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Affiliate Marketing 2018 – 3 Points To Consider



Affiliate marketing is the process of offering products for sale on the Internet, and having your own account remunerated for any sales made.

The beauty of the system is that you don’t have to put any money down for inventory – you’re able to sell someone else’s product for a cut of the sale.

Obviously, like all business opportunities, a number of unscrupulous individuals brought the market into disrepute with nefarious practices… but having said that, the majority of affiliate marketers are legitimate folks looking to share good products.

If you want to know it in 2018, this tutorial should give some insights…

Role Of Affiliate Marketing 2018

The Internet landscape has changed markedly since the inception of the model back in the late 90’s.

With the rise of Social Media, “influencers” have become the mainstay of most people’s Internet experience – leading a huge number of purchase decisions to be based off their recommendations.

Whilst this has brought its own problems, one of the most important things it’s done is expose the general Internet community to the process of buying products on recommendation.

This recommendation process is what lies at the core of affiliate marketing, and is basically how anyone who does it gets paid.

The point that needs to be made is that when you “make money” online, what you’re really doing is getting people to buy things online.

This purchase process lies at the core of all earned dollars – be it through the Internet or locally. The way through which it’s facilitated is what determines its profitability etc.

To this end, when the Internet started achieving commercial value in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, product/service owners realized that they could multiply their revenue by simply allowing others to sell their products.

The model was designed to encourage cross-promotions etc – and it worked.

By 2010, the market was teeming with products, services and companies who all offered a variety of affiliate referral programs.

There were even some “networks” who managed the process for everybody involved.

Although this works well, the main problem it had was that it lead to a number of problems – typically with people feeling they had been ripped-off by referrals/vendors.

Thus, by 2018, whilst it’s still effective to have the likes of Google affiliate sites, it’s more effective to carve out an “influencer” role in a market – and let that determine who enjoys what you’re offering.

1. Remove Necessity

As mentioned, there are a number of reasons why affiliate marketing wasn’t seen in too bright of a light – the main being that “thin affiliates” had jumped on the bandwagon, trying to take advantage of market demand for their own gain.

The best way to make progress with referrals in 2018 is to use your own face.

Creating content around a particular topic that you have expertise/experience with, and actually giving a damn about whether the content is effective, is what constitutes to a successful affiliate strategy in 2018.

If you create your own content, have the relevant social media channels (which you populate with actual content), you’ll want to look at then incorporating referrals into your strategy.

Any referrals you make are NOT “sponsored” content – they need to be presented as you would use them yourself – which typically means the creation of content specifically aimed at the core reason for the product.

For example, if you’re in the software/computer business, you’ll find that people will respond to either your recommendations or industry news. You’ll do very well by not only covering the relevant news, but then linking to “further resources” in the various descriptions you have.

The best affiliate marketing strategy for influencers is to direct readers to a website (rather than the products directly).

This gives you the ability to present various other offers, coupons and information about any referral links you may create – without the need of being overly careful to not break the rules of the various platforms through which you reach your audience.

2. Reviews Aren’t Dead; But They Need CONTEXT

It used to be the case that if you created a simple reviews website, bought some traffic, you’d get decent sales.

Those days are all but gone.

The big equalizer is social media — Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram have changed consumers’ expectations markedly.

They want to know WHO is making the recommendation and WHY.

This is where “reviews” have headed – they need “context” that can only come from a valid story.

If you want to write any reviews for products, you need to buy the product first – go to lengths to properly review its effectiveness, and then post the RESULTS of what you discovered.

Unless you’re on the first page of Google (which is now a LOT more difficult unless you have actual content on your website), getting referral traffic really needs to have a lot of quality put behind it.

3. Focus On Providing A Service

The best thing you can do is to focus on “getting paid” by doing something that people will be willing to pay you for.

I’ve tried many different things, but I’ll tell you now that it’s those who continually have “something to do” who are attractive.

The guys who are relying on affiliate marketing to make money are likely going to fail. Even if they do well, it’s typically short lived.

