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September 30th, 2010, 06:23 PM #1Merchant Banners with 800 Numbers
I was just approved for a program on GAN, and upon looking through their available banner selection, I was horrified to see this. I immediately sent the following email:
I was just approved for the XYZ affiliate program, and the first thing I did was to look through your selection of banners.
I was astonished to see several banners with a prominently displayed 800 phone number for call-in orders.
As I see it, you are asking your affiliates to display banners on their sites that will influence their site visitors to call your number and place orders, without even clicking on the banner. This amounts to free advertising, as it totally eliminates the likelihood of your affiliates from receiving credit, and their hard-earned commissions, for providing paying customers to your site.
I am really interested in hearing your opinion regarding this, and your thinking in creating such banners.
October 6th, 2010, 07:43 PM #2
Can you please let me know who it is via PM? We have some merchants who also commission on phone calls. I'd like to investigate and see if that is the case.
October 6th, 2010, 07:51 PM #3
I am really surprised that no other affiliates have shown any interest in this.
Last edited by Phil Kaufman aka AffiliateHound; October 6th, 2010 at 07:52 PM.
October 22nd, 2010, 12:10 AM #4
- Join Date
- July 22nd, 2010
I contact the affiliate reps and tell them I won't use their banners until the 800 number is removed. I then ask for permission to use the banners with the 800 number erased. They always say no, but in all cases, the 800 number disappeared with the next banner update.
October 22nd, 2010, 12:20 AM #5I am really surprised that no other affiliates have shown any interest in this.
October 22nd, 2010, 12:56 AM #6
You must climb this mountain. There is no elevator. ---- Don't stick your finger in the liquid nitrogen.
- Join Date
- November 14th, 2005
- Chapel Hill, NC
October 29th, 2010, 06:23 PM #7
The merchant in question has now updated their banners, replacing the telephone number with their url.
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