Este tipo de marketing estratégico no fue muy tenido en cuenta durante muchos años, debido a que las acciones de publicidad online se concentraban en los sitios web de alto tráfico o aquellos sitios oficiales de medios masivos de comunicación como periódicos, estaciones de radio o canales de televisión. Con los años, en los departamentos de maketing de las empresas comenzaron a divisar que la publicación en plataformas de afiliación generaban mayores resultados con inversiones menores.
Brand awareness has been proven to work with more effectiveness in countries that are high in uncertainty avoidance, also these countries that have uncertainty avoidance; social media marketing works effectively. Yet brands must be careful not to be excessive on the use of this type of marketing, as well as solely relying on it as it may have implications that could negatively harness their image. Brands that represent themselves in an anthropomorphizing manner are more likely to succeed in situations where a brand is marketing to this demographic. "Since social media use can enhance the knowledge of the brand and thus decrease the uncertainty, it is possible that people with high uncertainty avoidance, such as the French, will particularly appreciate the high social media interaction with an anthropomorphized brand." Moreover, digital platform provides an ease to the brand and its customers to interact directly and exchange their motives virtually.[33]
Targeting, viewability, brand safety and invalid traffic: Targeting, viewability, brand safety and invalid traffic all are aspects used by marketers to help advocate digital advertising. Cookies are a form of digital advertising, which are tracking tools within desktop devices; causing difficulty, with shortcomings including deletion by web browsers, the inability to sort between multiple users of a device, inaccurate estimates for unique visitors, overstating reach, understanding frequency, problems with ad servers, which cannot distinguish between when cookies have been deleted and when consumers have not previously been exposed to an ad. Due to the inaccuracies influenced by cookies, demographics in the target market are low and vary (Whiteside, 2016).[42] Another element, which is affected within digital marketing, is ‘viewabilty’ or whether the ad was actually seen by the consumer. Many ads are not seen by a consumer and may never reach the right demographic segment. Brand safety is another issue of whether or not the ad was produced in the context of being unethical or having offensive content. Recognizing fraud when an ad is exposed is another challenge marketers face. This relates to invalid traffic as premium sites are more effective at detecting fraudulent traffic, although non-premium sites are more so the problem (Whiteside, 2016).[42]

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.
Para quem trabalha com marketing digital, possivelmente já ouviu falar de marketing de afiliados. No entanto, poucos ainda sabem o que significa marketing de afiliados e o que é possível fazer com isso na prática. Embora esse seja um mercado que cresceu mais de 100% ao ano no Brasil nos últimos cinco anos, continua sendo um mercado pequeno quando comparado com outros nichos, como agências de marketing, produtores de conteúdo, serviços freelancer, etc. Ainda assim, as previsões apontam para que o mercado de afiliados continue se expandindo a um ritmo extremamente acelerado durante os próximos anos. Esses números são fruto de nosso trabalho com o evento Afiliados Brasil.
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