In Affiliate, If You're Not Monitoring for Coupon Code Abuse, Your Marketing Dollars are at Risk.

With access to a growing number of resources to conduct product and brand research, consumers are becoming increasingly more savvy. In fact, 90% of consumers use coupons when making a purchase, and digital coupon redemptions are projected to surpass $90 billion by 2022. With increased emphasis on discovering the best possible deal before making a purchase, marketers that once leveraged coupon codes to drive traffic, increase sales, target new customers, and build loyalty with existing customers, are experiencing complex risks associated with providing discount codes to their consumers.  

Stephen Borlik
Nov 3, 2021

ASW Bound? Connect With BrandVerity!

As marketers scramble to stay ever-present across the digital marketing mix, they’re allocating additional marketing dollars to digital channels including affiliate marketing and paid search. Of those surveyed, 65% will increase investment in affiliate marketing budgets and 64% will allocate additional budget for paid search in 2021—surges in marketing spend that must be appropriately safeguarded to control the cost of customer acquisition.

BrandVerity
Oct 26, 2021

[Digital Session] Why Brand Integrity is Paramount for Marketers in a Complex Cross-Channel Environment

Consumer behavior is ever-changing. These shifts in the buyer journey create costly, complex challenges for marketers seeking to achieve critical omnipresence. While increasing the number of meaningful digital touchpoints that consumers experience, equally important is protecting marketers’ cross-channel brand integrity—necessary audits that create a tax on resources and leave room for critical error if done manually.

BrandVerity
Oct 19, 2021

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More than ever, marketers are leaning into the affiliate channel because of its attractive performance-based pricing model that allows a cost-controlled solution to optimize in any economic climate. While the channel boasts benefits such as scale, automation and outcome-based pricing, affiliate (like anything) also carries the potential for significant risk if not monitored—compliance that is impossible to achieve through manual affiliate search audits.

BrandVerity
Oct 14, 2021

Delivering the Most Relevant Content to Searchers Amidst Google’s Link Spam Update

Google ranks first in the United States as the most popular multi-platform web property accounting for nearly 83% of U.S. desktop search traffic—a market share of more than 61% among the leading U.S. search engine providers. With such a stronghold on unique visitors within the landscape, Google prioritizes continuous improvement of the quality of users’ search results, most recently completing an algorithm update that improves sites’ compliance with their quality guidelines and spam detection systems. More specifically, the changes deprioritize commercial links that are not correctly annotated—compliance updates that may negatively impact affiliate links.

Katie Spurkeland
Oct 1, 2021

[Recording] Is your affiliate program anchored to a strong foundation of safety?

In today’s complex ecommerce landscape, there are endless opportunities for bad actors to practice less-than-savory methods of promotion within the affiliate channel. Not surprisingly. this unscrupulous activity can result in detrimental waste of ad spend, time and resources for marketers. In fact, within the partnership channel alone, it’s estimated that 9% of all partnership transactions are affected by fraud and on average, 1.5% of conversions are potentially fraudulent. Bottom line: Affiliate marketers are expected to lose a staggering $1.4B to fraudulent transactions over the course of the year. 

Affiliate Ad Hijacking: 5 Things You Should Know

Notice anything fishy in your PPC metrics lately? Is your impression share on branded terms lower than normal? Are the conversion rates for one of your affiliates almost identical to your branded paid search campaigns? You may be the target of an affiliate ad hijacker.

While most affiliates don’t engage in ad hijacking, when someone does, the impact can be very damaging to a brand’s ppc programs. Affiliates are supposed to be driving incremental revenue and helping you reach your goals, not stealing clicks and making your paid search programs more expensive!

In this blog, we’ll answer the five most common questions about affiliate ad hijacking and give you the information you need to identify and stop ad hijacking.

Ulla Saleh
Jul 15, 2021

[Register] The Most Overlooked Must-Have for Your Affiliate Program

Each year, $1.4B is lost to affiliate marketing fraud—ad spend allocated to expand reach and acquire new customers that is instead cannibalized by nefarious affiliates. This risk makes brand safety relevant to all marketers, regardless of whether they’re actively monitoring for suspect activity within their affiliate programs.

Maura Newell
Jul 15, 2021

Manual Brand Monitoring Systems Don’t Work. Here Is How To Automate.

When I speak with prospective customers about the benefits of our paid search monitoring solution, one thing I commonly hear is: “We don’t need automated software; we are already monitoring and remediating issues manually.” Another common refrain is: “Our agency handles all of that.”

John Ethier
Jul 9, 2021

6 Pro Tips for Choosing the Right Keywords for Search Monitoring

When allocating spend to paid search campaigns, marketers expect to expand their reach and acquire new customers to justify a return on spend for the channel. However, a disadvantage of paid search is that the channel’s payment model is based on clicks—a structure that creates a low barrier for entry to digital fraudsters and contributes to $1.4B dollars lost to affiliate marketing fraud annually.

Katie Spurkeland
May 25, 2021
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