Affiliate Recruitment via Regular Mail – Avoid This Mistake

In case you have missed my weekend tweet, a really interesting situation has occurred to me on Saturday:

Nearly two years ago I blogged about “regular mail” as “the most underused method” of affiliate recruitment, encouraging merchants to mail prospective affiliates “a postcard, or even a package with a little gift”, promising that it will “do wonders for your affiliate recruitment campaign”; hence “it’s well-worth the extra time spent on it.” A month ago Shawn Collins also posted an example of an “affiliate recruiting postcard”. And then a few weeks later I get an underpaid-mail-to-be-delivered notice from USPS. A bit confused, yet nonetheless intrigued I settle the difference (paying 150% more than what the sender paid), and receive an envelope with a well-put-together marketing booklet, explaining why I want to partner with their affiliate program.

I won’t call the merchant out. That’s not the purpose of this post. The point is to (a) once again emphasize this method of affiliate recruitment, and (b) warn merchants from committing the “underpaid mail” mistake.

I didn’t join the program (however interesting the educational course on CDs looked, it wasn’t a good fit for this blog); and I still don’t know why I ended up paying to find out about their affiliate program.

The Facebook convo that I had (with two affiliates, and an affiliate manager) summarized the irony of the situation extremely well:

By all means, do use regular mail to approach affiliates. But check the current postage prices before mailing your envelope off! After all, (i) you’re putting your money and effort into designing and producing the marketing material, (ii) you’re using a method very few competing affiliate programs would use, and (iii) you’re spending your time on it all… Why doom it all to the trash bin?!

8 thoughts on “Affiliate Recruitment via Regular Mail – Avoid This Mistake”

  1. Bonus tip with regard to mailing affiliates – if you sign up for the USPS program to use QR codes on the outside of your mailing, you can save money on the postage. Better yet, if you use a tracking link behind the QR code, you can track how many of the people who saw the offer checked out the program by way of the QR code.

  2. That was bad. It may have been outsourced, been seeing a lot of outsourced (and badly done) recruitment going on via email. Check the postmark, it may have come from farther away than the program.

    1. Good thinking, Nancy; but I’m afraid my daughter has already destroyed the envelope. She really liked the “Aloha shirts” stamps that were on it, and I let her cut those out… It may very well have been outsourced.

  3. Thanx Geno, checking them out…am sure they will work for me…by the way do you also promote plugins as affiliates?

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