Before we take your Affiliate program to live status please watch the screencast series featured here. These tutorials cover the main components of the interface. Once you watch the tutorials, login and fine-tune the following:
- Set Up Electronic Bill Pay (Highly Suggested): Avoid manual payment work by setting up Electronic Bill Pay for automatic reoccurring payments for each month's invoice. Learn more from our Billing Invoicing Details article or contact our accounting department if you have issues!
- Ad creative list. For stronger new Affiliate acquisition and quicker impact include at least six (6) text ads in your deal feed. (Tools -> Add/Edit Ad Campaigns)
- Acceptance email template. Write a more personalized welcome email to give new Affiliate a good first impression and don't forget to include a selection of your best ads. (Account -> Edit Standard Email Templates). Read our blog post for a step-by-step guide to getting the most out of your welcome email.
- Program manager contact. Be sure your point of contact or “Affiliate program manager” is listed for your account. (Account -> Edit Program Terms)
- Interface training and best practice/strategy webinar. Start your program off right by getting familiar with AvantLink Merchant tools, best practices, and your account interface by joining the free monthly interface training overview and strategy webinar. These webinars are scheduled on the first Tuesday of every month from 11am-12pm MST. Register for the next monthly webinar.
- New Merchant Survey: Please consider taking this short 3-question survey on why you chose AvantLink as your affiliate network partner and where you go online to stay educated on digital marketing: http://info.avantlink.com/merchant-why-and-where
- Affiliate Migrations/On-boarding: Anticipate bringing in a large number of Affiliate partners you have a working relationship with or just a few at a time? Either way, please feel free to reach out to our Compliance/Applications department with your initial plans and they can work with you to accomplish this. In addition, you can always reach out to Affiliate-apps@AvantLink.com with any specific inquiries regarding Affiliate applications.
Important: View a short screencast that demonstrates how to accomplish the last steps.
In addition to the featured tutorials available in the “Support” section, you may access a continuously growing list of tutorials and how-to videos via the AvantLink YouTube Channel.
We also offer free training webinars on a variable schedule. These webinars cover the main management components of the interface as well as strategy and best practices, and are valuable for new Merchants and network veterans alike. RSVP for the next webinar.
More Pre-Launch Suggestions
We have a number of event notifications and customizable report settings available. If more than one person will be working on your Affiliate program, separate logins for each individual are recommended. To add additional logins please email support or submit a ticket that includes a full name and email address for each login request.
Custom Program Terms
Consider identifying a monthly sales amount threshold that triggers an automated increased commission. For example with an 8% baseline, you could offer an increased 10% payout for sales volume of $10,000 or higher for a given month. To configure performance incentives please email support or submit a ticket with sales amount thresholds and corresponding increased payouts.
Program Management Services
If you are reading this it’s likely you signed up for our Standard Integration service level, which is a self-managed solution. It’s crucial for the continued growth and success of your program to have someone dedicated to ongoing support and relationship management of Affiliates. If you need help in this regard you should consider one of our additional service levels listed below.
We offer dedicated access to an Network Rep to further assist you with program management best practices, program optimization, strategic planning, Affiliate recruiting and more. There is a three (3) month minimum term for the Network Rep service level.
For qualified Merchants, we offer a very competitive managed solution utilizing an experienced program manager who is an expert on the AvantLink platform. Our managed solution is for services on the AvantLink network only. There is a twelve (12) month minimum term for the Managed Solution service level.
Help & Support: If you have questions on our program management services or need assistance with the last steps, please email integration.