Q1 Affiliate Newsletter

New Sites, New Creatives, and New Ways to Make Money!

2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year. Here’s what’s new at FriendFinder Networks.

 

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HTTPS compliant FFN sites are almost complete. To ensure you benefit from this development, please be aware of the following:

  • For cobrands, you should forward your domain’s HTTPS certificate to operations@medley.com
  • For banners & text links, you should make sure the publishing site is HTTPS compliant

 

Throughout this process, your affiliate manager will work closely with you to ensure a smooth transition. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at any time.

New Cobrands Convert your niche traffic   (5 New Cobrands Killing it!)

If you’re looking for fresh ways to drive traffic, we got you. These hot new co-brands appeal to a variety of audiences.

  • com – online dating for Asian singles from around the world
  • com – a new premium transsexual dating and personals site. Convert your transgender traffic
  • com – lesbian personals to convert your girl-on-girl traffic
  • com – we’ve added over 50 + new gay cam models to our model base, so we’re ready for your gay traffic
  • com – our sensual dating site is getting a major overhaul. Once it’s unveiled you’ll have a high-converting place to send your PG traffic

 

Contact your affiliate manager now to get started and watch the conversions roll in!

Check Out Our Top Performing Banners and Landers

These banners and landers were our top performers in Q4, so check out the updated blog post below and make sure you’re using the highest converting creatives we have on deck. This is the best way to increase your conversions, so if you haven’t changed out your creative in a while, now is the time to do it.

 

Check out the latest top performers here.

Important News From Payoneer

If you receive payments through Payoneer, your pre-paid Mastercard needs to be replaced. Please order a new Choice Bank card to receive future payments. If you need assistance, please reach out to your affiliate manager or contact Payoneer directly.

It’s Almost Tax Time

We’ll be sending out 1099s starting in the month of January, so please be sure your address is up to date in our system. If you do not receive your 1099 please contact the affiliate marketing team.

Trade Show Season is Off to a Running Start!

The FriendFinder Networks affiliate team has been out in full force this January, making the rounds from XBiz and InterNext to AVN and The Affiliate Summit West. They met with adult entertainment fans, networked with affiliates old and new, and even picked up a few awards along the way. Thanks to all who helped make this a successful trip!

 

Upcoming show schedule

  • The European Summit: Barcelona, March 4 – 7, 2017
  • The Phoenix Forum: Tempe, AZ, March 22-26, 2017

 

Come see us or contact your affiliate manager to set up a meeting. (Limited appointments available.)

  

  

 Coming Soon! Adult FriendFinder Program Launch for Q1

Our Per-Order by Country payout program offers affiliates a flat payout based on country. That includes: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States. Stay tuned for an official launch date.

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FriendFinder Networks Nominated for Five XBIZ Awards

FriendFinder Networks (FFN) has been nominated for an honorable five XBIZ awards for our Dating and Cams platforms.  Elected by industry influencers and professionals, the five nominations reaffirm that our focus on our interactive offerings has not gone unnoticed and recognizes our continued growth in the dating and live broadcasting sectors.

The five XBIZ nominations include:

Dating Affiliate Program of the Year – FriendFinder Networks

Live Cam Company of the Year (North America) – Cams.com

Adult Site of the Year Dating – AdultFriendFinder.com

Adult Site of the Year (Live Cam) – Cams.com

Marketing Campaign of the Year – AdultFriendFinder

“Even after two decades and dozens of awards ceremonies, being recognized by your colleagues and friends in the business never gets old,” said Jon Buckheit, CEO of FriendFinder Networks.  “We have invested a ton of resources not only into maximizing our dating offerings in 2016 but also to amplify our live broadcast platform and appeal.  It’s great to see that people took note and we are grateful to our affiliates, partners, and friends for giving us their votes as they cast them for the winner.”

The XBIZ Awards are the industry’s premiere B2B awards held annually in Los Angeles.  The 2017 ceremony will be held on January 12th in downtown Los Angeles and hosted by the legendary Ron Jeremy.  For more information on the event or to VOTE for FriendFinder Networks in our respective categories, visit http://xbizawards.com

Cams.com Model Manager Steve Hamilton Heads to an Industry Conference in Berlin

Cams.com has been invited by XBIZ to the 2016 XBIZ Berlin Live Cams Discussion Track this week.  Representing the company will be Model Manager Steve Hamilton who will travel to the event in Germany and speak on several panels as well as take meetings with studios and models interested in working with Cams.com.

Hamilton will be present on the following panels planned within the show’s Live Cam Track:

CAMS TRACK:  Promoting Cam Sites

CAMS TRACK:  Working with White Labels

CAMS TRACK:  Live Cam Networks Today

“I am pumped to be traveling to Germany and getting the chance to meet with studios and models that we may not have met before.  I am always looking to share my knowledge, learn from my esteemed colleagues and do business and this is a great opportunity to do so,” said Hamilton. “Check out the Live Cams Track and don’t be shy about personally approaching me to talk shop.”

Cams.com has seen a fast increase in model and traffic volume in the last year and with our eye on 2017, the program is sure to grow even more.

For more information on Cams.com model requirements or assistance contact steve.hamilton@ffn.com or look for him at the show.  Boasting more model tools, support, and money making opportunities than any other cam site, Cams.com is always seeking the best in the business.

FFN Introduces New Business Development Manager -Paul Hoang

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We are delighted to announce the newest addition to our talented team, Paul Hoang, Business Development Manager.  Paul joins FriendFinder Networks with over four years of experience in the performance marketing industry and brings a fresh new perspective in driving revenue and results in the ever-evolving casual and adult dating verticals.

