How To Make Your Business Computer Network Super-Fast!

January 14th, 2017 | Posted in Technology

If you run a business, chances are you’ll have a few computers in your office connected to a LAN or Local Area Network. The LAN, in turn, is connected to the Internet, so that you and your colleagues can surf the Web.

You might have a server attached to your network, responsible for sharing files amongst all the network users. That sounds like a good computer setup, right? The only downside to many computer networks these days is the speed. Or, should I say, the lack of speed!

Have you ever noticed that, when someone gets a large file, everyone’s network connections slow down? Especially if that transfer is taking place from a storage device attached to your network!

The good news is that you can turbocharge your organization’s network and computer systems. Want to know how? Keep reading to find out!

Workstation upgrade

Even if your network is super-fast, it won’t have much effect on a ten-year-old PC. It never ceases to amaze me how many businesses operate computers that got considered obsolete years ago.

Before you do anything with your network, you need to make sure your workstations are performing at their best.

Here are a few key upgrades you should perform in case they aren’t fast enough for today’s needs:

  • RAM – I recommend running at least 8GB of RAM if you’re using the latest version of Microsoft Windows or Apple OS X;
  • Processor – where possible, upgrade your CPU to the fastest one available for your budget. If you’re running an Intel Core i3 dual-core, consider an upgrade to a Core i5 quad-core;
  • Storage Drive – most systems won’t need a huge amount of storage space, especially if they keep their files on a server or in the cloud. With that in mind, upgrade each drive to a solid-state drive (SSD);
  • Network Port– computers usually have a built-in gigabit Ethernet port at the back of them. If your systems don’t, you can buy PCI cards that you slot into the motherboard that offer this functionality.

Server upgrades

If your workplace has a server attached to the network, you can apply the same upgrades to it as you would your workstations.

You might also be running a database on your server that your staff use on a daily basis. If your users are finding it slow to access or run queries on, you should consider migrating to an in-memory database.

Check out the FAQs over at Altibase.com to find out more about how they work. But, in a nutshell, they use your server’s RAM for data storage instead of a hard drive. Don’t worry; you can backup the data stored in RAM in case your server suffers from a power loss.

Network upgrades

The final thing you can do to speed up your network is to upgrade its technology! As mentioned earlier, gigabit Ethernet ensures faster data transmissions. You’ll need to change your routers and switches for models that support gigabit Ethernet.

Last, but not least, upgrade your Internet connection to a fiber-based one. Your network users will thank you for it!


10 Killer Secrets To Selling More Products Online

January 12th, 2017 | Posted in Marketing

Selling products online is a great way to support your business. There is a world of opportunity out there, and many bedroom entrepreneurs have gone on to make millions. Whether you’re a handy person selling crafts or a mechanic selling car parts, there are plenty of universal tips. As a small shop owner, you’re looking to extend your product’s reach and break into new markets.

If this sounds like you, then it’s essential that you keep looking for new ways to improve. You should always be searching for unique techniques to sell more products and get your name out there. In this post, we’ll show you ten effective methods that have worked for others in the past.

You’ll increase your community, make new loyal customers, and boost profit margins. It may just give you that boost to push your side project into a full-time reality. Let’s take a look at the most effective secrets.

  1. Great photos

In the fast-paced world of internet browsing, customer attention spans are short. You need something that will stop them in their tracks and make them take notice. Beautiful, stunning visual imagery is the best way to do that. If you haven’t already, invest in a DSLR camera and learn how to use it. Practise taking perfect photos of your products and then tweak them on photoshop or a free alternative. It’s all about capturing attention and making people fall in love with your product.

 

  1. Customer Reviews

As consumers, we like to see that other people approve of your product. It’s very difficult to make that first sale when you’re a new or small company. Reviews show that others have purchased and enjoyed your output. It’s a small seal of approval. You can do this by reaching out to previous buyers via email and asking for a quick rating. Studies show that nearly 90% of consumers trust online rating systems.

 

  1. Simple process

Take a step back from your website and ask yourself how simple it is to navigate. You need to make the experience as easy and intuitive as possible for your customers. Every additional step is another chance for them to leave before buying. Prioritise your products and make them stand out; avoid too many other distractions on the website. Give each product it’s own page, and craft the buying process to be as simple as possible. There’s no need to ask for their mother’s dog’s maiden name, just get the vital information and confirm the deal. There’s a reason Amazon has a one-click checkout system.

