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CJ Affiliate Integration Guide
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Written by Simma Baghbanbashi
Updated over a week ago

CJ (formerly known as Commission Junction) is a marketing technology platform providing an affiliate program and marketplace for businesses. Aspire has partnered with CJ to serve our customers with high-quality service for their affiliate influencer marketing.

This integration enables you to use Aspire for influencer marketing while leveraging CJ's affiliate program capabilities for managing links and tracking. With the Aspire x CJ integration, data passes between both systems so you have complete visibility into your influencer and affiliate marketing programs and conversions.

How It Works

  1. When a customer clicks on an Aspire tracking link, the link redirects to a CJ tracking link before redirecting to your brand's product page.

  2. When a customer purchases, CJ records that conversion and sends that transaction data back to Aspire.

  3. In the end, you will see your Ambassadors' click and sales data in Aspire, and also see an aggregate of this data under Aspire as a sub-affiliate within your CJ account. This can be helpful if you'd like to evaluate your company's overall affiliate program as a whole.

Step-by-Step Implementation

  1. Invite Aspire’s Affiliate account into your program. You can search for "AspireIQ" (7108602) or use Aspire's CID number (7108602).

  2. Aspire will accept the Invitation and Terms shared with us.

  3. Email your Aspire CSM or reach out to our Support Team to request for a destination link to be generated in CJ. Please let us know which CJ asset you would like to use.

  4. The Aspire team will provide you with a CJ destination link.

  5. Configure your link tracking offer in Aspire’s Sales Tracking dashboard:

    1. Go to Reporting > Sales Tracking.

    2. Click “Add Offer”, then select “Link Tracking Offer” from the drop-down menu.

    3. Enter an Offer Name, Offer Description, Conversion Type, and Payout Option.

    4. Set the Conversion Tracking protocol to Server Postback w/ Transaction ID.

    5. In the Offer URL tracking, enter the CJ destination link we sent you

Once you complete the steps above, we highly recommend adding a test member to your project, generating a link, and placing a test purchase. The click and conversion should be tracked in both CJ and Aspire.

Frequently Asked Questions

What data will be available in Aspire and CJ?

Both systems track clicks, conversions, and payout. Within your Aspire Sales Tracking dashboard, you’ll be able to see this information for individual members. Within your CJ account, all data will be aggregated under Aspire’s sub-affiliate account.

How do we pass information between Aspire and CJ?

Aspire uses server postback tracking to receive the following information from CJ:

  • Transaction ID: related to a specific transaction

  • Sale Amount: the total sale amount for that transaction ID

  • Payout: the payout amount for that transaction ID

How does payment processing work?

CJ pays affiliates on the 1st of the month. Our Aspire publisher account will receive payment for transactions “locked” by the advertiser and attributed to Aspire. Once Aspire receives the funds, we will credit the amount to your Aspire balance within 2-5 business days. You can then go to Aspire’s Sales Tracking dashboard, click the Payments Overview button, and send payments.

Can we payout members sooner or do we have to wait until the funds are deposited into our account?

As long as you have a sufficient account balance or a credit card linked, you can payout members anytime from your Sales Tracking dashboard by clicking on “Payments Overview”, then “Make a Payment”.

Can we add UTMs?

Yes, you can add UTMs when setting up your link tracking offer in Aspire by following these steps.

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