Archive for October, 2009

Calling All Mummy Bloggers

Written by Lisa Chaikin on . Posted in Competitions

Affiliate Window are making it easier than ever for Mummy Bloggers in the UK to make a little extra money. With the blogging scene booming, affiliate marketing has become a great way to make money from your blog. If you already have an online audience then you could be making money through affiliate marketing. At Affiliate Window, we keep it simple; simply access the text links, banners, and promotional tools from the merchants you want to promote, and publish them to your users.

On the 1st November, Affiliate Window will launch the ‘Mummy Blogger Awards’ to help mums make money from their blogs. There is over £2,000 in prizes up for grabs from retailers such as Marks & Spencer, Great Little Trading Company, Clarks, Debenhams, John Lewis, Play.com, Zavvi, Mini Barratts, Kaleidoscope, Boden and NatMags!

PLUS ….

You will earn commission from those retailers on any confirmed sales generated from the affiliate links on your blog even after the competition has ended!

How To Enter

Each retailer has sponsored an award such as best blog name, best shopping advice post, most entertaining blog post, and best blog design. All you have to do is integrate the links to all the participating retailers into your blog and email them to us to be automatically entered.
Email join@affiliatewindow.com with your name, address and blog name.
Affiliate Window will then send you the all the links you need to integrate into your blog (banners and text links) and the log in details to your new affiliate account.

In order to qualify you must keep the links to all the retailers as given by Affiliate Window on your website until the 28th February 2010, but remember if you keep the links up longer, you will still earn commissions from any sales generated.

The Winners of the awards will be announced early March 2010.

Remember you must be using all links to qualify.

Prizes are as follows;

Affiliate Window will give the first 20 mummybloggers to put up all links £25 cash each; you need to click each link yourself as soon as they are live on your blog to be sure they are working.
Mini Barratts will award £150 in Mini Barratts Vouchers and a feature in their fortnightly email to the best Craft Ideas for Kids blog post.
John Lewis will give £200 in vouchers to the Top Toys for Tots Blog
Boden will give £200 in vouchers to the Best Parenting Advice Blog Post
Clarks will give £150 of Clarks vouchers to the best shoe blog post.
Kaleidoscope will give £100 in Kaleidoscope vouchers to the best fashion photo uploaded onto a blog.
GLTC will give Best Blog Name £100 in GLTC Vouchers and 3 runners up each get £50 each.
Zavvi is looking for the Best Entertainment blog post the lucky winner will win £150 in Zavvi Vouchers
Marks and Spencer will award £150 in vouchers to the best blog design
Debenhams will be giving away £150 in vouchers to the best shopping advice blog post
Play.com will be giving away £150 worth of Play Vouchers to the first blog to mention Go Go Hamster: Pipsqueak! (hotly tipped to be this year’s must-have toy for Christmas).
NatMags will give a prize bundle worth £150 away to whoever does the best blog about their favourite magazine.
Dyson will give away a Dyson DC31 Animal to the best blog about top cleaning tips around the home

If you have any enquiries or require any further information, please contact Sophie Metcalfe or Jon Weeks

AW Merchants arrange contingency plans during the Postal Strike

Written by Lisa Chaikin on . Posted in Network News

As postal strikes across the country continue to threaten online Christmas shopping, several AW merchants will be employing alternative methods of shipping in an effort to minimise disruption.

Click here for a list of merchants that are using various courier and substitute home delivery services while the postal strike resumes.

Several affiliates have raised concern over what impact this postal strike will have on their business so we advise all merchants to communicate their contingency plans via the news manager, the A4U forum and AW Offers Blog in an effort to keep your affiliates informed.

For accurate information on the current status of the postal strike, visit Royal Mail.

Affiliate Directory Coming Soon PLUS Double Your Chances to Win This Christmas

Written by Lisa Chaikin on . Posted in Network News

The next phase of Darwin’s evolution is just around the corner; within the next few months Affiliate Window plan to release the Affiliate Directory to merchants. Using the detailed information and categorisation provided by affiliates within their Darwin Profiles, the directory will allow merchants to search for specific affiliates and personally invite them to join their programme.

Only 100% completed Profiles will be included within the directory, so we advise all affiliates to update their information as soon as possible to ensure their inclusion from launch. This Profile acts as a platform for affiliates to showcase themselves to AW’s merchants; allowing them the ability to fully promote their affiliate business and highlight previous successes.

To further encourage affiliates to finish each section of their Profile, we have put an incentive in place. EVERY affiliate who completes their profile to 100% before Monday 30th November ’09 will DOUBLE their entries into the BIG Christmas Present draw; which means twice as many chances to choose a luxury holiday next year! If you are having any problems completing your Profile then read through our user guide.

If you have yet to open a Darwin account then all you need to do is fill in the application form here. Once you have your unique login details, you will be directed to the User Dashboard where you can create your Profile.

If you have any questions or would like further assistance, drop us a line at darwin@affiliatewindow.com and one of the team will be happy to help.

The Latest AWin Tracking Improvements

Written by Lisa Chaikin on . Posted in Network News, Technology

We all know how dependent tracking technology is on cookies to identify and report affiliate driven sales. We also know that while cookies are still the best solution, they are not perfect. This is why Affiliate Window’s Software Development team continues to research methods to keep our tracking technology at the forefront of the industry.

Today, Affiliate Window is happy to announce the introduction of Flash Cookies and HTTP ETag technology that will enhance our current tracking solution. These additions will provide our merchants and affiliates with an even more robust tracking solution; resulting in fewer untracked sales and more accurate reporting. This technology is already utilised by some networks, however, current flash/ETag tracking requires a page to be loaded to the user’s browser between the affiliate and merchant sites (an interstitial). This makes the network tracking non-transparent from the user’s perspective which in our opinion has historically been the biggest drawback with these technologies. But with our solution, AWin Analytics negates the need for the interstitial page, meaning the tracking remains completely hidden from the user.

