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Influencing your customers with affiliates or influencers?



Are you in doubt if you are going to use affiliate marketing or influencers for your brand?

Let us first explain what is each of these marketing strategies and then, according to your public and budget, you decide what is best for your company!

In affiliate marketing, a brand partners with affiliates (bloggers, instagrammers, companies, publishers) to promote the brand through offers, sales, deals, etc.

These affiliates are then paid a share of the revenue of the sales they helped generate. Because the amount paid to the affiliates is based on the revenue they helped generate, this type of marketing is very cost-effective.

On the other hand, influencer marketing is when someone that usually has a big and active audience, receives a flat rate fee to promote the brand.

Affiliate marketing is in general more focused in new customers and sales, while influencer marketing focus on the brand awareness.


Let’s think of an example to picture better what option would be better:

A company that manufactures protein bars and wants to promote its brand might contact affiliates and influencers.

The affiliates would share content (pictures, reviews, videos) on their social media about the bars and spread the word of a sale or a special offer. They would then tell their followers/connections that in order to get the offer, purchasers would have to mention a specific code when making the check out. With the sales generated with the code, the affiliate would receive a percentage, that would then vary in the gross sales they stimulated.

The influencers would promote the brand by using/eating the products the brand pays them to and sharing this content, using pictures and videos. As for the protein bars example, influencers from the brand would receive a certain flat fee in a monthly basis while the contract lasts. These influencers have to promote the brand/products regularly following what was settled in the contract between them and the company.

In order to choose what is better for your company you will have to take into consideration who are your customers – basically their demographics and psychographics (read here and here more about this) and with all information about them, see how you could better influence them to purchase your products.

Regardless of being an affiliate or an influencer, it is important to be aware that both should disclosure publicly that they are being compensated to promote the brand as defined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which enforces the U.S. Truth in Advertising Laws. And when it comes to the FTC, it is the brand that gets penalized with a fine, so be careful to have this explained in the contract between the company and the affiliates/influencers.

The future of Marketing – Lifestyle

Happy fun dancing housewife housekeeping kitchen clean immaculate joyful pleasant lifestyleWhat’s the deal with Lifestyle Marketing? It’s a subject that is difficult to understand for some because it’s almost abstract. How can companies make money or increase their brand awareness with lifestyle marketing? WHAT IS LIFESTYLE MARKETING? 

Let’s start by defining content marketing aka lifestyle marketing. Lifestyle marketing is a way to engage consumers with your brand through values and interests in common. A brand has an identity and so does your consumer, therefore the purpose of lifestyle marketing is to be FRIENDS with your consumer. Once you touch a person/consumer on a personal level, they are hooked. If your consumer understands your brand and shares your brand’s values and interests, they are more likely to spend their money on you… and essentially, that’s what we want.

Call to Action is a super commom practice in Marketing as the end goal no matter in what industry you are in, is to increase sales… BUT, a research conducted to analyze the marketing strategies of competitor brands NIKE & ADIDAS found the following:

The findings? Nike used more lifestyle content than Adidas. Sixty percent of Nike’s posts featured lifestyle content and its traditional call-to-action posts received an average of 993 shares a post. In contrast, only 32 percent of Adidas’ posts featured lifestyle content, with its traditional posts receiving an average of 122 shares each.Two young friends sitting at outdoor cafe and smiling. Multiracial women hanging out at sidewalk restaurant.What does this tell us?

Of course, call to action is important but the new generation, the one that is starting to have buying power and will be the future of our economy, does not really care about seeing a million call to action buttons because they are more interested in learning about the soul of the brand. Do they believe in the same things? Are they environmentally friendly? Are they socially conscious? Do they treat their employees with integrity? THESE are the things that matter now, the things that will turn a group of friends into your best customers or your worst enemy by syndicating negative messages about your company/brand on social media.

Make sure to invest some time in defining your brand. What is the personality of your brand? How can you talk to your consumers as a friend?

For more tips on how to create a brand identity, read here.