Being on the affiliate management side of things for almost a decade now I've seen a lot of affiliate managers switch to the affiliate side. I've also seen a lot of super affiliates (even ones that made six figures per month incomes) switch from affiliates to merchants.
That being said, you don't always get to hear about the benefits some affiliate managers also gets to enjoy. Though I'm not allowed to talk about the work we did, I can tell you that consulting as an affiliate management specialist certainly has it's perks. My husband Iain and I just got back from four nights at the luxurious All Inclusive Royal Bahamian Sandals Resort in Nassau, Bahamas last week.
The resort was glorious in every way. Great food, great service, comfortable rooms, fabulous nightly entertainment, adult beverages at swim up bars, spa treatments on both their private island and in the main resort and warm tropical Caribbean waters everywhere you looked.
In addition to getting to experience true luxury, I got to know the management team at Sandals as well. I learned more about their incredible product and service offering and truly understand why they are a favourite amongst honeymooners, weekend getawayers (yes, I made that word up), couples getting married and even trips with the kids to various Beaches Resorts.
All their Beaches Resorts were designed with kids at heart, so Elmo and other characters from Sesame Street wander around every corner while kids get to serve their own ice cream from giant ice cream cones. Awesome.
Affiliates take a look at joining their affiliate program. They pay 4% commission and have a 90 day cookie, and with their average order value being over $3000 (and some bookings $20,000) the earning opportunity is pretty huge. I'm not going to say how much affiliate pay outs have been, but if I was an affiliate, I absolutely would be joining this program.
If you have any questions about the Sandals Resort affiliate program, feel free to contact their affiliate manager, Lisa Nicholson. She's great to work with and really cares about the success of each of her affiliates. She's looking for great content affiliates to partner with and (I believe) will be giving away another trip to Sandals Resorts to a very lucky affiliate who joins her program.
Sandals was a blast and I look forward to enjoying the Turks and Caicos Beaches Resort with the kids later next year 🙂