Acquire valuable subscribers

How to setup subscriptions and auto-shipments in combination with Shopify affiliate marketing

by Sophie Alvsaker


Posted: Friday 22nd Febuary 2019 | Updated: Thursday 11th June 2020


For setting up subscriptions with WooCommerce refer to this article here: WooCommerce setup


Set Up Subscriptions and Auto Shipments for Shopify online stores with ShoutOut MLM App

Subscriptions & auto shipments

Many e-commerce merchants have discovered that offering a subscription option and auto-shipping products or services on a regular basis to customers can build a phenomenally successful business.

Unlike a traditional e-commerce store where customers make a one time purchase, savvy store owners who offer a subscription option enjoy repeat orders on a regular basis, predicability for cashflow, and greater customer loyalty.

How to attract subscribers?

Customers who subscribe to your products or services are highly valuable as you'll be receiving revenue from them on a regular and ongoing basis.

Using affiliate and influencer marketing to attract these high value customers offers a wealth of advantages including:

  • The ability to target your exact audience
  • Distribution of attractive coupons via influencers
  • Improved credibility via recommendations
  • AND only needing to pay on actual sales results!

You'll be pleased to know ShoutOut's Growth and Pro (paid) plans work in combination with subscriptions and auto ship options.

How to setup subscriptions with Shopify

To provide a subscription or auto ship option you will first need to setup a third party App to manage repeat orders.

We recommend either Recurring Invoices, or if you're looking for something more automated and powerful, ReCharge.

BOTH OF THESE APPS HAVE BEEN TESTED WITH SHOUTOUT AND YOUR AFFILIATES WILL BE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY USE BOTH AFFILIATE LINKS AND COUPON/DISCOUNT CODES TO REFER SALES TO YOUR STORE.

You'll also be able to use all this in combination with ShoutOut's powerful multi level marketing (MLM) capabilities.

Repeat Orders with Lifetime Association

ShoutOut also has the unique ability to credit your affiliates for all future sales from the same customer via way of ShoutOut's exclusive 'Lifetime Association' feature.

To activate this option simply enable Settings > Preferences > Lifetime Association and your affiliates will never miss out on their commission on future orders that are generated by your subscription App.

Lifetime Association - ShoutOut MLM App for Shopify

In Summary

We hope this allows you to better understand how to setup affiliate marketing in combination with subscriptions. As always, if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us here at ShoutOut.

 

About the Author

Sophie Alvsaker ​is a professional educator, presenter and a leading expert in affiliate marketing and referral programs. Sophie is passionate about sharing engaging and practical insights to allow clients to maximize the effectiveness of ShoutOut's many features and tools.

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