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Want to become a pro at managing partnerships? Here are 8 of the main strategic partnership management skills you’ll want to focus on. Good luck!
School’s out for summer! But while the school holidays are well and truly underway, there’s no rest for businesses who've been as busy as ever forming partnerships that can help them reach their goals.
It’s all well and good embarking on a partnership. But how will you ever know whether you achieved what you set out to without identifying and analysing important strategic partnership KPIs (key performance indicators)?
June is all about barbecues, picnics and (hopefully!) the odd heatwave. But it’s also the time for strategic partnerships! Here's our pick of the best partnership news to have sprung up this month.
There are so many benefits to strategic partnerships. And we mean it! Why else would more than 2,000 strategic alliances be formed each year?! Here's the lowdown.
Summer is on the way. But instead of winding down, partnership activities are ramping up! That’s right, a whole host of new partnerships have been formed this month, so there’s a lot to update you on.
Partnerships make the world go round. But there’s no point in forming a strategic partnership just because that’s what everyone else is doing. Instead, it’s important to understand what a strategic partner can bring to your business and how they can help you to achieve your objectives.
Got affiliate links to share? In the UK, you legally have to disclose them. Don't worry, we're here to make life easy for you with these effective affiliate link disclosure templates.
We’ve barely blinked and April is already on its way out, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for our April strategic partnership news roundup!
You need to carefully plan your partner marketing strategy so that it’s working as hard as it can for you and your business. The first step? Brush up on these partner marketing best practices to be sure you’re on the right track.
Spring is on its way. And just as the daffodils are poking their heads up, so is a whole host of strategic partnerships that have been formed throughout the month of March! Here are our favourites.
If you're a business with a product to promote, you may well be umming and ahhing about the best way to advertise it. Should you opt for affiliate marketing? Or is display advertising the better route?
It’s not always easy to navigate the world of partnerships as a startup. Sometimes it can feel like you’re making no progress at all, or even that you’re going in the wrong direction. If you do feel like this, this blog might just be the one to get you inspired again.
In today’s rapidly changing environment, the most successful way to see growth in your business is to not take the ‘do it alone’ approach. Enter partnerships!
February. The shortest month of the year, but the one we seem to pack the most into. After all, February is the month of love, so it’s only fitting that brands around the world are taking their relationships to the next level by partnering up.
You might have jumped the hurdle of finding the perfect brand to partner with. The next hurdle you’ll have to jump is strategising how you plan to make this partnership successful. Here are our ten top tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your partnerships in 2022.
Affiliate marketing and influencer marketing are both channels that can help you reach new audiences, increase brand awareness and boost sales. So, they’re very similar and share many overlaps. However, there are some differences between them. Here, we’ll break down those differences and help you to understand which could fit your business best.
We know it can be hard to get the hang of all the different marketing channels out there, whether you’re new to the field, or practically an expert. So, we’ll help you answer the vital question of: which marketing technique is right for my business?
For many, January can be a long and slow month. But for brands across the world this is one of the busiest months of the year. The Christmas slump is well out of the way, and businesses are open and ready to embrace new strategic partnerships which may come their way.
Affiliate marketing has now been generating income for businesses for more than 20 years (read our history of affiliate marketing if you don’t believe us!). And, despite no longer being the new kid on the block, it continues to grow and surpass expectations.
It’s all very well to find strategic partners and grow your partnership programme. But, as fantastic as partnerships are, there’s no point in doing any of that if your partnerships aren’t going to generate ROI for your brand.
If you’ve created an affiliate program for your business, you’ll know that the challenges don’t stop there. Actually setting up and growing your partner program is only the beginning!
Contrary to what you might think, growing your partner programme isn’t just about finding more strategic partners. Instead, it’s about putting the infrastructure in place that will allow you to manage hundreds (if not thousands!) of partners simultaneously, instead of just five or 10. Here are our top tips.
The festive season is all about reflecting on the year just gone to focus on making the next even better. So, we’ve decided to do just that and have replaced this month’s partnership news roundup with a roundup of the best strategic partnerships to have been formed across the whole year.
It’s not enough just to embark on a marketing partnership and expect the growth to follow. Instead, partnerships have to be carefully planned and managed to ensure that both partners are able to reach their goals. That’s where a partner marketing plan comes in!