  1. Social community

There are two steps to marketing your products. The first is reaching out to brand new customers and forging new connections. This is where marketers spend a lot of time and money on adverts and new ideas. However, the second aspect is just as important, if not more so. It’s connecting with existing customers. Building up a social media community and engaging with them is the best way to do this. When it comes to selling products, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube have recently shown how powerful they can be. Spend some time building a presence here.

  1. Keep your website strong

The reliability of your site is a major factor in sales. Website speed, in particular, is crucial. If your website takes more than three seconds to load, nearly half of your customers will leave. Amazon admitted it would lose $1.6 billion if their site slowed down by just one second. Your site needs strength and reliability. For that reason, you need Magento support that specialises in ecommerce and online shopping.

  1. Offers and discounts

It’s a technique as old as time, but it still works wonders. If you need to boost sales quickly, then consider marking down some of your prices. It will draw more customers in and bring previous consumers surging back. Send out discount codes to your email collection and offer exclusives to your Facebook followers. Despite lowering your prices, you’ll boost overall sales and bring in repeat customers.

  1. Customer Relations

If you haven’t already, it’s time to start collecting data about your customers’ purchasing habits. Use a customer relations management system (CRM) to note what people are buying. It should also record how often they purchase from you and what their favourite items are. Once you have this data, you can send them relevant deals and information. You can upsell them related products when they’re on your site. It gives a more personal user experience.

  1. Optimise third parties

You should certainly be hosting your products on your unique website. However, don’t neglect powerful third party sellers. The likes of Shopify, Etsy and eBay have a built-in audience looking for new products. Utilise their platforms and offer your products there too. In most cases, you can use an API plugin to use their mechanics on your website. Customers also trust these well-known sites, so it’s well worth hosting here.

  1. Use analytics

Make sure you’re diving into the analytics and number behind your sales and website traffic. These numbers will tell you how many people are visiting your store. From there you can figure out what your conversion rate is and how people are finding your website. Take note of the search terms that people use to find you. It could show customer demand and a gap in the market. Keep adapting to what your website and visitors are telling you.

  1. Adverts

It can be very difficult to attract those first few customers, so sometimes you just need that first nudge. Perhaps you’ve fallen into a lull in sales and need to pick things back up again. An advert campaign can be a great way to do that. You can start with Facebook ads that have a strong proven success rate. Google AdWords will also get your products out in front of Google searchers. Additionally, you can pay influential members of Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest to post your products.

If your online store needs a little kick, try one of these great tricks. You’ll soon see that trickle of sales turn into a flood!


FMTC Rolls Out a Much-Needed Data Feed Cleanup Tool

January 10th, 2017 | Posted in Computers, Database

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Data feed — a file (.CSV, .XML, .XLS or any other type) that lists a merchant’s
product information which merchants provide to affiliates enabling them to feature the merchant’s products right on affiliate-built websites [more here].

Cleanup — the act or process of cleaning up [source].

Unclean data feeds have been an ongoing problem. Once exported from merchants’ databases they would often have unnecessary data migrate through. From HTML code to special characters (like & ampersands and ” or ‘ quotation marks), and from whitespace to other things… they would frequently contain data that would make them difficult for affiliates to work with. The less savvy affiliates would consequently just skip merchants with poor data feeds and move on to working with the advertisers that provided clean ones instead.

Beforehand, to make unclean data feeds usable, good affiliate managers would work with coders (in-house or outsourced) to write scripts that would tidy up the problematic product feeds.

Yesterday, however, FMTC quietly rolled out an invaluable addition to their merchant/advertiser toolbox — a brand new Datafeed Cleanup tool.

The solution is available to Premium (read: paid) subscribers only, and the price of using the tool depends on whether you run your program on one or multiple affiliate networks.

Having just “test-driven it” personally, I can report that on a 7,000+ SKUs data feed it took me only 14 seconds to upload the CSV feed to FMTC and then 45 seconds for the tool to tidy it up and download the clean feed to my computer.


Looking for Customer Loyalty- Know Your Customer Better

January 8th, 2017 | Posted in Marketing
The keys of a marketing program that builds lasting relationships with customers and protecting profit margins.

