Referral (affiliate) program is an effective online marketing tool, which allows you to create a community of partners motivated to spread the word about your online store and your website on the Internet and in social media. Everyone who has joined your referral program will receive bonuses for every friend he or she refers to make a purchase in your store. Referring is performed via a unique referral link of the form
yourdomain.com/?promo_id=199251; every partner can receive it in his personal account on your website.
Anyone can become your referral partner! It only requires to sign up for an account via your online storefront and to accept your referral program terms and conditions. The personal promo link is automatically generated for each new partner.
“Referral program” is a turnkey plugin, which enables you to instantly establish a referral program in your online store powered by Shop-Script:
- Easily activate a fully-featured referral (affiliate) program which does not require special accounts on third-party websites. You control the entire referral program and partner activity in your Shop-Script backend.
- Easy-to-join referral program promo screen in the “My account” section of your website.
- Promo links can be created for any storefront pages by adding ?promo_id=PARNER_CODE part to a page URL. This applies to your store's homepage, product pages, category pages, search results, etc.
- Built-in referral analytics system for tracking conversions, visits, and transactions with breakdown by traffic source.
- Automated 301 redirect for all ?promo_id= links ensuring natural distribution of the “link juice” (Page Ranks) among your online storefront pages—it's great for search engine optimisation!
- Promo links can be embedded in any website, including forums, blogs, and social media. Link previews in social networks are properly generated with the use of the automated 301 redirect for ?promo_id= links.
- Full compatibility with Shop-Script built-in loyalty (bonus) program. Referral and loyalty bonuses are summed up and can be spent by your customers for receiving discounts in your store.
- The ability to manually add and track bonus payouts to your partners (if your company policy allows payouts). Auto-payouts of referral bonus points are not supported.
- Referral cookie life period is configurable and is set to 30 days by default. The cookie is overwritten if a customer clicks on a different referral link before the previously saved referral cookie's life period has expired.
- The referral program is automatically enabled for all storefronts powered by one installed copy of Shop-Script.
- The list of referral partners is displayed in a separate backend section in Customers — Referrals.
- Automatic sending of email notifications about new bonus credits to referrals partners.
- Editable referral program terms and promo texts.