The best recommendation I give to people is they look for ways to “create money” of their own, and then use their downtime at evenings or weekends to create websites/videos on various products they thought were good.

By doing this, you not only give yourself actual income up front, but you also do the magical thing of being non-needy.

Needy businesses are weak businesses. Strong businesses take their time to get their products done properly.

If you consider your referrals as a “business”, think about the investment you might need to make it effective, and then consider how you could improve it. This is where the value of affiliate marketing in 2018 really lies.

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6 essential marketing trends for 2020 | Smart Insights



Examples of digital marketing tools and techniques to give you an edge in the year ahead

Well, we’ve nearly made it! For years I’ve been looking to the future, predicting how innovations in digital media, platforms and technology will shape marketing in 2020. The cutting edge examples certainly show the exciting opportunities available – there is almost too much choice…

In this article, I’ll explore six key marketing trends based on examples and research on the adoption of the latest marketing techniques and technology marketers can use.

For recommendations on tapping into the innovations in different digital marketing channels, including email, social media and search engine marketing, see all the other posts from the Smart Insights team covering channel-specific digital marketing trends for 2020.

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In 2020, we can see the huge impact that digital marketing has had over the last decade, and more. Looking at advertising alone, these eMarketer predictions show how the duopoly of Facebook and Google dominate paid media investments online, although offline media buys remain important for many larger brands.alfred

Trend 1. Lifecycle marketing

Although it’s often said that the ‘funnel is dead’ since consumer follows non-linear journeys, regardless of the product or service you’re involved with marketing, it will always be the case that to grow a business, your primary focus is growing awareness, closely followed by increasing customer leads and prospects.

This focus is shown by the latest Altimeter / Prophet State of Digital Marketing report, which shows a primary focus on increasing awareness.

The role of digital in creating a unified customer experience is also high in the response, but it’s shocking that digital marketing isn’t seen as a driver of boosting revenue from existing customers. It’s an artefact of the question since digital marketing is effective in achieving all of these goals, including customer retention.

A more practical way to plan to integrate online marketing into marketing activities is to consider communications from a customer point-of-view through the customer journey. I call this always-on lifecycle marketing and recommend you review your use of online AND offline media across the customer lifecycle.

An example of an audit is shown by this example of the use of marketing activities by a B2B company, which although strong at the top-of-funnel in terms of activities used, is less strong in the middle and bottom-of-funnel nurture and re-targeting activities. Many businesses are adopting marketing automation and account-based marketing technology to implement these touchpoints. See the article linked to above for all of the potential activities that can be audited.

Trend 2. Conversational marketing

For me, this is the most exciting trend in marketing today, bringing together rapid consumer adoption of smart speakers and innovation in search query processing, conversational interfaces and messaging.

Conversational marketing was highlighted as a key innovation in the latest Gartner hype cycle alongside Artificial Intelligence, which often fuels it.  You can see that of the technologies on the Innovation Trigger slope, many aren’t expected to become mainstream for 5 to 10 years. Of those forecast to hit the mainstream within the next 2 to 5 years, the three most significant for marketers to consider are personification, real-time and conversational marketing.

Gartner explains:

Conversational marketing technologies enable interactions between companies and customers that mimic human dialogue and do so at scale. This category is near the Peak of Inflated Expectations phase”.

Personally, I think the hype about smart speakers to support the purchase journey is just that. While some products lend themselves to purchase, where a choice is to be made amongst complex products, they just won’t cut it until we have truly intelligent comparison bots. However, the research suggests I may be wrong. A study of 2,000 British adults commissioned by Artefact UK, an AI and data-driven agency, reveals that:

“Six out of ten smart speaker owners (60%) have used them to make a purchase in the past year. In fact, nearly a quarter (22%) said they have done so within the past week”.

I believe that building in more relevant to web, email and mobile-based conversations can have a bigger impact by boosting relevance and speaking in a more personal tone. Persado is an interesting tech here.

Persado uses a copy impact classification applied to existing copy, which is used to tailor copy and calls-to-action on an individual basis.