Marketing one-to-one based on the idea of ​​establishing a learning relationship with each customer, starting with the most valuable. Although the principles of so-called “relationship marketing” are simple -Ask customers about their needs, interact with them and adapt the product or service to their demands, their implementation is complex. And too many companies, without proper preparation and with the excuse that they need to know their customers, overwhelmed with telemarketing campaigns and direct mail. In this note, Don Peppers offers useful to carry out a proper relationship marketing strategy tips and guidelines provides an exercise that allows to discover if a company is able to face her.

What are the advantages of using a marketing strategy one-on-one?

By creating a relationship with the customer, the company ensures their loyalty and protect their profit margins. When customers are not loyal, they are always looking for a competitor that offers lower prices. Therefore, companies embark on constant price reductions and, as a result, margins decrease.

You can win the loyalty of its customers, however, will not necessarily be obliged to propose cuts to match each competition.

What are the best customers to establish a one-to-one?

There are two types of value: the actual value, which is what is expected from the customer over a period of several years; and strategic value, which is what could be obtained from a client with growth potential uncovered, if a strategy to lure applied. In this context, the ideal customers for a one-on-one are those who are willing to work with the company to create the product or service they need; those who can help, because the company can do things better than themselves; and finally, those who have a strategic value for growth potential.

What are the steps to implement a relationship marketing program?

Identify customers; differentiate by value, actual and potential, which have for the company; interact with them and adapt their products or services to meet the individual needs of customers.

To know and differentiate customers have to have a large base of information.

How do you get it without feeling invaded?

In principle, we must never try to obtain information from a client without knowing previously what you are being used. Each of the data to be searched must have a clear purpose.

Another aspect worth considering is that no one likes to answer long Customer Loyalty questionnaires.

The companies that subject their clients to countless questions, all they do is irritate them and away. I suggest, instead, what I have called “dialogue of drip irrigation.” That is, every time the company interacts with a client must obtain a drop of information to complete your profile tastes, demands and requirements, instead of trying to put the puzzle input, using a single questionnaire and when not yet established a relationship of trust.

Because the more you know the customer’s business better adjust their behavior to what you need, that person will be willing to provide information whenever prompted.

And it affirms loyalty …

Yes, but it is a process that takes time. Literally, every time the customer gives you some information to a company, wants to see tangible results. The company wants to use that information to their advantage.

If a travel agency, and the client tells him not to smoke, that person expects that you reserve a non-smoking area in the hotel. If told that his favorite newspaper is the Wall Street Journal, you do not want the hotel people asked what their favorite newspaper; aims already know what it is.

So the more questions you answer, the more benefits expected; and only if you get them, you will find value in having provided information to the company.

Why do you say that in marketing one-to-one technology that is used plays a major role?

When I speak of technology I do not mean simply, which will automatically dial a phone number. The caller to a client must be able to read on the screen of your computer, what to ask. The conversation must have a predetermined script; you can not leave it to chance, or ask any questions.

Something similar happens with an automated sales force. The seller talks to the client after having checked his profile, and once you are able to follow a series of sales patterns. But the structure of the conversation that will keep is based on what the marketing department considered previously, would be the appropriate type for each customer or group of customers in particular message.

So, thanks to technology, the interaction process is almost automatic. It is also essential, of course, to organize information that is collected from customers. If the company has several thousand customers, you must seriously consider the need to acquire a tool of “data warehouse” (data storage) class. But if the company is small and has only a few hundred customers, you may find enough to buy a contact management software in a business computer. Many can be synchronized so that two or more vendors enter the information. If your process is more complicated, but not required to use data warehousing architecture, you can appeal to a system of sales force automation mid-range, or a marketing automation software.

There are many vendors who sell these applications, and not about investing multimillion amounts, but just a few thousand dollars.

When a company hires him to implement a marketing one-to-one, what are the stages of that process?

The initial stage is evaluated.

I have to determine exactly what the situation is regarding identification and differentiation of its customers. I should know if it has properly classified by value and your needs, whether you interact with them efficiently in terms of cost, and if you are able to adapt their products and services to customer needs.

So the first question I ask is: “Do you know the identity of their customers?”. Because maybe that company sells through dealers or retailers, and know their identities, but not the end-user. The second question is:

“You want to create a relationship with end users or resellers?”. Because you can do both, but the company is the one to make the decision. If the company is a retailer only you know the identity of a fraction of their customers because they sell a lot but do not know who bought it two weeks ago, so I advise is a marketing program often. Essentially, it is to give customers a card, and make a discount each time they buy. That way, the company can identify their frequent customers, and to emphasize them when you want to know more deeply.

