Social Media – Does it Work?

I found this testimonial recently on a site for a lead generation tool. The part I found funny was the fact that most of the folks selling social media marketing services claim you can replace pay per click and other forms of marketing.

This person utilized a $4000 lead generation tool to find potential customers for social media marketing services. If social media is so powerful, why didn’t this person just use social media to find new customers?

“After experimenting with XYZ lead generation tool for a while I finally struck Gold!
After completing a course on Social Media Marketing, I decided to search for prospects
in need of Social Media Marketing. With just one search, I scored 2 new clients. These 2
contracts alone paid for my investment in XYZ lead generation tool!” — B.R.

In a recent mastermind conference call with Perry Marshall and nearly 300 other participants, feedback was unanimous that savvy marketers use pay per click marketing over social media to generate consistent and measurable business results whether it be new sales, leads, or prospects.

With that being said, I still think social media has a role in marketing that should not be overlooked. The question is how much time do you allocate towards social media vs. other forms of online and offline marketing?

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The Truth About Affiliate Marketing and CPA Offers

The truth about affiliate marketing and CPA offers. While I won’t call everyone who runs an affiliate program a crook let me share some of the results we have seen in testing with one of our other business associates. Before I do that let me tell you this. Most affiliate companies do not want to pay you a commission. Why? because it eats away at their margins plain and simple.

For the past 90 days we’ve been testing several affiliate offers with one or peers in the industry. We both started with the same offer. Their first month, generated over $50k and we hit $6k. For both of us it represented about a 25% conversion rate on our click throughs to the same offer. During the 2nd month both of our conversions dropped to 15% and now in our 3rd month of testing we are at 10% conversions.

We tested another affiliate offer and saw the same exact results. First month conversions are high and then subsequent months slowly deteriorate.

Affiliate marketing can be lucrative and there is certainly money to be made, just be aware of this. Affiliate and CPA offer providers are always looking for ways to reduce payouts. I’ll even throw this out into the blogosphere as an open challenge for someone to prove me wrong.

So what do the heavy hitters do? The heavy hitters in online marketing have direct marketing contracts with product and service providers. They get paid on a percentage of the overall sales. No affiliate links or affiliate IDs to mess with.

As you look at affiliate offers, don’t get hung up on a specific product, brand or payout. The bottom line is conversion rates and how much your affiliate check is each month. Some offers may pay less, but have a higher conversion rate than offers with high pay outs.

Monitor and track your conversion rates every month. If an offer starts to drop find something else.

Look for more updates to come on this fun and sometimes frustrating area of opportunity.