All Inclusive Marketing: Leaders in Social Media Performance

affiliate marketing podcastIf you want to improve your digital strategy as an affiliate marketer, exponentially grow your profits for you and your business, then this podcast is for you. Learn from the online marketing elite to reach your growth goals.

Welcome to the Digital Strategy Insights podcast with your host Sarah Bundy of All Inclusive Marketing. The landscape of digital and social media strategy has rapidly changed, which has been trying for some, but beneficial for those who have stuck to their guns.

Listen as this week’s guest, Alina Radinsky of All Inclusive Marketing, answers Bundy’s in depth questions on the ins and outs of social media strategy. Radinsky has grown a client base as the social media manager at AIM, ranging from non-profit organisations to ecommerce businesses. She is an expert on digital and social media strategy, as well as community engagement. She is part of an industry leading team, focussing on search, digital and social media strategies.

Sit back and relax as Bundy and Radinsky discuss effective social media engagement, how to improve the relationship with your desired demographic and your SEO with social media presence.

Grow Through Social Media

Growing your business through social media shouldn’t be a minefield, and Radinsky will talk about some simple ways to get a hold on your social media marketing. With a few strategic changes you can build a loyal following through social media. Thinking about your audience will help improve your social media presence and SEO ranking.

Thinking about the social media identity attached to your business is key to ensure social media works to your advantage. Engaging with your desired demographic in a strategic way will ensure you optimise this presence. It can be as simple as paying attention to what is currently trending, using the appropriate ‘hashtags’, or thinking about who uses different social media platforms and when.

The Goal is Key

When starting to use social media you should ensure you have a solid goal in mind, whether that is the CTR (click through rate) you want or cost requisition traffic. Having a starting point such as this will make the minefield of data analysis much easier. This week Radinsky will tell us:

  • Which social media platforms are best for my business?
  • How do I cope with limited bandwith/resources?
  • Is paid advertising something I should invest in?
  • Which key metrics should I pay attention to?
  • How does my social media presence affect SEO?
  • Can I make negative feedback positive?
  • Why am I failing to engage with my audience?

Take 20 minutes out of your day to find out the answers to these question and more. This is a snippet into all the benefits you will gain learning how to strategically use search, digital and social media. This knowledge is a necessity as even more businesses are using social media as a platform to increase conversion.

Mastering social media can be the best thing you ever do for your business. Engaging with customers through social media can be the key to getting your business off the ground. The advice Radinsky and her team can provide is the best, ensuring you build a strong presence on social media.

Are you ready to master your social media presence and audience engagement? Do you want to build your business with search, digital and social media strategies? Get in touch with a quick email to Radinsky at alina@allinclusivemarketing.com.

If you want a bite-size look into how you can improve your social media performance and digital strategy, take a moment to listen to the Digital Strategy Insights podcast. Then if you want to reach out to us at All Inclusive Marketing (www.allinclusivemarketing.com), you can visit the website, visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/trusttheexperts or follow us on Twitter @trusttheexperts.

How To Improve Your Affiliate Marketing by Attending Affiliate Summit

affiliate marketing podcastIf you want to improve your digital strategy as an affiliate marketer, exponentially grow your profits for you and your business, then this podcast is for you. Learn from the online marketing elite to reach your growth goals.

Welcome to the Digital Strategy Insights podcast with your host Sarah Bundy, founder and CEO of All Inclusive Marketing. The landscape of affiliate marketing has rapidly changed, which has been trying for some, but beneficial for those who have stuck to their guns.

Listen as this week’s guest Shawn Collins, co-founder of Affiliate Summit answers in depth questions on the ins and outs of his business. Collins has been in the business for nearly two decades and is also the founder of GeekCast.fm, co-editor in chief at FeedFront Magazine and a blogger and author in his own right. Affiliate Summit is at the top of their game when it comes to providing exceptional events for performance marketing.

Sit back and relax as Bundy and Collins take you through Affiliate Summit’s journey, how they’ve triumphed over the tough times, and how they envision the next five years.

Learn From the Best

Affiliate Summit is a name you need to know if you want to learn from the best. As a company they pride themselves on being able to provide a community of education and respect. This is why they are leading the industry in elite marketing conferences.

There is a simple formula to their success, according to Collins it is a case of trying things out, seeing what sticks and being open to collaboration. Before they founded Affiliate Summit, Collins and his co-founder felt something was missing from the events they were attending. There was too much focus on networking and not enough education. So they decided to satiate their thirst for knowledge by creating a place that could mix both.

