Advertise Purple, Inc. Shares Data on Effectiveness of Affiliate-Only Business Strategy

How Advertise Purple differentiated themselves from a sea of marketing agencies, and, along with their clients, hit it big

Advertise Purple, one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2019 and one of its fastest growing companies, has found that research agrees, the affiliate-only business strategy is effective for agencies.

Data shows that the affiliate channel is too complex and growing too quickly to shift focus away from it.  And as the historic and forecasted data proves in this article, ‘betting the farm’ only on affiliate was the right business decision.

Advertise Purple believes revenue growth can be achieved for clients if given time to build the right affiliate program tailored personally to the clients’ needs.

Following is some numerical data that further proves the firm is making the right bet on affiliate marketing.

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Massive Growth in the Affiliate Marketing Space

In February of 2016, major affiliate network Rakuten, with the help of Forrester Consulting, put together a white paper that predicted a rise in affiliate marketing spending over the course of the following 2-4 years. Three years later, the predictions have turned out to be right.

The industry is seeing much higher affiliate program spending for firms of all kinds, with no signs of slowing down. This also means positive revenue growth, which in the end is what matters most. According to Business Insider, “Since 2015, revenue from affiliate marketing programs grows by 10% annually. [They expect] this impressive trend to continue at least until 2021.”

According to IAB, in 2017, the affiliate marketing space was valued at $12 billion.

Affiliate Marketing Likely to Surpass Email Marketing in 2019

Also according to Business Insider, in 2018 affiliate marketing caught up with e-mail marketing – at one time one of the most effective digital marketing methods. In 2019, it’s likely to pass up email, making up a little over 15% of revenue in the digital marketing realm.

For some context, organic search is generating 21 percent of online orders while paid search is driving 20 percent of online orders.

According to the Forrester and Rakuten study, as of 2016, it was reported that 81% of brands and 84% of publishers leverage affiliate marketing. This number almost certainly increased in 2019.

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Affiliate Marketing is Still Penetrating into the Mainstream 

Google Search


Searches for “affiliate marketing” (from December 2017 to June 2018)


As reported by Google Trends, just between December 2017 and June 2018, searches for the term “affiliate marketing” saw an impressive 44% increase.

Affiliate Marketing Leads to Conversions

Marketing clients are seeing the benefits of developing an affiliate program and working closely with a firm like Advertise Purple to optimize their affiliate strategy and deciding who to partner with when trying to sell their product.

According to industry research conducted by IAB UK, the growth of affiliate marketing is beginning to show up in the U.K.’s GDP performance. Affiliate makes up 1% of the U.K.’s GDP. In other words, this figure exceeds the performance delivered by the entire U.K. agriculture sector.

Similar growth is to be expected in the United States and other major economies across the world.

According to Advertise Purple Inc.’s President, Kyle Mitnick; “We’ve been in affiliate, as affiliates, since 2009, so our intimate relationship of the space lent itself to a better understanding of future gains. We’ve always ensured our clients were involved in the most progressive, vetted, and incremental parts of affiliate growth.  And because of this, our strategies have prevailed for all parties involved.”

Exploring the Possibilities of Affiliate Marketing

Marketo and Fanatics put out a research study in 2016 reporting affiliate was one of the areas of least knowledge amongst a group of CMOs polled across multiple verticals.

Top 3 Mastered Areas

Areas of the Least Knowledge

69% digital marketing/online campaigns
65% content marketing
58% email marketing

22% affiliate marketing
26% growth hacking
30% mobile marketing

So, while the affiliate space may feel like the “Wild West”, affiliates benefit from and enjoy working with networks and agencies to monetize.

According to research by Viglink:

Views on Affiliate Marketing

% of Publishers That Believe These Views

Makes monetizing website easy
It generates additional revenue
It does not interrupt the user experience


Content is Still King

Content + Revenue

Growth/Increase Over 3 Years

Content produced by affiliates
Revenue created by content publishers


• Some of the most successful content for selling products includes but is not limited to: 
     • How-to pieces 
     • Buying guides 
     • Editorials 
     • Other educational pieces

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