É um tipo de marketing em que a empresa (publicitária) recompensa (pode ser financeiramente) o afiliado (editor) por canalizar potencias clientes através de links para o seu website. Estes hyperlinks podem ter dois objectivos diferentes: vendas directas; ou simplesmente redireccionar potenciais utilizadores interessados para o website da empresa (publicitária).

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Online reviews, then, have become another form of internet marketing that small businesses can't afford to ignore. While many small businesses think that they can't do anything about online reviews, that's not true. Just by actively encouraging customers to post reviews about their experience small businesses can weight online reviews positively. Sixty-eight percent of consumers left a local business review when asked. So assuming a business's products or services are not subpar, unfair negative reviews will get buried by reviews by happier customers.

Outros exemplos para um modelo de comissão por lead seriam empresas recrutadoras que estão procurando profissionais para preencher uma determinada vaga de emprego, empresas que buscam obter mais pedidos de orçamento, empresas que pretendem gerar mais cadastros na versão Trial do seu software, etc. Em todos esses casos, o afiliado recebe uma comissão fixa por gerar essa lead, independentemente de esse lead virar um cliente ou não.
The new digital era has enabled brands to selectively target their customers that may potentially be interested in their brand or based on previous browsing interests. Businesses can now use social media to select the age range, location, gender and interests of whom they would like their targeted post to be seen by. Furthermore, based on a customer's recent search history they can be ‘followed’ on the internet so they see advertisements from similar brands, products and services,[38] This allows businesses to target the specific customers that they know and feel will most benefit from their product or service, something that had limited capabilities up until the digital era.
Una guía completísima y útil Frank. El asunto “publicidad frente a afiliación” es bastante interesante, sobre todo porque la publi convencional en Internet parece que ha tocado casi fondo. De hecho hasta el New York Times se interesa ahora por los enlaces de afiliados como via de diversificar ingresos y ha comprado una web que se dedica precisamente a eso, a revisar productos y obtener comisiones de Amazon, como modelo de negocio.
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