Community Engagement

Ambassador program drowns out negative sentiment online

Enthusiastic participants in affiliate program created content that exceeded goals.

eBay Partner Network Insiders Community: Building an Affiliate Army- Logo

Faced with a small but growing amount of negative online sentiment, eBay’s affiliate program, eBay Partner Network (EPN), wanted to change its game. The task fell to Just Drive Media, which has been EPN’s communications partner for years. Its success in turning the tide has earned it first place in the “Community Engagement” category of PR Daily’s 2017 Digital PR & Social Media Awards.

Just Drive Media’s social media monitoring program revealed a  problem: while a  survey of EPN participants revealed that most were likely to recommend the program, the negative commentary online was drowning them out. Just Drive Media set out to create a platform for giving a stronger voice to the program’s most enthusiastic advocates. 

Thus was born the AdvocateHub, an opt-in site that initially targeted ambassadors identified through the survey. Just Drive Media established ambitious goals: 500 advocates producing 5,000 acts of advocacy and 100 public reviews and/or testimonials, all designed to reshape public opinion. Ultimately, eBay and Just Drive Media hoped the advocacy program would lead to new partner applications as well. 

The AdvocateHub – called EPN Insiders – contains information that’s easy to consume and share, along with reward-based challenges and discussion forums that allow ambassadors to engage with one another and build a stronger community. According to Just Drive Media, “We invited Insiders to share their stories and success tips on social media channels, blogs and forums; and gave them the tools they needed to become spokespeople for their own businesses and for EPN.” 

Since its launch, the program has attracted more than 1,000 members who have produced more than 17,000 acts of advocacy, along with a significant amount of user-generated content. Advocates have answered questions and provided guidance to prospective members, acted as beta testers for new features and attended partner events. As a result, overall sentiment around the program has grown tremendously more positive. 

Congrats to Just Drive Media’s Kelly Caird, for spearheading the program.

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