For example, using Persado Natural Language Generation to run an experiment, Air Canada sparked a higher response using Anxiety language getting a 3% engagement lift, compared to a 5% drop using Exclusivity language, and a 3% drop using Safety language.

Another example of  AI application is nutrition and wellness retailer Holland & Barrett using AI to provide better-targeted emails. This Machine Learning approach from Tinyclues goes beyond optimizing copy using a tool like Persado, instead, it also involves targeting based on the behaviour of individuals to create more micro-targeted campaigns.

Speaking at a session I chaired at the Email Innovation Summit, Richard Lallo, Head of Digital Marketing, described what he calls ‘strategic promotions and mono-product pushes’ in a campaign. The business was able to drive campaign revenue and increase re-purchase rate while sending emails. Campaign revenue increased by 27%, open rates increased by 19%, while email send volume decreased by 23%, which also gives cost savings.

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Trend 3. Insights-driven marketing

At Smart Insights we’re huge fans of using analytics and insight to drive business performance and optimize the results from digital marketing. It’s why we’re called what we are.

Improving their data-driven marketing is an aim of many businesses indicated by the most desired skill amongst digital marketers revealed by the Altimeter/Prophet State of Digital Marketing report.

Data-driven marketing

Businesses using this approach are trying to gain the benefits reported by Mckinsey research that suggested that:

Intensive users of customer analytics are 23 times more likely to clearly outperform their competitors in terms of new customer acquisition than non-intensive users, and nine times more likely to surpass them in customer loyalty.

In addition to advances in customer analytics supported by CDPs described in the next section, new Voice of the Customer (VoC) techniques, such as online-hosted customer communities, can improve customer preferences for future products and how they are delivered.

For example, Red Bull used insight platform Vision Critical to launch a community of consumers passionate about the energy drink category. By providing a deeper understanding of consumer preferences, the community challenges widely-held assumptions. The company, for instance, learned who consumes Red Bull drinks — and how and when they buy — were changing. Data from the community provides insight on the competitive landscape, revealing channels the company can enhance to improve growth. The community also helps Red Bull deliver more value to retailers.

Trend 4. Marketing technology

Today, Marketing Technology (Martech for short) presents a bewildering choice of software services for businesses looking to improve their management of digital media, experiences and supporting data. If your business and your agencies adopt the right blend of Martech, it can help give you an edge against competitors, but if not, you may be missing out on the insights and automation processes they are using.

The latest 2019 Martech supergraphic from Scott Brinker, a specialist who hosts Martech conferences and has advised on technology for HubSpot, has created this somewhat scary map of all the potential categories and services that companies can use.

To highlight the range of great services available and to simplify the options a little, we designed this essential digital marketing tools infographic to recommend the categories of tools you should consider across the Smart Insights RACE Planning system and highlight the most popular, most capable tools.

We will create the annual update for this in early 2020, discussing it recently on LinkedIn has highlighted some of the latest trends that aren’t evident from this version of the wheel. Raviv Turner, Co-Founder, of B2B service @CaliberMind said:

“No MarTech stack is complete these days without the third leg of CRM, MAP & CDP. The only way to map, store, analyze and act on the complete end-to-end customer journey is having all the data in one place using a Customer Data Platform (CDPs).”

I’m not sure ‘the only-way’ is accurate, but that is the sentiment.

Kristen Obaid, Always On digital marketing campaigns manager for an international Education company, added:

“The Salesforce and Adobe MAPs are underrepresented here (eg Pardot can be used for email, social, CRM, CMS, audience management, analytics. Krux is now SF. They can both be used as DMPs if the data is configured properly.) BI with simple data integrations (like Domo, Tableau) are also missing, plus Intercom for service CMS eg FAQs, and Drift for automated service chat”.

Trend 5. Consumer Privacy and KYC

Repeated privacy faux-pas by Facebook, Google and security breaches at other brands leading to the release of customer details have highlighted to consumers that their data isn’t as safe with online brands as they may have once thought. Privacy regulations like GDPR have been enacted to improve data privacy with increased fines.