The Christmas lights are going up and tubs of Celebrations and Quality Streets are stacked high in the supermarkets. Whether it’s too early to get into the festive spirit or not is debatable, but one thing that can never come soon enough is… our monthly partnership news roundup!
Partner marketing is an umbrella term that includes any type of strategic partnership centred around marketing. Here, we’ve shared our favourite examples that span the whole range of what partner marketing can look like.
A whopping 75% of world trade flows indirectly, according to Forrester, making channels, partnerships and alliances crucial. But what actually is partner marketing? And how does it work?
With a comarketing campaign, brands can leverage one another’s reach and reputation to create a marketing campaign with double the impact! But who’s doing it really well? Here are some of our favourite comarketing examples.
If you negotiate, manage or read about strategic partnerships, the chances are you’ve heard the word ‘comarketing’ crop up here and there. But what exactly is it?! If you’re looking for answers, you’re in the right place.
The days may be getting shorter, but partnership managers seem to have been as busy as ever forming exciting new partnerships that we can’t wait to tell you about. Here’s a selection of our favourites.
Whether you’re looking to leverage the magic of Christmas, the romance of Valentine’s Day, the chaos of half-term or the purchasing frenzy of Black Friday, a seasonal partnership is a trick you’ll want to have up your sleeve. Here are 5 totally awesome seasonal partnership examples for some inspiration.
On the 4th of October, Facebook had its worst-ever outage as its platforms were down for nearly six hours. They're now back up and running, but we think there’s an interesting lesson that can be applied to anyone who runs a business.
In this second instalment of our monthly strategic partnership news roundup, we’ll introduce you to some groundbreaking partnerships and industry updates to have emerged during the month of September. From Uber Eats nabbing one of Deliveroo’s partners to Volvo helping the Eden Project to reduce carbon emissions, here are our top picks.
Seasonal partnerships are all about leveraging seasonality to boost your income during those busy times of the year and encourage more sales during those quieter ones. Here, we’ll cover some top tips about forming seasonal partnerships that will help you to grow your brand.
Everyone loves a good deal. And Black Friday is when consumers are going to be on the hunt for the best deals they can find. So, if you’re an affiliate marketer, it’s a great opportunity to boost your affiliate income.
Being a successful partnership manager isn’t just about learning how to do the job and then carrying it out for the rest of time. Instead, you’ll need to keep up with changes in best practice, the latest advances in technology and the forever shifting partnerships landscape.
In our new monthly partnership news roundup, we’ll showcase some of the month’s most interesting and innovative partnerships. All you have to do is make yourself a cuppa and scroll through our summary to keep your finger on the partnerships pulse.
From medical advances to space travel, flying cars to artificial intelligence, strategic partnerships are behind some whacky real-life projects that could be straight out of a sci-fi film. Here are some of our favourites.
SEO has a conversion rate that’s seven times higher than any other traffic source in affiliate marketing. So, it's important to understand how to make SEO and affiliate marketing work together in harmony. Follow our five top tips to nail it.
Some affiliates swear by choosing a niche that you know and love. Others say you should be more tactical and choose a niche that’s highly profitable. Here are the dos and don'ts so you can choose a niche that ticks all the boxes.
Instagram can be a fantastic platform for affiliate marketing. However, there are some quirks of the platform that can make getting rewarded for paid partnerships on Instagram just a little bit challenging. With that in mind, here’s how to make money affiliate marketing on Instagram.
If you’re contemplating becoming an affiliate marketer, the first thing you’ve probably thought about is starting an affiliate website. But did you know that you don’t actually need a website to carry out affiliate marketing?
You can’t just become an affiliate marketer and expect the cash to come rolling in automatically. Instead, making money with affiliate marketing requires careful consideration. To help, we’ve listed our top 11 tips about how to make money with affiliate links.
Once you’ve run a Partner search on the platform, you’ll be faced with thousands (if not tens of thousands) of relevant Leads. Here, we’ll take you through how to sort and filter the results of your Partner search step-by-step, to get you those partnerships you’ve been looking for.
The latest buzzword among industry leaders, partner ecosystems are no longer just a ‘nice to have.’ Rather, they’ve become a crucial tool for staying ahead of your competition in a fast-moving market and preventing your business from becoming vulnerable to disruption.
The chances are you’ve heard the term ‘partner ecosystem’ of late. But what exactly is it? Why should you want one? And is it possible that you already have a partner ecosystem without even realising it?! We'll answer all your burning questions here.
