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Editor’s Note: We bring you more live coverage from the Affiliate Management Days conference. This series of articles is on topics of interest to businesses that offer affiliate programs.

Stephanie Robbins is the owner of Robbins Interactive

Stephanie started out her session by distinguishing the difference between content niche affiliates and blogger affiliates.

Content niche affiliates develop sites and use SEO to drive traffic and monetize, whereas, blogger affiliates feel it is extremely personal to them and use public relations in their marketing efforts.

Bloggers know about public relations and their goal is to be an ambassador for a brand and get paid for posts. They are generally not affiliate marketing minds, so reaching them is different than other types of affiliates.

When reaching out to bloggers speak public relations and then get to the affiliate part. Educate the bloggers about affiliate marketing benefits and how it can work in conjunction with their current efforts (paid posts, banner placements, etc.).

Stephanie mentioned that 16% of bloggers make money with affiliate marketing, so there is definite room for growth. Explaining to them that adding incremental revenue will be beneficial for the long term is critical to recruiting top notch bloggers.

Education

  • Educate bloggers –  it provides passive income but be realistic with them. Let them know that SEO for affiliate marketing (action terms) will be needed and optimizing existing posts can increase conversions and sales. Educate them on tools through videos, blog posts, etc. and how to make it efficient.
  • Managing their expectations – lower sales at the beginning leads to incremental income over time. For example a blogger is given a dress to review and higher commission rate, as a result they generate 11 sales (not 50 like a coupon affiliates). Sales may  1 -2 at a time, but those sales will continue over months and possibly years.
  • Brand equity – powerful tool…long term relationship and will provide incremental value down the road.
  • Long term relationship – continuously educate and keep them in the loop. Show them how they are going to differentiate from the rest of the bloggers and affiliates. They get 1000’s of emails from suitors to be represented on their sites, but the outreach must be personal.

Recruitment

The goal is to sift through the negativity and public relations of affiliate marketing and focus on them and how they can make affiliate marketing work for their business.

Before reaching out to bloggers a plan should be in place on how to get bloggers to promote the desired product or service for the brand. Thoughts should include:

  • How should they promote it? Social Media,? Blog posts?
  • Do they have existing posts on the topic? Look through their site to see.
  • Giveaways? Alternatives to giveaways include giving them 50% discount code to use for personal use. This is make them excited to work together.
  • Free Product reviews – not ideal because not optimized for affiliate marketing

In order for bloggers to be successful they need the right tools for the job.

Tools to use include:

  • Buzzstream – pulls  prospecting  list based on specific keywords.  When using the lists make sure they qualify, then contact them, and follow up, but make sure you remember the initial conversation.
  • LinkDex – Can pull competitors affiliate lists based on networks.
  • 5IQ – finds competitors affiliates and provides contact information to use for immediate contact.

Blogger outreach is a marketing effort and should include:

  • Multiple touches in order to get response.
  • Emails – they get the conversation started.
  • Social media – twitter (retweeting their posts, blog commenting on their posts, Facebook groups, chats, etc.).
  • Conferences (SaS ThinkTank, Meetups, Affiliate Summit).
  • Prepare presentations for bloggers to show them the value of affiliate marketing and how it can be a benefit to their current efforts.

First impressions matter!

  • Subject line in an email is super important. Make it count!
  • Keep it personal
    • Short and concise
    • Why should the blogger respond?
    • Program details are part of the 2nd conversation after they responded to your initial outreach
  • Example email subject line: Natural Beauty Product Opportunity
  • Connecting authentically in order to gain trust

Money Talks

  • Go live bonus – which is the most popular. They should be paid for writing the post. It leads to passive income conversation in the future. Bonuses can be from $50 -$200.
  • First sale bonus can be similar to the go live bonus.
  • Increased commissions – significantly increase base commission level because of time it takes to optimize. General rule is a 30 day window.

Retention

  • Education is crucial. Walk them through the process of optimization. They depend on affiliate managers for advice and tips.
  • Stay in touch the same ways you got in touch
    • Skype, email, cell phone
  • Make recommendations
    • Tell them what works. They will appreciate any and all help in their success.

