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Using Affiliate Management Companies
Is hiring an affiliate management company the right solution?
OrganicPop




msg:3609595
 11:07 pm on Mar 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'm new to the whole affiliate scene so I'm hoping you can all enlighten me. My company would like to begin an affiliate program in which I am researching companies to help us get started. Since time is an issue, or lack there of, I'm counting on a management company to get the program started for us, where it would be handed off to an in-house team in the future. I haven't found much advise in hiring a company to manage an affiliate program so I'm wondering, Do you have a checklist or advise on how to hire such a company? Are there any downfalls that you have learned in going about things the way we are?

Thanks for your responses!

 

Receptional Andy




msg:3611476
 7:40 pm on Mar 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

Is hiring an affiliate management company the right solution

A good company would be able to give you advice on everything from which software to use for your program, to the best offers to attract affililates. Many affiliate schemes (especially new ones) find that a small number of high profile affiliates will provide the bulk of sales, and so look for a company likely to have the right contacts.

Expertise in setting up a campaign will always improve performance from the start, but whether it's worthwhile is really a question of scale: if it's small in financial terms then the returns will be correspondingly small and may fail to justify the high cost associated with buying in expertise. But then, a good company should also be quick to tell you if an affiliate program is likely to be cost-effective, taking into account competing programs, the size of the market and so on.

OrganicPop




msg:3613727
 8:41 pm on Mar 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks Andy,

Great response.

OrganicPop




msg:3622107
 8:49 pm on Apr 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

I also found some more info about OAM's on this thread:
[webmasterworld.com...]

So far I've spoken with a number of Outsourced Affiliate Management companies and it seems that most are e-commerce based that use the bigger networks, and will add CPA networks depending on the product/service. From what I can tell, there are no OAM services that specialize in CPA networks? hmmm...

The other part is that if you can go about adding an affiliate platform yourself slowly, if time isn't an issue, then you will save a ton of money.

jimbeetle




msg:3622123
 9:07 pm on Apr 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

If it's CPA you really want a CPA network, not an affiliate manager. There are bunches of dedicated CPA nets and many ad networks that sell on a CPA basis.

There's always confusion because of crossover and sometimes sloppy language. Affiliates are usually more concerned with sales of actual goods or services, quite often on a percentage basis. Cost per action can be a newsletter signup, request for a quote, download a piece of software, etc., usually on a fixed price basis.

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