Overview

  • why move your program?
  • program audit
  • new program setup
  • migrating affiliates
  • ongoing analysis

why move?

  • network closing…
  • network not what it used to be
  • your business has changed
  • expanding markets
  • moving to a SaaS platform

check the details

  • do your due diligence
  • technology
  • mobile and cross-platform
  • reach and service
  • compliance and fraud management
  • affiliate relationships
  • affiliate reporting system
  • negotiate contract terms
  • ensure there’s no ‘non-compete’ clause
  • assess your team – new hire or OPM?

program audit

  • understand existing publishers
  • revenue drivers
  • promotional needs and channels
  • ensure lines of communication open
  • conduct a gap analysis
  • prepare recruitment communications
  • Set a manageable overlap time

program set up

  • communication is key to success
  • build a strong PR plan for launch
  • phone major affiliates well ahead to pre-warn
  • email all affiliates ahead of launch date
  • get the new network fully set up and tested well before launch

migration process

  • manage partner migrations
  • personal interaction
  • meet major affiliates
  • provide page link analysis
  • ensure the right creative is available
  • look at incentives for changing links
  • maybe cull inactive publishers…
  • dead links
  • beware of brand issues from dead links:
  • major affiliates more likely to move
  • old blog posts may not be obvious
  • smaller affiliates less responsive
  • all can lead to a network 404
  • consumer views of the brand may be impacted
  • success
  • Example migration from Missguided.com
  • migrated exclusively to Awin network

ongoing analysis

  • program analysis
  • continual network affiliate analysis
  • use third party link analysis tools to identify links still active
  • compare with competitors using backlink analysis tools
  • completing migration
  • ongoing analysis of former programs
  • regular communications to prompt
  • keep up pressure until the overlap period ends
  • incentivize late movers