrote her novel of the same

needs to be used and a press release has incredible reach in

name during her travels and visits to the New York Public

its application.

Library on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The Goldfinch tells

A writer’s press release has the potential to be Facebook

the story of a 13 year-old boy named Theo Decker who’s

shared, Tweeted, shared on LinkedIn, liked on Instagram, and

world is violently turned upside down when an explosion

emailed millions of times all with the press of a few buttons.

in a museum kills his mother and only person on the

Having a press release isn’t a matter of why, but when.

planet he knew loved and adored him unconditionally.

Below is an example of a press release I wrote for Donna

Donna Tartt began writing poetry at the young age of

Tartt’s The Goldfinch. Notice all of the key elements that go

five, had her first publication of poetry in the Mississippi

into the press release. You can include a quick synopsis,

Literary Journal c. 1976, and published her first novel

while advertising the work and the author. A press release is

The Secret History in 1992. Inspired by her early years

a promotion of both and that is why you need it.

journaling in the New York Public Library, Tartt found a muse in art history’s missing connection between Rem-


brandt and Vermeer, with the painting The Goldfinch by


Dutch artist Carel Fabritius in 1654. Coupled with a trip

Contact: (Publisher or Author if Self-Publishing)

to Las Vegas, Tartt wrote The Goldfinch surround a little

Office: (Phone Number and/or email)

yellow bird painting that is forever etched in the heart-

Launch of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

ache of a young boy who’s life is slowly snuffed out like

New York – Author Donna Tartt grew up in Grenada, Mis-

a canary in a cold mine.

sissippi and attended college at Bennington College in

Tartt has written three novels, four fiction short stories,

Vermont. Inspired by a 1654 painting by Carel Fabritius,

three non-fiction short stories.

Angel Rodrigues is a program manager and freelance writer.


· Issue 38 · April 2017

Set T.R.A.P.S. For

Higher Google Rankings by Jason Ciment Jason Ciment


ntroducing T.R.A.P.S. - the system for evergreen SEO rank-


Compelling copy with attractive images and videos.

ings. Build a Technically optimized site with Relevant

View websites your prospects visit, get referred to, or

content. Engage your Audience, Partner for backlinks and

stumble upon. Preempt people’s questions. Differentiate your messaging. Elevate your credibility, likability, and repu-

Share web content. Would you be happy leaving your house before getting dressed? Probably not. Plan out your site wardrobe with a Technical “on-page” optimization checklist.

tation. Make your content natural, not contrived. Keep people interested in what you have to say. Grow your backlinks – off-page optimization. Obtain con-

These are the items you need: page title tags; meta

textually relevant links from authoritative (i.e. powerful) websites.

title and description tags; H1-H3 headline tags; schema ar-

A link from a legal post on CNN or Huffington Post is

chitecture; keywords in URLs; keywords in subdirectories;

worth far more to a lawyer than a link on a wellness site with

SEO Plugins (e.g. Yoast); cache to speed up page load times;

low traffic or engagement scores.

sitemap (free at www.xml-sitemaps.com); Google and Bing Webmaster accounts, and Google Analytics.

Think of backlinks as a “Virtual Partnership”, where links flow naturally. Give someone a good reason to link to you.

Create a content plan to consistently grow original website

See the content powerful sites are promoting. Create

content with RELEVANT and targeted keywords. Be interesting

content that attracts them to repost it and link to you. Gear

to prospective clients and referral partners. Create pathways

your content to resonate with other sites’ needs.

for visitors to “get stuck” on your site - not like on flypaper,

Find highly shared relevant articles. Write a version on a similar topic with your own perspective.

but like licking a tootsie roll. Review competitor sites: services and product pages; headlines and sub-headlines; blog and video topics; keyword terms and phrases; case studies and industry expertise; and, Industry awards and associations Insert keyword phrases into: video, image and docu-

Try a top ten list - blog post, article, video, slideshow or infographic. SHARE your content with 5-10 people who shared the original content. Tell them they are part of a pre-release list. Ask them to post it.

ment names; anchor text of links; sentences, paragraphs

Social adoption brings all the pieces of T.R.A.P.S. together.

and lists; and header, title and “alt” tags.

