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When we launched our automated solution Convert-a-Link earlier this year, we knew it would help to simplify the process of creating and implementing links across new and existing content. However, we could not have predicted the astonishing results some of our publishers have seen since using the tool. In our latest case study ESI Media, the publishing company behind the London Evening Standard and the Independent, saw an 122% increase in clicks and 114 % increase in sales with the John Lewis programme alone after implementing Convert-a-Link. Learn more about ESI's experience and how you can install the tool on your site here.

UK advertisers and publishers are eagerly anticipating Black Friday, the largest trading period in the UK retail calendar. However, there is an event that dwarfs this, and most of the UK may not even be aware of – Singles Day. This year saw Singles Day break all previous records, with China’s largest e-commerce retailer, Alibaba, generating £9.4bn worth of sales. What's more, across our network UK advertisers saw a YoY sales growth of 109% compared to Singles Day 2014, indicating a new fixture on the UK retail calendar. Check out our full report here.

If you missed out on maximising sales for Singles Day, fear not - Black Friday is right around the corner and with sales hitting a record one million over the four days during the Black Friday to Cyber Monday period last year, there is a similar outlook predicted this year. To help make sure you are prepped for the opportunities that lie ahead, we've put together a comprehensive guide covering content, newsletter sends, mobile, AOVs, tenancies and assists for Black Friday 2015.

What's more, to help ensure you are equipped with the advertiser offers that are available to promote, we will be sending out a 'Bumper Black Friday' newsletter next Tuesday afternoon. In the meantime if you'd like to see what offers have already been posted by our advertisers, check out the Black Friday/Cyber Monday category on TheHub.

If you're already missing the warmer weather and dreaming of Summer 2016, you're not the only one! On Thursday 5th November, Phase Eight welcomed a selection of affiliates, journalists and bloggers to view an exclusive preview of the upcoming Spring/Summer 2016 Collection. Check out a preview of the collection and join the programme here.

Finally, if you haven't already, make sure to sign up to our 'Pitching for Assist Payments' webinar on Thursday 3rd December at 4pm with our Head of Publisher Services Edwyn McFarlance. Full details can be found here.

Keep up with the latest news on our blog and find self-serve information on our Wiki.

Until next time,

Publisher Tips

Optimising your web content for SEO: Part Two



Content is the real clincher when it comes to getting your website seen by internet searchers. Very little influence is attributed to keyword density within web page content and so it is wise to consider other things when writing your website copy:

  • Choose an interesting subject for a webpage or blog post
  • Research and investigate the subject thoroughly
  • Produce content that is valuable to your audience
  • Ensure that all article content reaches or passes 400 words
  • Create relevant headings and sub headings for paragraphs
  • Try to divide the content into small paragraphs, of a few sentences, or bulleted lists
  • Create text links to other similar pages on the site and on other sites if necessary
  • Make the page easily shareable on social networks

Above all, enjoy creating the content on your site. If you do so it will shine through and your users will engage with your passion and the passion translated into the content you create!

Best of luck!

Will Hill

Affiliate Window Publisher Services Team


New Programme Launches

Advertiser of the Month

Editor's Pick

Offer of the Week


Buyagift: Win one of many brilliant experiences with our Christmas Incentive!

Buyagift are excited to announce our Christmas incentive, where lucky affiliates can win some of our many brilliant experiences based on revenue, YoY increase and most creative promotion.

The prizes will range from helicopter trips around London to luxurious spa days, so there will be something to suit everyone! The incentive will run from the 1st November and end on 31st December 2015.

Full details here.

swoon editions

Great Magazines: Commission Increase

Great Magazines have increased their commission to £8 for all orders over £8!

Duration: 17/11/15 - 30/12/15

Offer your visitors the chance to buy some of the hottest magazines titles around in both Digital, Package and Print format, such as; FHM, Grazia, Heat, Empire, Digital Photo, LandScape, Yours, Match, Car, Kerrang, Q, Bike, Today's Golfer, Outdoor Fitness, Closer, Zoo, Trail, and many more.

Join the programme.

swoon editions

New Look: 25% Off at New Look!

New Look have up to 25% off selected lines - Hurry limited time only!

Get your wardrobe ready for the festive period with our latest fashion ranges:

- Party wear

- Knitwear

- Winter Shop

Read more.

Featured Promotions


Myprotein: 30% OFF Aminos, Weight Loss and Vitamins

Don't break a sweat with these sweet affiliate exclusives including 25% off selected chocolate, free sweat pants when you spend over £20 & 30% off Aminos, Weight Loss and Vitamins!

Read more.

swoon editions

Party Superstores: Free Santa Hat With Every Order + Free Delivery

We are excited to be offering a free Santa hat on orders placed from for our first Christmas campaign!

We also have several ongoing promotions running:

Free standard Delivery on orders over £15: FREESTD15

Free next day delivery on orders over £25 : FREENEXT25

Read more.

swoon editions

New Balance: Up To £15 Off Just For 3 Days

Kick off the season with £10 off on orders above £80 and £15 off on orders above £90.

Promotion valid from the 16th of November until the 18th of November on selected products only.

Read more.

Barcelo Hotels: Extra 5% off on bookings with additional benefits

Monetize your web with new promo code from Barcelo Hotels which is applicable on all Barcelo Hotels and Resorts, Spain. Promo Code - BCONSTITUCION

Read more.


The Skills Network: 20% commission on sales of all our Level 3 courses!

For one week only we are offering 20% commission on sales of any of our Level 3 courses!

All our Level 3 courses are nationally recognised qualifications helping learners progress their knowledge to an advanced level.

Read more.

Laura Ashley

Red Letter Days: Week 5 of the Red Letter Day's Christmas incentive!

Welcome to Week 5 of the Red Letter Days Christmas incentive. To gain entries into the Christmas draw simply take part in the tasks we will send out each week.

We are offering Free 1st Class delivery on every experience order until Monday 30th November. For this week’s task we therefore ask you promote this offer on your platforms.

Read more.

Advertiser Profile

Village Hotels

Contact - Olivia Scott
Sector - Sports

Tell us something that publishers might not know about your programme?
Red Rush Vouchers are part of the UK and Ireland's Largest Action Sports Network

Which months are most important for your brand? When are your key sales periods?

What do you think is the next big thing for performance marketing?
I think there may be more of a lap over between affiliate marketing and social. Ie: everyone has the ability to sell each others brands successfully through social channels such as Twitter – the possibilities are endless! I also think white-labelling will become more and more popular.

Which methods have you found most effectively to motivate your publishers?
Good communication and support is important.


What technological innovation would you like to see in performance marketing?
Profiling and behavioral intelligence.

What’s the best piece of performance marketing advice you have been given?
Communication, communication, communication.

If you could change one aspect of the industry, what would it be and why?
Less hierarchical and brand led so that the new and exciting companies have more of a chance.

Can you recommend a film or two to the publisher community?
Thelma and Louise and The River Wild – old school.!

Which one website gets you through the day? – Did I just admit that?

Do you have any new/big plans for the next few months that publishers should know about?
We will be launching our Biggest Ever Sale in January – stay tuned ...

Join the programme now!

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