Once identified, how the difference in order to adapt the product or service to your demands?

We split. To find out how it differs from the other client to take, in the database, those items that will build a statistical model. Then you have to find out what that path is point each client and represents how many potential business. But most important is to determine what their needs; because if I can differentiate according to them, I tell you with a mechanism to adapt the product or service, guided by the objective of meeting them. Now, what happens in the case of a telephone company?

Because the service provided is a kind of “commodity,” something undifferentiated. And all customers want the same thing: a quick, efficient and inexpensive connection to another phone.

It is not possible to conceive a telephone service tailored to each client. But what the company should do is analyze the use that each client gives the phone, find out what support services you use and try to differentiate it according to your needs are. Some will use it a lot because you work at home, and another person that travels frequently; both are heavy users of the service, but for different reasons, and the phone company must consider both needs.
If you target your database in large, medium and small customers, and corporate and individual clients in each segment will detect the shape of phone use. And each of these types of customers demand different services. For example: a person who travels a lot will need a special card, or maybe you want an account with code to charge calls to its customers; the person who works at home want your phone number and your fax line are elmismo, and perhaps some additional services for your computer. When you link those needs with the products offered, the company may suggest to its various customers other services that would solve their problems and their life easier.

In the continuing quest to differentiate customers, there can be no danger of saturation?

It is probable. Especially today, when people are exposed to thousands of stimuli per day, it is not uncommon for someone to say, “I do not want to bother me more.” If more and more companies interact with their customers individually, people do not want to set too many relationships. It will choose one that will manage your financial affairs, one that will give health-related issues, and one that addresses your travel and vacation, for example.

They aspire to have deep relationships with those few companies; and relationships to be more durable and identify those that best meet their demands.

And those that do first …

Of course. The first established a one-on-one with clients, everything is easier, beyond other companies to come to them and be more competitive in terms of price, for example. For those customers they have already told him what they want and whenever you use that information well, he will be loyal. In short, the work of re-tell other companies what they want are saved.

You can always happen that someone, to conquer market, decide to give away your product for a certain period. But, ultimately, this strategy is too expensive.

Is the condition for confronting the marketing one-to-one is having a base of well-armed and differentiated data?

It is not always necessary to arm the outset, a large database.

Consider a real example: a car dealership in San Antonio, Texas, charging patent numbers of cars clients in a database that costs $ 69. As the booking office has a service shifts large window overlooking the parking lot, whenever he sees a car approaching, the employee enters the patent number into the computer and, as soon as the driver then parked it, go to the office, calling him by the name salutes and says, “I know what you need your car.” It’s an easy idea to implement, but gives excellent results. Over time, people will demand the same treatment to all companies which it operates.

Is it possible to monitor in real time the effectiveness of marketing activities one-on-one?

Yes, pushing a control group made up of customers who are serving with the conventional marketing, but statistically equal to the group in which the program one-on-one was applied. It is sufficient to note the differences that occur in the two groups to determine the effectiveness of the new program.


Here’s Why YouTube Should Be A Key Part Of Your Marketing Strategy

January 6th, 2017 | Posted in Marketing

You’ve all heard of YouTube. You’ve probably watched a video there already today. Perhaps you used it to listen to music or used a tutorial to learn a new skill. In all likelihood, you’ve probably watched a funny cat video in the last few days. YouTube is ubiquitous and a vital part of any marketing strategy. Unfortunately, few businesses are capitalising on the immense power of video. If you don’t yet have a YouTube content strategy, here’s why you should.

It’s the second biggest search engine on the planet

Yes, after Google, the next big search engine isn’t Bing or Yahoo, it’s YouTube. Millions of people use its search function every day. Many of them will be searching for services like yours. They’re looking for advice, tutorials and entertainment. Why wouldn’t you want to appear here? More importantly, Google indexes videos and displays them on their regular search page. It’s a vital part of your SEO strategy.

Video is the most consumed form of content on the web

Forget blogs, infographics, photos, and think-pieces, it’s video content that is most loved online. Videos are streamed and shared more than any other content on the web. It’s easier to digest and provides a much better way of communicating with people. If you’re looking to implement an effective content strategy, video should be at the heart.

