Lately the affiliate networks (Shareasale and Avantlink in particular) have been releasing some pretty awesome tools that make it easier than ever for affiliates to link directly to products from their blog posts in some very effective and engaging ways. Avantlink just (as in about 15 minutes ago) released the SnapVisi tool which was developed by the same person that built the SnapLinker tool. I am not going to get into a full demo or full tutorial on the tool right now but just wanted to show you what it could do.
Let’s say you put together some sort of gift guide with an image collage or have a picture of a crowd at a football game or something along those lines and you wanted to link to a number of different products that are featured in that image. With the SnapVisi tool you can do that in about 3 minutes. There is a bit of cutting and pasting some code into your post but all in all it is a very easy process. And knowing the Avantlink guys and the app developer it will get simpler as they refine the tool.
For this example I am just going to use the image on the front of the Fanatics site. BTW, don’t just grab images from our site like I am about to do. There are 6 shirts and 4 hats in this image and if you go down and hover over any of them you will see what this tool can do.
There are a lot of different applications where I can see this too being useful. Creating a gift guide featuring a number of different products is the first one that comes to mind. If you have a picture you took of the crowd at the game and want to easily link to what everyone is wearing that would be a “Snap” with this tool. You could take a pic of your tailgate setup and link to all the different flags, banners, your grill, the tent you are using, etc.. Pretty much any time you have an image and you want to link to a specific product this tool will be a great addition for you.
In the next few days we should have some tutorials built out for this. The easiest thing will be to just do a screenshare and walk you through the process. With this example it took a few minutes since there were 10 different products but if you have 2 or 3 products it shouldn’t take you more than a couple minutes. Drop me an email at email@example.com and I will show you how it works.