So you’ve decided to create an affiliate program for your business. Congrats! But now you’ll need to decide whether to run an in-house affiliate program or to use an affiliate network. To make matters easier for you, we’ve laid out the main differences and the pros and cons of each.
If you want to benefit from the growth that affiliate marketing can bring your business, you’ll need to set up an affiliate program first. Here, we’ll look at how to create an affiliate program for your business. And, just as importantly, how to create an affiliate marketing program that affiliates actually want to join.
Wandering how to use Breezy to find the most relevant partners for your brand? Here, we’ll look at how to run a Partner Search that has the best possible chance of generating you high-value Leads, Prospects and ultimately, Partners.
It’s not enough just to set up an affiliate marketing program. You’ll need the technology that allows you to run and manage it, as well as a way of attributing sales to the affiliates who’ve promoted your products. That’s where affiliate link tracking software comes in.
Does BMW Brilliance ring any bells? How about MillerCoors? You must have heard of the streaming platform, Hulu? Well, all three of them have one thing in common – they’re joint ventures!
A joint venture partnership is, arguably, the messiest and most legally entangling type of strategic partnership there is. But let’s be honest: nothing that’s worth doing comes without risks and challenges!
The chances are that you’ve heard of outsourcing. But what exactly is it? And how can brands use it strategically to save time, save money and gain expertise?
Joint product partnerships are all about teaming up with a partner to create new products or improving existing ones. We've selected our favourite product partnership examples to give you some inspiration for your own collaborations. Chances are you’ll recognise at least a few.
A lot of the time, strategic partnerships involve two companies working together to market their brands or products. But why not go a step further and team up with a partner brand to launch new products or improve existing ones? That’s exactly what a joint product partnership is all about.
A successful partnership depends upon stellar partnership management from the word go. After all, partnerships don’t just run themselves! With that in mind, we’ve listed 10 key traits of an excellent partnership manager.
Affiliate marketing as we know it relies heavily on the internet, cookies and tracking links. But depending on how you look at it, the principles behind affiliate marketing have been around since long before the dawn of the internet. So, when did affiliate marketing actually start? Our brief timeline should help to shed some light.
Want to become an affiliate marketer? Whether you want to earn an affiliate income from writing blogs, making YouTube videos or growing your Instagram account, here are the steps you’ll need to take.
Want to become an affiliate marketer? Whether you want to earn an affiliate income from writing blogs, making YouTube videos or growing your Instagram account, here are the steps you’ll need to take.
Do you need to designate a team to acquiring and managing new partners? Or could you just leave it to the head of growth or marketing? While only you can answer that question, we’ve taken a look at how growing a partnership team can help your partnerships (and your business!) thrive.
We bang on all the time about what the right strategic partner can achieve for your brand. But we know what you’re thinking: there’s no point in any of that if you don’t have a clue how to actually find strategic partnerships! To help you out, we’ve revealed the 15 easiest ways to find strategic partners – focusing primarily on partner marketing.
Without affiliate links, affiliate marketing just wouldn’t work. But an undisclosed affiliate link can be a legal nightmare! Here, we’ll take a look at why affiliate link disclosure is so important, and reveal some fun examples.
Despite being relatively new, influencer marketing has become central to most brands’ marketing efforts. Yet if you take any influencer marketing platform, you’ll find that 90% of the influencers listed are Instagrammers. And there are some fundamental problems associated with paid partnerships on Instagram.
Just what does a charity-corporate partnership look like? Well, since the term can incorporate any kind of partnership between a business and a charity, the sky's the limit! To give you some inspiration, we’ve listed 7 charity partnership examples that have really nailed it.
40% of businesses claim that partnerships with charities are important to their business agenda. Meanwhile, a third state that partnering with charities is ‘very important’ to them. But why is everyone jumping on the bandwagon?
Whether you’re watching the junior football tournament down the road or bingeing on The X Factor, you’ve probably become accustomed to seeing sponsors’ logos staring back at you in every walk of life. We've selected our favourite sponsorship marketing examples.
A whopping $65.8 billion was spent on sponsorship globally in 2018 – up from $60.1 billion just two years before. But despite this sizable market, we’d argue that sponsorship is an effective marketing strategy that’s still underestimated and underutilised.