Get people to like, follow, share and retweet your web

Next, engage your Audience. Use branding and messaging to keep people engaged. The rules are simple. 1.

Easy navigation menu and linking architecture.


Clear headlines (H1 tag) that match the meta title, meta description and messaging.


pages, Facebook updates, YouTube videos, Tweets, and Pinterest boards. If people keep sharing your content, it keeps it alive and relevant – thus producing evergreen rankings. Pax Vobiscum

Jason Ciment co-founded www.GetVisible.com. He’s launched several businesses, and is formerly a CPA and attorney.

· Issue 38 · April 2017

Tips to Network

Like a Beast by Ricky Ahuja

Ricky Ahuja

» Have a goal. Be clear on your objective for attending. If it is to meet other like-minded affiliates, do so. If it is


hile I do not proclaim to be a great networker, I feel I

to meet advertisers, then do that. If it is just to hook up,

can hold my own. Having attended countless Affili-

well, no comment there. :-)

ate Summits over the past ten years, I am always

amazed at companies that send employees to represent their

Here are some tips from some experienced networkers:

brand but are either shocked by the sheer number of people in attendance or just lack the skills to network effectively. Here are some pointers to help you overcome your in-

“When you go to a show, focus on building your brand and reputation. Make sure you stand out to people because you understand your business. Make them WANT to work


with you and find a way. ~ Steve Lowry, Nutryst » Be prepared. Take stock of the products or services you

“Make sure that you set both the expectations and the

offer and how it can benefit your consumers/clients. It’s

exact details of why you are meeting someone. Use email

not about you, it’s about them.

to “feel out” the person and why you are meeting. While its

» Dress for success. Be well groomed and approachable,

always great to get dinner with a great client, wasting time

and please do not show up hungover from the night be-

and money on someone who is just going to chat with you

fore. Whether you are an employee of an organization

about their need for a job will never help.” ~ Pesach Lattin,

or representing your brand, wear your company’s logo


proudly. This will make it easy for others to identify the

“Have it be more about making connections than try-

company you represent without having to ask who you

ing to strike up a business deal right away. If you know what

are with.

you have is awesome and works, then be confident about it.

» Arrive early. Meet as many people as you can as often.

Don’t be shy about trying to shake as many hands as pos-

» Have business cards. This is a personal favorite of

sible.” ~ Case Gilbreath, Click Syndicate

mine with many of the attendees “running out” of cards


the very first morning. The fact of the matter is - they

Ok great, you’ve made contacts. Now what? Follow up,

either don’t have them or they just forgot. For me per-

a very important step. Within a few days of the event send a

sonally, I tend to take pics of people I talk to and send

‘nice to have met you’ note. Pass on any useful information

that as a text message to them along with notes so this

to specific persons you met at the event. That will generate

way you both have a point of reference for future dialog.

goodwill. Finally, close the deal.

Ricky Ahuja, a serial entrepreneur, fifteen-year veteran of the industry and Co-Founder of InvioPro.

· Issue 38 · April 2017

Dollar a Day

Facebook Hacks by Dennis Yu


couple weeks ago, my buddy, Bryce Clark, got ripped Dennis Yu

off by a Phoenix used car dealer. And though his earlier efforts were shot down, the dollar a day hack targeting

employees of the dealership got resolution within 48 hours. Isaac Irvine, who manages the personal brands at GoDaddy, used the dollar a day tactic last month to get a speaking gig at WordCamp Atlanta. He made one minute videos and amplified (boosted) to micro-audiences of tech influencers.

