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    ...and a Pirate's heart. Convergence's Avatar
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    Dear Lazy Merchant:
    UPDATE YOUR DAMN BANNER LINKS!

    I'm serious - spent a good deal of time last week setting up a merchant with dozens of banners only to discover some were going to 404 pages.

    Deleted - good-bye lazy-ass merchant...
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    make sure your datafeed links work while you're at it

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    Goes for your AMs/OPMs, too...
    If there isn't a coupon CODE, then don't put the promotion in 'COUPONS'.

    It's NOT a coupon without a CODE!

    Your laziness and shortcuts create more work for your affiliates.

    For Pete's sake - we're trying to SELL for YOU...
    Salty kisses, Sandy toes, and a Pirate's heart...

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    Maybe networks shall take advertisers in welcome sessions to teach them how to use these tools on their ends

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    I like SAS for this, as I get old... I need reminding sometimes, SAS has a nice "to do" prompt when you log in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLH View Post
    I like SAS for this, as I get old... I need reminding sometimes, SAS has a nice "to do" prompt when you log in.
    Sorry to disagree but, it's not the network but the merchant that doesn't use "coupon" promotions correctly. However, would be nice if the networks disallowed non-coupon promotions in the coupon area (as well as mandatory start/stop dates not exceeding xx amount of time)...
    Salty kisses, Sandy toes, and a Pirate's heart...

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    Ahhh sorry misunderstood and yes agree I could see that as being messy

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    Please answer your emails...
    Glad your business is where you want it - but please answer your emails...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Convergence View Post
    If there isn't a coupon CODE, then don't put the promotion in 'COUPONS'.
    It's NOT a coupon without a CODE!
    I'm dealing with this now too... This is search engine spam and I just delete it as I publish coupons. Blatant abusers are added to a "banned" list and will not show in my coupon section, ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Convergence View Post
    (as well as mandatory start/stop dates not exceeding xx amount of time)...
    Hey, another bad practice I'm dealing with. "ongoing" coupons with no end date on my site are given 30 days and then they are banned forever.

    Merchants, If I put up an infinite coupon on my website, then it is my responsibility to manually take it down whenever you decide to expire it. If you provide an end date, then my software does the policing for me.

    If a merchant is going to introduce a step that forces me to take manual action, then you better be generating many $1,000's in commissions per year for me. This never seems to be the case for programs that use infinite coupons.

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    ^ Identical issues here. We have to set an expiration date for coupons, otherwise those that don't have an expiration date come up first in a date sort. We have been setting a date far off in the future, but these coupons are junk for the most part.

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    I am a little guilty here...

    I spend so much time working on quality converting ads, that I do not spend a lot of time adding new ones. This I am working to improve.

    As for special promotions and holiday banners ads - agreed, you have to be on top of these or your affiliates will not be very happy.
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    Merchants, If I put up an infinite coupon on my website, then it is my responsibility to manually take it down whenever you decide to expire it. If you provide an end date, then my software does the policing for me.
    I negotiate a standard discount coupon code (AND Free Shipping when possible) for all merchants. Since this is good for the year I set it for Dec. 31st then extend it into the new year. How do we work with a site like yours then.

    Tried setting all coupons for two week windows then extending them. Didn't seem to work for affiliates. What makes most sense for automated sites like yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    I negotiate a standard discount coupon code (AND Free Shipping when possible) for all merchants. Since this is good for the year I set it for Dec. 31st then extend it into the new year. How do we work with a site like yours then.
    Hmmm.... I research every coupon before I post it. I think I would prefer that you create a new coupon each year and that you also double check the landing page URL's, exclusion rules, etc. Things can get pretty stale and out-of-wack after 12 months. It would be good to review at least once a year.

    I'm not a huge coupon person though, rather I use coupons to augment other features on my website. Maybe a strong couponer could chime in with their opinions.

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    Hmmm.... I research every coupon before I post it. I think I would prefer that you create a new coupon each year and that you also double check the landing page URL's, exclusion rules, etc. Things can get pretty stale and out-of-wack after 12 months. It would be good to review at least once a year.
    Hadn't thought about expiring the code at the end of the year and issuing a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    Hadn't thought about expiring the code at the end of the year and issuing a new one.
    Actually a very good idea. One other suggestion - don't make it a calendar year, ie: Jan 1 to Dec 31. Make it no more than 12 months from the date put into the system. Why? Because then your coupon/offer expires with thousands of others over a holiday weekend.

    Oh, don't forget to alert your affiliates just before the expiration date AND announce the start/end date of the NEW campaign...
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    Excellent feedback and got me thinking about when best to expire. Probably at the end of the peak season so I can get better attention with a new code. Think I will also cut to every six months and possibly shorter.

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