There’s an entire community of people there

There are millions of people who call YouTube home. For many it’s their default social media site, with communities full of people exchanging comments and videos. In particular, the younger generation gather here. Remember, they are your thought-leaders and taste-makers. Gaining a reputation among this crucial demographic will do wonders for your brand.

It’s the first place we turn for… music, tutorials, entertainment

YouTube has become our instinctive first response for many services. Did you know that it’s the biggest music streaming platform on the planet? Without thinking, YouTube has become our default online friend. Millions use it to learn new skills or find entertainment every day. It’s also slowly making its way into our home through TVs, cars and tablets. It will become an even bigger presence in the future.

Viral and shareability

In the online world, content is king. We share it with our friends and family and use it to create an online persona. Nowhere is this more powerful than video content. Many businesses tell us that their industry doesn’t lend itself to video content. This isn’t true! Every business can create compelling content, you just need to find the right angle. Sometimes it helps to work with creatives like Irving Video Production too. Experts can help you create something viral and shareable.

Humanize your business

One of the trickiest aspects of the online world is putting on a human face. It’s easy to hide behind websites and dense copy. But, the best companies allow their emotion and human side to show through. A video is the perfect way to do this.

YouTube should be a strong component of your marketing strategy. Don’t take our word for it, just look at the self-made YouTube millionaires. There is huge potential out there and you’re missing it!


Make $1000 + On A Single Affiliate Sale

January 4th, 2017 | Posted in Affiliate Marketing Tips

Affiliate marketing used to be easy. Now it’s an ultra-competitive saturated marketplace. Instead of working your ass off for nickle and dime commissions how would you like to earn $500, $1000, $5000, or even $10,000 per sale?

Can you really make 1000 bucks plus on a single sale of a product you don’t make, own, or distribute?

It’s not only possible but some of these high-end niches are actually less competitive in many categories because the average marketer is focusing on the easier-to-find small ticket affiliate programs. This site is dedicated to helping you find only the highest paying and most reputable affiliate programs available. There are thousands of ways to make $1000 online but not many that allow you to make that much from one single transaction. Don’t be an average internet marketer; become an exceptional internet marketer.

The bottom line in affiliate marketing is this:  It takes the same amount of time to promote a product that pays you $500 than it does to promote a product that only pays you $29.

This site will continue to evolve:

OK, here’s the deal. This site is a work in progress and will continue to evolve on a daily basis. Yes daily. I still have a ton of high paying affiliate programs yet to add to this site, and more programs are being launched each week. I will continue to add at least one new affiliate resource or article each day so please bookmark this site and check back often. I promise to keep this site continuously up-to-date, fresh, and relevant. Together we’ll weed out all programs that don’t pay, pay slow, or generally screw their affiliates.

Why did I build this site?

I built this site because I was looking for big ticket commission programs for my own campaigns and was sorely disappointed by the quality of information I found. I thought I could do a much better job organizing and cataloging these programs so why not build a site to help others while I’m helping myself? I’ve thrown a few ads and affiliate links in here and there for minor monetization but for now this site is simply a reference and testing platform for me. But for you, it’s a valuable free resource tool.

What’s my role here?

I am not an affiliate marketing trainer, mentor, or coach. There are plenty of other people who specialize in that and I can help you find them (making an affiliate commission along the way of course!). I’m simply your guide to finding the best affiliate programs that pay the highest commissions.

I am not the gold miner. I am simply the gold mining mercantile here to provide you with the pans, picks, shovels, wheel barrels, whiskey, and maps you need to succeed in this lucrative business.

How you can help:

You can help make this the number one authority site on the highest paying affiliate programs by:

  • Participating with your comments and feedback. (I’ll be happy to publish your backlink to your site with your comments as long as you’re not posting an affiliate program listing. That’s my job. If you have a suggestion on a program to add just contact me. Thanks!)
  • Linking to my site and sharing my information on social media channels
  • Letting me know if you find a non-functioning or irrelevant link
  • Buying products and services you need through my affiliate links on this site
  • Alerting me to big ticket programs not yet already included
  • Letting me know if you’ve had any bad experiences with any recommended programs so I can begin to weed out the bad guys and recommend only the good guys
  • Finally, liking us on our brand spanking new Facebook page:

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Bitcoin Exchange Affiliate Programs

January 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Affiliate Marketing Tips

Bitcoin is a form of digital currency (cryptocurrency) created and held electronically. No one controls it. Bitcoins aren’t printed, like dollars or euros – they’re produced by lots of… …people running computers all around the world, using software that solves mathematical problems. It’s the first example of a growing category of money known as cryptocurrency.


