Now that you are starting to grow your online business it is time to really spread your wings on what you can do in DecoNetwork. It is time to grow your business exponentially by incorporating affiliate stores to your business plan. What are affiliate stores and how can they grow your business you might be asking. The answer is quite simple, an affiliate store is a full e-commerce store that has their own products, designs and URL. This store is not your Fulfillment Store, it is a separate store. If you have signed up for the Premium level of DecoNetwork then you already have the ability to create affiliate stores.
How can I use affiliate stores to grow my business you ask? You can create affiliate stores for key accounts, such as the restaurant down the street or the bakery on the corner. There is no limit to who or what can be an affiliate store. The affiliate store can be for use by the clients employees only to order say uniforms or it can be used to market to their clients. Let’s say you work with a photographer, you can set up an affiliate store for that photographer with their images on your products such as mugs and tee shirts. The photographer would promote “their” site so his clients would go and purchase products from his site but the order would go to you, you would process it and send it to the consumer. So the Photographer never has to print a single mug or t-shirt. But they can log into their affiliate site and check the status of the order. One hidden gem to doing this is that you can offer to pay a commission for any orders that come through his affiliate site. So not only does he get a professionally created website that is targeted to his audience but he can make money off that site.
Speaking of commission, you can use the affiliate network to do fundraising. Think about the opportunity if you use it for fundraising. You could go to the elementary school down the street, say Washington Elementary and tell them: “I am going to build you an online store for us to sell spirit wear and school uniforms, don’t worry about anything I will manage it and collect the money. No need to do any work just promote it”. What school would say no? Schools LOVE fundraising but it is a big drain on their resources, they have to send out order forms, collect the order forms, collect the money, consolidate the orders, once they receive the orders they have separate the orders and hand them over to the parents. This is so exhausting. With the affiliate network, you turn the tables and completely automate this, the orders come to you, you process the orders, you ship the orders, and you pay the commission. While this sounds like a lot of work you now it really isn’t because of the tools that are built into DecoNetwork. To maximize the sales opportunity I encourage you to create postcards that can be sent home with the kids telling the parents to support their school and buy their spirit wear online along with the web address. We created a sample postcard below. I encourage you to create a postcard similar to this. Not only schools, but nonprofit organizations will want to do this.
Here’s another idea for using affiliate stores to grow your business, right now in this tough economy there are millions of people looking to supplement their income. Why not put them to work by offering them an affiliate site? Again, they need no money to start, there is no risk, no equipment to buy, no capital investment. All they need to do is promote it. Tell their friends on Facebook, their family, their neighbors and anybody that will listen to check out their site. If the site is nicely laid out and has good pricing then they will make sales. No risk for them and no risk for you because you only pay them a commission when they sell something. What a great way to help people earn some extra income. We have a great customer that has made this his business model. Zach has really grown this idea into a sustainable business model. I asked Zach if he could share some of his thoughts and ideas on the affiliate model and why it should be a huge part of your business. He has graciously agreed to do an informative webinar on December 13 at 2:00 PM EST, I would like all of you to attend this informative webinar. We will be sharing more ideas and how to’s during this webinar. Hey, if nothing else come for the free virtual doughnuts and coffee. Here is the link to register for the free webinar.
Oh! did I mention that the affiliate stores are free and unlimited in the Premium package? That’s right, having 1 or 1,001 stores is FREE, free for you and free for your client! So it really is a no brainer.