Flash Cookies

The major benefit of Flash cookies is that they are stored in a different location to normal text cookies and cannot be deleted by the browser. This means that Flash Cookies are more likely to be present for sales where the user has already deleted their normal cookies.

HTTP ETag

ETag data is stored in the browsers cache and remains separate from text and Flash cookies. This further increases our chance to correctly identify a sale as a user would need to completely clear their browser cache to make this option redundant.

Please visit the Affiliate Window Wiki for more information on how flash cookies and ETags work.

New merchants joining the network following this release will have Flash Cookies and Etag technology activated by default. Some time before Christmas all merchants already using AWin Analytics (as part of our current v3 tracking solution) will also see the activation of these new technologies. If you are an existing Affiliate Window merchant and would like to find out more about updating your current AW tracking then please e-mail us at support@affiliatewindow.com.

AWinter Wonderland: WIN Your Choice of Luxury Holiday from AW

Written by Lisa Chaikin on . Posted in Competitions

winter wonderland hubThe festive season is right around the corner and here at Affiliate Window we have created a brand new Christmas portal packed with fabulous offers and promotions from our merchants. Housing an array of top-selling products, seasonal banners, enticing voucher codes and competitions, AWinter Wonderland is truly a must-see, one-stop shop for affiliates looking to promote AW merchants.

By centralising all the must-have seasonal information we’ve made Christmas come early for our affiliates ensuring that minimum effort is required on their part to generate sales. As new offers and promotions become available, AWinter Wonderland will continually be updated with the latest and greatest offers from merchants.

To keep up the Christmas cheer, AW will be hosting weekly challenges where affiliates can win spot prizes of £50 just by being festive and quirky. Check out the first challenge here and let your creativity win you some extra spending money.

And, if the prospect of free money wasn’t enough to entice our affiliates, this year we are offering EVERY affiliate that generates a sale the opportunity to win their choice of luxury holiday!

Beginning today and running through to Christmas Eve, every sale will count as one entry into our Christmas draw. On Christmas Day a winner will be randomly selected and that lucky affiliate will get to choose from one of 5 extravagant trips on offer! The destinations include London, the Caribbean, Hawaii, New York City, and Ireland. Click here to view full details of the lavish holiday packages available.

Interested to hear how you can easily improve your chances of winning? In the next few months we will release Phase 2 of Darwin, the key element of which is the Affiliate Directory. Only affiliates with 100% completed Profiles will be included within this functionality; so as an additional incentive, we are now offering DOUBLE entries into the AW Christmas draw for any affiliate who completes their profile to 100% by Monday November 30th, 2009.

Affiliates, what are you waiting for? If you’re yet to open a Darwin account, simply fill in the application form. Need help completing your profile? Access the user guides here. For questions or queries regarding Darwin, drop us a line at darwin@affiliatewindow.com.

Merchants, have you sent us your seasonal promotions and offers to be included in AWinter Wonderland? If not, please submit them to us asap. Should you have any questions or require any additional information regarding AWinter Wonderland, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at promotions@affiliatewindow.com.

Lisa Chaikin
PR Manager

Sainsbury’s : The Online Trolley Dash Day

Written by Anjulie on . Posted in Events

Thursday 8th October 2009 – the big day – months of hard work and planning went into the Sainsbury’s launch incentives and last week we were finally able to sit back (perhaps not so much relax) and watch the much talked about Online Trolley Dash take place.

Sainsbury’s launched their first ever affiliate programme back in August, offering an array of prizes and incentives to welcome affiliates. The main prize was called the Online Trolley Dash, here’s a reminder of what this meant:

“One lucky winner will be invited to Sainsbury’s HQ and given a designated amount of time on the site to add as many products to their basket as they can. Their prize is the contents of the basket!

The ‘Online Trolley Dash’ competition will run from Monday 10th August to Friday 11th September 2009 inclusive and does not include grocery leads. Prizes will be awarded based on sales which are validated as ‘approved’. The ‘Online Trolley Dash’ competition winner will be chosen at random from all approved sales generated within the time frame. The more sales you make the higher your chances of being selected.”

The launch was a great success and a few weeks ago Anna Corp, Affiliate Manager at Sainsbury’s, was ready to randomly select a winner for the Dash….Congratulations to Laurence Wellman from HouseCharm.

So the day was picked and Laurence was invited to Sainsbury’s head offices. Lucy Hutchings – Account Manager, Julie Wood – Senior Partnerships Manager and myself arrived at Sainsbury’s head offices and who should we see sat in the lobby? None other than presenter and (ahem) celebrity Chris Evans! He was signing copies of his new book “It’s Not What You Think”. An opportunity not to be missed, it was definitely time for an (ahem again) celebrity snapshot to mark this momentous day.

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When Laurence and his wife Alison arrived we reminded him of the ‘rules’ and he was set to go. The Dash itself consisted of two minutes on the Sainsbury’s site, where Laurence could pick as many items as possible in the designated time. A very exciting two minutes later and Laurence had won himself a tom tom, a laptop and a whole host of musical instruments including a drumkit, guitar and electric piano!

The afternoon was a fantastic opportunity to see the launch come to a close as the Sainsbury’s programme celebrates its two month ‘live’ anniversary this weekend. There’s so much more to come from Sainsbury’s – with appliances now onsite and tons more additional ranges planned…and of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without Sainsbury’s….

Best wishes,
Anjulie

Anjulie Truong
Key Account Manager
Email: anjulie.truong@affiliatewindow.com
Phone: 020 7553 0420
MSN: anjulietttruong@hotmail.com

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