April 25, 2014

Constant Contact Introduces Toolkit Service Package

Author : Tom Rathbone


Contact Contact has just announced the introduction of Constant Contact Toolkit, the all-in-one online marketing platform, which brings all marketing together in one convenient place. It’s the source for the marketing campaigns, contact management, list growth tools, and coaching needed to engage and grow their audiences across email, social, web, mobile, and more.

The Constant Contact Toolkit is perfect for small businesses, associations and consultants to drive repeat business and find new customers.

Affiliates who promote the new Constant Contact service offering will be able to make use of improved creative and a much stronger payout. As soon as you accept the new terms being sent out today, you as an affiliate can start earning $5 per lead and $105 per sale.

Constant Contact is still offering its 60-Day Free Trial with the new Toolkit. With higher payouts, refreshed creative, and a free 60-day trial, you as an affiliate will find Constant Contact Toolkit to be an easy sell to your visitors and a great fit for your site.

Get more information about the Constant Contact affiliate program and to apply to join.

Go Back in Time to Affiliate Marketing’s Start

Author : Tom Rathbone


This week’s Affiliate Marketing Digest is a time capsule, taking you back to 1994. The year we first saw Forrest Gump. The year affiliate marketing began. Twenty years later, LinkShare CEO Liane Dietrich looks atthe myths, the milestones and the momentum of the affiliate marketing industry.


While we’re thinking big picture, our friends at BigCommerce are sharing their analysis of e-commerce sites and the top 10 factors that influence the purchase decision.


We’re just back from a mini-Affiliate Summit called the Performance Marketing Summit that took place Wednesday in Austin. Don’t miss the Performance Marketing Summit recap from Shawn Collins.


You don’t need more evidence that mobile is growing by leaps and bounds – but we’ve got it for you anyway.Mobile has just reached another milestone as it surpasses the amount of time people spend watching television.


If you have an affiliate program running on LinkConnector it might interest you to know that the network isnow offering pay per call options.


We’ve got lots of tips for you this week, including How Three Big Brands Use Storytelling to Make Everyday Products Exciting and How to Use Urgency and Scarcity to Increase E-Commerce Sales.


Concatenate isn’t a word we throw around lightly, mostly because it makes us sound like huge nerds, but for those among us who obsess about bigger and better ways to use Excel, we offer  21 Real-World Examples Of Concatenating Marketing Data In Excel.


Check it all out in this week’s Affiliate Marketing Digest – and have a great day.


April 23, 2014

CheapAir.com Becomes First Online Travel Agency to Offer Flight, Amtrak Reservations

Author : Tom Rathbone


CheapAir.com has just become the first online travel agency in the United States to offer both flight and Amtrak railway reservations on a single website. Travelers may now mix and match flight and railway fares to create the most convenient and cost-effective travel itineraries available online.

Best of all – affiliates may promote this new blend of air and rail travel reservations just as they’ve promoting the flights in the past. These mix-and-match fares may be booked via CheapAir.com or the voice-activated CheapAir iOS app.

This is a huge win for travelers, who used to have to search flights on one site, Amtrak seats on another, compare prices and then try to manually combine travel modes. Now with CheapAir.com they can seamlessly add railway travel to even the most complicated itineraries. A trip from Chicago to New York to Boston to Washington D.C. can now include both flights and trains to provide the fastest and most affordable trip possible.

CheapAir has introduced railway fares between New York and Boston, New York and Washington D.C., and Boston and Washington D.C.—the three most popular Amtrak routes. As demand for railway travel increases, CheapAir will add additional routes. Travelers can select between standard trains and Acela Express trains, which reach speeds up to 150 mph and significantly reduce travel times. Customers can also choose between Business Class and Economy Class seating.

Train travelers enjoy all the benefits of booking with CheapAir including access to a Personal Travel Advisor and Price Drop Payback™, which guarantees customers up to $100 in travel credits if their fare price drops after the date of purchase.

Customers may book Amtrak fares on CheapAir.com or on the CheapAir App, the world’s first voice-activated travel search app and a Gold Winner in the Travel Weekly annual Magellan Awards.

If you’re not already a CheapAir affiliate, learn more about the CheapAir affiliate program and apply to join today.

April 18, 2014

Upcoming Trade Shows for 2014

Author : Tom Rathbone

We’ve just registered for a few more trade shows, so we wanted to update you about where we’ll be in trade shows this year. We hope to see you on the road! Affiliate Management Days (May 13-14 in London) We just attended Affiliate Management Days last month in San Francisco and we’re looking forward to jetting across the pond for the next event in the series – Affiliate Management Days London. Contact Peter Bexelius or Tom Rathbone if you’re going to be at AMDays and would like to meet up.

Internet Retailer (June 10-13 in Chicago) If you’re going to be in the Windy City for the Internet Retailer conference, drop by our booth (booth 572) for a conversation. Or e-mail us now to set up a meeting during the show. If you haven’t registered yet, take advantage of our 10% discount by using code 572SCH when you register here.

LinkShare Symposium East (June 25-26 in New York City) We’ll be in New York City a lot this year starting with LinkShare Symposium East.


Affiliate Summit East (Aug. 10-12 in New York City) We’ll also be in the Big Apple for the Big Show (Affiliate Summit). Our CEO, Brook Schaaf, will be a featured speaker on the topic of Commission Segmentation, a topic that will be of particular interest to advertisers. We hope to see you at Summit!


Commission Junction University (CJU) 2014 (Sept. 9 – 11 in Santa Barbara) We’re looking forward to seeing a number of our clients at another great CJU this year. Let’s face it, there’s never a bad time to visit Santa Barbara.


