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Why we choose only the best affiliate marketing programs for LIBizus

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By now, you might have noticed those banners and icons from large companies starting to appear on our pages. Like any other business, we want LatinasinBusiness.us to succeed and create wealth by sharing information with our readers and members of our LIBizus community about trustable companies we work with.

So we wanted to share with you how we go about choosing our affiliate marketing programs and what we would offer so you can take advantage of these products and services with total confidence. We will always disclaim if we use them, and when we just recommend them based on other bloggers reviews.

  1. Amazon.com

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We chose the Amazon.com Affiliate Marketing Program not only because it has excellent reviews but also because I personally have been an Amazon customer since… forever! I have used every feature, starting with PRIME and buying online every product, from technology to shoes, and beauty and vitamins to gluten-free food (yes, I have a gluten intolerance problem and we will talk about it very soon!)

What I love the most from Amazon –read this Intuit review– is the superb customer service and customer-oriented policies that makes them the #1 online superstore. Not only returns are handled in a super professional and timely manner, but also the respect and friendly interaction with the customer really speaks for their customer service training and preparation. They really go out of their way to achieve customer satisfaction, which, in my view, is a priceless feature.

  1. LegalShield Plan for Small Business (coming soon!)

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LegalShield is an established organization that has maintained an impressive A+ BBB grade for 15 years. Their restoration services are ran through Kroll, who is the world’s leading consulting company in identity theft restoration, according to bestIDtheftcompanys.com.

I was a member with this company when they were PrePaid Legal Services and having a small business like I had at the time with 11 employees, their services were not only inexpensive but extremely helpful. I’m a member now and, with their small business plan, I use their service on a regular basis.

The company changed its name to LegalShield in 2011, but its goal remained the same as it did 40 years ago – to provide outstanding legal coverage by quality law firms at an affordable price. This is their story:

“When Harland Stonecipher was in a motor vehicle accident and hospitalized in 1969, he realized it was money, not rights that gained you access to our legal system. After depleting his life savings defending himself against something he didn’t do, Stonecipher was determined to make legal protection accessible to everyone, everywhere, no matter how traumatic or trivial the situation, so that no one would ever be blindsided again. And that’s exactly what he did.”

Now with over 4 million users, LegalShield not only provides legal services in 49 states and 4 Canadian Provinces but also, for one low monthly cost, you can protect your small business knowing you’ll have access to legal advice anytime you need it and save a lot of green!

  1. T-Mobile (coming soon!)T-Mobile icon

Tired of slavery with contracts and hefty bills? I was too, a loyal customer with AT&T for years! Took every rock they threw at me and kept the service going. Expensive and less than customer-friendly service, I recently moved to T-Mobile. Yes, you might say it doesn’t have the best network but… they have superb customer service, and they recommend plans and phones according to your needs, not their needs –that is my experience so far!

We recently applied for their affiliate marketing program with CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction), a reputable online advertising company owned by Conversant, Inc. operating in the affiliate marketing industry, which operates worldwide. We will let you know when it all comes together!

  1. TaxExtension.com (coming soon!)TaxExtension.com icon

We also recently applied with TaxExtension.com thinking it is an appropriate time of year to use their services. It is an IRS-authorized e-file provider with a Better Business Bureau Accreditation A-plus, and has a dedicated support team to help answer any questions. We have not tried their service but we heard good reviews and are offered by reputable Rakuten LinkShare Marketing.

We will continue to recommend products and services we like and encourage you to do the same. If you have questions or experiences –good or bad- about these companies, we want to hear from you! Please comment below all your concerns, we only want to offer quality service companies to LatinasinBusiness.us.

 

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Features of our exclusive newsletter include:

1. You will become an official member of the LIBizus community. You will receive an official badge as a LIBizus member –in print and/or digital– to share on your website, your social media, and at events, conferences and other places where your business or your job takes you!

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Opportunities in affiliate marketing programs

Affiliate marketing programs

By Jesse Torres

I recently had the opportunity to interview affiliate marketing veteran Stephanie Robbins on KCAA Radio’s Money Talk. Stephanie, through her company Robbins Interactive, helps clients with all aspects of marketing including affiliate marketing, social media, online branding, website development and online advertising.

