[Webinar] What Is Influencer-Affiliate Marketing?

Becky Doles

TUNE ZeroTo1 On-Demand Webinar - Influencer-Affiliate Blueprint

Creators have become an ace up the sleeve of brands aiming to connect with their audiences and build communities of customer advocates. As traditional advertising channels become saturated, the mutually beneficial relationship between advertisers and creators offers a way to provide consumers with the content they want backed by the products and services that fit their lifestyle needs.

The Influencer-Affiliate Blueprint e-book cover

That’s why we teamed up with growth agency ZeroTo1 to create the Influencer-Affiliate Blueprint, an e-book designed to help brands understand the power of the influencer-affiliate movement and harness its potential in their partner programs. In addition to covering key chapters in a blog series, we co-hosted a LinkedIn Live session to introduce the e-book’s core concepts. That session is now available on YouTube: What Is Influencer-Affiliate Marketing?

If you’re new to affiliate or influencer marketing, we suggest starting with the video — it’ll give you an idea of what influencer-affiliate is all about and whether it’s the right strategy for your business. Below, we’ve laid out a few of the highlights you’ll hear in the session.

The Value of Using Creators and Influencers

Creators and influencers hold a unique position in the digital ecosystem. They have built trust and credibility with their audiences, and their endorsements carry weight far beyond traditional advertisements. Here are a few key benefits of incorporating influencers into your marketing strategy:

  1. Authenticity and Trust: Influencers offer a sense of authenticity that resonates with consumers. Their content is perceived as genuine, making their recommendations more trustworthy.
  2. Targeted Reach: Influencers have niche followings, allowing brands to target specific demographics with precision.
  3. Engagement: Influencer content tends to have higher engagement rates compared to traditional ads. Their followers are active and invested in their content.
  4. Cost-Effectiveness: Compared to traditional advertising channels, influencer marketing can offer a higher return on investment, especially when leveraging performance-based models.

The Benefits of a Performance Marketing Model

Performance marketing, where advertisers pay for specific actions such as clicks, leads, or sales, aligns perfectly with influencer marketing. Here’s why:

  1. Measurable Results: Performance marketing is inherently data-driven. Brands can track exactly how much they are spending and what they are getting in return.
  2. Risk Mitigation: Since payments are based on actual performance, brands minimize the risk of spending money on campaigns that do not yield results.
  3. Scalability: Successful strategies can be scaled up, and less effective ones can be adjusted or discontinued without significant losses.
  4. Alignment of Interests: Both brands and influencers are motivated to create effective campaigns since compensation is tied to performance.

Getting Started with Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is an effective entry point for brands looking to leverage performance marketing. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get started:

  1. Identify Your Niche: Understand your market and identify the audience you want to target. Research the types of products or services that resonate with them.
  2. Select the Right Affiliates: Look for affiliates (influencers, content creators, bloggers, streamers, etc.) who align with your brand values and have an engaged audience.
  3. Choose a Platform: To manage your affiliate marketing efforts effectively, you need a reliable platform to track conversions, manage campaigns and partners, and pay commissions. (This is where TUNE comes into play.)
  4. Create Compelling Offers: Develop attractive offers that will entice affiliates to promote your products. This could be in the form of commissions, exclusive deals, or bonuses.
  5. Track and Optimize: Use your affiliate marketing platform to track performance. Analyze data to understand what’s working and continuously optimize your strategies.

How TUNE Helps You Do It

We’re a little biased when it comes to choosing the right technology for affiliate marketing, but that’s only because our tech is as good as we say it is. TUNE offers accurate cookieless tracking, granular analytics tools, customizable and scalable solutions, and a user-friendly interface that simplifies the complexities of affiliate marketing. Go ahead, do the research — and make sure to get a demo of TUNE and any other platforms you’re considering, so you can verify which platform actually delivers on what it promises.

Watch the Influencer-Affiliate Blueprint On Demand

If all of this sounds like something you want to know more about, watch the webinar here: What Is Influencer-Affiliate Marketing?, then download your copy of the Influencer-Affiliate Blueprint.

Questions about the TUNE platform or partner marketing? Get in touch with us at [email protected].

Becky Doles

Becky is the Senior Content Marketing Manager at TUNE. Before TUNE, she handled content strategy and marketing communications at several tech startups in the Bay Area. Becky received her bachelor's degree in English from Wake Forest University. After a decade in San Francisco and Seattle, she has returned home to Charleston, SC, where you can find her strolling through Hampton Park with her pup and enjoying the simple things between adventures with friends and family.