In conclusion, treat bloggers differently than content niche affiliates. They require a more hands on approach and may require more nurturing in the beginning. However, they can become a powerful partner for many years.

 

 

Editor’s Note: We bring you more live coverage from the Affiliate Management Days conference. This series of articles is on topics of interest to businesses that offer affiliate programs.  

This session was conducted by Michael Ni, CMO/SVP of Avangate.

Michael started out by providing some interesting stats about affiliate programs on the Avangate network:

  • When programs are NOT managed on network they grow 15%
  • 28% growth for in-house managed
  • 79% growth for OPM managed

However, numbers only tell part of the story.

Many merchants are thinking this, but the million dollar questions is – when to outsource?

Michael placed the decision making process into 3 buckets and elaborated on the strengths and weaknesses of hiring and OPM vs. an in-house manager.

Bucket # 1 – Stage of the Program

Some questions to ask here include:

  • How mature is the program?
  • Is it just getting started?
  • Is it 15%-20% of all online sales?

This will give you (the merchant) a better idea of to outsource or keep your program in house.

Launching a brand new affiliate program or re-launching an existing neglected affiliate program requires more time than most mature programs. So, entrusting in an OPM during these phases can be more beneficial than having an in-house manager for a variety of reasons and they include:

  • OPM’s manage the platform well and are experts at program set-up and defining policies.
  • OPM’s are good at recruiting affiliates. They have relationships built with top affiliates already and they can go to them and get them activated in a timely manner.

Michael provided case studies for each bucket. Please note that all merchants mentioned are on the Avangate affiliate network.

Case Studies #1

VSO Software saw a 32% increase in affiliate sales after adding a dedicated affiliate manager (in-house). The results came from an aggressive activation campaign. They asked affiliates for pieces of contact information in exchange for a bump in commission. This worked really well for them and their affiliates become motivated.

Case Study # 2

Abbyy USA saw a 197% sales growth after adding an Avangate OPM Partner Agency. They required top affiliates and affiliate sales increased from 6% to 11%.

Choosing an OPM or keeping a program in-house depends on the stage of the affiliate program and what the merchants ultimate goals are.

Bucket # 2 – What is the complexity of the market?

Questions to think about include:

  • How competitive is the market?
  • How specialized is the market?

An OPM gets more power when the market becomes saturated because they can cut through the “noise” and reach the affiliates on a personal level. Personal affiliate interaction is critical for long term success. As mentioned earlier OPM’s have already built relationships that they can leverage to increase the overall performance of an affiliate program. An in-house manager may not have the amount of affiliate connections and the growth may be smaller.

Case Study # 3 

Telstream hired an OPM, then shifted to in-house manager. They used OPM to relaunch/grow affiliate program and affiliate sales increased 36% from previous quarter.

Hiring and educating an in-house affiliate manager to leverage specialized knowledge to deepen affiliate relationships was more beneficial than maintaining a relationship with an OPM.

Overall, they saw a 10% increase in affiliate revenue after in-house shift.

Case Study # 4

Kaspersky Turkey hired an OPM for geographic expansion.  As a result, a 400% uplift in sales was seen by using an OPM to tap local affiliates.

OPM’s can dominate this phase. This is something that in-house managers can not do because (not all) of their limited relationships with affiliates and knowledge of the market.

OPM’s are strong in channel control. This matters with mature affiliate programs and their “local” knowledge.

 Bucket # 3 – What are Objectives

What are the programs long term objectives?

Michael broke down the benefits of an OPM v. In-House manager into 4 categories:

  • Cost structures
  • Scale-ability
  • Branding Control
  • Time to Market

In-house managers have to think about salary and investing in tools and OPM’s cost varies. Their are 3 types of OPM payment terms:

  • Retainer + %, Flat Fee and Rev Share
  • Flat Fee – favor OPM
  • Revenue Share (OPM puts skin in the game)

Case Study # 5

AVS4YOU had an established affiliate program + network help. They achieved 52% YoY affiliate revenues from starting program. In total they grew affiliate sales from 4% -11% of online sales and net ROI for 2014 is 34%

Case Study # 6

myFICO had an established affiliate program that was OPM driven. Ultimately, shifted from CPA to CPS model and as a result an +80% increase in QoQ affiliate orders and net ROI in 2014 was 166%.

