En 1994, CDNOW y Amazon lanzó los programas de afiliados como una estrategia de marketing, siendo estas las primeras empresas que lo utilizan. La idea es contar con anuncios de los editores para solicitar los productos en sus sitios web. Luego los editores, obtienen comisiones cada vez que hacen una venta. Se dice que Amazon tiene más de un millón de afiliados en todo el mundo.
Using Dr Dave Chaffey's approach, the digital marketing planning (DMP) has three main stages: Opportunity, Strategy and Action. He suggests that any business looking to implement a successful digital marketing strategy must structure their plan by looking at opportunity, strategy and action. This generic strategic approach often has phases of situation review, goal setting, strategy formulation, resource allocation and monitoring.
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To create an effective DMP, a business first needs to review the marketplace and set 'SMART' (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant and Time-Bound) objectives. They can set SMART objectives by reviewing the current benchmarks and key performance indicators (KPIs) of the company and competitors. It is pertinent that the analytics used for the KPIs be customised to the type, objectives, mission and vision of the company.
Establishment of customer exclusivity: A list of customers and customer's details should be kept on a database for follow up and selected customers can be sent selected offers and promotions of deals related to the customer's previous buyer behaviour. This is effective in digital marketing as it allows organisations to build up loyalty over email.
Influencer marketing: Important nodes are identified within related communities, known as influencers. This is becoming an important concept in digital targeting. It is possible to reach influencers via paid advertising, such as Facebook Advertising or Google Adwords campaigns, or through sophisticated sCRM (social customer relationship management) software, such as SAP C4C, Microsoft Dynamics, Sage CRM and Salesforce CRM. Many universities now focus, at Masters level, on engagement strategies for influencers.
Dentre as várias vantagens de trabalhar com marketing de afiliados, diria que a mais interessante é o potencial de rentabilização desse mercado. Existem produtos que pagam comissões altíssimas, recorrentes, por clique, por venda, por impressão, etc. Existem também afiliados que trabalham na divulgação desses produtos através de plataformas de publicidade e outros que aproveitam os programas de afiliados como forma de rentabilizar o tráfego dos seus sites e blogs. Ambos os modelos são perfeitamente viáveis e geram resultados.