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Why Every SaaS Business Needs an Affiliate Program

Written by: Savian Boroanca, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 
Executive Contributor Savian Boroanca

Join Sessions' Affiliate Program today and turn your expertise into earnings. The SaaS (software as a service) industry is estimated to grow from $317.55 billion in 2024 to $1228.87 billion by 2032. In such a fiercely competitive landscape, surviving is hard. Thriving is even harder.


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To succeed in this fast-paced industry, you’ll need to employ any and every strategy available to help you attract and retain clients. An example of such a strategy is implementing an affiliate program. This can prove to be a great opportunity to generate buzz around your SaaS product and drive sales effortlessly without the need for extensive resources or hiring a dedicated sales team.


If you're still not convinced, let us tell you more about how an affiliate program can be the game-changer your business needs.



5 Benefits an affiliate program brings to you


  1. More sales & revenue: With an affiliate program, you tap into the reach and influence of your affiliates (who can have either small or large followings). With affiliates spreading the word far and wide, you get a constant increase in new users and revenue.

  2. Better performing SEO and overall online presence: Affiliates use various media, such as websites, blogs, and social media, to promote your products, generate backlinks, and drive organic traffic to your platform. The sudden and constant increase in your online presence helps boost your SaaS in search engine rankings and establishes your company as an authority in the industry.

  3. Scalable growth strategy: Affiliate marketing offers a scalable growth strategy that you can adjust according to your business' growth trajectory and budget constraints. You can expand your affiliate network and enter new markets without too many additional costs, making it adaptable to evolving business needs. At the same time, you have the flexibility to reduce affiliate commissions or pause the program if necessary.

  4. Word-of-mouth marketing: Affiliates can easily become powerful advocates for your SaaS products. Leveraging their credibility and influence can drive word-of-mouth marketing, which has a great influence on people’s decisions to purchase anything. When audiences see trusted affiliates endorsing your products, they are likelier to try them out. Building a network of industry-expert affiliates can further enhance your credibility and encourage word-of-mouth referrals.

  5. No risks involved: Unlike traditional advertising methods that require an upfront investment, an affiliate program has minimal financial risks. You only pay affiliates for successful referrals, which means you only spend money when you generate revenue.


With a well-structured program in place, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain from implementing an affiliate marketing strategy. With minimal financial investment upfront and payments only for successful referrals, the potential benefits of having an affiliate far outweigh any potential drawbacks.



5 Good practices when launching your affiliate program


We recently launched our affiliate program here at Sessions. There are some extremely good practices we’ve learned along the way that we think you should know as well if you’re thinking of implementing an affiliate program:


  1. Have clear objectives: Before doing anything else, outline your goals and objectives for the affiliate program. Is it to increase sign-ups, drive sales, or expand market reach? The clearer your objectives, the more focused and strategic your approach will be later.

  2. Offer competitive commissions: Incentivize affiliates with recurring, life-long commissions. Consider offering bonuses or tiered commission structures to reward top performers and encourage long-term engagement.

  3. Provide marketing materials: Give affiliates a variety of marketing materials, including banners, email templates, social media posts, etc. Ensure these materials effectively communicate your product's value proposition so affiliates can easily use them when promoting your platform.

  4. Implement reliable tracking methods: Set up good tracking strategies to accurately track and attribute conversions to affiliate referrals. Use dedicated platforms if necessary. This is undoubtedly one of the most important things you need to do.

  5. Support your affiliates: Be supportive and engage with your affiliate community as much as possible. Offer them training resources and communicate with them constantly. Encourage collaboration and feedback to improve the program and drive results.

Final thoughts


It may be controversial, but any SaaS that does not have an affiliate program leaves money on the table.


It’s a smart yet low-risk marketing strategy that can grow your brand's reach, drive up sales, and develop a loyal community of advocates around your product. So, don't hesitate to embrace affiliate marketing's potential in your business. You will not regret it.


👉 Sessions recently launched its own affiliate program, and we invite you to join it. Sign up now to become an affiliate and earn up to 40% commission on each sale for life. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to grow your income while helping others discover the power of Sessions.



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Savian Boroanca, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

I am passionate about praxeology, entrepreneurship, politics, diplomacy, cinema, and sports.

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