We are currently using discount codes to track affiliates. As our volume is low (new store), we can't yet justify spending on a dedicated affiliates Shopify app, so we manually create a new 20% discount code for each affiliate.
The affiliate then tells their contacts to use that specific discount code, and we can then track that sale towards that affiliate.
There doesn't seem to be a way to direct users to your website and have a discount code automatically applied to their cart.
This is what we would like to be able to do:
Whatever the customer then does, the discount code AFF201 would then be applied without the customer needing to enter that code manually.
That way everybody would be happy:, the customer gets a discount, we can track the sale coming from that specific affiliate and take care of remunerating the affiliate accordingly.
Does anyone see a way to do this with the default Shopify platform (no paid Shopify app)?
I was pointed to a step-by-step instruction that more or less does this (without the redirect part, but that can easily be done manually). I'm off to implement and test that!
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So using your current system as stated above how do you keep transparency with your affiliates? And do you manually do payouts every so often based on the referral and discount code data?