Drone Affiliate Programs

December 31st, 2016 | Posted in Affiliate Marketing Tips

The drone market is forecasted to become the next trillion dollar industry and its poised to explode in the next year or two. Now is the time to start jockeying for position…

DroneFly

Affiliate Commissions:  A Four-Tier Structure. 

  • 1st Tier = 5%
  • 2nd Tier = 3%
  • 3rd Tier and 4th Tier = 2%

Affiliate Signup Link: Click Here

Website: See below

*Yes: As you may have guessed, the link above is my two-tier affiliate link. There are a few of these links on this site to pay me a small commission and allow me to keep this site free instead of a monthly membership site. Using my two-tier affiliate link will not affect the amount of commission paid to you with this or any other program. My commissions are paid out of the vendor’s cut, not yours. Please use this link to ensure I can keep this affiliate resource website free and updated weekly. Thanks!
Affiliate Description:DroneFly.com is the worlds number one online store to purchase the DJI PHANTOM.   We offer the lowest price and Free Shipping.  Plus we offer the best customer service via email and phone!  Dronefly’s founders Taylor Chien (CEO) and Frank Tesoro (CFO) share the same vision of providing high tech aerial vehicles for both professional and recreational uses.

i-Drone

Affiliate Commissions:  1 Tier = 5% of sales
Affiliate Signup Link: Click HereWebsite: Here

Affiliate Description:Developed, since the birth of the AR Drone, i-Drone has evolved, bringing you all the latest innovative products.  Now a market leader in AR Drone Mods, i-Drone brings all your specific needs to a one-stop-shop. Its all here, batteries, cases, upgrades, genuine spare parts, lights, bearings etc….

DronesEtc

Affiliate Commissions:  5% affiliate commissions on any sales from the production selection
Affiliate Signup Link: Click HereWebsite: Here

Affiliate Description:Drones Etc. is the #1 Most Trusted Online store for all things Drone.  We are a full service Drone store offering the best that the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and RC Hobby world have to offer.  We are the preferred dealer for DJI, the #1 manufacturer of aerial photography Drones worldwide.  We also offer Cinema and Aerial Drone packages and bundles for the beginner, the amateur and the professional.   We provide ourselves in our unparalleled customer service, full warranty and repair center.  We stand behind every product we sell and will bend over backwards to keep our customers happy.

CopterDrones (UK)

Affiliate Commissions:  Terms being updated
Affiliate Signup Link: Click HereWebsite: Here

Customer satisfaction survey

December 29th, 2016 | Posted in Marketing

Customer satisfaction

Have pleased or fully satisfied customers is one of the key success factors in business. Any organization that wants to understand what your customers think about your product, your service or your brand needs to do a satisfaction survey. e-survey provides the tools necessary to create your survey of customer satisfaction.

What is a survey of customer satisfaction?

A satisfaction survey is an empirical study to determine the degree of satisfaction of the respondent. It is the most economical and efficient method of obtaining customer information. Satisfaction surveys are used to make decisions based on quantitative data obtained through a questionnaire.

Objectives of a customer satisfaction survey

A satisfaction survey should serve to make decisions in the short, medium and long term. These are the main objectives of a satisfaction survey:

  • Knowing the level of customer satisfaction.
  • Understand their needs.
  • Get the information you need to keep them satisfied.
  • Identify specific areas of improvement.
  • Understanding the factors that strengthen customer relationships.
  • More specific objectives: Understanding the expectations of customers, whether they would recommend the product or service, know the strengths and weaknesses and get descriptive information that allows segmenting customers.

Benefits of an online customer satisfaction survey

  • It helps you retain your existing customers.
  • It helps to attract new customers.
  • Customers feel part of a process of continuous improvement. They like to feel that their opinion is useful. This type of survey is a great tool to encourage good communication with them.
  • It helps establish an organizational culture in which the work of all members is focused on customer satisfaction.

Examples satisfaction surveys

Customer satisfaction
Classic satisfaction survey which measures aspects such as overall satisfaction and satisfaction with different aspects of the product / service.

NPS
To measure the loyalty of customers of a company based on the recommendations. It is based on making customers a single question, from which both the likelihood of repeat purchases and recommendations are predicted.

