Beginner affiliates know all about the frustrations that come with trying to get the attention of an affiliate manager, only to be ignored or responded to two days after an initial inquiry. Affiliate managers are very busy people and if you are familiar with their day-to-day activities you know that sometimes they can unintentionally lose track of time and emails. Nevertheless, without affiliates, affiliate programs would not exist.
The good news is that you do not have to be a super affiliate to get the attention of an affiliate manager. However, you do need to be equipped with some credentials if you want to negotiate the best incentives from a merchant. Here is some insight into what affiliate managers (and merchants) are looking for from novice affiliates. Here is how you can finally get what you want: to attract the attention of your affiliate managers!
Remember their Names
To some affiliates this simple piece of advice may sound trivial; however, you would be surprised by the number of times affiliate managers (including myself) encounter affiliates who misspell and mispronounce their names. Everyone wants respect and that includes affiliate managers. Therefore, it is imperative to at least learn the proper pronunciation and spelling of the person from whom you will be requesting information and promotions about various programs. Remember one of the six fundamental ways to win friends, according to the author Dale Carnegie, is to remember a person’s name.
Generate some Buzz
Obviously you must have website traffic to gain the attention of an affiliate manager, but as you also know, you must have a full range of outlets to attract those visitors. Ensure that in addition to having a blog and updated SEO-rich content on your site that you are also interlinking between your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other online platforms where people can share your information. If you don’t have enough time to manage all those social media platforms, then use tools like Ping.fm (www.ping.fm) and HootSuite (www.hootsuite.com) to help you.
Affiliate managers don’t just look at the layout of an affiliate’s website; they also evaluate traffic numbers and keywords. They look at things like your Google rank and the number of visitors you are attracting on a weekly basis. If you don’t have any traffic yet, then it’s time to generate some. If you do have traffic, but have not done any analytics on your site, then there are a few tools to help you acquire that information. Tools like Google Analytics, Alexa.com (www.alexa.com), Quantcast.com (www.quantcast.com) and ClickTale (www.clicktale.com) can provide you with deeper answers about your site. Do a little digging. You might discover just how much of a fit the product or service you want to promote is for your site based on your audience data.
Show the Plan
Have you ever heard of Amway or similar network marketing organizations? Their common practice for explaining their business philosophy is “show the plan.” This is exactly what you need to show your affiliate manager – a plan. You are an entrepreneur and it will be in your best interest to draft a mini proposal explaining how you would like to help the merchant achieve the best ROI. Put a report together and show statistics such as the number of weekly visitors, top web pages and “prime real estate” on your site with the numbers to back it up. Identify who your visitors are and demonstrate to your affiliate manager that your audience is the perfect fit for the product or service you want to promote. Furthermore, you should be enticing your affiliate managers with screenshots to show that with the right banner ad, call to action or custom content, you can deliver valid sales or leads.
Are you interested in knowing or have any ideas about ways you can get the attention of an affiliate manager? Do you have tips and advice that have worked for you? Leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts.
Nicole Young is an affiliate manager at the company Share Results. She entered the world of affiliate marketing after moving to Montreal in 2009. Originally from New Brunswick, Nicole completed her BBA at the University of New Brunswick with an honor in Marketing and International Business. Aside from building strong relationships with her affiliates, Nicole spends her days overseeing the growth of the programs she is managing, negotiating deals, blogging, assisting affiliates with the development of their marketing campaigns, and staying up-to-date with industry news and trends!