Over the past few years Content Marketing has proved to be an effective and well adopted medium to drive traffic that eventually translates into business. Most of the research websites that have done independent surveys to gauge the performance or feedback that businesses had for Content Marketing shows that around 72% of businesses believe that content is essential for them; and around 63% Marketers say that well executed content has helped them increase their Leads & Conversions by around 40%.
However, with competition stiffening it’s just not enough to maintain a Blog for your business. In today’s E-Commerce scenario it’s easy to find multiple players within numerous categories whether that be Fashion, Food, Electronics, Jewelry, Education and so on; and almost every one of them is operating a well drafted Blog, Social Channel, Email List and so on; I am sure you reading this are also aware of how your competition is using content to drive relevant traffic to their website. So how does your business then amplify its content creatively and achieve its objectives?
This is where Affiliate Marketing can help you.
The Indian E-Commerce category is a burgeoning market. As per statistics in the business standard, it’s valued at $17 Billion as per 2014, and is slated to hit a $100 Billion valuation by 2019. Initially it was a challenge for businesses to encourage users to purchase Products & Services online since almost everyone was used to using their sense of touch and sight while deciding on a purchase. However, in the year 2014, around 1/3rd of the Internet Population i.e. roughly around 40 Million People in India were recorded making purchases online; and this number is also on the upward slope and is pegged to hit 65 Million people by 2015.
At the outset, a lot of the E-Commerce carving was done by the now giants Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon and so on. However, with the steady improvement in infrastructure related to e-businesses like Broadband, Logistics and Portable Internet devices, a number of Startups proliferated and decided to venture in the space. The more the number of incumbents in a particular market or category, the higher the competition for survival becomes for businesses in the space. This led to Startups resorting to ingenious ways of promoting the value of their business, and one of them is setting up an Affiliate Channel.
However, just setting up an Affiliate Program is not going to help.
Most of the business have concern when they planned to start an affiliate program. Are you also one of those online business owner who is stuck in dilemma of: to integrate or not to integrate an Affiliate Program with your service?
With the growing number of start-up and competition, getting the word out for your brand is the toughest task. By integrating affiliate program with your start-up, you can take down the pain to a great extent. In this article I will share how I helped one of the online business to earn over $48000+ in couple of years.
If you’re a regular reader of my Blog, a connection on LinkedIn, or interacted with me professionally, you may have noticed that I am a staunch supporter of Affiliate Marketing. Back while working at ResellerClub, I would derive immense happiness out of checking sales numbers at the start of the day. Seeing my Sales KPIs being met by my trusted Affiliate Team through great content drafted by them would delight me. It’s quite intriguing for me to see how this specific Online Marketing Channel proves to be an effective growth hack for a Startup trying to meet its pre-defined objectives.
Compare that with the efforts and costs that would get invested in SEO, SEM, or any other paid method, and it would be impressive to analyze the return to the spend. I am not saying that SEO & SEM should be ignored, you’ll be hurting your business if you do that given its independent benefits, I am simply suggesting that Affiliate Marketing is a Startup friendly way to look at Growth.
This brings us back to the importance of Affiliate Recruitment.
The players behind Trackbox comprise of a very small yet efficient team; currently 3 to be precise. We all hail from different vocations and we leverage those skills in building a fine product, which will be available very soon. However, the higher purpose, the reason for Trackbox, is to support Startups & Businesses in achieving their Sales objectives with better returns on investment, and via an effective way to promote the value their business has to offer.
This is why we’re 3 very strong advocates of Affiliate Marketing because it incorporates the best of Digital through Content, Social, Reviews, Coupons and similar. But there also exists another form of Performance based Marketing which occasionally does get mixed up with the above. It’s the reason why more than 70% people convert with a brand, and is one of the most trusted sources of Product or Service information.
It’s called Referral Marketing.