Monday, 28 January 2008

Gudjohsen back at Bolton?

Reports at today emmerging that Icelandlic legend and former Wanderers hero Eidur Gudjohnsen is set to re-sign for the Super Whites. Bolton manager
Gary Megson has launched an ambitious bid to bring Eidur Gudjohnsen back to the Premier League,

Megson wants the Barcelona star to return to the Reebok and fire the Trotters to safety, reports the Daily Mirror

Eidur Gudjohnsen Bolton Wanderers Will Eidur be seen in the famous White of Bolton Wanderers again??

Eidur famously signed for Bolton Wanderers back in 1998 and I personally remember his debut as an over-weight substitute against Birmingham City. Under Colin Todd, Eidur became a key player in our promotion push and amazed the then 1st Division with style and skills above the division and his fellow players... Under Big Sam the Wanderers supporters saw the best out of the Icelandic superstar with his famous goal in the Carling Cup against Wimbledon...

I personally worked with Eidur in 1999 - 2000 on his own website and it would be a great pleasure to see those magic feet and silky skills back in a Wanderers top!

Come on Eidur - come back home!!!

Chocolate Cooking Recipe Ideas

Just a quick note I've added some fantastic chocolate cooking recipe ideas to the Hotel Chocolat US site.

I've been working with team at Head Office, Boston and in St Lucia to compile new recipe ideas based around our luxury chocolates. We will shortly have some Valentines recipes, Easter recipes and also some recipe ideas to treat your mum for Mother's Day.

Also, keep an eye out on our US site for new products in our gourmet cooking range, any interested US readers that would like to sample some of the products please let me know...

But for starters here is the Easiest Chocolate Dessert Recipe Ever for Valentines Day, which will impress your loved one with this easy to make chocolate dessert recipe - its our romantic kiss mix dessert recipe.

Thanks, Chris

A romantic Valentine's poem to win some chocolates? You decide?

After a recent discussion on Affiliates4U regarding chocolates being the perfect Valentine's gift, Naomi Brown, Affiliate Manager at Firebox gave in to desiring some chocolate treats to make her day.

A romantic Valentine's poem to win some chocolates? You decide?

I passed on the challenge to her.... a romantic poem to win some Valentine's Chocolates. Below is here poem...

Do you feel this is worth the countries finest champagne truffles?? Let me know your comments

Poem For Chris

I’m sitting here and thinking
How to be your Valentine
How to make you notice me
When affiliates take all your time

So although you may not know it
I’ve already made a start
Oh Bolton-boy, I have a plan
For how to win your heart.

I could just live off chocolate
For a year or maybe two
I would get fat, but still at least
I’d see much more of you.

For if I bought it through my links
I’d have a hope and dream
That some day soon I could become
Your one-woman affiliate scheme.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Affiliate Marketing Networks Buyer's Guide 2008

Just a quick post to promote the substantial Affiliate Marketing Networks Buyer's Guide from Readers of my blog will be aware I spoke to e-consultancy discuss an holistic view of affiliate marketing and to offer my advice of how to building relationships with affiliates and how to grow your affiliate program.

I would recommend merchants who are currently trying to push or expand their programs to give this a read and especially media agencies that currently extend their online media offering by including affiliate marketing by having a thorough read to learn more about our £3billion sector.

The beginning of the buyer guide introduces the channel and the various elements I discussed in my Internet Retail event as the house keeping of affiliate marketing, such as how to choose when you are ready, to go in-house or with an agency and how to choose your agency.

There are some blinding quotes from affiliate marketing experts (haha) and noticeably a quote on building relationships and my affiliate love and respect adaptation to loyalty beyond commission.

It has a thorough rundown of the major networks in the UK, with all their noticeable clients and what sectors they specialise in, which is always valuable for merchants, media owners and affiliates wishing to commit or affiliate with a specific network.

