Vol. 127 - NO. 39

Blog Startup CPG

SINCE 2019

The Do’s and Dont’s of Affiliate Marketing wtih CPG Affiliate Partners
PLUS an exclusive deal for Startup CPG brands

Undoubtedly, the landscape of digital marketing has grown increasingly challenging due to rising customer acquisition costs. However, it remains the most lucrative and scalable avenue for direct customer communication. Many brands continue to rely exclusively on platforms like Facebook and Google, which operate on a CPM (cost per million) model, where you pay for impressions.

Rather than just paying for impressions, it’s worth considering the implementation of an affiliate marketing strategy, which operates on a CPA (cost per acquisition) basis. This means you only pay when a sale is successfully generated. In the past, some brands attempted affiliate programs but were met with limited success due to poor setup and a general lack of awareness regarding how to create an effective program. If you’re not already harnessing this profitable marketing channel, you’re missing out on a significant opportunity to expand your online business with minimal risk.

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a performance-based strategy in which individuals promote your products and earn a commission for each sale made through their unique affiliate link. This mutually beneficial arrangement expands your product’s exposure and drives sales while providing affiliates with earnings. One of the key advantages of affiliate marketing is that it enables direct link usage and facilitates data tracking and optimization over time. This is becoming increasingly challenging on platforms like Facebook and Google.

Another advantage of affiliate marketing is its lower initial capital requirement for launching and testing offers. In contrast to CPM models, which often require a minimum investment of $10,000 or even $50,000 to gather substantial data for optimization, affiliate marketing can be initiated with as little as $2,000, thanks to its reduced risk. This is because CPA traffic is further down the marketing funnel, allowing for cost-effective testing and optimization compared to CPM networks like Facebook and Google.

The Key Components to a Successful Strategy

Achieving success with affiliate marketing can be challenging, as many brands fail to create enticing offers, recruit the right affiliates, or establish lasting relationships with them. Here’s how you can build an effective affiliate strategy:

1. Set Clear Goals: Before embarking on your affiliate marketing journey, define specific goals that align with your overall business objectives, whether that’s boosting sales, increasing brand awareness, or growing your email list.

2. Offer Creation: Create compelling offers that stand out. For instance, offering exclusive deals like “4 for $4” with a low CPA of $15 can significantly increase brand awareness, attract high-intent customers, and boost overall sales when coupled with a strong retention strategy involving email, SMS, and retargeting.

3. Find the Right Affiliates: Your affiliate program’s success hinges on partnering with quality affiliates who have a relevant audience and a genuine interest in your products. Seek out affiliates active in your niche, with loyal followers who are willing to promote your products consistently.

4. Provide Value to Your Affiliates: Attract and retain quality affiliates by offering more than just an appealing payout. Providing exclusive discounts, samples, and fresh content can make a significant difference.

5. Track Your Performance: Monitor key performance metrics such as clicks, conversions, and earnings to identify areas for improvement. If you’re running CPA traffic, pay attention to metrics like Earnings Per Click (EPC) or Cost Per Click (CPC) for clients. Use this data to optimize your program and make informed decisions about your affiliate partnerships.

Affiliate marketing can be a potent tool for growing your food and beverage business. By setting clear goals, crafting enticing offers, partnering with quality affiliates, providing value, and continually tracking and optimizing your performance, you can find success in this channel.

Want to Learn More?

If you’re interested in delving further into affiliate marketing, don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email (services@cpgaffiliate.com).  I’m always ready to share my expertise and assist you in growing your business. For those looking to establish an affiliate program for their brand, I’ve developed a process and network tailored for emerging food, beverage, beauty, and supplement brands.

As a two-time CPG founder, my goal is to see you succeed, and our interests are aligned. With that in mind, we offer what we believe is the most brand-friendly structure and value, including:

  • No Retainers: There are no monthly fees or management costs; you only pay when we perform. (We do require a one-time $1,000 setup fee due to the roughly two-week program launch time.)
  • Only Pay on Sales: We exclusively run CPA traffic, meaning you only pay when a sale occurs.
  • No Locked-In Periods: Our agreement operates on a day-to-day basis; you can cancel at any time.
  • Live Dashboard: Brands can monitor their campaign’s real-time performance and match Shopify orders with our dashboard, providing full transparency.

An EXCLUSIVE offer for Startup CPG: We will reduce the one-time set up fee from $1000 to $500! Our initial spend is from $5k to $4k.

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