If you don’t have “proof”, then no amount of boosting or

We had Adidas as a client for social ads and analytics,

targeting will make up for this. The dollar a day hack is an

then used those examples to target employees of Nike work-

amplifier-- it multiplies by 1,000. So if you start with zero,

ing in marketing in Beaverton. This tactic got us meetings,

multiplying by 1,000 still gives you zero.

which then led to my dream deal. I’ve done this hundreds of times over the last ten years and it works like a charm.

How does this apply to you? Anything that’s working for you, make sure there is proof online. It could be a picture of you with someone famous

It’s not software or cheating. Rather, it’s about super

(creates “authority” via social validation), an article you wrote

micro-targeted saved audiences in Ads Manager based on

or that mentions you, or something from a client of yours.

workplace targets paired with “journalistic” content.

The key is THEY must be talking about you, not you talking

The key is not the micro-targeting, but the high author-

about you.

ity that comes from proof, ideally published on a reputable

And then you boost it from your page, not your user pro-

website. For example, we do Facebook ads for the Golden

file. People get this confused all the time, thinking their pro-

State Warriors. Nowhere on BlitzMetrics.com do we talk

file is a Facebook “page”.

about this. Instead, Facebook placed a case study on their

Mark Lack used the dollar a day boost to generate more

blog. The American Marketing Association posted our step-

speaking deals and lucrative consulting clients. He inter-

by-step process for Facebook remarketing on their site. And

viewed Tai Lopez at his house and then boosted that video

the digital team at the Warriors talk about us at conferences.

first to people who like Tai Lopez, generating tens of thou-

When we see this high authority content hit, we share

sands of views. Then he switched the audience mid-boost to

it from our BlitzMetrics page and/or my public figure page, then boost for a dollar a day to people who work at the NBA, the Chicago Bulls, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and so forth.

people that work at major media outlets. Are you ready to become famous or drop nuclear bombs for a dollar a day?

Dennis Yu is CTO of BlitzMetrics, where he provides digital training programs for young adults.


· Issue 38 · April 2017

How Networks Save Their

MVP Affiliates by Rob Israch Rob Israch

You need to consider third-party tracking, because elite


etworks come and networks go. In our dealings with

affiliates have their own numbers that need to be recon-

some of the leading and emerging networks over

ciled with yours. A strong analytics platform (e.g. Cake,

the last five years, we’ve realized a pattern. The ones

HasOffers, HitPath, LinkTrust, etc.) brings indisputable

that thrive go beyond the survival mode of getting as many

performance numbers to the table as the basis for the

affiliates as possible.


Elite networks constantly add layers of service and rev-

» Make It a Breeze. Efficient management of offers and

erence for their affiliates. Networks with longevity under-

opportunities are key to streamlining affiliate operations.

stand that premier, high-performing affiliates - the top 20%

The less manual processes are involved, the lower the

of their base - often end up contributing 80-90% of their vol-

friction is for adoption and ongoing engagement.

ume. The MVPs (most valuable partners) keep the network

Let the affiliate focus their creativity and energy around

afloat, while the rest of the population churns looking for the

educating and selling to their audience, rather than the

“speedy sell.”

technical details of coding URLs or having to spend

Keeping your MVPs happy should be a major focus, if

hours hunting for the right offers. You can eliminate

not THE focus. A network’s reputation for stellar support

their paralysis from getting something done simply by

gets around. And with new networks and opportunities con-

making offers easier to understand and deploy.

stantly being introduced, the competitive landscape for their

» Know Why They Leave. Do you think affiliates are there

mindshare is mounting, and increasingly global. So, it’s not

to make you money? Of course not. They are the first

just about high bounties. It’s about smooth service and an

to admit that their loyalty is only as certain as their last

enduring relationship.

commission payment. In one study, we discovered that

The number one thing you can do to grow your affiliate

48% of affiliates said they dropped a network because of

base with loyal, high-performing partners is to get smarter

a payment issue. Even more sobering, of the remaining

by reducing the friction in your network interactions.

affiliates, 46% say they would leave if payment problems arose. That puts nearly three-quarters of your network at

» Get on the Same Page. MVP affiliates tend to be data-


risk due to poor processes.

savvy. It’s in their DNA, which is what enables them to

This is just one example. Whether it’s commission fails,

drive the traffic that makes them valued partners in the

poor communication, or lack of interesting offers, net-

first place. The more your network can offer MVPs real-

works must proactively address issues that are hot but-

time, rich, transparent analytics, the more they trust your

tons for their top affiliates if they want to attract and

network to operate above-board.

retain the highest quality partners. Rob Israch is CMO at Tipalti, the leading affiliate payments automation solution in the industry.