Outsourcing your affiliate program management depends on a number of factors, but programs just starting up or relaunching reap the benefits of an OPM and a mature program may be in better hands if an in-house manager in control.

 

With multiple tracking platforms and a site with 26 languages, the Light in Box global expansion provides an incredible case study for global success with an affiliate program.

Brooke Schaaf, co-founder of Schaaf Partner Centric) and Max Ciccotosto, head of global growth at TheLightintheBox.com)  worked closely together for a global affiliate campaign that spanned 25 countries and included 70+ programs in just 12 months. Brooke and Max detail their key learning points, success and takeaways from this aggressive and successful pursuit.

Below are 10 key points from this Affiliate Management Days session.

#1 Use Local Networks

Each country has their own industry events, cultural differences and many times language. It is essential to partner with a network that not only understands the strengths and weaknesses of the locale but can maximize the potential of each regional.

 

For instance, certain rules and regulations provide an advantage if the local office has a local bank. In these cases, publishers are rewarded tax benefits  for participating with a local business. Publishers can save up to 25% more due to taxes. A publisher weighs this advantage, or disadvantage if there is no local office, when entering into an affiliate agreement.

“Always pick the guys with the local office and in business with the local office of the country for at least a year.” Explains Max Ciccotosto, Light In The Box.

 

#2 One Set of policies

It is essential to maintain and enforce the same affiliate policy across all creative. All commissions, terms and conditions, creatives and other rules should be consistent for proper compliance management.

 

#3 Dedupe and Attribution

When working with multiple channels, dedupe technology and procedures are essential for cost containment. An international affiliate program needs a strong technology platform to ensure de-duplication l is accurate. In Europe there was more cross affiliate promotions. So you need to be aware of this when you are launching in Europe. In the case of Light In The Box, Impact Radius provided this service for attribution and deduping.

Attribution also plays a key role. Attribution allows you to see multiple touch points between different affiliates and channels. Brook explain the importance  of not only collecting this data but having the expertise to modify and grow the program according to key metrics.

 

# 4 Publisher Taxonomies

As the program expands across international borders, the variety of affiliates expands. Each country has its own strengths. For instance in France, email affiliates are dominate. Other countries like Italy and Brazil excel with ‘site unders.’ In Europe, shop comparison engines reign among the affiliates. The program needs to maximize each country’s strength. To maximize Light In The Box and Schaaf-Partners Centric, approached with an open mind and a “how can we make this work” approach versus shutting down based on previous perceptions.

 

#5 Not All Deals Are CPA

Light in the Box and and Schaaf-Partners Centric wants not to be constrained by the  CPA (cost for per acquisitions) model. This open approach allows for more creativity to take full advantage of the affiliates

 

#6 Sneaky Fraud

If you have a large affiliate program, the rouge affiliates will target your program. There are also more opportunities for fraud just due to the larger scale. With a global program, tools such as Brandverity are crucial to provide the checks and balance required to prevent fraud.

#7 Local Markets

As your program expands local market management becomes unwieldy. This is not just for the affiliate channel but across all channels. For instance, uploading creatives and links to 20 networks consumes large amounts of time.

In addition, there are 25 different calendars. How does the managerhandle all the holidays and timeframes across the country?

Light in the Box implemented a solid teiring system to manage all promotions across all channels and countries

Tier 1 promotions are top performing holidays. Typically the largest promotions are holiday agnostic so they can scale it global.  These are the biggest sales and have the largest budget.

Tier 2 promotions may not launch at the same time but can scale to multiple cultures. For instance, there are multiple Father’s Days around the world but the concept and promotion can remain the same with different launch dates.

Smaller holidays fall into Tier 3 and usually cannot be launched due to lack of scalability. Top affiliates work with several hundred merchants. Affiliates can’t keep up with all the small promotions. Accordingly, these smaller promotions will not give you the return on investment for the time required to scale.

 

#8 Must Have: Intelligence and Productivity Tools

Light in the Box uses a tool called MediaRails that allows the company to track all networks in one place. This software allows Light In the Box to pull publishers from all networks versus trying to manage the affiliates in individual networks.