Customer satisfaction service
It measures aspects such as speed, friendliness, competence and professionalism of the person who attended the customer and solving problems and incidents.

How do I start the survey?

First, before drafting the questionnaire, prepare a list of your goals, what do you want to find?

Stages

1. Draft questionnaire

The shorter the better questionnaires.
The shorter questionnaire, most respondents come to the end. How it is a shorter questionnaire, the higher the quality of your answers because respondents are not fatigued. Select either the questions of the questionnaire, prioritize if necessary, does not intend to ask around, ask the most important.

Use a specific simple language, clear, direct and
Ensure that your respondents do not have to guess what you mean.

Do not give up the wealth of open comments
Open questions or open-ended questions allow the respondent to express in their own words. This type of question provides qualitative information to enrich the analysis.

Use one of our templates as a basis:
e-survey provides a wide variety of templates written by experts who can serve as a starting point. These templates contain the classic questions of each type of survey. The application allows you to take any of these models as a base and edit the questions to fit, if necessary, to their specific needs.

2. Schedule questionnaire

Use the most appropriate type of question in each case: e-survey provides 17 types of questions; choose the one that best suits the question referred.
The appearance of the survey is important, personalize it: e-survey allows you to customize the colors of their sources and their funds. Add picture in their surveys. Enter your logo.
Before sending the survey, should try it: Send the survey to others in the organization to ensure that everything works properly, especially if the survey has conditional logic.

3. Collect responses

Once the questionnaire prepared, it’s time to send the survey to customers.

In most cases it will be sent to customers an email invitation to complete the survey. The e-survey system includes a complete editor and a tool for sending emails which also allows you to track the response rate of those emails of invitation and send reminders to those who have not yet responded. Apart from the main shipping, usually one or two reminders performed. The collection time responses, including shipping and reminders, usually 10-14 days.

There are other methods to collect the answers, email and other less common for this type of survey, such as posting a link to the survey in a web, social networks, or via QR codes.

4. Analyze results

The results of the surveys are accessible online through a real-time report. The paid versions of e-survey let you download the results in Excel (respondents answers in rows and columns) as well as graphics. The system also allows you to filter responses.

5. Implementation of actions derived from the results of the survey and monitoring

With the data on the table, make sure that the comments are implemented. The information collected helps identify key ratios and metrics that need to start monitoring.


10 Popular Affiliate Programs for Small and Medium-sized Blogs

December 27th, 2016 | Posted in Affiliate Marketing Tips

As we’ve already seen today, affiliate marketing is a relatively trouble-free way for bloggers and other website owners to earn money. In fact, these days, even social media sites can become lucrative platforms for affiliate marketing campaigns.

Because affiliate marketing doesn’t require affiliates to offer their own products or services for purchase, but only to place promotions on their sites for other merchants’ products, it frees affiliates from many of the responsibilities and complications of traditional sales models.

Affiliate marketing programs typically work by having the merchant handle all the logistics involved in selling products or services, processing customer orders and payments, and shipping merchandise—all while the affiliate sits back and collects a commission for each agreed-upon action completed by the visitors the affiliate sends to the merchant’s website via an affiliate link. As long as the affiliate has done her homework and chosen a trustworthy affiliate program, she needn’t worry about non-payment.

Affiliate networks administer programs for individual merchants, handling all the work involved, while generally providing tracking and reporting capabilities to their affiliates to help them keep tabs on their revenues and determine which products or services are producing the best returns. These tools can be helpful to an affiliate in fine-tuning the line of products she decides to promote on her site and, ideally, increasing revenues as a result.

However, all affiliate programs are not created equal. Which are the most popular programs available today?

1. LinkShare

Reportedly the largest affiliate network, with over 10 million affiliate partnerships, LinkShare took the number-one spot in the Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks for platform strength, support quality, and international capabilities.

LinkShare offers over 2,500 affiliate programs and lets you choose whether to have every aspect of your affiliate channel managed for you or whether you would rather manage your own program using the company’s various service and support options.

2. Commission Junction

Said to be the largest affiliate marketing network in North America (though it operates globally) and claiming the number-two spot in the Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks for being “the best at balancing the relationship between the merchants, the network, and the affiliates,” California-based Commission Junction, owned by ValueClick, Inc., offers affiliate, media, and tracking services and provides either a self-management or company-managed option for your affiliate relationships.