· Issue 38 · April 2017

How To Respond To

Declined Applications

by Adam Dahlen Adam Dahlen

them reconsider your application. You can further bolster your case by succinctly describing how you plan on promot-


ejection is unpleasant. For an affiliate, getting de-

ing their brand, and providing specific examples of previous

clined for a merchant’s program can feel like a per-

work you’ve done. A good affiliate manager will appreciate a

sonal affront. As with any setback, there is a right

thoughtfully crafted explanation how you can be an asset to

way and a wrong way to respond. This article outlines best

their program.

practices for responding to a merchant when your application to their affiliate program is declined.

Don’t Threaten the Merchant Under no circumstances should an affiliate ever respond

Review Your Profile

to a declined application by threatening a merchant. By ap-

After receiving an email informing you that your applica-

plying to a merchant’s affiliate program you are asking to be

tion was declined, your first impulse might be to immediately

their partner. Ask yourself if you would want to do business

reach out and ask why. The best course of action is to resist

with someone if the first interaction you had with them was

that urge. Instead, review the email and see if a reason for

being threatened? Regardless if it’s a threat to send business

the decision was given. This can help provide valuable guid-

elsewhere, write a bad review, or something else, threats are

ance before following up.

counterproductive and always inappropriate.

Next, take a moment to review your network profile to see if it contains missing or improperly formatted informa-

How to Follow Up if the Answer is Still “No”

tion. Make sure to review details such as your business

If a merchant is still reluctant to approve you for their

name, URL(s), state or country, and earnings rank. Your ap-

program, try your best to be understanding. For example, if

plication may have been declined for clerical reasons, such

a merchant says they simply can’t work with sites utilizing

as not listing a working URL, the domain of your email does

your promotional model, respect their decision and under-

not match your site, or being located in nexus tax state.

stand that it may not be the agency or affiliate manager’s personal decision.

Be Professional and Succinct

Don’t respond by spamming the merchant with con-

When following up with a merchant, it is important to be

stant applications. That will just lead to your applications

professional above all else. Remember, this is a business re-

being blocked and create the impression that you are sloppy

lationship you’re looking to establish and your response here

and inattentive.

will set the tone.

Instead, a productive way to keep things open is to ask

An appropriate way to respond would be to thank the

for permission to reapply at a later date. An affiliate manager

merchant for reviewing your application and ask if there if is

should appreciate your professionalism and it will serve you

any additional information you could provide that might help

well in the future.


Adam is the Director of Performance Marketing at iAffiliate Management

· Issue 38 · April 2017

Writing Creative Copy

in a 9-5 Setting by Ben Opsahl


hear it often: “An office job isn’t for me. I need to feel free. I can’t control creativity.” When I started copywriting in an office setting, I had

the same fears. I had the experience and practice I knew were necessary, but I repeated the mantra nonetheless: I can’t write creatively in a 9-5 setting. I was wrong. Here are the tricks I’ve used to change my perspective:


Ben Opsahl

Schedule your freedom Don’t look at your 9-5 timeframe as a restriction. Follow-

ing a tight schedule can actually offer freedom - it eliminates blockers that prevent creativity from coming naturally. Make your 9-5 schedule work for you rather than against. 2.