Record fines have arisen in 2019 from the maximum penalty for contraventions increasing under GDPR to up to €20m (£17.5m) or four percent of global turnover – whichever is the greater.

British Airways, was issued with a proposed fine of £183m for a breach of customer data and a £99 million fine on hotel chain Marriott for failing to protect personal data contained in approximately 339 million guest records.

While these may be more the concerns of the CIO or CFO rather than the CMO, it shows the need for marketers to work with colleagues to mitigate the potential impact of security breaches and reassure customers.

At the same time, we have seen a decreasing effectiveness of traditional identification methods such as cookies for tracking, which makes media ROI determination – supposedly one of the key benefits of digital channels – more difficult.

Emerging technologies can potentially help with both of these challenges.

New Identify Management or Know Your Customer solutions are being developed that can both improve security, reduce fraud and improve insight about customers across multiple devices.

For example, UK startup Hooyu blends traditional methods of customer verification such as database checks (where available) with ID document validation, digital footprint analysis, geo-location and facial biometrics. While this is most relevant for banks and other gambling applications, it indicates the range of data points that are now available.

With these consumer concerns and new legislation such as the EU ePrivacy legislation about to be launched and the inaccuracy of tracking online with increasing restrictions built into browser like Chrome and Safari it seems like the days of the cookie (and particularly third-party cookies) and digital fingerprinting may be numbered. This means that businesses should be considering other alternatives if they aren’t already.

Discussing Unified ID – Why Identity becomes a key success factor in the post-cookie era era – Alwin Viereck, Head of Programmatic Advertising and Ad Management, United Internet Media estimates that

More than 20% of all cookies in a desktop environment do not live longer than a day and a further 15–20% do not survive a month. For vendors in a third party context (which are typically all participants of the programmatic ecosystem), the problem might even be worse.

Multiplatform consent solutions like Sourcepoint and Identity and Access Management integration solutions like Auth0 and OneIdentity will be adopted more widely. Within AdTech new solutions will have to be found in response to Google and Apples Ad-targeting limitations.

Trend 6. Digital transformation and Marketing Transformation

Our managing digital marketing research revealed many challenges in terms of how digital marketing is run in companies today. Problems included a lack of focus on integrated strategy, testing, and optimization and structural issues like teams working in silos or a lack of skills in integrated communications.

To counter these types of problems and to make the most of the opportunities for growing a business through digital marketing, many businesses are now putting a digital transformation programme in place.

Digital Transformation research

The aim of digital transformation is to develop a roadmap to improve digital capabilities and skills, while at the same time, integrating ‘always-on’ digital marketing activities with brand and product marketing in the business.

This chart from the research shows that many businesses are active in transformation to try to achieve this aim through the success factors covered in this briefing.

Despite some talk that we might be in a post-digital world by 2020 and some traditional marketers suggesting that “it’s time to shut down digital marketing for good” the reality is that many specialist digital job roles and are needed to run digital marketing activities as my post ‘10 reasons you still need a digital team‘ shows.

A common practice that we can expect to continue in the future is a move to a hybrid approach to managing digital marketing with digital marketing skills being developed in marketing teams as suggested by this structure.

Digital marketing governance modelHowever, the label of a ‘digital department’ is outmoded, since the creation of large digital teams has caused silos to develop with other marketing and product teams. Instead, we can expect a continued move to a digital/marketing Centre of Excellence model. The DCoE will be smaller ‘digital services units’ that track the latest developments in development, advising on new digital techniques and technologies.

Through the year, we’ve been adding to our tools to help all members assess how well their businesses are adapting to using digital media and technology as part of Digital Transformation. To review your digital readiness, either for integrated digital marketing or individual channels, download our benchmarks or take our interactive capability graders.

All the best for grasping the opportunities from digital marketing in 2020 and beyond! To help you on your way take a look at our benchmarking templates, each of which will give you a quick review for digital marketing governance and the key channels like search, social, email marketing plus analytics, content marketing and experience.

