March 10, 2017

Controlling for Quality: How PartnerCentric Avoids Affiliate Marketing’s Bad Rep

Adam Howell

We all know there's fraud out there – in fact, it’s a huge buzzword in digital marketing right now. Truly, it is crucial that all affiliate marketers monitor the quality of their traffic and converters. Picture this: You are an e-commerce jewelry company. Your affiliate program is skyrocketing, revenue is strong and everyone is happy. But suddenly, all that jewelry everyone bought is being returned. All your beautiful converters disappear in a puff of smoke. This type of problem happens too often in affiliate marketing.

PartnerCentric takes an extremely vested approach to handling fraud. Below are just a few of the ways we ensure compliance:

  • Our Internal Support team proactively monitors known violators network-wide
  • Your dedicated account manager is constantly on the look-out for major changes or discrepancies week-to-week by publisher to identify trends that seem suspicious
  • Vanity code and promotional audits are conducted bi-monthly to proactively address any potential issues

Additionally, here are a few other best practices to prevent against fraud:

  • Analytics - Look at the quality of your visitors that are converting via certain partners. Now, we know that not everyone has the best tracking tools but even with a free version of Google Analytics, you can see metrics that indicate if these partners are truly high quality. Did the consumer come to your site, spend 30 seconds on the site and then buy a $10K ring? That’s a sign to start digging.
  • Customer Reps - Track the returns, refunds, and complaints from each affiliate partner. Sometimes this can involve walking over to your customer reps team and talking with them about something a consumer said. But if your consumer is calling to say, “I was incentivized to buy this ring and return it,” you might have a problem.
  • Legality - Make sure your affiliate marketing agreements state that if a product is returned, the commission is de-valued or nulled. That way, you are also making sure your company isn’t losing money. In addition, make sure your agreements also have strong minimums in returns/complains. If, suddenly, ten of out of the last fifteen purchases made are returned, there needs to be a solid legal plan to opt out of the contract or stop using the affiliate.

 

By incorporating these best practices, you will be on your way to having a strong affiliate program. To learn more about how PartnerCentric ensures that your affiliate marketing program maximizes ROI while protecting it against fraud, contact us.