# 9 Someone In Your Corner

The marketplace experiences rapid change. Ultimately, an international program needs the human touch as well as powerful software. Agency contacts and company employee’s provide accountability, perspective and strategy.

 

#10 Get Creative

Approach each opportunity presented with an open mind. Don’t limit your deals based on existing obstacles. Instead, look for ways to get around or destroy the barriers.

Affiliate Management Days 2015, this year’s only AM Days show, is just around the corner and will be held in San Francisco on March 31 – April 1, 2015.

As is already customary, we expect plenty of rolling Twitter coverage, which you may follow by the conference’s hashtag #AMDays, but today I’d like to also draw your attention to our liveblogging stars.

There will be three people covering hand-picked sessions (including one of the keynotes on Day 1 and the keynote panel on Day 2) in liveblogging manner both here on AM Days blog and on the website of one of our Media Partners, SmallBizTrends.

Here are their bios (highlighting the blogging/writing parts of their lives):

Stephanie Robbins, Founder of Robbins Interactive, is an affiliate program manager who writes about her 20+ years of digital marketing experience with a focus on the affiliate marketing industry. She also represents a select few brands that she can authentically promote to the affiliate  community.

Sarah Bundy is an award winning performance marketing blogger and digital marketing strategist. As Founder and CEO of All Inclusive Marketing, Sarah has contributed high level strategic content to several industry leading periodicals such as Feedfront Magazine, ReveNews, Online Marketing Institute, TUNE, and Small Business Trends.

Rick Magennis works as an account manager with AM Navigator where he develops, manages, and optimizes affiliate programs. He serves as a liaison between clients and affiliates. Rick has 4 years of digital marketing and affiliate marketing experience and is a regular contributor to Affiliate-Program-Management.com. Rick holds an MBA from Centenary College and resides is New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

So, make sure that besides the Twitter hashtag you also follow Sarah’s, Stephanie’s, and Rick’s posts here and at SmallBizTrends.

We’ve been working on this for quite some time, and today I am excited to, finally, announce that we’ve rolled out the new mobile app for our upcoming Affiliate Management Days 2015 show!

You may now network with other AM Days 2015 attendees right from/on your smartphone.

How to Get AM Days Mobile App:

  1. Download the app on your smart device from topi.com/get, AppStore, or Google Play;
  2. Sign into the app via LinkedIn or Facebook;
  3. Join the event by entering code AMDAYS and start connecting with other attendees!

If you don’t find where to enter the code, do not worry! You should be prompted to do so upon launching the app and you may also enter the code at any time in at the bottom of the “Info” section (clearly visible on the image below).

AM Days on Topi Mobile App

How to Use the Mobile App:

  • Messages – This is where all of your messages are – with just one person or with multiple people (group messaging). It’s very similar to the Text Messages button on your smart device. Use the messaging system before, during and after the event – they’re always live!
  • Contacts – These are both Topi contacts based on a) your social networks contacts that are already on Topi and b) new connections you make at the event. Like messages, these contacts are always accessible anytime before, during and after the event.
  • Networking – These are the attendees who have joined Topi for this particular event. Use the search bar to narrow down the list or browse the entire list; to make your life easier, note that all the attendees are sorted by relevance to you, based on your own profile and interests. Click on any particular person to learn more about them or to request a connection with them.
  • Info Tab – This includes basic Event Info, the Event Wall (Group Chat room), Agenda, Speakers, Sponsors, Exhibitors (those actually at the conference). You are able to bookmark sessions, speakers, and exhibitors. You are also able to take notes on the app in this section.
  • Event Wall – This is under the Info Tab as listed above and this is the curated group chat room for this event. Any participant on the app can write a message or post a picture that everyone at the event would see.
  • Broadcast Messages – These are the live push notifications that are either pre-scheduled or send as real-time announcements for each particular event. As long as someone has entered the code in for that event, they’ll get the notification as a pop up on their phone.

Play around with the app as much as you can and you’ll get a very good feel on how you can leverage it to enhance your pre-conference networking as well as navigating around the show itself.

Exactly a week from now I will be standing on stage in San Francisco opening the 2015 Affiliate Management Days conference — for the seventh time since our launch in 2012.

