Na internet, esse modelo de comissão sobre as vendas é chamado de marketing de afiliados ou affiliate marketing (em inglês). O primeiro programa de afiliados na internet foi criado em 1996 pela Amazon e se chamava Amazon Associates. O programa continua existindo até hoje e foi um dos principais propulsores de crescimento da Amazon, uma vez que milhares de afiliados promoviam os produtos da empresa nos Estados Unidos, recebendo uma fatia sobre as vendas. Caso eles não gerassem vendas, a Amazon também não estaria investindo dinheiro nenhum com essa publicidade, uma vez que ela pagaria uma comissão somente por vendas realizadas.

Existem muitas empresas dedicadas à criação de sites de conteúdo, que são rentabilizados com programas de afiliados. Imagine uma empresa de mídia grande, com dezenas de sites em vários países, todos eles com milhões de visitas todos os meses. Existem também afiliados profissionais que fazem isso numa escala menor, mas ainda assim extremamente rentável. Esses sites são alimentados essencialmente de tráfego orgânico e de tráfego vindo de mídias sociais.
The development of digital marketing is inseparable from technology development. One of the key points in the start of was in 1971, where Ray Tomlinson sent the very first email and his technology set the platform to allow people to send and receive files through different machines.[8] However, the more recognisable period as being the start of Digital Marketing is 1990 as this was where the Archie search engine was created as an index for FTP sites. In the 1980s, the storage capacity of computer was already big enough to store huge volumes of customer information. Companies started choosing online techniques, such as database marketing, rather than limited list broker.[9] This kind of databases allowed companies to track customers' information more effectively, thus transforming the relationship between buyer and seller. However, the manual process was not so efficient.
Outros exemplos para um modelo de comissão por lead seriam empresas recrutadoras que estão procurando profissionais para preencher uma determinada vaga de emprego, empresas que buscam obter mais pedidos de orçamento, empresas que pretendem gerar mais cadastros na versão Trial do seu software, etc. Em todos esses casos, o afiliado recebe uma comissão fixa por gerar essa lead, independentemente de esse lead virar um cliente ou não.
Esse modelo passou a ser utilizado em praticamente todos os grandes portais e órgãos de comunicação, que vendiam seus espaços publicitários no modelo de CPM a seus anunciantes, porque consideravam que o usuário que navegava em seus sites já estava sendo impactado por esses anúncios, simplesmente por visualizá-los, mesmo que não clicasse. Ainda hoje, o valor de CPM é utilizado em plataformas de anúncios como o Facebook e Google AdWords e é uma métrica extremamente importante de análise de desempenho e custo. Além do mais, é impossível definir a taxa de cliques (CTR) de um anúncio sem termos em consideração o número de impressões dele.

A disadvantage of digital advertising is the large amount of competing goods and services that are also using the same digital marketing strategies. For example, when someone searches for a specific product from a specific company online, if a similar company uses targeted advertising online then they can appear on the customer's home page, allowing the customer to look at alternative options for a cheaper price or better quality of the same product or a quicker way of finding what they want online.


Se trata de un sistema que muchos han dejado de lado por los anuncios Adsense de Google, pero esta practica es un error, ya que la mejor manera de diversificar los anuncios de tu portal es la combinación de los programas de afiliados y la publicidad Adsense (enlaces patrocinados). De esta forma tu sitio podrá llegar a obtener como media constatada un 30% más de ingresos.
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Email marketing - Email marketing in comparison to other forms of digital marketing is considered cheap; it is also a way to rapidly communicate a message such as their value proposition to existing or potential customers. Yet this channel of communication may be perceived by recipients to be bothersome and irritating especially to new or potential customers, therefore the success of email marketing is reliant on the language and visual appeal applied. In terms of visual appeal, there are indications that using graphics/visuals that are relevant to the message which is attempting to be sent, yet less visual graphics to be applied with initial emails are more effective in-turn creating a relatively personal feel to the email. In terms of language, the style is the main factor in determining how captivating the email is. Using casual tone invokes a warmer and gentle and inviting feel to the email in comparison to a formal style. For combinations; it's suggested that to maximize effectiveness; using no graphics/visual alongside casual language. In contrast using no visual appeal and a formal language style is seen as the least effective method.[48]
Understanding Mobiles: Understanding mobile devices is a significant aspect of digital marketing because smartphones and tablets are now responsible for 64% of the time US consumers are online (Whiteside, 2016).[42] Apps provide a big opportunity as well as challenge for the marketers because firstly the app needs to be downloaded and secondly the person needs to actually use it. This may be difficult as ‘half the time spent on smartphone apps occurs on the individuals single most used app, and almost 85% of their time on the top four rated apps’ (Whiteside, 2016).[42] Mobile advertising can assist in achieving a variety of commercial objectives and it is effective due to taking over the entire screen, and voice or status is likely to be considered highly; although the message must not be seen or thought of as intrusive (Whiteside, 2016).[42] Disadvantages of digital media used on mobile devices also include limited creative capabilities, and reach. Although there are many positive aspects including the users entitlement to select product information, digital media creating a flexible message platform and there is potential for direct selling (Belch & Belch, 2012).[44]
Esse tipo de site também é extremamente popular no mercado de marketing de afiliados, principalmente os sites de cupons, que comparam os preços de milhares de produtos em dezenas de lojas diferentes e levam o usuário a comprar o produto numa determinada loja, através de links de afiliado. Outros exemplos seriam sites que fazem reviews de celulares, notebooks, etc. O mesmo se aplica a sites e blogs menores, que comparam diferentes tipos de produtos.
Este tipo de marketing estratégico no fue muy tenido en cuenta durante muchos años, debido a que las acciones de publicidad online se concentraban en los sitios web de alto tráfico o aquellos sitios oficiales de medios masivos de comunicación como periódicos, estaciones de radio o canales de televisión. Con los años, en los departamentos de maketing de las empresas comenzaron a divisar que la publicación en plataformas de afiliación generaban mayores resultados con inversiones menores.

