ShoutOut is a streamlined affiliate management app for Shopify stores that aims to offer a one-size-fits-all approach for e-commerce store owners. Their single plan offers all their features (ie: no add-ons), unlimited affiliates, unlimited sales, unlimited traffic, and even includes discount code tracking, QR codes, and MLM setup. ShoutOut offers in one low monthly fee what other apps charge up to hundreds of dollars for. They are the new kid on the block, launched in early 2018, but slowly gaining a solid reputation and positive reviews.
Plans & Pricing
One single plan is offered that includes unlimited visitors, affiliates, tracking requests, orders, and sales.
One-Size-Fits-All – $39/mo
Unlimited: Visitors, Affiliates, Tracking Requests, Orders, Sales
Limited: No limits.
Affiliate Signup Page – You can embed a sign-up widget onto any page on your website. (ie: Affiliate does not have to go to a separate non-branded domain to sign-up for your affiliate program.)
Custom Affiliate Dashboard – You can embed the affiliate dashboard onto any page of your website. (ie: Affiliate does not have to go to a separate non-branded domain to access their account and analytics.)
Track Affiliate Sales by URL: Yes (for the most part, this is standard among all services). Affiliate can create links to any page or product on the site.
Customizable URL: Yes, you customize the affiliate URL. For example, the default affiliate URL would be something like: https://www.mystore.com/collections/sale-items?p=xxxxxxx – where “xxxxxxx” is replaced with an affiliate ID number. However, the affiliate can also choose to customize and replace the affiliate ID number with their name or website name.
Track by Discount Code: Yes. Only one commission rate available per affiliate (ie: can't have separate commission rate for links vs discount codes). Automated coupon creation for new signups is available, including the ability to automatically set a discount for the customer (as well as the commission offered to the affiliate).
Track by QR Code: Yes, ShoutOut has a built-in QR Code generator.
Track by Customer E-mail: No, you cannot assign customers to affiliates.
Link to Individual Products: Yes, affiliates can link to any product or page on your site.
Sub IDs: Yes, affiliate can create sub-IDs for tracking purposes.
Syncs with Shopify Refunds: Yes, refunds are handled automatically which means that commissions are reversed from accounting ledger of affiliate.
Control Cookie Length: Yes, you can control the cookie length from 7 days to forever (ie: until the user clears the cookies off their computer).
Commission Type: Commissions assigned for sales conversions only.
Recurring Commissions – Yes, there is support for recurring commissions.
Custom Commissions per SKU: Not at this time but currently in development.
Custom Commissions per Affiliate: Yes, each affiliate may have a custom commission rate. Automated increases based on lifetime or 30 day revenue for each affiliate are fully supported.
Only Pay For New Customers: No, this option is not available.
Multi Level Marketing (MLM): ShoutOut offers unlimited tiered affiliate levels. This allows you to have “Parent Affiliates” who receive ongoing commissions for referring “sub-affiliates”. Their MLM structure allows for different commissions to be set depending upon where the up-line sits in the MLM structure. You can also use this to pay licensing fees for specific SKUs.
Multiple Stores (Domains) w/ Single Affiliate Login: No, you can only manage one affiliate program through your account.
Payout Options: PayPal Mass Payments is supported – including for MLM. The only other option is Manual Payments – which you can record manually for any other way that you pay your affiliates. Payments appear in the affiliates dashboard and general ledger.
Customers into Affiliates: With this feature, you can automatically turn customers into affiliates. An automated email goes out to new customers upon a purchase. The email template that's used may be modified in ShoutOut. This function may be enabled or disabled.
Affiliate Import / Export: Yes, you can import an unlimited number of affiliates into ShoutOut as well as export affiliate data to third party apps like MailChimp, Klaviyo, etc.
About ShoutOut the Company
ShoutOut was started in 2018 in Australia by Database Plus. Their mission is to ensure the success of all online stores using their affiliate marketing solution and be an alternative to expensive pay per click advertising. They were inspired to create a new affiliate app because existing, high quality affiliate programs all charged based on orders received or affiliates created, whereas ShoutOut has one low flat fee regardless of the success of an online store. They pride themselves on having an easy to use interface that's clean, fast and straightforward to use. ShoutOut also prides itself on their fast customer support turnaround – responding to all support requests within 24 hours (during normal business hours).
Their future plans include development in 2019 on providing affiliate linking for individual SKU's, custom (named) links and automated increases in commission based on revenue generated.
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