Finding and Making the Best Use of Affiliate Marketing Strategies

In companion marketing, the formula to success is patience, persistence and a thirst for knowledge. In this line of business, you have to learn from your experience about every move you should make. It is your experience that will open the door of success for you in any business. In spite of everything, some people tend to become impatient and find a quick, easy way to succeed in companion marketing. For those people, the safest way is to search for associate marketing strategies using the best search engines.

Simply go to the internet, get on a popular search engine like Google and search for associate marketing strategies and you will get a hefty amount of useful information. There you will find many blogs, directories and forums which can help you enormously to find exactly what you need. It is worth noting that there are some places which will make you pay a small amount of money though but it is absolutely worth it.

The first thing you need to have is an endless interest for associate marketing. One should be very steady about making decisions and patient with results. Another fundamental factor, which is also one of the most important associate marketing strategies, is the usage of scripts. A script is basically a small program that can make a positive impact in a revenue generating way. Scripts are known to be very helpful in conducting associate activities, for instance, managing and analyzing your associate activities.

For example, suppose you are using one of those scripts and that script is able to administer all of your associate links in a single area. While you’re entering the product’s information, the same script will create a unique link that is connected to your account. There are even some scripts that work as associate marketing strategies by helping to create appropriate keywords and ads while rotating them as well. Basically, it’s safe to assume that scripts and the other software of this kind are crucial to make your associate marketing business grow.

To gain the most success in affiliate marketing, it is wise to follow the footprints of others, who are already successful. Clues, guidelines and leads are the three crucial elements in finding the right way to get viewers to see your links. So, you should find a directory that will provide you with a lot of affiliate marketing strategies in one single area, which will be user-friendly and will help you to get useful tips. In affiliate marketing, success depends on how smartly you apply strategies. The quality of good planning and following the rules of search engines are always a huge plus.

If you think that affiliate marketing is all about sitting at home, doing nothing and earning hefty amount of money; you are totally mislead. The truth is, if you want to be successful in associate marketing, you need to go online and spend as much as time is needed to research until you get a very clear idea about the ins and outs of companion marketing. Even it could take months in order to do the whole research thing successfully. Apart from the research, it is widely suggested to use companion marketing strategies to get the best out of companion marketing endeavors.

Smart Affiliate Marketing Strategy – Promoting an Affiliate Product That is Proven to Sell

When you are running your own online affiliate business, you will be focusing the majority of your time on driving as much traffic as possible to the product that you are promoting. The main reason you are doing that is because you will want to get maximum profits from your marketing campaign. Here are the reasons why promoting affiliate product that is proven to sell is one of the smart strategies that you should be using.

The 1st reason is that you will want to leverage on the merchant’s effort. A successful merchant will understand that that the amount of income he is earning is directly proportional to the amount of income that his affiliates are earning. The merchant will continue to tweak his website till it got good sales conversion. It will be more practical to leverage on the merchant’s effort as your main role is to market it.

The 2nd reason is that you will want to fully maximize the amount of profits from the traffic that you send to the merchant’s page. Since you will be investing a lot of your time and effort, you will want to ensure that you get good return of investment. When you promote a product which has better sales conversion, this will means more profits for you. A 1% increase in sales conversion will mean that you will get 100% more income. Thus, it will be worth the investment of your time to find good converting product.

The 3rd reason is that you will want to protect your credibility and reputation in the business. It is generally true that products which have good sales conversion tend to be good products although that might not always be the case. Besides checking the product sales conversion, you will want to put in the extra effort to check the reviews of the product or even personally purchased the product so that you can review it personally. You will have more confidence in promoting a good product when you know that it will be helpful to the customers.

Here are the 3 main reasons why promoting affiliate product that is proven to sell is the smart strategy you can use to improve your profits. Be willing to work hard and work smart in your business as this is the only path to get real success.

