Understand the different sales models. The most common forms of paid channel advertising are cost-per-mille (CPM) and cost-per-click (CPC). CPM ads are the banners you see across the tops of webpages. You are billed a flat rate based on the number of times the ad is displayed. CPC ads are the paid advertising results you see on a Google search results page or in the side margin on a Facebook page. You pay for every click on your ad.
One of the main benefits of internet marketing is that there are lower implementation costs than when compared to traditional marketing channels. In the past, marketers had to design, print, and distribute their content. Now, once the content is produced, there is no need to pay for printing and the distribution cost is significantly cheaper with internet marketing sources. The price to run an ad on YouTube is much cheaper than equivalent exposure on a local television network. Similarly, free listings on Google Local take the place of expensive ads in local telephone directories. For just about every traditional outbound marketing tactic, there is a cheaper way to accomplish the same thing using the internet.
Finding what others pay is pretty easy. One way is to go directly to your competitors’ websites and look for an affiliate program landing page there. If they do have one on their site, their base commission payments should be listed. If you cannot find it on their website, try the second way: log into whichever affiliate network they use and search for their program as an affiliate. By doing this, you will be able to find out all of the information that you need for that competitor.
“The vast majority of today’s marketing materials are professionally-produced, designed for a specific audience, and talk about customer concerns and problems,” Elliot says. “But they typically aren’t very engaging or interesting, and do little to differentiate from other vendors. These materials quickly fall into a vast sea of ‘marketing mush’ without making any impact on the market, while interesting content gets shared … reaching a much larger audience.”