Online reviews have become one of the most important components in purchasing decisions by consumers in North America. According to a survey conducted by Dimensional Research which included over 1000 participants, 90% of respondents said that positive online reviews influenced their buying decisions and 94% will use a business with at least four stars. Interestingly, negative reviews typically came from online review sites whereas Facebook was the main source of positive reviews. Forrester Research predicts that by 2020, 42% of in-store sales will be from customers who are influenced by web product research.

It is important for a firm to reach out to consumers and create a two-way communication model, as digital marketing allows consumers to give back feed back to the firm on a community based site or straight directly to the firm via email.[24] Firms should seek this long term communication relationship by using multiple forms of channels and using promotional strategies related to their target consumer as well as word-of mouth marketing.[24]


Quando falamos de marketing de afiliados, paciência é um termo importante, especialmente se a sua estratégia passar por escrever conteúdo relevante e trabalhar com programas de afiliados em seus sites e blogs. Quando comecei, lembro-me perfeitamente da primeira comissão que gerei num programa de afiliados e a sensação foi espectacular. No entanto, demorei alguns anos para começar a ganhar dinheiro de forma significativa com meus sites e blogs.
Affiliate marketing - Affiliate marketing is perceived to not be considered a safe, reliable and easy means of marketing through online platform. This is due to a lack of reliability in terms of affiliates that can produce the demanded number of new customers. As a result of this risk and bad affiliates it leaves the brand prone to exploitation in terms of claiming commission that isn't honestly acquired. Legal means may offer some protection against this, yet there are limitations in recovering any losses or investment. Despite this, affiliate marketing allows the brand to market towards smaller publishers, and websites with smaller traffic. Brands that choose to use this marketing often should beware of such risks involved and look to associate with affiliates in which rules are laid down between the parties involved to assure and minimize the risk involved.[47]
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.
Na internet, esse modelo de comissão sobre as vendas é chamado de marketing de afiliados ou affiliate marketing (em inglês). O primeiro programa de afiliados na internet foi criado em 1996 pela Amazon e se chamava Amazon Associates. O programa continua existindo até hoje e foi um dos principais propulsores de crescimento da Amazon, uma vez que milhares de afiliados promoviam os produtos da empresa nos Estados Unidos, recebendo uma fatia sobre as vendas. Caso eles não gerassem vendas, a Amazon também não estaria investindo dinheiro nenhum com essa publicidade, uma vez que ela pagaria uma comissão somente por vendas realizadas.
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