In addition to its regular pay-per-action affiliate program, the company also offers a convenient PayPerCall program to help affiliates “ensure they get paid commission for the leads they generate, thus further monetizing existing ad placements and having the opportunity to expand their promotional…online and offline campaigns.”

3. ShareASale

Claiming the number-three spot in the Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks for being the “overall best performance marketing network in the world today,” Chicago-based ShareASale has over 2,500 merchant programs and features brands such as HootSuite and PS Print.

ShareASale has received excellent ratings, with the company’s reputation/security, ethics, customer service, and ease of commission payment receiving glowing reviews.

4. Amazon Associates

Placing fourth in the Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks, for a reporting system that “far surpasses other big networks,” this is one of the largest and most diverse affiliate programs available.

As most people know, Amazon.com offers such a wide array of products that there’s bound to be something to fit your niche. In fact, they offer over a million products from which you can choose to monetize your website or blog. Amazon Associates is a pay-per-sale affiliate program.

5. Google Affiliate Network

According to the network’s Overview page, “Google Affiliate Network helps advertisers increase online conversions on a performance basis and enables publishers to monetize traffic with affiliate ads.”

Google Affiliate Network is a pay-per-action network that pays commissions to its affiliates for driving conversions (sales or leads). The network requires a Google AdSense account for posting ads to the affiliate’s website or blog and facilitating affiliate payments.

6. ClixGalore

ClixGalore is an Australian PPA (pay-per-action) affiliate network that also has offices in the US, UK, and Japan. The company offers various types of programs, including PPM (pay-per-impression), PPL (pay per lead), PPS (pay-per-sale), and PPC (pay-per-click). Many programs pay in US dollars.

Some well-known brands that use ClixGalore for their affiliate offerings are Bluehost, Time Life, Trend Micro, Citibank, and Fox Sports Shop. While not as widely known as some of the other affiliate networks, ClixGalore is a solid network that offers thousands of potential merchant programs. The network also offers a two-tier network. By referring other affiliates to the network, current affiliates can receive a portion of their earnings.

7. PeerFly.com

PeerFly is a PPA network with its own proprietary software system. The network made the Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks, which stated regarding them, “They are courteous, helpful, and point you in the right direction.”

The network also took the number-four spot in the Blue Book of Top 20 CPA Networks, for its high popularity, great staff, and excellent platform. PeerFly accepts publishers from all over the world and offers thousands of merchant programs.

8. ClickBank

A well-known affiliate network, ClickBank features digital products, such as e-books, software, and membership sites. The program reportedly offers up to 75% commissions on its tens of thousands of products. Commissions are paid weekly, and direct deposit is available to its affiliates.

Over the years, this network has remained popular, though some have questioned a few of its practices. Despite this, the company enjoys an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau.

9. MaxBounty

MaxBounty came in sixth in the Blue Book of Top 20 CPA Networks, though it didn’t make a showing in the Blue Book’s top 20 affiliate networks. In business since 2004, the network was founded on the philosophy of paying its affiliates more.

MaxBounty pays affiliate commissions weekly, and the company appears to have a good reputation among its affiliates. In fact, the network is popular among many top affiliate marketers and has received numerous positive reviews and writeups and critiques over the past several years.

10. Neverblue.com

Neverblue is a pay-per-action affiliate program that pays its affiliates for lead, download, and sale generation, as well as for new affiliate referrals. While Neverblue didn’t make the Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks, it did take the number-one spot in the Blue Book of Top 20 CPA Networks.

Note: Neverblue’s parent company, Velo Holdings, Inc, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy earlier this year and now plans to sell the network at auction to pay its debts.

Despite this, the affiliate program has stated the following: “This filing will not impact Neverblue’s ability to meet client needs in any way—we intend to continue to operate business as usual without interruption. Neverblue’s business is fundamentally strong and we intend to make all affiliate payments on schedule, in a timely and reliable manner.”

Its management is just as confident that the sale will not affect Neverblue’s ability to meet its affiliates’ needs in any way. While this company tends to inspire high confidence among affiliates, you’ll have to decide whether to jump in now or wait a while to see how things go after the sale.

What’s your favorite network?

If you’ve been thinking of trying affiliate marketing to monetize your blog, consider testing these ten programs to see whether they fit your niche and audience. If you’ve used any of these programs, we’d love to hear your thoughts on them in the comments.