Publishers Look Beyond the Buy Button to Capitalize on Affiliate Revenue

Affiliate marketing is no longer a side-hustle for publishers, netting only a few pennies on the dollar when readers click a buy button. As online shopping behaviors have matured, retailers have been increasing their spend in areas beyond search and display advertising. This systemic change is offering up new opportunities for publishers to develop content-and-commerce models and build relationships with advertisers that are less about impressions and more about conversions. In August, Buzzfeed’s food vertical, Tasty, launched a partnership with Walmart that provides Tasty app users with “shoppable recipes,” allowing them to add the ingredient lists from any video directly into an online Walmart grocery cart for pickup or delivery. “Walmart is a great partner, and this works strategically across many monetization channels,” says Nilla Ali, VP of strategic partnerships at Buzzfeed. “This is different from advertising. It is very much down-funnel and integrated with content.” Similarly, at tech news and review site Digital Trends, HP was looking for a way to boost sales during off-peak months. The site hosted a high-end laptop giveaway to engage audiences, promoted editor’s picks of HP items via social posts and its daily live video show, and “did gangbusters on the product sales side,” says Digital Trends' VP of commerce, Lynda Mann. Many publishers cite The New York Times’ 2016 ($30-million dollar) acquisition of affiliate-fueled product review site Wirecutter as a... Continue reading at 'Folio Magazine'

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