Affiliate/Online marketing is an interesting industry. A lot of the players are younger guys & girls with very little business experience. Being young I think that the language and attitude of a lot of people you’ll meet in this industry are different then other places of business. There’s also a lot of joking around, partying and a friendly nature between different business associates. Take the affiliate/affiliate manager relationship. A lot of affiliates are very friendly with their affiliate managers and vice versa. What I find obnoxious, is when people don’t know the difference between joking around and wasting my time when I’m talking serious business. Here are 2 examples:
Affiliate: Hey man, I’m looking for an auto insurance lead gen offer that accepts social traffic.
Affiliate Manager: Better Get Geico
Affiliate: haha, seriously
Affiliate Manager: I got one so easy a caveman could do it.
Affiliate: ok what is it?
Affiliate Manager: Did you know 15 minutes could save you 15%?
Affiliate: OK, im going to go ask another network because your a jerkoff.
Or This example:
Yesterday I saw an ex-affiliate manager of a certain network say they were looking for a job. I have some connections to get people jobs as affiliate managers. I sent her a message
Me: How good of an affiliate manager are you? Do you have a lot of really big affiliates? I may know of a company looking for AMs – Lemme know
Her: Im an awesome affiliate manager of course What company are you referring to? Thanks!!
Me: Do you have a big book of business?
Her: These fuckers know me all over the world!
Uhhh, ok. With a response like that, she’s the last person I’d recommend for a job.
Joking around is fine and fun but know the difference between when someone is talking serious business vs. just killing time.