Lee Ann Johnstone on ‘Hashing It Out’ Episode 8: BSV Blockchain for affiliate marketing

Lee Ann Johnstone, the founding father of Affiliate Insider, has spent the final twenty years in affiliate marketing and fondly refers to it as her “old flame.” She’s labored in a number of sectors of the business from retail to finance to insurance coverage and most lately iGaming, from each doable angle. “If you may guess on it or wager on it, I’ve affiliate marketed it,” she mentioned.
In order to run a preferred and profitable affiliate marketing company equivalent to Affiliate Insider, Johnstone is continually finding out future digital developments, together with BSV blockchain expertise, which is precisely why she was invited to talk at CoinGeek Zurich this previous June.
“Pretty a lot the whole lot that I do is all about affiliate marketing and doing it higher and making it brighter and simpler and extra accessible for companies that wish to use that channel to extend gross sales,” Johnstone shared.
“You’ve acquired to know what’s taking place with the developments with a purpose to transfer with the occasions. And as an company, we clearly wish to be forward of these developments and that’s helpful for all of our purchasers,” she mentioned.
Affiliate marketing infrastructure sits on previous rails
Throughout our dialog throughout this ninth episode of Hashing it Out and on our panel at CoinGeek Zurich, Johnstone referred to affiliate marketing as “sitting on previous rails” constructed 20 years in the past. She mentioned we’re approaching a time when these previous rails can’t deal with the present digital marketing panorama and a large improve is required.
“I believe we’re on the cusp of an evolution, an thrilling evolution of how we take into consideration digital and likewise how we do digital and the way these infrastructures are going to be upgraded as we transfer ahead,” she mentioned.
“There’s going to come back a time once we can’t scale these [old rails] for performance and for the issues that we would like to have the ability to do. And so totally different infrastructures and totally different architectures to handle all of this data and information is the sphere that we’re in proper now, I believe,” she added.
Affiliate monitoring and its ache factors
To reduce threat, Johnstone mentioned digital entrepreneurs should diversify and shouldn’t be dependent on anyone channel equivalent to Facebook or advertisements in YouTube.
“You don’t wish to have all of your eggs in a single basket with Facebook who can minimize you off in a nanosecond as a result of your advert doesn’t tie as much as what their guidelines and rules are and particularly within the gaming business the place regulation and compliance are so strict, it’s typically even troublesome to get advertisements on Facebook,” Johnstone defined.
While diversifying channels to scale back threat could also be essential for our digital marketing methods, maintaining observe of all the information is extraordinarily sophisticated with disjointed monitoring methods in place.
“That entire infrastructure is messy. You’ve acquired all of those totally different backends and platforms that should plug into your affiliate program. Tracking will get misplaced, stats can fall over, pixels can misfire…it’s changing into a minefield to only attain your buyer,” Johnstone confirmed.
“Looking at methods to streamline all of that infrastructure is, I believe, what the blockchain neighborhood is proper now. It’s a time to really transfer from these previous rails the place the whole lot is disconnected and dealing in silos to a platform and an answer that may truly make the whole lot sensible,” Johnstone instructed.
Microtransactions are the main innovation
The capacity to do immediate and quite a few microtransactions for a fraction of a penny is among the greatest improvements of BSV, a performance that separates it from each single different blockchain and fee methodology in existence. This attribute opens up plenty of doorways for digital entrepreneurs, for instance, incentivizing for actions so simple as sharing a bit of content material, because the TonicPow platform facilitates.
“There’s no troublesome paperwork, there’s no massive IO that we have to signal, there’s no validation course of, is simply for one particular person to a different. The motion’s performed. It could be that easy,” Johnstone identified.
She additionally used the instance of with the ability to take a look at digital marketing campaigns shortly and at a less expensive price than a CPA (value per acquisition) mannequin. You might take a look at a sure pocket of site visitors by providing a small charge for gamers referred as an alternative of the extra conventional CPA which is extra like $150 per depositing participant and upwards. 
“You don’t know since you’re testing one thing for the primary time and now you are able to do it as a right away transaction. There’s no ready time. It simply makes the entire thing much more easy,” Johnstone mentioned.
