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EMAC 2019 Annual Conference

Affiliate Marketing on YouTube

Published: May 28, 2019


Anthony Galluzzo, Université de Saint Etienne; Julien Cloarec, TSM-Research, Université Toulouse Capitole, CNRS


Affiliate Marketing; Influencers; YouTube


While affiliate marketing is still gaining ground on social media, this advertising model has rarely been investigated by scholars. The present research contributes to the literature on affiliate marketing by exploring the YouTubers’ characteristics behind affiliate marketing practices. Thanks to a collaboration with a multi-channel network, the analyses were conducted on a complete sample of the most popular French YouTubers (n = 407). First, the results show that, due to the product categories involved, female YouTubers are more likely to do affiliate marketing than male YouTubers. Second, due to higher para-social interactions, vloggers and let’s players are more likely to do affiliate marketing than other YouTubers.