2018 Affiliate Marketing Predictions That Will Keep You A Step or Two Ahead

Curated By: Reggae Jones, President of Zureviews Distribution


If you haven’t heard, Affiliate Marketing is set too hit $6.8 billion by 2020. There are many ways too make money in your spare time doing this. I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that its easy. The truth is, that it happens fast for some and slow for others. Below is some Predictions i curated so feel free to share.

  1. Content and Influencer Publishers. “Content” has been hailed as the future of affiliate for a few years now, but 2018 will be the year when content publishers (i.e. bloggers, influencers and tastemakers) begin to make up a significant portion of affiliate marketing programs. For context, in the last two years we’ve seen affiliate network participation from content publishers soar 175% and sales revenue driven by content publishers have risen 240%. Given the influence and reach of these publishers throughout the shopper journey, more advertisers are realizing how powerful a combination of influencer marketing and affiliate can be and are looking to make those publishers a bigger part of their program. However, to be successful, content publishers need the right tools and guidance to integrate with advertisers in a way that’s cost-effective and efficient for all parties involved. As more content and influencer publishers continue to enter the affiliate space, the successes will build on themselves as they increasingly engage in affiliate partnerships.affiliate marketing
  2. Personalized Offers. One-to-one marketing to individuals at scale is considered the “Holy Grail” for every marketing channel and affiliate is no different. This year we saw advertisers dip their toe into the waters of personalization, but there’s a lot of work ahead and technology to be built to do it right. As with most innovation, there has been a fair amount of hype and misleading claims about delivering personalization in our industry. In the end, the marketers who pursue a transparent and inclusive approach to connecting individual consumers with tailored offers will lead the industry. I expect to see significant progress in that direction in the next 12 months as publishers get more comfortable sharing information with their advertiser partners, which leads to higher conversions and better outcomes.
  3. Consumer Value and Acquisition. Affiliate marketing has generally been misunderstood by the C-suite. It’s sometimes viewed as a channel that drives sales in a pinch but does so inefficiently and without incrementality. But that’s changing. Affiliate will increasingly get the credit it deserves as a strategic and valuable channel in the marketing mix, due in large part to a relatively new capability to the power of affiliate in acquiring new consumers. Through new data, we’ve seen that the consumers acquired through affiliate tend to place more orders at higher price points. In 2018, more budgets will shift into affiliate as senior marketers conduct thorough examinations of their channel performance and recognize the value of affiliate consumers.

Keeping these trends in mind, marketers and publishers will be better prepared to maximize their affiliate programs in 2018. Here are three areas to explore to do so: (READ MORE)