Paul started his career in the performance marketing space as an executive at an email marketing company and from there, transitioned to mobile marketing with AddsPRO.  At AddsPRO, Paul was responsible for managing the Asia Pacific region with mobile content and sweepstake subscription offers.  Having learned a great deal about monetizing different regions, Paul brings a wealth of knowledge to the FFN Affiliate Team. Welcome aboard Paul!!

Feel free to contact Paul at phoang@ffn.com

AdultFriendFinder and Cams.com Win 3 Prestigious Awards at LALExpo

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This year FriendFinder Networks walked away with 3 awards at the LALExpo in Cartagena.

  • Best Industry Rep – Ruben Rodriguez
  • Best Dating Company – AdultFriendFinder
  • Best Content Producer or Provider – Steve Hamilton

We are very proud of Steve and Ruben for their individual contributor awards, and to the entire team at FriendFinder Networks for producing the Best Dating Company, AdultFriendFinder.com. Way to go Team!!!

FriendFinder Network’s Live Streaming Powerhouse, Cams.com, Nominated for Multiple LALExpo Awards

The Cams.com team is not only attending the LALExpo with an impressive arsenal of exciting new features and opportunities for models and studios, they also will be honored with nine combined nominations for some of the industry’s most prestigious web cam awards.

To view the Press Release and the full list of award nominations click HERE.

Cams.com heads to the LAL Expo on July 11-15

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Cams.com is excited to participate in the Latin American Adult Expo this year in beautiful Cartagena, Colombia. Last year Cams.com used the LAL Expo in Medellin as the beginning of our rebirth as a company! For 2016 we have made a new commitment to Latin America and Colombian models and traffic. We have also made huge improvements to the model experience, member experience and affiliate experience. These changes are already bringing more profits to our partners and models!

This year we will have a full team of Cams.com experts to answer any questions you may have. Ruben Rodriguez is nominated for LAL Expo “Best Industry Representative!” If you have any affiliate or business development questions, he will show you why he was nominated for this prestigious award. Make sure to ask him all about his dogs. Steve Hamilton is our Model Manager. He can answer any and all questions related to the model and studio experience on Cams.com. He was also nominated for “Best Content Producer or Provider” for his video work with studios in Colombia, so he loves to talk video. Scott Thompson, our Director of Product Marketing, will also be on hand to talk about the direction of the Cams.com product. He is an avid surfer, so if he’s not at the booth, he’s likely trying to catch a wave on the beach. We will have models at the booth as well, because it’s LAL and we’re Cams.com!

Since you saw us last year we have rolled out many new advances including: Tipping Mode, Buzzmode, Connexions, Tokens, and Cams.com Model of the Year. Ask us about the MANY more new advances that we are working on to improve how models can monetize their time both online and when they are away from the computer!

Overall, Cams.com, AdultFriendFinder and our exclusive Cam models are nominated for 9 awards. So if you can’t come visit us at LAL, you can still vote for us at: http://awards.lalexpo.com/.

Feel free to contact us at community_manager@cams.com to set up meetings with our team at the show.  We hope to see you there!

Read Press Release HERE

The Cams.com Team

 

Beat The Heat With AdultFriendFinder.com

Tips and Tricks to Boost Your ROI during the Summer Slowdown.

Summer is here and many in the industry know that things can slow down for adult affiliate traffic. The reasons for this are pretty clear: people spend more time outside, they go on vacations with their families, and they typically spend less time browsing online for a hot date or hook up, or looking at cute cam girls. However, we have a few tips for you to avoid that summer slump and keep your numbers on the upside while everyone enjoys the summer sun.

  1. Keep things seasonal. Make your advertising fit the season. This will make potential customers excited about what you are offering. Advertising AFF as a way to meet a fling while on a vacation is a great way to capitalize on summer activities, and keep people coming in for some exciting hook up adventures throughout the steamy summer. Using pictures of summer imagery like beaches, cold drinks and hot couples in bathing suits may help to increase conversions. Be sure to check out our new summer creatives such as banners and landing pages on the FFN Affiliate banner farm.
  1. Match traffic & targets. You know what your traffic is like. In the summer it’s very important to match the traffic you have to the AFF site that best matches your viewer’s interests. If you have more of a kinky crowd then Alt.com is the perfect site for you to promote, and if you want to advertise to the gay community then OutPersonals.com would be the best choice. If your users want to interact with live cam models, then go with Cams.com. Getting the right site in front of your site’s users will increase your conversion rate during the summer slump.
  1. Experiment during the slowdown. In the summer, while things are a little slower, it’s a great time to experiment with different markets and sites to promote. You will probably discover something new about your audience and how it performs that you didn’t know, which will help you when things pick back up as summer dreams come to an end and people resume their regular lives in August and September. It’s a great way to use the summer slump to your advantage to increase ROI at a later date.

The summer slowdown can actually be a positive time for AdultFriendFinder affiliates if you know how to harness your data, reach your audience properly and try new things to gain knowledge to use later. Affiliates who do this can get on top of a slowdown at any time of year, which can make them more successful than those who take a slump lying down.

Now that you’ve beat the summer blues, take a break outside to catch some rays with a nice cool one and watch the numbers roll in! If you have any questions or just want to say “Hi” feel free to contact us anytime at md_bizdev@ffn.com.

Andrew Conru Featured in Vice.com Article

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The Creator of the First Online Dating Site Is Still Dating Online 

Andrew Conru, Founder of FriendFinder Networks, is highlighted in a feature article by New York Times reporter Nadja Sayej.  Conru describes how he started Web Personals (arguably the first online dating site ever) in 1993 while doing his doctorate at Stanford University. After running Web Personals for about a year, he “didn’t know any better” and sold it to Telepersonals for $100,000. Soon after he got out of the non-compete, he started another dating website, FriendFinder.com, in 1996. The rest is History as they say!

Read the full story on motherboard.vice.com