Who is Dominating eCommerce- Men or Women?

Stereotypes may have depicted women as the larger online shoppers but according to Bronto Software, that is not true, or at least not anymore. January 2015 research shows that three in 10 US male online shoppers reported making a purchase at least once per week, vs. fewer than one-fifth of female respondents.

Check out this graph via eMarketer:

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Men are also more likely to actively shop, 62% said they shop online at least once per month or more, compared to 58% of women. This is an increase from last year when just 55% of men said they shop online at least once per month or more.

When it comes to shopping on mobile devices, men showed us they are bigger spenders there too. According to a November 2014 study by Harris Poll, 35% of US adult male smartphone owners spent $51 or more each month on purchases via their phones, compared to 20% of females.

Were you surprised by this data? Tweet us @VigLink and let us know!

 

Mobile Lessons Learned at AM Days 2015

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Two weeks ago Oliver Roup, our founder and CEO, presented at the AM Days 2015 conference in San Francisco and discussed, “Content Driving Sales in a Cross-Device World.”

Affiliate Management Days (AM Days) is a leading conference for affiliate managers and marketers responsible for their company’s affiliate marketing strategy, management and operations. Oliver discussed how publishers and merchants can drive revenue across all digital platforms from desktop to mobile to social media.

In early 2014 internet usage on mobile devices surpassed desktop usage for the first time.  Oliver shared a comScore report that found more than half of all time spent on a retailer’s website is done so from a mobile device. As the industry advances, it’s clear that marketers need to think mobile-first. However, reading content and shopping on mobile devices isn’t always an easy experience. Oliver shared the following best practices in order to take advantage of the increasing mobile audience:

  • Mobile storefronts– ensure consumers have a user-friendly shopping experience on their mobile devices
  • Mobile apps– both publishers and merchants are beginning to develop their own mobile apps because that’s where consumers are engaging with content
  • Social media– Twitter, Instagram, YouTube Facebook and now Snapchat are important places to connect with consumers
  • Monetized links in content– publishers can earn revenue from the merchants they share about and merchants can tap into this highly influential market

VigLink works to connect merchants and influencers with consumers for the best ecommerce experience.

Do you have any other tips to share? If so, let us know in the comments section below or tweet us @VigLink!

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Perspective of a Modern-Day Mad Man On The Legacy Of ‘Mad Men’

The American television drama series, Mad Men aired its final two hour episode this past Sunday and Momentology, a digital marketing publication, sought feedback from industry professionals on what the television show has revealed about the advertising industry throughout the years and what the show’s enduring legacy will be.

Our VP of Marketing, Steven Hartman, is a fan of the show and was one of the 20 men and women discussing the show’s success and longstanding takeaways.

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Steven explained that to many people the advertising industry is enjoyable on many levels, but where this show was successful was showing the insightful views of the work dynamics and giving the audience an opportunity to see how far things have come since the mid-1900s workplace.

Mad Men showed us a world where business was conducted long before anything digital existed, which is hard to even comprehend now that our world revolves around all things mobile, social, etc.

One of the most intriguing and memorable clips for Steven on how they conducted business was when advertising agencies wanted to make their client’s message flow with the media format they are consuming and then dealt with blowback for potentially misleading the consumer. Take, for example, this scene where Draper is being interviewed and questioned about their “Glow Coat Flo-Ex” commercials.

Compare that to today’s world where John Oliver takes the offensive on native ads.

Same core issue, just a different world of media where it’s surfaced.

Ultimately what Mad Men showed any professional in the ad industry is that the rate and advancement of new marketing channels happens much more quickly, but the challenge is still the same – being able to see where audiences are consuming their media and spending the correct amount to gain their attention.

To read the original article and additional insights from professionals please visit: http://www.momentology.com/5943-mad-men-legacy/

What do you think is Mad Men’s legacy? Tweet us @VigLink and let us know your thoughts!

#LiveYourPassion ft. TBlake

At VigLink our publishers come in all shapes and sizes—from large publications to YouTube sensations. All of these publishers have one thing in common, they are pursuing their passion and turning it into a business.

