An introduction to Hotel Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing has been around for quite some time, but it’s surprising to see how many hospitality sales & marketing professionals are unaware of the tremendous online opporunities that exist. So just what is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is an Internet-based marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s marketing efforts. Affiliate marketing is also the name of the industry where a number of different types of companies and individuals are performing this form of Internet marketing, including affiliate networks, affiliate management companies, and in-house affiliate managers, specialized third party vendors, and various types of affiliates / publishers who promote the products and services of their partners. (Source: Wikipedia)

While Hotels can employ a variety of affiliate marketing techniques, primary methods include setting up their own simple affiliate program where those who generate sales are rewarded with a commission (much like a travel agent commission, but usually lower than the 10%)…or working with established online affiliate marketplace like Commission Junction (CJ.com) to create an affilate program.

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