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February 21st, 2007, 10:41 PM #1Really cool new affiliate tool.Hi all,
Although this post is focused on Gaiam, I think the tool that's being used will likely interest most of you. AMWSO has been loooking for a way to effectively use video through our programs, and we think we've finally found the a complete solution.
The tool is called: WebVideoZone and it has been created by a guy called Joe Chapuis. Anyway, I have had a play with the tool and this is one example of what I have come up with: http://www.affiliatecreatives.com/ga...the_secret.htm. (This very basic landing page that promotes a product that was featured on Oprah last week that's stocked by Gaiam).
Here's the cool part:
- The Gaiam logo on the top left hand corner of the video player is a clickable affiliate link.
- When the video is done there's a message to; “Click on the video screen to buy “The Secret’”. Once the screen is clicked on you are led to a Gaiam landing page for ‘The Secret’ through an affiliate link.
- Anyone can add the video to their site via the “Add To Site” button, and of course the video player includes an affiliate link.
- You can email a friend a link to your video player via the “Share” button, and again the video player will include an affiliate link.
- The video is not hosted on your site so you don't have to worry about bandwidth issues.
We're going to use this tool for Gaiam/GT Media first of all as they have loads of very well produced videos advertising their best-selling products (I have about 40 videos so far and there are many more available). So far we have three videos available for affiliates and I have just sent out a newsletter which explains how the system works and incudes the various links to them all etc. If you're interested, check it out here: http://www.affiliatecreatives.com/ga...r2.1_Feb07.htm.
N.B. If you want to use the Gaiam videos on your website and get paid a commission on sales you must be signed up to the Gaiam affiliate program run through Linkshare. You can get more details here: http://www.amwso.com/gaiam.php.
It'll be interesting to see how this goes. There is no doubt that high quality video can certainly help sell products (especialy if surrounded by some solid sales copy).
Let me know your thoughts on this. I'd welcome any feedback you have on the system.
February 21st, 2007, 10:45 PM #2
Gaiam also handles some alternative energy products. Any of that in the mix, or due to be?
February 21st, 2007, 10:56 PM #3
All the videos i have right now are focused on fitness i.e. yoga and pilates etc. I'll get in touch with the guys at Gaiam and see what we have in the alternative energy area. I'm sure we must have something.
February 21st, 2007, 10:59 PM #4
yes, please do . . . hopefully they are working on something. Also, I hope they are not leaving this on the back burner -- a lot of this stuff is seasonally interesting, depending on the locale.
February 21st, 2007, 11:14 PM #5
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February 21st, 2007, 11:20 PM #6
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I made a local entry about this over at bumpzee. I'm sure you guys will put this up on your blog. Looks pretty cool, still figuring it all out.
February 22nd, 2007, 12:23 AM #7
Chris will be blogging/RSSing this shortly (he's in Canada right now). The plan is to put together a dedicated section in the AMWSO site on how to effectively use video for affiliate marketing.
February 22nd, 2007, 12:41 AM #8
I've got a quick question. What video size do you think works best? What size do you guys prefer using? YouTube size?
Thanks in advance.
February 22nd, 2007, 03:03 AM #9
As for size, maybe make a much smaller size option available too? People might click on a small screen out of curiosity...or in order to see the full sized version?
(might have to change the video controls for that though...)
February 22nd, 2007, 06:05 AM #10
Thanks for the feedback Simcat. I'll work on some smaller versions of the videos. I think maybe it's going to be best if we offer 2-3 versions of each video i.e. small, medium, and large.
February 22nd, 2007, 06:14 AM #11
You already know I have one of the videos on my site. Haven't checked the link you posted here out yet but am gonna. I love this idea. I had concerns about bandwidth at first, too and like simcat thought there may be problems with the page loading or something. But....no problems at all. Hasn't made any difference at all far as I can tell. Teeny bit difference...not sure if it matters or not....but when ya play the video on my site, nobody clicks on anything. As soon as the video is done it goes right to the site....like magic....Does that make any difference?
Thank you, thank you for coming up with this, too. Really love the idea
February 22nd, 2007, 06:24 AM #12
Glad to be of help . I was going to email you and tell you about this new video, and a couple of others on yoga that I uploaded yesterday. (I'm not sure if you got the newsletter I sent out earlier on or not).