ShareASale ThinkTank (Oct. 19-21 in Charlotte, NC) We also hope to see a number of clients at ShareASale’s Think Tank, which loves to mix it up by moving around the map with each event. This time we’ll be in Charlotte. Hope to see you there.


Get Your E-Commerce News Fix Here

Author : Tom Rathbone


Welcome to another edition ofAffiliate Marketing Digest, the newsletter you live for and tell all of your friends about, right?


This week we get the juices flowing by sharing Econsultancy’s examples of user experience innovation in e-commerce. It’s said that clustering in the hottest trend in e-commerce. Are you clustering?


And because we love infographics (who doesn’t?) we’re also sharing Marketingland’s look at the most effective digital marketing channels. Don’t be too bummed – affiliate marketing isn’t part of this infographic.


There is a lot of app news to share this week. Maybe there should be an app for that? Commission Factory Releases Their First App and RetailMeNot has just acquired personalized shopping app Pickie.

We’re not fans of name-calling, but our friends at NeuroScienceMarketing.com want you to know you’re an idiot if you’re not Googling yourself.


For your tip of the week, BlogTyrant has 73+ great blogging shortcuts, tools and tips that can really help you and your blogger friends make the most of 2014.


We want to welcome new client School Improvement Network, an online professional learning and teacher effectiveness company that partners with schools, districts, and educators to increase student achievement.


We just registered for a few new trade shows this week so we wanted to share our list of upcoming affiliate marketing trade shows. Check out the list and let us know if you’ll be attending any of these conferences. We’d love to see you there!


If you’re planning to attend the Internet Retailer conference that takes place June 10-13 in Chicago, we can offer you 10% off on your registration. Use discount code 572SCH when registering or use this dedicated link to get the discount automatically.


Happy Friday, everyone! Make it a great day.subscribeAMD


Quidsi Brands Celebrates Earth Day with Sale

Author : Tom Rathbone


Celebrate everyone’s favorite planet by promoting earth friendly items on sale at Diapers.com, Soap.com and Wag.com. Get up 25% off natural and organic products valid now through April 20th for Diapers.com and Soap.com and through April 27th for Wag.


If you are already an affiliate in Impact Radius, you can use the tracking url below but replace IRID with your Impact Radius ID.


Get 20% off select Natural and Organic Brands with code EARTHBABY20 at Diapers.com. Free 2 Day Shipping on orders $49+. Expires 4/20.
Tracking URL: http://diapers.7eer.net/c/IRID/129245/2052


Celebrate everyone’s favorite planet with 25% off select household essentials at Soap.com. Free 2 Day Shipping on orders $49+, Expires 4/20
Tracking URL: http://soap.7eer.net/c/IRID/129273/2053


20% off for our best-loved natural brands for Earth Month at Wag.com. Free 2 Day Shipping on orders $49+. Expires 4/27
Tracking URL: http://wag.7eer.net/c/IRID/129524/2055


If you can provide a newsletter or homepage placement, let me know and I can give you a commission increase for the remainder of the sale. If you are not joined to our campaigns yet, let me know, and I will push you a term.


Any questions, please let us know!


Kris Ritchie and the Quidsi Affiliate Team
Quidsi Familyhood of Brands, Affiliate Program Manager
skype: kristine.ritchie2
phone: 609-614-0680


April 12, 2014

FTC Guides and Other Big News of the Week

Author : Tom Rathbone


In today’s Affiliate Marketing Digest we’ve got key takeaways from the webinar that’s been getting a lot of buzz this week. “The FTC and YOU” was presented by Tricia Meyer and ShareASale on Tuesday. We’ve got highlights for those of you who missed the main event.


We’ve also got details of a new FTC guideline regarding disclosures on social media-based contests.


It seems the effects of the Heartbleed bug get worse every day. Let’s review why it’s of particular concern to e-tailers and why you should be changing your passwords right away.


Affiliate Window just announced an addition to its metrics that is making attribution more transparent.


It’s always nice to hear about growth, and this week the word is that VE Interactive has opened an office in Hong Kong.


We’ve got a nice tip this week – this one from Missy Ward – about tools you can use to clear business clutter.


And in our Community section this week we want to extend congratulations to Rebecca Madigan, who is celebrating six years with the Performance Marketing Association. Congratulations, Rebecca!subscribeAMD


10 Eye Facts That May Have You Thinking About Your Eyes Differently

Author : Tom Rathbone


This article comes to us from client VSP® Vision Care, which offers a vision plan direct to consumers that is available to all individuals and their families who currently do not have vision coverage through their employer, are self-employed, or who used to have vision insurance through VSP but whose employer has now moved to another carrier.


These eye-opening facts might change the way you think about your eyes and your vision.


  •     The eye muscles are the most active muscles in the whole body
  •     The eye processes 36,000 bits of information every hour (24 million images in avg. lifespan)
  •     The human eye blinks an average of 4,200 times a year
  •     The human eye can distinguish 500 shades of gray
  •     More than 150 million Americans wear corrective eyewear
  •     Only about 1/6 of your eyeball is external of the body
  •     All babies are color blind at birth
  •     Newborns don’t produce tears. Tears don’t start flowing until they are about 13 weeks of age.
  •     The most common type of color blindness is the inability to distinguish red and green.
  •     While it takes some time for most parts of your body to warm up to their full potential, your eyes are on their “A game” 24/7.
  •     Around the world, about 39 million people are blind and roughly six times that many have some kind of vision impairment.


VSP ® Direct is a great option for those consumers who are at or nearing retirement and want to continue their doctor/patient relationship. Consumers can be retiree falling off of a company group plan or a COBRA plan and now need vision coverage.


The VSP affiliate program offers commissions starting at $6. If you’d like to learn more about the VSP affiliate program, or if you’d like to apply to join, check out the VSP affiliate program page at SchaafPC.com.