Making refer-a-friend horny once more
The microtransaction capabilities of the BSV blockchain additionally stands out within the “refer-a-friend” mannequin, the place clients can get rewarded instantly for bringing their pals onboard and perhaps even proceed to earn residual income after enroll, because the Haste Arcade facilitates.
“I believe all of us moved away from refer-a-friend. And truly, phrase of mouth referrals or private referrals are one of the best form of enterprise that you are able to do…you may make refer-a-friend horny once more,” Johnstone mentioned.
“If individuals purchase into what it’s that you simply do and the entire millennial technology, they refer based mostly on their very own private experiences. So relying on what your online business is and who you’re concentrating on, there’s simply so many ways in which you should use this new expertise that’s coming to market,” she added.
Attribution of gross sales for iGaming
Attribution of gross sales is one other space set to learn from the micropayment and sensible contract capabilities of BSV blockchain expertise, a degree Frank Vertolli of Net Conversion introduced up through the CoinGeek Zurich Performance and Affiliate marketing panel with Johnstone.
“Especially in gaming, we don’t actually use attribution of gross sales. We all the time work on final click on. That’s predominantly the usual…you would truly nonetheless earn residual income even when you didn’t make that final click on sale,” Johnstone identified.
“So you may earn a little bit share for popping the model in entrance of my eyes two days earlier than I truly convert, regardless of the case could also be,” she defined.
“And these income fashions and how one can incentivize your companions to do extra not solely within the conversion journey, however within the consciousness journey, can scale back your prices in different channels, too,” she added.
Data administration automation & simplification
Pulling stats and managing a number of channels of information has notoriously been a ache level for each associates and affiliate managers. In order to handle the big guide workload, affiliate packages should construct hefty account administration groups, manpower and price range that might be redirected to relationship administration if there was a extra environment friendly system in place.
“Get your individuals focusing on constructing relationships which might be doing that nicely and supporting the method as an alternative of really doing the administration behind within the course of,” Johnstone suggested.
Data saved on the blockchain can also be 100% reliable as its immutable and verifiable by anybody, a characteristic that might profit any affiliate program in any business.
“It’s going to breed belief sooner. I imply, something that builds belief sooner goes that can assist you develop your program, as a result of finally, this business remains to be constructed round belief,” Johnstone confirmed.
Storing information on one blockchain, accessible by all—a “common supply of reality” vs. information silos—can be an unlimited step ahead for the affiliate and digital marketing business. The information breakpoints that affiliate packages face at this time can be a ache level of the previous.
“I’ve to gather the information on my aspect because the shopper I then should feed that information to an FTP server, then the FTP server has to choose it up and feed it into their affiliate platform,” Johnstone defined.
“The bane of most of affiliate managers’ lives has been monitoring breaks, how can we repair it, however the place did it break on this entire lengthy journey? Whereas all of that wouldn’t be an issue if we needed to transfer to the brand new rails the place the whole lot is interconnected and it can’t be overwritten and there’s no breakpoints,” she added.
How lengthy?
While it’s apparent what the advantages are of upgrading the affiliate business rails to BSV blockchain expertise, the when and the how are usually not apparent in any respect. We’re within the early adopters stage now and eventually seeing the primary indicators of life due to ahead thinkers equivalent to Luke Rohenaz of TonicPow and Joe DePinto of Haste, however there may be nonetheless loads of room for innovation in blockchain-based “new rails” for the affiliate marketing area.
“There’s some huge cash concerned in shifting to a brand new protocol…there’s so many issues, so many massive gamers that want to purchase into all of this and truly begin making these adjustments after which that trickledown impact will occur,” Johnstone predicted.
“As far as I’m involved, it has to occur as a result of the present infrastructure just isn’t optimized, and we all know it’s damaged. We all know what the issues are, however we simply haven’t discovered, or we haven’t purchased into what the following resolution goes to be. But I believe [blockchain] is a probable viable possibility…I’m simply to see how shortly we’ll all transfer,” Johnstone concluded.
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