The closer to the show we get, the more traffic rolls in…

Affiliate Management Days traffic

…and this is natural. It is also not too late to register for this year’s only AM Days (if you haven’t done so already). The prices are now lower than what they will be onsite.

Check out the conference’s agenda here, and download also the full Conference Guide by clicking the image below.

See you in a week!! Trust me, this is going to be one amazing show that you do not want to miss!

As our attendees are getting ready for this year’s only Affiliate Management Days conference, the question that I get asked most frequently is: “What is your event’s dress code?”

It’s a great question — especially taking into consideration that a good part of the affiliate marketing industry works in their pajamas. Literally! And that’s beautiful (as it underscores the underpinning idea of freedom)… provided a suitable context, of course.

It is also a great question, because when it comes to the dress etiquette many conferences are on the Business Casual side of things. AM Days is more laid back than that. Our dress code is Dressy Casual.

There are are various ways to define dressy casual. I personally like how Emily Post tackles it:

MEN

WOMEN

Dressy
Casual
  • Seasonal sport coat or blazer, and slacks
  • Dress shirt, casual button-down shirt, open-collar or polo shirt
  • Optional tie
  • Dress
  • Skirt & dressy top
  • Dressy pants outfit
  • Nice jeans and dressy top

If you need additional help deciding what to wear at the next AM Days show, take a look at the pictures of our previous years’ attendees. Here are also links to the the photo albums from our 2014 show:

Day 1:

Affiliate Management Days Dress Code

Day 2:

AM Days Dress Code

Looking forward to seeing you in San Francisco in just a week! Don’t miss this year’s only show!!

This year’s only Affiliate Management Days show is just only 2.5 weeks away, and today I’d like to bring you an interview with yet another one of the conference’s speakers, Sarah Bundy. Check out her insight into the management of affiliate marketing programs below.

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Sarah Bundy is an award winning digital marketing strategist, affiliate marketing specialist, consultant, trainer and author. She is founder & CEO of All Inclusive Marketing, an award winning performance marketing agency delivering innovative, experience driven results that reach, engage and convert new buyers online.

Question: If you were to emphasize one important issue that every affiliate manager should be paying more attention to, what would it be and why?

Bundy:  We could go into details about FTC disclosures, attribution opportunities and major gaps in the market, however I’d like to reemphasize the importance of affiliate managers really needing to understand and pay closer attention to the very basic needs, both personally and professionally, of their affiliates individually and as segmented groups.

Affiliate managers often get caught up in the day to day “tasks” and more advanced topics of management, and try to bulk manage or automate the program to scale faster. This is often a huge misstep because they lose track both the key metrics of the program and of knowing the needs, wants and desires of their affiliates while maintaining meaningful relationships, which is what drives the best results.

When affiliate managers stop paying attention to the needs, wants and emotional drivers of their affiliates, that’s when programs suffer most. To counter this, affiliate managers can put more resources on a program because as they grow, one affiliate manager just can’t do it all. Luckily there are some great agencies, OPMs and consultants who can become an extension to the affiliate management team, so the most important part of having an affiliate program, the relationship and ability to fill an affiliate’s needs and desires, is consistently met resulting in true program optimization and growth.

Question: What do you see as the main areas of opportunity for online, in general, and for affiliate marketers, in particular in 2015 – 2016?

Bundy:  Aside from the most obvious advancements in mobile and data, one area I see having more significant play in 2015 -2016 is in Native Advertising.

Native Advertising is going to have more presence and exponential growth because of its ability to reach, engage, and convert highly targeted audiences with controlled messaging and guaranteed placement on high profile sites. Currently advertisers pay PR, content or social media firms millions per year in the hopes their articles and content will be picked up by recognized media outlets and high profile bloggers. However that content doesn’t always reach the right audience (or it’s too broad), the message can be contorted to tell a different story than originally desired, sometimes negative or damaging to brand reputation, and placement is never guaranteed.

With Native Advertising, both the publisher and the advertiser gets the exact desired content for their audience distributed while the reader has access to highly relevant content specific to their lifestyle and personal interests. The advertisers get guaranteed placement, and the publishers get guaranteed money in the door.