Small Company Marketing Consultants – Why You Need One And How To Select One

Having spent many years working with small and midsized B2B and B2C organizations on their marketing and marketing communications strategies and plans, I believe I’ve got a good sense of the issues facing them. Generally, at the top of the list, is the lack of a real marketing plan. How is it possible that something so basic is missing? My conclusion is that, despite possessing the skill sets that drive their organization’s success, founders and/or management simply do not have:

  • Time to think about marketing at all, because there is always something “more important or urgent” that needs their attention;
  • A real understanding of the power of marketing and how it can significantly improve profits and return on investment (ROI);
  • The resources, budgets and people available – marketing and marketing communications is “unfamiliar and scary”, and there are always other areas that need support first;
  • The knowledge of how to seek out and evaluate professional marketing help.

These are concerns regardless of the type of organization – start up, early stage or established companies, and even nonprofits for that matter. And, without real planning upfront, many brands are operating with a “Ready, Fire, Aim” reaction to the marketplace.

What Will Hiring A Marketing Or Marketing Communications Professional Do For You?

In order to accomplish short and long-term objectives you need to develop a meaningful marketing strategy and an integrated marketing communications plan and tactics. At its core, having a professional marketing program will improve a brand’s profitability and ROI. This task is often outsourced, frequently with a part-time Chief Marketing Officer.

The process starts with the outside consultant learning about the brand – its strengths and weaknesses, competition, distribution, business plan objectives, existing communication materials, employee involvement. During this learning period, the consultant also avails himself of any pertinent primary or secondary research. Most important, this period is also the time for establishing trust between the organization and the consultant.

While some tasks may be completed directly during this learning period, an outside professional would use this knowledge to prepare:

1. A marketing and marketing communications strategy, along with a positioning statement. The positioning statement is a succinct description of the core target audience to whom the brand is directed, and a compelling picture of how the marketer wants the audience to view the brand.

Sound simple? Take a minute and answer these four questions about your brand:

  • The target audience, in very specific detail?
  • The category in which the brand competes, and its relevance to customers?
  • The brand’s benefit and point of difference?
  • A reason for the customer to believe – the most compelling proof?

The positioning statement is the credo for the brand to live by. All marketing and marketing communications should flow from this positioning and be understood by all employees, agents, partners and management.

2. An integrated and holistic plan with tactical expressions – media programs; creative executions, including new and/or traditional advertising; public relations; content marketing (social media, articles, blogs, white papers, video); packaging; point of purchase; employee engagement; and, events.

The use of internal or external staff to create the above will be directed and evaluated by the consultant or, if necessary, specialists may be recommended.

3. Recommendations for primary or secondary research when clear cut answers don’t exist on specific subjects. Marketing depends on a complete understanding of the customers’ “wants and needs” as well as how they relate to your brand and competition. Not just what your staff thinks; rather, information. Facts beat opinion every time.

4. A procedure of measurement and evaluation of the objectives of the agreed upon plan, as well as the established objectives to be accomplished with each target audience and marketing communication task. Benchmarking and on-going analysis is key to successful marketing programs, allowing for change or refinement as you proceed.

5. A format for informing and discussing the reasoning behind the marketing planning, so that everyone in the organization understands why the specific strategies, plans and tactics were developed and implemented. The consultant becomes a “teacher” and the entire organization becomes brand advocates.

Marketing consultants have increasingly become members of the C-Suite because of today’s turbulent and rapidly changing environment.

What Talents Should A Marketing Consultant Have?

Look for a consultant, full or part-time, who is:

1. Willing to learn your business from the ground up and doesn’t have a “one size fits all” mentality;

2. An established professional, with extensive experience across industries and brands in B2B, B2C and nonprofit organizations, large and small. Expand your horizons and don’t settle for experience in only your niche or industry;

3. Media neutral and willing to embrace analytics to develop a variety of programs as well as to measure them. In today’s complicated marketplace, a consultant must understand new and traditional media, the difference between efficiency and effectiveness, “likes” vs. “sales”, the dangers of digital ad fraud, etc., etc.;

4. Apolitical and willing to tell it like it is, so candor will flourish in your relationship. Having your consultant free to demonstrate the discipline of marketing and marketing communications will build trust and a meaningful partnership;

5. Has an established network of marketing communications specialists who can be called in to provide solutions when necessary.