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Leonard Kamsler, a Dissecting Golfing Photographer, Dies at 85



Leonard Kamsler, a photojournalist whose award-winning photos {of professional} golfing for almost 50 years driven the envelope of sports activities strobe images as he accrued a trove of greater than 200,000 photographs at the PGA Excursion, died on Nov. 18 in Bethel, N.Y. He was once 85.

His husband and most effective speedy survivor, Stephen Lyles, stated the reason was once organ failure. Mr. Kamsler had houses in Bethel and New york.

Jim Richerson, president of the PGA of The usa, known as Mr. Kamsler “the undisputed dean of golfing images.” Ultimate month, Mr. Kamsler was the primary recipient of the group’s Lifetime Success Award in Photojournalism.

Nearly part of that lifetime was once spent at the golfing route, regardless that lugging a digicam as a substitute of golf equipment. Starting in 1963, he lined 40 consecutive Masters tournaments, 17 P.G.A. championships and 22 U.S. Opens, freezing moments of motion in indelible photographs.

“His skill to take the easiest image at the easiest time was once unsurpassed by way of someone within the industry,” the champion golfer Tom Watson stated in a videotaped tribute when Mr. Kamsler gained the lifetime fulfillment award.

Mr. Kamsler’s technical inventions in high-speed strobe images broke down the whole arc of a golfing swing from starting to result in stop-motion exposures — from deal with to backswing to touch to follow-through — every place of the palms, hands, toes, legs, torso, head and membership contained in one sequential symbol suggestive of a pinwheel.

George Peper, his editor at Golfing Mag for 25 of Mr. Kamsler’s 60 years related to the newsletter, stated it was once Mr. Kamsler who “created the swing-sequence in golfing with out query.”

Mr. Kamsler, he stated, “discovered at Edgerton’s knee,” relating to Harold Edgerton, a professor on the Massachusetts Institute of Era who pioneered stroboscopic era. Mr. Kamsler started consulting with Mr. Edgerton in 1957.

He additionally evolved an in depth courting with Charles Hulcher, who had evolved a forte digicam to file slow-motion research of rocket launches.

Mr. Kamsler’s number one software was once a hulking Hulcher high-speed 35-millimeter digicam, at the start designed to shoot at some 70 frames consistent with 2d. He was once in a position to push the prohibit to 100, after which 200, frames consistent with 2d — which means that during lower than 3 seconds of lightning-fast exposures he may dissect a complete golfing swing.

Mr. Kamsler’s first sequential stop-motion learn about, of Arnold Palmer’s method and clubhead dynamics, “created a sensation,” Mr. Peper stated, including that as a educating device “it was once posted on each and every golfing teacher’s wall in The usa.”

Mr. Kamsler documented greater than 400 golf-swing sequences of alternative champion golfers, together with Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Kathy Whitworth and Tiger Woods.

Throughout a event he might be leading edge in taking pictures the motion. One dangerous method was once to flatten himself at the flooring along with his digicam and feature the most efficient golfers on the planet hit previous his head. Throughout one practice-tee setup, he situated Mr. Nicklaus so just about him that the golfer’s explosive shot simply neglected destroying Mr. Kamsler’s lens.

Consistent with the P.G.A., Mr. Kamsler was once the primary photographer to arrange remote-control cameras at the back of the notoriously difficult holes 12 and 15 at Augusta Nationwide Golfing Membership, the place the Masters is performed.

Some golfers abhorred being photographed up shut all over pageant, so Mr. Kamsler would lodge to subterfuge. He as soon as concealed himself in a rubbish bag to snap the camera-shy Australian Bruce Crampton.

Beginning within the 1970s, Mr. Kamsler widened his box to profile performers in Nashville, together with Johnny Money, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn. Lots of his photos was the covers of file albums.

His selection of song photographs was once just lately bought by way of the Nation Tune Corridor of Status and Museum in Nashville, the place many are on view. Greater than 20 of his pictures have been proven in “Nation Tune,” the 2019 documentary collection by way of Ken Burns for PBS.

Mr. Kamsler’s strobe-lighting paintings additionally reached past golfing. He devised one complicated strobe machine to seize the primary strive at a quintuple somersault by way of the Flying Cranes aerial troupe of the Moscow Circus. The image ran in The New York Occasions Mag on Dec. 30, 1990, with a canopy article in regards to the troupe.