One such publisher is Tyler Blake, who also goes by TBlake, his online persona. Best known for his sneaker YouTube channel and Twitter feed, Tyler turned his passion and love for sneakers into a thriving enterprise. Today, he’s highly influential within the sneaker-head community and has a strong impact on consumers’ purchasing decisions. His successful personal branding and monetization strategy has afforded him additional opportunities to represent popular retailers. Watch the video to learn more about how Tyler lives his passion, and share yours using #LiveYourPassion!

Come Join Us at SXSW!

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We are heading to SXSW in Austin, the place to be for the hottest technology companies and entrepreneurs! This is where startups like Twitter and Foursquare shot to celebrity status and became the household names they are today. We’re thrilled to be a part of the chaos this year!

Planning on attending? If so, we would be delighted if you joined us on Saturday, March 14th for our party with Bitly! There will be 80’s style dancing, drinks and maybe even a DeLorean… Remember to bring your leg warmers and your best scrunchy!

If you would like to join us, please contact us for more details. We hope to see you there!

Upgraded Merchant Explorer Launched!

We’re thrilled to announce the release of our newly upgraded Merchant Explorer. Equipped with updated features, it makes for a better user experience, improves the planning of your editorial calendar and provides further insight into which potential links provide the most value for your content.

The new features of the Merchant Explorer include the determination of your eligibility to affiliate at the campaign level, merchant-approved countries for incoming consumer traffic, and whether a selected campaign will affiliate via cost-per-acquisition (CPA) or cost-per-click (CPC) pricing models.

Program eligibility provides insight into whether or not a publisher’s product links have revenue potential with a specific merchant. When logged in, a publisher has visibility to three levels of eligibility.

  • Green – All links are eligible for  affiliation
  • Yellow – Some links are eligible for affiliation
  • Red – No links are eligible for affiliation

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The updated country feature provides understanding into where merchants will accept consumer traffic from. Publishers with an international audience will find this information is especially useful. Additionally, the new Merchant Explorer comes with upgraded search and filter controls.

We proudly work with over 40,000 merchants that want to be the destination of your influential links. These extensive relationships afford you top negotiated commision rates and CPCs. With the updated Merchant Explorer all the information you need to know to be successful is at your fingertips.

Written by Hanna Fritzinger

VigLink to Host SF Text Meetup 2/10

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The inaugural San Francisco Text Meetup is scheduled to take place at the VigLink offices Tuesday, February 10th at 6:45 PM. VigLinkers Adam Pingel, Katrin Tomanek and Gabor Melli are teaming up with Alexy Khrabrov of Nitro as hosts. They were inspired to start this meetup after realizing most meet-ups tend to be technology oriented, yet so many companies are building text related products.

The San Francisco Text Meetup will provide as a social venue to bring this group of people together to discuss best practices and so much more. When asked what he was most looking forward to, Adam Pingel stated, “I’ve meet many of these people online but never had the chance to physically connect with them. I’m really looking forward to properly meeting some of the key figures in the text community.”

Alexy is a founder of Scala By the Bay which was sponsored by VigLink, and is currently leading the process of planning Text by the Bay. The SF Text Meetup will be a preview of what’s the come at the conference which is scheduled to take place in April. Adam described the uniqueness of this meetup as it blends the academic community and industrial users. The evening will include mingling, pitches from the audience, and a presentation by Adam Pingel, Katrin Tomanek and Gabor Melli. Grant Ingersoll, CTO of Lucidworks, will close the meetup with an overview of the current status of the most trusted open-source SOLR in the world.

If you’re unable to attend, you can watch it here after the event! We look forward to seeing you Tuesday!

Written by Hanna Fritzinger

SoFabU LA Recap

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Last week I attended and presented at the SoFabU On the Road event in LA on behalf of VigLink discussing all things content monetization with one of our fabulous publishers, Heidi Nazarudin. The event was filled with top influencers from the LA area and with so many fantastic tips being shared, I wanted to post the highlights from the event.