“Affiliate marketing is an agreement where one firm (the marketer) compensates another firm (the affiliate) for generating transactions from its users. In practice, it involves a marketer placing links to its website on affiliated websites,” describe Simon Goldschmidt, Sven Junghagen and Uri Harris in Strategic Affiliate Marketing.

“Rather than pay for the links upfront, the marketer provides a commission to affiliates for every transaction that results from these links. If organized correctly, it can potentially benefit both parties, because it helps marketers acquire new customers and increase revenues, while affiliates can generate revenues from the visitors to their sites.”

Among today’s best affiliates are bloggers and social media personalities that have developed a large following. Through affiliate marketing entrepreneurs enter into an arrangement with an influential Internet personality or any person willing to represent the entrepreneur’s product. The affiliate, who should feel passionate about the product, promotes the product through links, banners, testimonials or other content about the product.

The entrepreneur benefits through the sale of products resulting from the efforts of the affiliate, the affiliate benefits from the revenue as well as the content that is created and share with followers and followers benefit through access to the content and the introduction to the product.

Entrepreneurs should ensure appropriate disclosures are made by affiliates that choose to promote the product through testimonials or other similar content. There is nothing wrong with affiliates that choose to promote a particular product. However, in such cases the affiliate should ensure that appropriate disclosures are made in compliance with applicable laws, rules or regulations. Lack of appropriate disclosure can damage the reputation of both the affiliate and the entrepreneur.

The following are four considerations that entrepreneurs should consider when establishing an affiliate program:

1. Online Store. Robbins states that affiliate marketing programs work best where an online store has been established. The store should have been up and running for a while to ensure that it is working properly and the kinks have been worked out. Robbins cautions that the quickest way for an entrepreneur to lose valuable affiliates is through technical glitches that cause lost sales and result in lost revenues for affiliates.

The beauty of well-developed affiliate programs is the ease of integration with the online store. While entrepreneurs can develop homegrown systems it may be worth exploring the options available through third party affiliate programs such as CJ Affiliate, Rakuten, Shareasale and Avantlink.

“You need to be able to put the technology in place so that you can reimburse and reward your affiliates as appropriate,” says Robbins.

2. Product Pricing. Affiliate marketing programs provide affiliates with a percentage of each sale generated through the affiliate’s activities. Driving traffic to an online store can involve tasks as simple as a hyperlink or banner on a Web site to comprehensive and well-thought out articles that address the features and benefits of the product.

Regardless of the effort, influential affiliates – those with large online followings on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. – have many products available for them to represent. As such, the commission per conversion is important. Robbins believes that products priced in the $60 – $100 range are optimal as they can generate significant volume with a reasonable commission. Lower dollar amounts provide nominal affiliate revenue and higher priced items do not sell as readily.

3. Product Worth Buying. Successful affiliates work hard to create influence within their space. If the product does not inspire a conversation the top affiliates will not touch the product.New logo w byline

Each affiliate has a niche. Entrepreneurs should target and make arrangements only with affiliates that operate within their industry. For example, an entrepreneur selling high-end culinary utensils and hardware should seek affiliates that are foodies, restaurant owners, industry consultants and others that operate in a related space. These affiliates may maintain blogs, Web sites, social media pages and social media accounts where they can share information and links about the product.

4. Great Affiliates Are Not Cheap. Entrepreneurs must be prepared to make significant revenue sharing agreements if they wish to engage with the top affiliates/influencers.

Years ago entrepreneurs were told in books, articles and workshops to seek out influential bloggers and others with strong followings and offer product or some other benefit in exchange for a mention or link. This worked for a while. But it doesn’t work any longer.

“So many people think that if we give these bloggers free product they will be completely happy,” says Robbins. “These are business people now. They know the value that they are bringing to the client. And they want to be compensated for it.”

 

 

 About Jesse TorresJesse_Torres

Jesse Torres has spent nearly 20 years in leadership and executive management posts, including executive management roles at financial institutions. In 2013 the Independent Community Bankers of America named him a top community banker influencer on social media. He is a frequent speaker at financial services and leadership conferences and has written several books. He hosts an NBC News Radio show called Money Talk with Jesse Torres.
Follow @jstorres or contact  Jesse@JesseTorres.com