The phrase, "Affiliates are an extended sales force for your business", which is often used to explain affiliate marketing, is not completely accurate. The primary difference between the two is that affiliate marketers provide little if any influence on a possible prospect in the conversion process once that prospect is directed to the advertiser's website. The sales team of the advertiser, however, does have the control and influence up to the point where the prospect either a) signs the contract, or b) completes the purchase.
The concept of affiliate marketing on the Internet was conceived of, put into practice and patented by William J. Tobin, the founder of PC Flowers & Gifts. Launched on the Prodigy Network in 1989, PC Flowers & Gifts remained on the service until 1996. By 1993, PC Flowers & Gifts generated sales in excess of $6 million per year on the Prodigy service. In 1998, PC Flowers and Gifts developed the business model of paying a commission on sales to the Prodigy Network.[8][9]
A día de hoy, en el ámbito del marketing online, la generación de leads para las empresas es de suma importancia, ya que de ellos dependerá conseguir el objetivo final de cualquiera de ellas: aumentar las ventas. Muchas veces nos hemos podido preguntar: ¿Si una empresa me ofrece sus conocimientos, grandes ofertas o contenido de calidad sin coste alguno, que es lo que está ganando a cambio? La respuesta es fácil, nuestros datos.

Con la generación de leads se consiguen ampliar las posibilidades de venta, aumentando el número de futuros clientes a los que captar, quedando todos ellos recogidos en una base de datos a la que poder “sacar partido”. Además, con una generación de leads optimizada a través de una buena estrategia de contenidos, se puede conseguir que el proceso de venta sea menos costoso, al dirigirnos a contactos que ya conocen nuestra marca y que “confían” en nosotros.
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.
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