Female consumers shopping from homeAs a low-risk, low-cost model, the affiliate channel is primed to facilitate international expansion and working with a global affiliate network makes logical sense. It’s logical to expect a global network with offices around the world can launch your brand in new markets – and rightly so! For brands that don’t have international expansion as part of their plans, they may be considering whether a global or local affiliate provider will best serve their needs.

Here, we explore three key benefits of work with a global affiliate network for those looking to expand beyond their borders and those focused solely on domestic growth.

Benefit One: Local expertise

A global network means access to local expertise. At its most basic, this gives brands access to account managers who specialise in both affiliate marketing and local market and consumer nuances. They understand the market and the consumers and provide strategic insight into the publisher partners that drive high-value traffic and the best converting promotional offers.

Publisher development experts work to recruit partners that provide innovative technology to reach new and existing audiences. Additionally, they nurture relationships with the largest affiliate players in each market, sharing learnings and best practices that enhance the affiliate industry.

The focus of these teams is, first and foremost, the local market. They provide networking opportunities, insights and best practices into what drives the best possible outcome for their brands and partners.

For those focused on international expansion, local language experts that can assist your brand in communicating with partners or translating messaging is a valuable bonus.

Benefit Two: Shared learnings 

Each market adapts differently. Whether it be embracing a marketing channel, technology or adapting to shifting consumer behaviour, a significant benefit of working with a global provider is the learnings they can share from markets who are at a different stage to their own.

Using the tumultuous year that was 2020 as an example, global networks were able to examine the data from countries at different stages of lockdown. The UK was one of the first countries to enter lockdown, enabling data to be collected on the data and insights into consumer behaviour to be shared with international markets, helping brands and publishers to prepare for what’s to come.

Benefit Three: One global provider

For those focused on international expansion, one of the key benefits of a global affiliate network is having one provider for all markets. Consolidated account management (with local expertise), streamlined reporting and a holistic view of your affiliate campaign performance are major benefits of working with one provider.

Furthermore, it means learning one technology platform and consistency in product and tech updates, freeing up resources to focus on optimisation and driving the best performance possible.

Working with a global affiliate network provides many benefits to brands focused solely on their domestic markets and those seeking international expansion.

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