Identify your “field” and your “lab”

Find your own motivation Not every project will be inspiring, but you can find ways

Copywriters can learn from lepidopterists. Lepidopter-

to get motivated within the context of corporate objectives.

ists go out in the field to catch butterflies, then take them

It’s often simple, like deciding to write your next article so

back to the lab for analysis, where they have proper equip-

well that you’re proud to share it on your personal Facebook


page. I get motivated to make my writing better for myself,

They don’t just go to any field, though. They track where

not just the company. The passion -and creativity- seem to

they’ve found great specimens and keep coming back.


Copywriters do the same. When you find your field - whether


As writers, it’s our instinct to impart creativity on every-

it’s a physical space or a state of mind (think music) - keep going back to it.

Don’t fear formulas

thing. As copywriters, it’s our job to be effective, not special.

Your “field” might be your lunch break, Twitter feed or

Of course, we are special... but we don’t need to prove it on

nightly Netflix binge. Your “lab” is where you put it together.

every project. Knowing when to stick to the formula and not

One thing is certain: you can’t spend all your time isolated in

be creative is an asset. Sometimes a new angle is neces-

the lab (no butterflies) or the field (no results).

sary, but overdoing it will inevitably leave you with mediocre


Forget your best ideas

results (and a headache).

Spontaneous ideas come with creativity - but allowing


Challenge your process

them to fester will cause fatigue. Write them down and for-

Do television breaks and wine really improve your writ-

get about them until you’re back in the lab. This feels “lazy” or

ing? Or are you simply comfortable with your process? Try

“uncommitted” at first, but it can actually improve the quality

challenging it. I’ve learned to let go of some basic beliefs

of your final product. If you never clock out, you can never

I had about myself - including, above all, that self-fulfilling

clock in with a fresh perspective.

prophecy: “I can’t write creative copy in a 9-5 setting”.

Ben Opsahl is the in-house copywriter at Advidi, an affiliate marketing network based in Amsterdam.


· Issue 38 · April 2017

Flat Fee Placements-

All About Timing by Jonathan Goodwin

Jonathan Goodwin


ne of the best optimization tactics in affiliate marketing is securing flat fee placements. There are several ways your affiliate program can benefit from paid

flat-fee placements: driving more new-customers (NTF) to

This will help gauge which placements resonate well with

your site, dramatically increasing traffic, and getting in front of

their audience. Some placements work really well, and

more customers can help build brand-awareness.

some don’t work at all. It’s good practice to pinpoint which works well in the beginning, versus spending 10K and have

But that doesn’t mean you start spending $10K-$20K im-

nothing to show for it.

mediately hoping it yields a solid ROI. Several factors that go into making your flat-fee placements work: research, the right


Planning. Now that you’ve had the chance to test which

offer, competitor promotions, targeting peak-selling season,

placements work best, you can really hone-in and plan ef-

brand awareness and proper publisher testing.

fectively throughout the year. This will set-up your affiliate

You have to be patient, test, and time it just right in order for the flat-fee placement to be effective.

program for success as you anticipate peaks and valleys and provide the flexibility to double-down on placements

Whether you’re launching a brand new affiliate program or

during Q4 or other additional selling seasons and save

managing a mature one, the approach in securing prime real

budget in the off-season. Having a promotional cadence

estate on affiliate sites is the same.

calendar will be handy when it comes time to start securing flat-fee placements with your publishers, as you’ll have




Research. One of the first things you need to do is re-

visibility into upcoming promotions.

search, and understand the consumer to publisher be-

Anytime you have the additional budget for securing flat

havior, understand their audience, and demographic.

fee placements, do your diligence and take your time in

Testing. Once you have a good handle on the publishers

researching and testing which affiliates will work well for

that fit your brand, you’ll want to work with a publisher who

you. Plan accordingly on the right time to get in front of as

will allow you to test placements in exchange for commis-

many customers as you can, in order to give you the best

sion increases (or exclusive coupons, vanity codes, TM+),

chance of realizing a return on your ad-spend. Flat-fee

before you start throwing thousands of dollars at them.

placements will work when the timing is right. Jonathan Goodwin is the Director of Strategy at JEBCommerce

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