Hey Guys and Girls
I was talking with a large US affiliate last week and one thing that was mentioned sounded totally crazy to me. I wanted to know if any ABW'rs had similar experiences with networks in the US as it was so far away from how we like to get things working at buy.at.
Hereís what he said - " that in one situation with a network where they were the biggest affiliate on a certain merchants program it was actually in both the affiliate and merchant terms that they could not speak with each other. "
I mean come on I said this cant be true surely its so stone age and smacks of a network that is so scared of being found wanting in terms of value add that it has to keep everyone in the mix apart.
Although I was shocked this kind of situation still existed in the present day I have to admit I was also pleased to see thatís the kind of thing we were up against with regards to the some of the big 3
At buy.at we have meeting after meeting with our affiliates , merchants and agencies in the same room - the results that gets produced for our clients from these sessions is amazing there is so much added value for all parties and a much greater trust is built up that only comes from face to face meetings.
The chat I had with the affiliate made me want to come here and post to see if others had similar experiences and if that made it hard for you to actually go about your business - are networks in the way as opposed to providing added value for all the money you make them?