Ashleigh was out this week, so Cindy Ballard from the original podcasts joined me. Now she is sitting on the other side of affiliate marketing as an OPM for Greg Hoffman Consulting. We talked specifically about one of her managed programs, Designer Shoes.
- Designer Shoes started for larger shoes sizes but now has expanded to include all hard to find sizes from 4 up to 16, including various widths. They include many different brands including New Balance and Aerosoles.
- The site allows you to shop by size as well as by type or brand of shoe. Even sizes like 13 have over 700 different shoes available!
- If you are looking for shoe deals, start first with the “On Sale” Clearance tab with prices up to 80% off. The Daily Specials tab has new markdowns each day.
- Interesting things about the Designer Shoes Affiliate Program on Sharesale include no reversals plus affiliate-only coupon codes like free shipping on every purchase (normally free shipping on $75). Shoe programs generally have high reversal rates, so this is a big deal!
- What’s hot in shoes right now for fall and winter? Check the New Arrivals tab. In particular boots and dressy shoes for the holidays are selling well.
- Get DesignerShoes.com coupons at Sunshine Rewards.
You can find Cindy Ballard at Greg Hoffman Consulting and Tricia Meyer at Tricia.me or Sunshine Rewards.
Halloween shopping is in full swing and customers can get some great deals from a variety of merchants. Be sure to check for exclusive coupons and cash back on all of these merchants from Sunshine Rewards.
- Great deals we are seeing from merchants that we have never heard of before, including Costume Discounters.
- Shout out to Halloween Express for sponsoring a fun Facebook contest for us ($100 gift card). Their option to buy online and pick up locally will be great for many shoppers.
- A great option for plus-sized Halloween costumes (and not just lingerie) is Plus Size Lingerie Boutique.
- Hot costumes this year like Avengers plus blasts from the past like Power Rangers and Strawberry Shortcake.
- Save money when you use what you have buy purchase accessories only.
- Odd promotions from merchants unrelated to Halloween like Auto Parts Warehouse.
- Cheryl’s fun cookie greeting card for $5 (less if bought in bulk). Perfect for grandkids, college students, and anyone you just want to send a little pick-me-up to.
- Ways to reuse costumes so that you get more bang for your buck (like trips to Disney and birthday parties).
Ashleigh Ball is the Sunshine Rewards coupon and deal expert and Tricia Meyer has been in the deal site industry for over 8 years. They are both avid online shoppers who are always looking for the best deals possible.
Todd Farmer and Eric Nagel from Wine Club Group joined us on this podcast to talk about Wine Clubs, a timely topic heading into holiday shopping season. As a wine novice, Ashleigh had great questions for us about the differences in clubs, wine clubs as gifts, and our favorites.
- Wine clubs are not just about memberships. They are often just scheduled shipments.
- Wine clubs send tasting notes that are good for learning more about wine. They also tend to send a nice variety.
- Discussion of wine clubs as a gift versus sending Wine Club gift baskets.
- Choosing your first wine club.
- Ordering a big case club such as the Wall Street Journal club can be good for newbies. Includes variety plus tasting notes.
- Eric loves the Cellars Wine Club Half Case Club because of the quality of the wine and the size of the shipment.
- Pay attention to shipping costs. Some include them and some do not.
- Todd and Tricia talked about favorite local wine clubs like Simply Wine in Northville, Michigan, and Cooper Hawk Winery in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Cellars Wine Club was the overall favorite, with different clubs for different people.
Find more wine club tips from Todd, Tricia, and Eric at WineClubReviewsandRatings.com
Ashleigh Ball is the Sunshine Rewards coupon and deal expert and Tricia Meyer has been in the deal site industry for over 8 years. They are both avid online shoppers and white wine drinkers.
Daily Deals are all the rage in marketing these days and it can be difficult to make sure that you don’t miss them. Consumers are starting to look for these deals on a regular basis and affiliates are trying to figure out how to make the most of them. Because of our research for our new Sunshine Rewards Daily Deal emails, we have learned a lot about them in the last month and what to share what we have learned.
- Some of the merchants who do a great job with daily deals include: BuySpys, Orange Onions, and Tanga. Others that focus on daily deals but do not always send them out to their affiliates like 1SaleADay and VMInnovations are worth visiting daily.
- Common niches for daily deals are magazines, shoes, and electronics.
- Group buying sites like Groupon, Saveology, Living Social, Mamasource, and Plum District are also worth it for both affiliates and consumers to check every day.
- Amazon features free Kindle books each day as well as free and discounted MP3s.
- Daily deals have to be weighed against the cost of shipping.
- Consumers should focus on bookmarking a couple of good daily deals sites to visit each day, watching the Facebook streams of brands that they love, and signing up for newsletters for merchants that they frequently buy from.
- Affiliate sites that focus on daily and last-minute deals like Dealnews and Shopping Bookmarks are good for consumers to visit each day.
Clearly daily deals are working for merchants and affiliates should continue to find ways to capitalize on them.
Ashleigh Ball is the Sunshine Rewards coupon and deal expert and Tricia Meyer has been in the deal site industry for over 7 years. They are both avid online shoppers who are always looking for the best deals possible.