Because of this, I see Native Advertising being one of the most powerful performance marketing strategies taking the stage in the next two years.

Question 3: Between the fact that “affiliates are 7x more likely to be overwritten by another channel than another affiliate” and the fact that “30% of sales start on one device and finish on another” [source] how can an advertiser build a truly affiliate-friendly program, yet one that doesn’t cannibalize the merchant’s own marketing efforts?

Bundy:  Work with Impact Radius. Their technology can solve many of the tracking and attribution issues brands face in how to credit and value affiliate performance properly. The best management companies and brands will use them to look at the entire buying cycle and structure affiliate programs around different types of engagement and conversions, resulting in higher ROI across multiple touch points, a better understanding of different affiliate and channel value and allow multiple channels to be optimized to their full potential based entirely around sound data and multi-technology attribution touch points.

Question: In which ways can affiliates be adding value for the merchants they promote? And where does the “value” reside (new customer acquisition only or something more)?

Bundy:  I think affiliate value is determined by the key metrics that are most important to the brand according to their overall corporate goals and objectives.

For example, some brands use performance marketing to drive new customer acquisitions as their only priority result, which results in growing their customer database. Once acquired,  the brand then remarks to those buyers through email and other channels. They happily break even or sometimes take a loss to acquire the customer through the affiliate channel because their profits come from retention and an extended lifetime value of the customer, which are driven by other channels. In this case, the value the affiliate channel is brining is in growing the customer database vs growing net sales or profits.

Other brands will use affiliates to drive increased net sales versus just new customer acquisitions. For example, whether the affiliate is driving a new customer or not, the brand just cares about whether the affiliate drove new sales (in dollars) because they were able to convert buyers at a faster rate, or higher average order value because of their influence and particular marketing efforts. The brands themselves might be marketing to the same customer, however some buyers trust third parties or other influencers who are not exclusive to a brand more, thus they add value by increasing either the average order value or the conversion that the brand would otherwise not be able to convert on their own.

A final example (and there are far more) that affiliates can bring is just in simple brand exposure.  A growing company with little to no brand exposure, or a recognized brand who simply wants to dominate a market, can benefit greatly from having their consistent brand messaging and imagery across hundreds or thousands of sites at a much lower cost than in paying upfront for that placement. Because of the performance based model, if zero sales come in from these placements, it costs the brands nothing. If millions of dollars come in from this exposure and mass placement, the not only does that drive a company’s bottom line that scales, it is a controlled cost that comes only after the money is in the door (or another desired action takes place).

There are no other marketing opportunities online today that can achieve these same types of values with this type of cost control, which is why performance marketing is continuing to expedite. Brands need new customer acquisitions, profitable sales growth and increased brand explore which all add value in driving their bottom line.

Question: What is the biggest challenge faced by affiliate managers, and advertisers with affiliate programs, today and what would you recommend doing to overcome it?

Bundy:  Affiliate managers and advertisers with affiliate programs actually suffer from different challenges.

Affiliate managers struggle with finding time to do everything they need to for their program to grow, be monitored and optimized as much as they need to be for maximum results. They also often struggle with either getting approval from the “higher ups” to try new things in the channel or communicate the value the affiliate program brings to the company’s overall corporate goals or bottom line.

One of the ways affiliate managers overcome this is by getting outside help from agencies, OPMs or consultants to become an extension to them, so the program has the right (and enough) experienced resources to properly manage all the moving parts. These parts include everything from affiliate recruitment to outreach, to placement negotiations to compliance, strategy, reporting, relationship development, content creation and much more. With a well-rounded team who can be strong in all these areas (whether in house or outsourced) the program and the affiliate manager will see much stronger results and be able to prove that value faster.

On the flip side, the advertiser with the program (the brands themselves, usually in the form of the owner(s) or executive management team) struggle with driving profitable sales growth and new customer acquisitions fast enough as a whole.  They need to justify the time and cost of running the affiliate program compared to other channels within a controlled budget, and need to see constant growth to justify investment in this area.

To their detriment, and because it’s often misunderstood, brands too often dedicate less resources than needed to the affiliate channel and look at it as a second or third tier sales driver. In comparison, brands usually understand the immediate value of search or social as an alternative. Additionally, because content and brand reputation often leaves the hands of the brand and is in control of the affiliates, there is fear of brand dilution or misrepresentation by the affiliates.