This month saw the release of Forrester's channel software tech stack for 2021 – a list of the tech that helps companies to find, onboard, execute, manage and measure partnerships. This year’s list includes 183 companies (including Breezy!) who together generated a whopping $2.8 billion in revenue in 2020.
Think back to the last movie you watched. Did you spot any product placements? Whether you notice it or not, product placement is taking place all around you, all the time. Read on to reveal the best product placement examples.
Product placement is a fast-growing marketing technique that has a proven record for getting results. Here, we’ll take a look at what it is, why it works and who’s doing it well.
No matter what kind of loyalty program you look at, at the centre of them all is one heavenly word… rewards. To give you and your brand some inspiration, we’ve listed the 10 best loyalty marketing examples that make use of rewards partners. Enjoy!
Are you looking to boost retention? Encourage your customers to make higher-value purchases? Increase customer-to-customer referrals? Whatever’s on your wishlist, the results probably aren’t going to magic themselves out of thin air. Here's where an incentive marketing partnership comes in.
If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about strategic partnerships, wonder no more. We’ve compiled a selection of the most interesting, absurd and downright amazing strategic partnership stats from all over the web that prove just how awesome partnerships really are.
With 49% of consumers depending on influencer recommendations (according to Influencer Orchestration Network), influencer marketing is fast becoming a vital part of any brand’s partnership strategy. If your plan is to hop aboard and form some successful influencer partnerships, we’ve listed the best influencer marketing platforms to help.
Haven’t yet made a referral agreement a key part of your marketing strategy? We have an inkling that’s all about to change. Not only do referrals influence up to 50% of all purchasing decisions, but customers who’ve come through referrals also bring in profit margins that are around 25% higher!
Looking to enter new markets? Boost conversion? Grow your sales pipeline? Whatever your business goals, a distribution marketing partnership may just be the ticket you need.
To give you a little bit of inspiration, we’ve taken a look at five fantastic co-branding examples. From jumping out of a helium balloon to encouraging kids to exercise, these brands have created waves with their creative approaches to co-branding partnerships. Here’s what we can learn from them.
The likelihood is that you’ve heard of co-branding. After all, it’s one of those terms that gets thrown around left, right and centre whenever anyone even mentions strategic partnerships. And it seems to work for all the big guys (Red Bull, Intel, Apple…need we say more?). But what exactly is it?
We’ve listed seven of our favourite pieces of content that have been born out of strategic content partnerships. From charities to newspapers, fashion brands to tech companies, these businesses have collaborated to create content that they could only ever have dreamed of creating alone.
The chances are that if you own a business, you’ve already engaged in content marketing in one way or another. In fact, it's been used by businesses since as far back as the 18th Century! But in today’s world, a content marketing strategy is almost synonymous with partnerships.
We’re going to talk straight with you: over half of strategic partnerships fail. Depressing, right?! However, looking just at the odds implies that whether or not your partnership survives is down to chance alone. Which of course, we know is nonsense. Here's how to avoid those common pitfalls and develop successful strategic partnerships.
Forming and maintaining partnerships takes careful planning, dedication and commitment. So the worst thing you could possibly do is leap into a strategic partnership with a brand that’s just not right. Here's how to create partnerships that are right fit for your brand.
If you've nailed down your affiliate program's offering, then it’s time to spread the word. From using the powers of social media to employing an affiliate manager, here are 12 key ways to get your affiliate program out there and nail publisher discovery.
Perhaps you’re toying with the idea of taking the leap into affiliate marketing. Or maybe you’re already a seasoned affiliate who's looking for ways to increase your income. Either way, these excellent examples of affiliate marketing websites are sure to provide you with the inspiration you need.
Thinking about becoming an affiliate marketer? Or working with one to grow your business? To give you some much-needed inspiration, we’ve hunted down some of the most successful affiliate marketing websites run by bloggers. Let’s take a look at what we can learn from these successful affiliates.
Affiliate marketing is one of the most underrated but effective forms of marketing to have graced our planet. Here's how you can use it to grow your business (if you have a product to sell) or earn passive income (if you don’t).
Take a look at any successful brand and we bet a strategic partnership (or two!) has been key to their success. If you haven’t yet thought about investing in a partnership program, here's everything you need to know to get started.
What makes a great affiliate program? Is it high commission rates, a huge choice of affiliate products or cookies that last forever?