A circus aficionado, he additionally photographed performances of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the animal teacher Gunther Gebel-Williams and the magicians Siegfried & Roy’s level act the use of tigers.

As a PGA Excursion fixture, Mr. Kamsler may rarely be omitted. For years he arrived at occasions in his candy-apple-red, tail-finned Cadillac Eldorado convertible, his six-foot body of abundant girth garbed in a golfing blouse tucked into polyester slacks held up by way of a couple of suspenders.

His number one sports activities outlet was once Golfing Mag, the place he was once a freelance photographer from 1959 by way of 2019. His pictures additionally gave the impression in lots of books.

Golfer pushback was once a part of the process of photographing gamers delicate to any distraction all over play. Mr. Kamsler “were given the shark chew from time to time,” stated Greg Norman, the Corridor of Famer whose nickname was once the Shark.

“He understood what that shark chew intended,” Mr. Norman added, within the video tribute, “that I used to be intense — and I used to be into my second.”

As soon as, capturing an “18 holes with” celebrity-golfing function in Miami with the actor Jack Nicholson, Mr. Kamsler reached over to push up the invoice of Mr. Nicholson’s hat as it was once hiding his eyes. “No one touches Jake’s hat!,” Mr. Nicholson barked.

Leonard Macon Kamsler was once born on Oct. 18, 1935, in Raleigh, N.C., to Morton and Helen (Strother) Kamsler. His father owned a retail retailer, and his mom was once a homemaker. His father gave Leonard his first digicam at age 12. He graduated from Broughton Top Faculty in Raleigh after which from Duke College, in 1957. Transferring to New york, he was a $32-a-week assistant to the fame photographer Milton H. Greene. One among his first assignments was once to {photograph} Marilyn Monroe.

Following a stint within the Military, Mr. Kamsler returned to New york and started getting jobs as a contract photographer.

His hobby for strobe images led him to golfing — for the alternatives it afforded him “to seize movement,” Mr. Lyles, his husband, stated, including, “He started knocking on doorways till they might have a look at his photos.”

Mr. Kamsler offered his library of greater than 200,000 photographs to Popperfoto, a partnership with Getty Pictures, in 2018.

For all his involvement with golfing, the sport itself by no means beckoned to greater than his shutter finger. After an entire life of event trudging, Mr. Kamsler was once proud to mention, “I by no means performed a unmarried sport of golfing.”

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Sufferers of a Vermont Health center Are Left ‘within the Darkish’ After Cyberattack



Others reported ransom calls for “in 8 figures, which will not be one thing that regional well being care techniques can do,” stated Allan Liska, an analyst with Recorded Long run, a cybersecurity company. Those atypical calls for, blended with the coordination of the assaults, make “it appear that it was once intended to be a disruptive assault” relatively than a profit-seeking one, he stated.

Mr. Holden stated most of the well being techniques opted to barter with their extortionists, whilst ransoms leap into the hundreds of thousands.

“An ideal selection of sufferers are coping with those assaults on their very own,” he stated.

In Vermont, the wear and tear radiated out thru a sprawling community, hitting particularly laborious within the most cancers middle.

“My in point of fact excellent buddies are I.C.U. nurses, and so they’re like, no giant deal, all we need to do is paper charting,” Ms. Cargill, the price nurse, stated. However the most cancers middle was once badly set again for weeks, in a position to serve simplest about one in 4 of its customary chemotherapy sufferers.

Ms. Cargill spent the remainder of the day turning away sufferers, an revel in she can’t relate with out starting to cry, just about a month later.

“To appear any individual within the eye, and inform them they can’t have their life-extending or lifesaving remedy, it was once terrible, and completely heart-wrenching,” she stated. The first actual particular person she grew to become away, a tender girl, burst into tears.

“She stated, ‘I’ve to get chemo, I’m the mummy of 2 younger children,’” Ms. Cargill stated. “She was once so anxious, and the worry was once tangible.”

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