Most Common Questions – How often should I update my affiliate creative?

Posted September 4, 2012 in ,

One question we get quite often around here, whether from current clients, our MyAffiliateCoach students or potential clients is when is the right time to update creative, and how often should you update creative.  An important question to be sure.  The creative you provide your affiliate partners is very often the first thing consumers see and the first exposure they may have with your company.  So you want to be sure they represent your company well.

Not only that, they need to be current and convert as best as possible.  We’ll talk about that more in another post later.  How do you know how often is just right and how often is too often.  Well, often, the answer is as much as necessary and needed.  But let’s run down a list of ways you can know when you need to update your creative.  Here is Jamie’s top ten ways you know your creative needs to be updated:

  1. When you read the headline of this post you said “um, we need creative?”
  2. The file name ends in 8_24_2004.jpg
  3. The youthful models in your skyscraper banner are no longer models or youthful
  4. Your creative features a logo that hasn’t been seen longer than Elvis
  5. All your creatives are 8 panel animated gifs
  6. Ooops, we don’t have any creative
  7. The brands featured in your banners no longer exist
  8. No one is using them
  9. You simply can’t remember ever changing your creative
  10. Your creative features a wonderful and warm winter shawl but your feet are sporting flip flops with a little beach sand between your toes

When you need to update your creative is pretty simple, as I stated in the second paragraph – simply stated as often as you need to.  It depends on a few things:

  • Seasonality of product and/or demand – If you have a product or products that are in demand in one season more than others, you want to be sure you have seasonal creative.
  • Type of creative – If you offer very simple, generic, brand centric creative, you will most likely get a bit more miles out of them.
  • Product additions – If you have new products regularly, keeping your creative up with inventory and merchandise focus is vital.
  • Affiliate relationships – If you don’t have very good relationships with your affiliates or no time to spend with them, updating monthly is probably not going to do you any good.  Spend your time building relationships.

We recommend at least seasonal updates.  But it does really depend.  We don’t let more than a few months go by for any of our clients without updated creative, you may want to do the same.  If you haven’t updated lately, you may be missing out on increasing sales through better click through rates too.

Hope this helps!


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Jamie Birch


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Jamie is the owner and principal of JEBCommerce. His extensive Internet marketing experience includes all facets of online marketing: email, paid search campaigns, customer retention programs, and much more. This wide range of disciplines has enabled Jamie to excel as a business leader and JEBCommerce to realize a great level of success for its clients. Jamie cut his “affiliate marketing teeth” managing affiliate programs for many well known companies before spending several years at Coldwater Creek, a Top 5 nationwide women’s clothing retailer. While at Coldwater Creek, Jamie established and managed affiliate campaigns, email campaigns, and SEO campaigns – an opportunity that allowed him to develop many of the proven processes JEBCommerce successfully employs today. In recognition of his professional leadership, the affiliate marketing industry has consistently nominated him for Annual Pinnacle Awards over the years. In addition to individual accolades, JEBCommerce is gaining momentum within the Internet marketing industry and is experiencing positive, exciting growth. This is a direct result of Jamie’s positive leadership, integrity, and earned respect – from his clients and industry peers. Need a speaker for your next event? I can do that, too!