An Affiliate Summit event is a conference open to all affiliate marketers with all budgets. Hosting the infamous ‘Meet Market’ as well as the traditional ‘Exhibition Hall’ means those who vend and those who attend are getting enough bang for their buck. Creating this alternative space gives Affiliate Summit their edge against other run of the mill trade shows and job fairs.

Increase Your Performance Marketing the Easy Way

Increasing your affiliate marketing performance could not be easier with the help of Affiliate Summit. Attending one of their shows is the easiest way to maximise your networking potential whilst educating yourself from the best. Having a focus on improving your digital strategy means their shows help you grow as an affiliate marketer. Listen the this episode to find out:

  • How have the Affiliate Summit events changed over the years?
  • Why are these shows so important in the industry?
  • What makes the ‘Meet Market’ unique?
  • How do I know if I should attend, or vend?
  • What do I need to do to become an MC?
  • What differentiates a West coast show from an East Coast show?
  • Where is Affiliate Summit going as a company?

Take 20 minutes out of your day as Collins answers all these questions, and more. This is a snippet of all the benefits you will find from attending an Affiliate Summit show and starting your journey to improving your social and digital strategies. An Affiliate Summit show is for you if you strive to give your customers the best quality marketing possible.

Want to get your hands on one of 50 scholarship VIP passes to the next Affiliate Summit event? To find out how, get in touch with Collins via email at shawn@affiliatesummit.com, on facebook.com/shawncollins, or Twitter @affiliatetip.

Want to go to the next show? It will be at the New York Marriott Marquis on August 2nd to 4th, 2015.

If you want a bite-size look into how you can improve your affiliate marketing performance and digital strategy, take a moment to listen to the Digital Strategy Insights podcast. Then feel free to reach out to us at All Inclusive Marketing (www.allinclusivemarketing.com) by visiting the website, via Facebook at Facebook.com/trusttheexperts or on Twitter @trusttheexperts.

The 7 Things You Need to Know About Super Affiliates

affiliate marketing podcast

Are you a merchant looking to strike up a relationship with super affiliates, but don’t know where to start? Is your business ready to take the next step in building your social, search and digital marketing strategies, but aren’t sure how to reach out?

This is the Digital Strategy Insights podcast, proudly brought to you by All Inclusive Marketing and hosted by Jon Levine. Bringing you the latest and greatest information on all things super affiliates, ensuring merchants and affiliates can have the most beneficial relationship possible.

In this episode your host Levine is speaking with fellow AIM colleague Meaghan Causton, the Publisher Development Manager and 10-year veteran in business. She is an expert on delivering great results in challenging environments, providing the best possible service for companies. The proof is in the pudding as her “customer first” attitude has gained her 20 nominations for various industry awards over her career. Not only this but she uses her expertise and voice to influence others as a board member of the Publisher Recruitment Council.

This episode focuses on the relationship between super affiliates and merchants how they benefit each other, how to create a mutually beneficial relationship, and how to overcome any tricky hurdles along the way.

Play the Long Game

If you are new to the game and don’t have an array of contacts and relationships in the affiliate marketing space, never fear, just reach out and think creatively. You need to play the long game and search for delayed gratification in order to succeed in this marketing space.

Thinking creatively and coming up with alternative ways to make the relationship being super affiliate and merchant mutually beneficial will help both parties to learn, evolve and grow both their knowledge and their sales. Becoming outside the box and comfortable in working towards a long-term goal is the key to your success.

Have a Goal in Mind

Before you even reach out and make the first port of contact with super affiliates it is important to have a clear goal in your mind. What is the main focus of the campaign, who is your target audience and what benefits are you looking for? Having this set out in your mind will make the process a whole lot easier, and better for both parties.

Listen as Levine and Causton discuss all things super affiliates, including:

  • What are the best ways to overcome merchants who don’t want to part with their cash?
  • Is special tracking necessary when it comes to paid placements?
  • Is there a tried and tested approach for an affiliate wanting to build a business relationship with a merchant?
  • As a merchant, is there anything in particular I need to think about before discussing placement with affiliates?
  • Which placements yield the best ROI, and how?
  • What are the biggest benefits I will see from placements?

The long and short of it is that super affiliates are wanting to work with merchants, so finding a middle ground and being able to compromise another course of action over “hard-dollar” spend will be beneficial to both parties, creating a good business relationship.