Here are the URL's to grab the code for the other two videos:
Rodney Yee - Yoga For Back Care DVD:
Rodney Yee - Advanced Yoga DVD:
(Loads more on the way...)
Bandwidth is thankfully not an issue as the videos are hosted on WebVideoZone's servers. So far the hosting they provide seems very reliable and extremely fast (even in Bangkok). Here's to hoping it stays this way!
I have set all the players to have a still image for 30 seconds (one that I uploaded) then autodirect to the Gaiam sales page via your affiliate link. The system is very versatile at the back end, and there's a lot that can be done.
February 22nd, 2007, 07:22 AM #13
This going to be cool. The way I understand it any videos can be "branded" and links added, so an affiliate can create their own "testimonials" of video "content" and then get links added. The possibilites are endless.
SBI got a lot of their site owners to create videos and now use them as testimonials for all their affiliates. Very Cool!
February 22nd, 2007, 07:41 AM #14
Awwwh James.....you mean it was you after all and not magic? lol
I'm always poppin in here with other windows open and doin other stuff at the same time...so I placed "The Secret" video on my site, too. Dooo, dooo, dooo, dooo time. lol Was goin through some email at the same time and got my newsletter from Borders and it's talking about it in there. lol
Umm James....I'm with simcat, too. I always like little banners and prefer the smaller videos, too. This size is fine for me now but will change it to a smaller one whenever you have them
Not sure if I've gotten a more recent newsletter or you're referring to the earlier one but will take a look in my email to see.
I'm becoming a big fan of Rodney lol love watching and listening to his videos and think he's even gonna end up gettin me to try yoga. lol Gonna include these, too.
ummm have I said I love these yet? lol Agree with Rick about endless possibilities. Any musicians out there could have their own videos, too. Really love these and realllllly easy to do them.
Trust - I'm a lurker over at bumpzee lol will have to look for your entry....and you don't have to figure anything out....honest...if I can do this, you definitely can. Just a teeny little code is all ya have to put on your site. Easy as can be.
February 23rd, 2007, 02:26 PM #15
The links to the video creation script for each of the latest Gaiam Videos can be found on the below page. Seven videos loaded so far.
Find them all here
February 23rd, 2007, 03:25 PM #16
Thank you very much both James and Chris...you guys are making it very difficult for me to choose. I see em and then wanna put all of em on my site. I'm stopping at 3.....maybe lol
James - while you're here I'll save ya from having to read an email I was gonna send ya..(it'll be shorter since it's here lol ) Thank you very much for being so nice and giving me the actual code for the link I asked ya about.
February 24th, 2007, 11:21 PM #17
I love it, excellent tool. It's going to be a fun year to see more creative stuff like this!Jim Kukral
You will love my book: Attention! This Book Will Make You Money
February 25th, 2007, 04:08 PM #18
Youtube size videos seem to be the rage all of a sudden. But I think that is due to the recent blurbs about them being used as a revenue stream for posters.
March 1st, 2007, 01:05 AM #19
The majority of the Gaiam's videos are YouTube size which I guess is good. This is a long shot, but do any of the AM's or affiliates on this board have any CR data on video player sizes i.e. which size converts the best or gets played the most?
Anecdotally, from what I've seen so far "The Secret" video size (512x288) gets the most plays/sales...
March 1st, 2007, 08:25 AM #20
meet the sizes and other requirements and affs could then distribute your videos through G's AdWords system.
336 x 280 (Large rectangle)
300 x 250 (Inline rectangle)
250 x 250 (Square)
200 x 200 (Small Square)
(this would be direct-to-merchant ppc where the movies show up all over the Internet on publishers adsense sites)
March 1st, 2007, 11:06 PM #21
This is an outstanding idea. (Although it will result in some more very late nights for me )
March 2nd, 2007, 01:58 AM #22This is an outstanding idea. (Although it will result in some more very late nights for me )
March 2nd, 2007, 07:37 PM #23
This is a great tool, thanks for posting it. I always wondered why YouTube hasn't yet implemented clickable videos - but I'm sure thats coming.
"the secret" reminds me of "gabbo" from The Simpsons...nice way of creating a buzz for something that noone knows what it is except only that it's a secret.
March 12th, 2007, 11:29 PM #24
It'll be interesting to see how Google works on further monetizing YouTube. Something tells me that it won't just stop at AdSense/AdWords.
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