With the right resources in place and often with the help from an outsourced program management firm or team, brands can drive incredible value and results through their affiliate program, all positive, and all a direct contributor to sustainable, profitable growth in several capacities.   Their challenge is true for all marketing channels they manage, and therefore affiliate is just a piece of this.  With a well-managed program that has enough resources, and depending on the size of the brand, the affiliate channel can often drive anywhere between 10-50% of a company’s profitable sales.

Question: Why do you think affiliate managers should attend Affiliate Management Days?

Bundy:  This is my fourth year attending (and speaking at) AM Days and I’ve found value in each show I’ve attended. The depth of content shared here is more suited for an intermediate to advanced level affiliate manager or digital marketer, which is great because often times the content at other shows is too basic to drive true professional development in this area.

Further, if you were to take all the thought leaders in affiliate marketing management and put them in one room to have meaningful conversations with, this would be it. It’s an intimate show that’s designed for more advanced collaboration, education and networking so affiliate managers who want to get better at what they do can.

SNEAK PREVIEW: Please tell us a takeaway that you will provide during your presentation at Affiliate Management Days.

Bundy:  One major takeaway from my session will be how to identify new opportunities for growth and optimization with graphical data and analytics. We’ve built a visual reporting system and will be sharing some case studies around key metrics and KPIs that will help affiliate managers lead to even more success in their programs.

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With Affiliate Management Days 2015 less than three weeks away, sign up now to look forward to Sarah Bundy’s participation at the upcoming conference in San Francisco. Be part of what she describes as “…[taking] all the thought leaders in affiliate marketing management and [putting] them in one room to have meaningful conversations.”

Three weeks ago I announced a new and exciting addition to Affiliate Management Days agenda — Lunches with Super Affiliates, whereby in the course of the two days of our 2015 show (which is coming up in less than 4 weeks) advertisers/merchants and affiliate managers will have opportunities to meet some of the world’s most coveted super affiliates during lunch-time.

Lunch meetings are free for all attendees on two-day and all-access passes.

Here is something for super affiliates to keep in mind, though: the number of tables is limited only to 6 (six) on each day, and to date, 10 (ten) are already gone! So, we have only two tables left at this phase!!

Here is how the current schedule of affiliate-hosted lunches looks like:

March 31, 2015:

Coupons.com

Download by CNET

Deals Plus

UpSellit

VigLink

April 1, 2015:

Dealmoon

GoodShop

NetProfitsToday

Slimlinks

Verified Purchase

If you are a full-time affiliate and would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet decision-makers on the advertiser’s side of things, email hidden; JavaScript is required')" target="_blank">email me at your earliest convenience, and I will elaborate on the details. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by my offer.

Exactly 4 weeks from now this year’s only Affiliate Management Days conference is coming to San Francisco; and today I am excited to welcome our newest sponsor – CJ Affiliate which has just joined AM Days as a Diamond Sponsor.

This is CJ’s first time sponsoring Affiliate Management Days, and we are excited to welcome them aboard!

Here is more about CJ in their own words:

CJ Affiliate, recognized by Internet Retailer as the #1 affiliate marketing provider, engages with millions of online consumers by facilitating and supporting equitable, lucrative relationships between advertisers and publishers. Many of the world’s most recognized and highly specialized brands use CJ to acquire new customers and encourage existing ones to buy more, and more often. CJ’s expertise, actionable insights and 70,000+ active publisher network provide unparalleled scale and growth opportunity. For more information, please visit www.cj.com. [source]

In addition to sponsoring and exhibiting, CJ Affiliate’s President Kerri Pollard is going to keynote the show talking about “Affiliate Network Insights to Drive Reach & Results.” More in this recent AM Days interview with Kerri.

Among the other AM Days 2015 sponsors/exhibitors you will find LeadsPedia, AM Navigator, eBay Enterprise Affiliate NetworkHasOffers by TUNE, Linkdex Publisher DiscoveryLinkConnector, and a couple of others to be announced shortly. There is a handful of exhibit hall tables left. If interested, let Paul Gillis know soon.