The marketing and marketing communications strategic and tactical challenges of today are growing exponentially. But, as with our uncertain economic and political environment, putting your head in the sand isn’t a viable response. As Will Rogers said, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

FOMO – Killer of Effective Marketing Communication

No matter how awesome your stuff is, it does you no good if you can’t communicate to the relevant people about it.

When you get down to the purpose of communication, it’s to GET YOUR POINT THROUGH.

Which means, if you get too convoluted in your communication you’re going to lose your audience’s attention. When your audience gets lost, you don’t get your point through and they don’t understand you have good stuff for them. You don’t get to sell your stuff, and that’s not good for business.

I see a lot of “verbal diarrhea” in most marketing communications – online and offline.

I’m guilty too. I was looking at my website homepage the other day, and I thought – what exactly do I want to communicate? If I were a first-time visitor, would I know what to do?

When I redesigned the homepage, it started out with a pretty clear objective. As time went by, I read an article here and listened to a webinar there, I thought – hey maybe I should tell people A and B, and I probably should put a link for Y and Z.

So I added A and B and Y and Z – and the homepage got mucky.

It’s not because I didn’t know Keep It Simple Sunshine is a usually a good thing – I challenge my clients to do that all the time.

It’s because I am human, and I have FOMO (fear of missing out).

Many times when I come across a “tip” or “tactic” I have the urge to add it to my marketing communication so I can tell myself I got all the ground covered and I am pulling all the strings.

Not for the sake of my audience. But for the selfish reason of pacifying my FOMO…

Forgetting that if I pull all the strings and they go in opposite directions, they would cancel out the effect of each other!

3 Simple Words for FOMO Prevention: Clarity + Discernment + Discipline

FOMO can creep up everywhere in our communications – from website to brochures to presentations.

You need a powerful filter so you can stay focused and get the point through.

1. Clarity – what do you want this piece of communication to achieve? What’s the best way to get the point through?

2. Discernment – simple, chuck whatever that don’t answer the questions above.

3. Discipline – it’s easier said than done when it comes to “chucking” stuff. Now you have the awareness, you need to train your Discipline muscle so you can execute your discernment and free your communications from FOMO.

Theory is cheap… here’s how to stay focused when you write for these common webpages:

HOMEPAGE

What’s the primary objective to support your business at the moment? Building your list? Creating an authority positioning? Showcasing your work? Launching your book? Promoting a webinar?

What’s the secondary objective?

What’s the MINIMUM amount of content, links or calls-to-action needed to support your primarily and secondary objectives?

When you put too many choices on the page, your visitors will be confused. And the confused mind says “no”.

Is your Call-To-Action that supports your primary objective loud and clear? Or has it disappeared into a sea of content? If everything is screaming, nothing can be heard.

ABOUT PAGE

Your about page is not really about you. Your readers don’t care about your entire life story unless it is relevant to why and how you can help them.

Typically, your about page needs to (1) build a personal and emotional bridge so your readers can connect with YOU and trust you; and (2) share your experience to illustrate why you are qualified to help them and how you can do so.

Your about page needs to answer the question – why are YOU, as a PERSON, relevant to helping ME solve my problem?

Just listing out your trainings and certifications is not enough – what’s your journey? What’s your unique point of view that would make me want to work with you rather than the next gal?

BLOG POSTS

Your blog on your business website is not your personal journal. Write your articles with an objective in mind.

One big idea per article, one call-to-action per article.

What do you want the article to achieve for your business? What call-to-action will help you achieve this result?

Who are you writing for, and what do they need to know to take the intended action?

If you have the tendency to ramble, have the discipline to read and re-read your articles, and DELETE anything not essential to getting the point through. (note: read and re-read, but don’t get stuck in perfectionism. You need to hit that “publish” button.)

Run-on sentences? Break them down into 2-3 smaller chunks. Big jargon-y words? Find a plain English alternative.

Run your content through a readability score tool – a 7th grader should be able to comprehend your article.

Stop FOMO from driving your marketing communications:

Clarity – know your message, how it applies to your audience, and how to position it to get the point through

Awareness – catch yourself when you are having a verbal diarrhea, and admit it

Discernment – realize what is not in alignment, what is extraneous to getting the point through

Discipline – have the guts to not yield to FOMO and cut out what doesn’t serve the purpose of the communication