Michael Burke

Snap Affiliates – The Problem To Solve

Anyone that’s used the built-in Zen Cart affiliate/referrer system knows that it’s pretty unworkable. The biggest failing is that a store owner must rely on each customer to accurately report who referred them to the store. Unless there’s a significant reward for doing so, customers simply aren’t going to take this step at checkout. Enticing customers with significant rewards is tough, because the store is already taking a cut by paying the affiliate. A better solution has to have a better interface for the customer as it’s primary guiding principle; one which doesn’t bite into the bottom line.

Of course, no affiliate program can succeed without a group of happy, productive affiliates. Happy affiliates need to be able to track their orders. They need to have design and code support from the store they’re representing. The current Zen Cart referrer system has none of this. Referrers pass out their code and simply hope for the best. A better solution needs to give affiliates tools they can use to succeed. Moreover, they need to be able to keep track of how well they are succeeding.

Last, and certainly not least, a good affiliate program needs a good leader. A good leader also needs good tools. The current Zen Cart referrer system only provides a simple list of orders. It doesn’t manage commission rates. It doesn’t allow a store owner to track payments made to affiliates. It doesn’t allow a store owner to manage it’s team of affiliates. A better solution needs to solve all these problems in some way.

When I set out to write Snap Affiliates, I intended to solve all these problems at a minimum. What I wound up with not only deals with these issues, but does so in a way that integrates tightly with Zen Cart. Work is minimized for everyone; the customer, the affiliate, and the store owner. Less work means fewer mistakes, happier participants, and more money for everyone involved. That’s a winning formula for any affiliate program.

Sunday, February 8th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

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nelson says:

Hello there,

I am very interesting in your snap affiliates.
But now I could not find any demo at the internat or some live store, could you please build a demo cart to show your fantastic work to everybody who like me.

Thanks,

nelson says:

hello there,

It’s me, again.

I have installed your fantastic model at local test store, it works great, just want to say thanks.

Regards,

erick says:

Hello,

Intalled ok, no issues, but I do not see anything diferent in the backend to be able to USE the affliate program.

What am I missing ?

Thx,
Erick

Jason says:

Hello Michael,
Thanks for this awesome plugin.I’ll test it and leave the feedback soon.

Best regards,
Jason

Mike says:

Is this compatiable with the zen cart 1.39?

Gordon Ireland says:

Hi
Does this work with the latest zen cart? and how much for you to install? and if I understand this is an “in house” affiliate program, not a 3rd party

Niel says:

Hi There,

I am very interesting in your snap affiliates.
Can you please send me a link for any demo on some live store, could you please build a demo cart to show your fantastic work to everybody.

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