Know who the best partners are going to be for you and your business, whether a merchant or a super affiliate. Having this foundational knowledge before you reach out and try to build a relationship is the first step to helping you both grow your digital, search and influencer marketing.

If this sounds like your kind of podcast then take a 20-minute break and listen to the experts. If you have any more questions, or want further advice on super affiliates or merchants, then contact the team at All Inclusive Marketing, or connect through social media, @TrustTheExperts on Twitter or Facebook.com/TrustTheExperts.

Look for These People at Affiliate Summit West 2015

Meet Us at Affiliate Summit With Affiliate Summit* only three sleeps away, the All Inclusive Marketing team is getting really pumped to meet, network and engage with existing and new affiliates, partners and clients.

Also, with four new team members joining the AIM team over the last month, and with both Jon Levine and Carolyn Kmet making guest appearances at the show as Emcee and Panel Speaker, here are 10 people to keep you eye out for representing AIM this year. But first!

Top 5 Reasons To Meet With Us at Affiliate Summit West: 

  1. You are an affiliate looking to join great programs with solid content and products that will engage with your audience and help you drive your affiliate revenue and profitability.
  2. You are a merchant / advertiser looking for marketing help or advice with your program, either to grow it through new channels, optimize it for higher profitability and new customer acquisitions, or get strategic guidance and insight.
  3. You are an industry partner or service provider looking for a strong strategic partner to help you grow your business, brand and customer base. (more…)

Industry Changes and Opportunities – An Interview with ShareASale Founder Brian Littleton

Brian Littleton interviewOne of the things I find most exciting about the performance marketing industry is how it is always changing, and how that change creates new and diverse opportunities. This week I had the pleasure of interviewing President and CEO of ShareASale, Brian Littleton on the subject.

Sarah: What are the major industry changes you’ve seen over the last two years and how has ShareASale adjusted to keep up with those changes?

Brian: The biggest change came in 2-parts. Starting with the breakup of the Google Affiliate Network, the industry took a moment to really look at some topics that I think were always there but the event forced so many retailers to analyze their Affiliate Channel at one specific moment that those topics came screaming to the forefront. Of course, I’m talking about attribution and its related topics. So many retailers used that opportunity (and technology providers as well) to look at attribution because they were forced to find entirely new technology partners in a very short amount of time.

From ShareASale’s perspective, this was a welcome moment – not because of the loss of GAN in our industry – but because retailers started asking the questions that we had had answers to for several years. Our Clickstream “Leapfrog” technology, Coupon Code Tracking, Mobile App Install Tracking, and other related products saw huge increases in usage and interest – even though many of them had been around for years. Sure, the industry might have known about attribution long before that moment when GAN closed their doors, but the intense focus of that event really brought these issues to light.

Sarah: Where do you see the biggest opportunities for merchants and affiliates in optimizing their earning opportunities going into Q4 and 2015?

Brian: I think preparation and diversity are keys that shouldn’t be overlooked, but honestly one of the most important things to do is to actually pay attention ON Black Friday and Cyber Week. I see huge bunches of both Affiliates and Retailers missing out on earning opportunities because they simply aren’t paying close attention on those dates. Deals pop-up, trends are spotted and shared, and emails are flying at a near constant pace starting on Black Friday. Personally, I run a blogger group where I may post 15-20 times during the day to let people know what kinds of trends I am noticing – and some of those bloggers take great advantage of that information.

Sarah: With ShareASale ThinkTank around the corner, what do you personally want to see happen as a result of this show?

Brian: ShareASale’s ThinkTank has been such a fun event for me to host every year. We’ve been a little sporadic with our schedule, switching from May to October commonly depending on where we plan to host it, but this will be the 9th time we have hosted the event. My biggest goal, every year, is just to see individuals grow in their business – and it happens all the time. All I really have to do is put a Blogger and a Merchant in the same room and let them do their thing. Sure, we provide educational opportunities and networking – but the real magic is just in the interaction of those two parties trying to find ways to do more business together. I’m also excited, this year, for some pretty major product announcements that we’ll be rolling out as well!

About ShareASale

ShareASale has been in business for 13 years, exclusively as an Affiliate Marketing Network. Our technology receives accolades for speed, efficiency, and accuracy – and our reputation as a fair and honest business is well known within the industry. Our objective is to provide customers with an advanced Affiliate Marketing platform. We strive to deliver the best product in the industry, and support it with superior customer service provided by people that will follow up, call back, and provide real solutions. Stay connected by visiting them on Twitter and Facebook.