Areas which I’ve highlighted for affiliate marketing newbie’s (merchants) are

- “Can affiliate marketing help you to meet your sales and marketing objectives?”
- “How can you integrate affiliate marketing within your overall marketing strategy?”
- “Is your organisation making enough commitment to affiliate marketing?”

Free plug for e-consultancy

E-consultancy is an online publisher of best practice internet marketing reports, research and how-to guides.

Subscribers pay from £195 per year to access the exclusive and highly practical content. E-consultancy also organises regular events, including roundtables and Supplier Showcases.

Wanderers new signing a mover!

Wanderers new boy, GrĂ©tar Steinsson, made a solid debut in our 0-0 draw away at Newcastle, after the £3.5m transfer between Bolton and AZ Alkmaar.

He showed many great qualities at right full back, which has always been a problemed position for the Whites since Gudni Bergsson (also Icelandic) left.

He shifted some ground and managed also to avoid the flying elbows of Shola Ameobi... but skills I didn't see which I assume us Bolton fans will see more are below...

What a shuffle...


Friday, 18 January 2008

Chocolate Easter Eggs

Does anyone want to see a sneak preview to this years Hotel Chocolat chocolate eggs?

Let me know...



Commission Increase with Valentines Affiliate Campaign

Smooth and seductive, the irresistible charms of Valentine’s Day chocolates should not be underestimated! Lusciously soft champagne truffles in crisp chocolate shells, velvety smooth dark chocolate, meltingly tender ganaches and silky, mouth watering pralines… just some of the gorgeous Valentine’s Day chocolate gifts you’ll find in our range.

Chocolates will be this Valentines must have gifts, whether buying for the girl in your life or the man! So get on board and promote Hotel Chocolat on your Valentine's gift guides, gifts for her, gifts for him and promote it for that real luxury chocolate treat!

Quick Stats
Default Commission: 10%
Average Order Value: £32
Conversion Rate: 9%

Creative Themes (all available on the CJ system)
Buy luxury Valentines presents from Hotel Chocolat
Buy Valentines gifts from Hotel Chocolat

Please pick these up from the CJ interface,which will automatically deeplink to the Valentines gift guide page

Best Sellers for Valentine's
Catwalk Valentine's Chocolates
Pink Champagne Truffles
Large Dipping Adventure

Secrets & Desires - A sensual voyage of discovery
Catwalk Valentine's Chocolates & Prosecco

Hotel Chocolat have some great converting HTML emails - If you would like to send these to your database - please let me know and I will send on affiliate versions.

Campaigns coming soon...Mother's Day & Easter
Mother's Day is on it's way shortly and again please be aware that Mother's Day is very early this year (2nd March), naturally Hotel Chocolat should be the luxury delivered gift merchant on your site for both occasions. I'll email through full details on both including incentives, fantastic creative and supportive copy to ensure you maximise your promotions. Also just we're just putting the final touches to our Hotel Chocolat Easter Eggs campaign, so this will also be on it's way to you. Easter for us is as big as Christmas so make sure you are on board to earn some eggcellent (sorry) commissions!

And as always, affiliates showing strong improvement, interesting/new ways of promoting Hotel Chocolat will receive some irresistible Hotel Chocolat treats! If you feel you qualify please email me usual, any questions please feel free to contact me



For information or the join the Hotel Chocolat chocolate gifting affiliate programme, please click here.

Sunday, 13 January 2008

A belated Happy New Year

Here's the late first post of 2008, after a long break back in my family home and a short week back at Hotel Chocolat I am now slowly getting back into the swing of things.

I'll be aiming to wrap up 2007 with a review of the year for my blog and then start to discuss current activity for me including romantic valentine's day quickly turning to Mother's Day and then my favourite part of the year Easter! I've already sampled some of Hotel Chocolat's Easter Eggs and they are as good as ever and I'll aim to review a few chocolate easter eggs here on my blog.

Anyway, a late Happy New Year to all that read this blog, may I wish you a healthy and prosperous 2008