Whether you are an affiliate marketer, or do affiliate email marketing as a side-business to complement your income and your current services, it is in your best interest to find the highest-converting programs to promote. Essentially, market research requires your investing time, energy and effort in discovering what is a win-win solution both for your client and your reputation, as well as your income.
Before launching your email marketing campaign, consider the frequency with which you’d like to be communicating with your customers. They already receive transactional emails from you, so you have to carefully plan your future attempts to contact them. Approaching your customers with no strategy at all can really end up being counterproductive as some customers receive too many emails and others find emails from you to be too few and far between.
It doesn’t make sense to send the exact same content to everyone on your email list. Your audience is likely to have varied interest, so the same generic email likely won’t appeal to everyone. Given the rise of data driven marketing, you have a lot of information at your fingertips. You can separate your email lists into different groups based on a variety of factors. For example, you could separate your lists by age range or geographical area. Then you can use dynamic content to appeal to those audiences more specifically. This personalizes your emails, which makes your readers more likely to click through.
Before you send out your first marketing message, you need a list of people to send your emails to. Only send your email marketing messages to people who voluntarily sign up to receive them or you might develop a reputation as a spammer -- someone who sends unsolicited and unwanted email. Create a place on your website for people to sign up for communication from you. If you sell products online, include in the checkout process a way for customers to opt in to future emails from your company. Make sure all of your communications include a link that people can click on to unsubscribe from your marketing.
If you’re going to get in the habit of pitching often, try to put yourself in the reader’s shoes. Ask yourself if your messaging is consistent with the expectations you’ve set. As I said before, Amazon does this well because they send relevant offers based on my buying habits. Those that send blind offers are far more likely to lose permission to keep doing so.
Finding products and services to promote as an affiliate is an incredibly straightforward process. There are several large advertising networks that focus exclusively on creating affiliate relationships between advertisers and publishers. These affiliate networks will handle any necessary paperwork, provide banners and other creative to use on your website, serve as an intermediary in the relationship and make sure that you get paid for your efforts.
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