El objetivo de la generación de leads no es simplemente obtener un cliente potencial en forma de registro de datos, como en un sorteo. El objetivo real es conseguir un nuevo cliente que esté interesado en el producto X o en el servicio Y, y que esté "listo para la venta". Se trata de un lead cualificado (qualified lead), que muy probablemente se convertirá en un nuevo cliente porque tiene una motivación específica y no quiere ganar nada.
Since the emergence of affiliate marketing, there has been little control over affiliate activity. Unscrupulous affiliates have used spam, false advertising, forced clicks (to get tracking cookies set on users' computers), adware, and other methods to drive traffic to their sponsors. Although many affiliate programs have terms of service that contain rules against spam, this marketing method has historically proven to attract abuse from spammers.
En el B2C, las redes sociales han explotado como el nicho ideal para las empresas. En la actualidad son utilizados regularmente por las organizaciones para hacer figurar Leads en los muros o perfiles de los clientes y así fundar oportunidades de negocio. Para ello, desde hace varios años las compañías están participando activamente en las redes sociales, incluyendo Linkedin, Twitter y Facebook y así “marketear” sus nuevos productos y/o servicios.
Promote up-sells/cross-sells. You can even set up an autoresponder sequence for someone after they purchase and get repeat customers. Depending on the products you sell, you could offer an upsell, or cross-sell related products. For example, if someone buys a digital camera, you can offer to add a lens, a tripod, and other accessories to their order before it ships. Or, if you sell products that people buy frequently (like food or disposable items, like diapers), you can automatically send them offers for new items when you know they’re about due for another order.
In 2006, the most active sectors for affiliate marketing were the adult gambling, retail industries and file-sharing services.:149–150 The three sectors expected to experience the greatest growth are the mobile phone, finance, and travel sectors. Soon after these sectors came the entertainment (particularly gaming) and Internet-related services (particularly broadband) sectors. Also several of the affiliate solution providers expect to see increased interest from business-to-business marketers and advertisers in using affiliate marketing as part of their mix.:149–150
An e-commerce merchant wanting to reach a wider base of Internet users and shoppers may hire an affiliate. An affiliate could be the owner of multiple websites or email marketing lists; the more websites or email lists that an affiliate has, the wider his network. The hired affiliate then communicates and promotes the products offered on the e-commerce platform to his network. The affiliate does this by implementing banner ads, text ads, or links on its multiple owned websites or via email to its clientele. Firms use advertisements in the form of articles, videos, and images to draw an audience’s attention to a service or product.