As of October 2018 almost 4.2 billion people were active internet users and 3.4 billion were social media users (Statista). China, India and the United States rank ahead all other countries in terms of internet users. This gives a marketer an unprecedented number of customers to reach with product and service offerings, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The interactive nature of the internet facilitates immediate communication between businesses and consumers, allowing businesses to respond quickly to the needs of consumers and changes in the marketplace.
A pesar de los fraudes y estafas en el comercio, el marketing de afiliación sigue siendo una de las mejores maneras de generar ingresos en Internet. Es especialmente beneficioso para aquellos que quieran ganar dinero sin tener que gastar demasiado tiempo y esfuerzo en monitoreo de ventas o en la respuesta del cliente. Los comerciantes y los afiliados deben de tener cuidado al participar en una asociación y negociar. Las personas que deseen participar en un programa deben saber con quién está tratando. Llevar a cabo la investigación adecuada e ir a las comunidades de afiliados para obtener información acerca de su posible alianza. Tener buenas relaciones y conseguir los socios adecuados puede resultar favorable a largo plazo.
Understanding Mobiles: Understanding mobile devices is a significant aspect of digital marketing because smartphones and tablets are now responsible for 64% of the time US consumers are online (Whiteside, 2016). Apps provide a big opportunity as well as challenge for the marketers because firstly the app needs to be downloaded and secondly the person needs to actually use it. This may be difficult as ‘half the time spent on smartphone apps occurs on the individuals single most used app, and almost 85% of their time on the top four rated apps’ (Whiteside, 2016). Mobile advertising can assist in achieving a variety of commercial objectives and it is effective due to taking over the entire screen, and voice or status is likely to be considered highly; although the message must not be seen or thought of as intrusive (Whiteside, 2016). Disadvantages of digital media used on mobile devices also include limited creative capabilities, and reach. Although there are many positive aspects including the users entitlement to select product information, digital media creating a flexible message platform and there is potential for direct selling (Belch & Belch, 2012).