To create an effective DMP, a business first needs to review the marketplace and set 'SMART' (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant and Time-Bound) objectives.[60] They can set SMART objectives by reviewing the current benchmarks and key performance indicators (KPIs) of the company and competitors. It is pertinent that the analytics used for the KPIs be customised to the type, objectives, mission and vision of the company.[61][62]


Se um determinado programa de afiliados está rendendo uma boa grana, isso não significa que você não pode testar outras ofertas. Na realidade, testar é importantíssimo em tudo o que tenha a ver com marketing digital; e o marketing de afiliados não é diferente. Procure escolher entre três e quatro programas de afiliados para promover, fazendo sempre testes de conversão com cada um deles.

Você precisa se adaptar rápido. Muitos programas de afiliados têm grandes restrições no tocante à divulgação. Muitos não permitem que você faça publicidade em redes sociais, outros não permitem campanhas de e-mail marketing, etc. As próprias redes de publicidade mudam constantemente as suas regras, o que significa que você terá de se adaptar rapidamente e procurar por novas soluções para continuar gerando resultados.
Word of mouth communications and peer-to-peer dialogue often have a greater effect on customers, since they are not sent directly from the company and are therefore not planned. Customers are more likely to trust other customers’ experiences.[22] Examples can be that social media users share food products and meal experiences highlighting certain brands and franchises. This was noted in a study on Instagram, where researchers observed that adolescent Instagram users' posted images of food-related experiences within their social networks, providing free advertising for the products.[26]
O objectivo final desta ferramenta não é diferente dos tradicionais descontos. Os on-line coupons tentam aumentar os compradores / visitantes, e levar os clientes ocasionais a transformarem-se em clientes fidelizados. Estas são as vantagens do on-line coupons quando comparado com os tradicionais. As marcas whiskas e Johnson & Johnson utilizam os online coupons, com bons resultados.

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Targeting, viewability, brand safety and invalid traffic: Targeting, viewability, brand safety and invalid traffic all are aspects used by marketers to help advocate digital advertising. Cookies are a form of digital advertising, which are tracking tools within desktop devices; causing difficulty, with shortcomings including deletion by web browsers, the inability to sort between multiple users of a device, inaccurate estimates for unique visitors, overstating reach, understanding frequency, problems with ad servers, which cannot distinguish between when cookies have been deleted and when consumers have not previously been exposed to an ad. Due to the inaccuracies influenced by cookies, demographics in the target market are low and vary (Whiteside, 2016).[42] Another element, which is affected within digital marketing, is ‘viewabilty’ or whether the ad was actually seen by the consumer. Many ads are not seen by a consumer and may never reach the right demographic segment. Brand safety is another issue of whether or not the ad was produced in the context of being unethical or having offensive content. Recognizing fraud when an ad is exposed is another challenge marketers face. This relates to invalid traffic as premium sites are more effective at detecting fraudulent traffic, although non-premium sites are more so the problem (Whiteside, 2016).[42]
Para quem trabalha com marketing digital, possivelmente já ouviu falar de marketing de afiliados. No entanto, poucos ainda sabem o que significa marketing de afiliados e o que é possível fazer com isso na prática. Embora esse seja um mercado que cresceu mais de 100% ao ano no Brasil nos últimos cinco anos, continua sendo um mercado pequeno quando comparado com outros nichos, como agências de marketing, produtores de conteúdo, serviços freelancer, etc. Ainda assim, as previsões apontam para que o mercado de afiliados continue se expandindo a um ritmo extremamente acelerado durante os próximos anos. Esses números são fruto de nosso trabalho com o evento Afiliados Brasil.
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