Small Business Influencer Awards

Every year, Small Business Influencers recognizes some incredible people who are nominated for and voted by their community as people who’ve contributed much to their industries.

I’m honoured and thrilled to announce All Inclusive Marketing has been recognized for not one but three different awards by their community. We’ve have nominations for both myself and our Director of Content Marketing, Lisa Picarille, as well as for Growth Story with client, Abe’s Market.

Voting ends in less than a week, and we’d love your support and click to vote! Votes count and we currently have a great chance of winning at least one award. It appears you can vote once per day and per device. We appreciate your support, and thanks to those who nominated our team and our client. Best of luck to everyone on the list!

Please click here to vote today:

Lisa Picarille, Industry Expert

Sarah Bundy, Industry Expert

Abe’s Market, Growth Story

5 Key Takeaways for Running a Successful Business: Lessons Learned

Today, June 1, 2014, All Inclusive Marketing celebrates its five-year anniversary. We have had a lot of ups and downs over the past five years. But it is with immense gratitude and humility I reflect on some of the hard lessons I’ve learned along the way.

1. Your Power is in Your People

We’ve gone through many teammates trying to find the perfect fit for our company and culture. We want people who see our vision, live and breathe our mottos, deeply care about their impact with our team and clients, and put forward the heart and soul to see themselves and those around them succeed.

Investing in the right people was the first turning point for AIM that allowed us to grow into a global leader, and I’m exceedingly grateful for our team who strive to make AIM even more successful every day. (more…)

Hottest Content Marketing Event of the Year: Content Marketing World 2014

I loved this article Jules Babcock wrote about Content Marketing World as we get closer to the event coming in September of this year. It’s a fun read and absolutely worth checking out if you understand the value of content marketing in the world of digital marketing today.

Imagine the scene: You arrive in Cleveland on September 8th, it’s a gorgeous day and you’re pumped to head to the largest content marketing event of the year, Content Marketing World

After checking into your hotel and tweeting about how excited you are to see Kevin Spacey speak at #CMWorld (maybe you’ll meet him! Wouldn’t that would rock your world?!), you head to the Convention Centre to kickoff the whole event by attending a pre-event workshop.

You can’t miss the mobile business boat so you decided (after tough deliberation of the 12 workshops) on the Constructing and Executing a Mobile Content Marketing Strategy workshop – it’s probably going to be so informative you brought spare business pens, a laptop, a tablet, and a notebook! (more…)

Affiliate Management Days 2014 A Huge Success

It shocks me to this day that every affiliate manager on the planet is not flocking to Affiliate Management Days first chance they get. Some of the worlds biggest brands and most brilliant minds come together to share their expertise, network in an intimate setting and grow their skill sets together from an affiliate management and growth standpoint.

This was All Inclusive Marketing‘s fifth time speaking at AMDays. In my opinion, this was the best show yet, and if you’re an affiliate manager or marketing manager responsible for your affiliates, do not miss another show. 

The food was great, the people even better, and the content was bang on. I spent the first day with my clients from Norton (Symantec) filming industry veterans on the value and benefits of affiliate marketing for businesses today. The gold nuggets that came out of every corner were incredible and I was elevated by the potential this industry will bring to the world once the positive message of what we do, that no other channel can do, gets out. (more…)

Affiliate Summit West 2014 Best One To Date

Earlier this month All Inclusive Marketing attended Affiliate Summit West where we had some awesome successes and experiences. In fact, this past summit was our best one yet. Affiliate Summit is the largest and most comprehensive performance marketing conference in North America, with over 5400 attendees this year at the West show alone. Seven of AIM’s team members experienced the fun, education and networking opportunities Affiliate Summit brought together this year. Here are the major highlights from this year’s Affiliate Summit West for our team:

1. Pinnacle Awards: OPM / Agency of the Year

Photo Credit: Affiliate Summit

A major highlight for me personally was sitting amongst my friends and colleagues at the Pinnacle Awards, the most competitive and prestigious awards in North America within the Performance Marketing Industry, watching people I love and admire win awards. Two of our team members have already won awards in past years for “Affiliate Manager of the Year” and “Affiliate Marketing Advocate of the Year” and we were honored and thrilled to be listed in the top three Performance Marketing Agencies of the Year. Thank you you to Shawn, Missy and those who were rooting for us for that amazing opportunity! (more…)

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