SEO and Social Media

Alea Milham, Founder of lifestyle blog Premeditated Leftovers, shared advice on how bloggers can strategically use SEO and social media to increase traffic and income. Her top tips included:

  • For best SEO practices, keep the title of blog posts under 55 characters
  • Use important keywords in the title of the blog post and naturally in the first 100 words
  • Utilize apps like Latergram.me to schedule posts to Instagram
  • Layer your content, have an editorial calendar and only choose sponsored posts that fit your blog
  • Above all, stay motivated and always write about what brings you joy!

Content Monetization Strategies

We partnered with Heidi Nazarudin on a panel to discuss how bloggers can best monetize their content. Heidi’s number one tip for bloggers is to be able to explain what your blog is about in two minutes. If you can’t do that, then you have a content problem. I also shared how VigLink helps bloggers optimize their content for monetization and turn their passion into a business.

Bloggers and Brands

The lunchtime brand panel included reps from Johnny Rockets, TONI&GUY USA, STI – The Drive Experience Company and Muller Quaker where they shared their top preferences on working with brand influencers.

  • The social media rep at Johnny Rockets said that when it comes to working with bloggers, they prefer quality over quantity
  • TONI&GUY USA talked about all the competitions they have created with the help of their followers
  • All of the brands discussed how imperative influencers like those in the room were to their growing market growth and awareness. They encouraged everyone to share any innovative ideas on how they could partner with them via social media

We had a great time at the event meeting fabulous bloggers, answering questions about driving commerce through content, eating delicious Johnny Rockets burgers and listening to Miss California talk about social media and inspiration. We look forward to the next SoFabU event in Miami on Feb. 28th, we hope to see you there! For details and to RSVP visit: http://bit.ly/1ucks2L

Written by Lucy Bartlett

VigLink Expands to New York and Welcomes Mike Stigliano as Head of East Coast Sales

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It’s been a big year already at VigLink and we’re excited to announce that we’re expanding our operations to New York! Mike Stigliano has joined the VigLink Executive team as our Head of East Coast Sales. He will lead East Coast publisher development increasing VigLink’s relationships with traditional media.

“VigLink sits uniquely at the intersection of content and commerce at a time when publishers are increasingly looking for ways to diversify and grow their revenues,” said Mike Stigliano, Head of East Coast Sales at VigLink. “I’m very excited to join the VigLink team to help further the mission of making all content intelligent and valuable for publishers.  I look forward to establishing a presence for VigLink in New York and helping publishers leverage the VigLink platform.”

“I am thrilled to have Mike joining the VigLink team as Head of East Coast Sales,” said Josh Jaffe, VP of Business Development at VigLink. “His vast experience and leadership will be paramount as we expand our operations to the East Coast and grow our business.”

Mike has previously worked in sales and business development roles at large media companies including Conde Nast and Hearst, and more recently for early stage technology companies. Mike led Business Development in New York for LinkSmart, a company acquired by VigLink, where he was instrumental in building the publisher network from the ground up. He has also worked in Business Development at SpotXchange, a video advertising platform, focusing on building partnerships with premium publishers. Mike holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware.

Mike Campbell Joins VigLink as Vice President of Product

We are excited to announce our newest addition to the executive team, Mike Campbell! Mike joins the VigLink executive team with more than a decade of digital marketing and advertising experience. He will lead the product team to update and expand VigLink products which offer publishers a powerful way to monetize their content and offer advertisers an effective marketing channel.

“I’m delighted to join Oliver and the rest of the VigLink team in their vision to make every link intelligent and valuable,” said Mike Campbell, V.P. of Product at VigLink. “VigLink’s strong publisher relationships, close merchant ties, and top-notch technology have made VigLink the leader in this space.”

Mike previously led product management at Twelvefold where he worked with the world’s largest brands, including Intel and Toyota, to help them build rich relationships with consumers online. He was also the V.P. of Product at LookSmart where he established mutually beneficial relationships between advertisers and publishers.

Mike holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Economics from Harvard.