International digital marketer with +10 years experience in customer acquisition and sales growth in different companies and stages, mostly in travel industry.
+7 years experience working on digital marketing in manager and director positions, mostly in travel industry.
Customer acquisition strategies, channel mix, CPA/ROI target, CAC vs LTV, etc.
+10 years experience managing Adwords accounts of different companies and budgets, mostly travel industry. Focus on growth, campaign structure and cost optimization
Adwords is usually, together with branded SEO, the top performing channel. But it will only be the best for each advertiser depending on many factors: competitors & competitive advantage (if your competitors biddings are very high, or if your product will not have a good conversion rate), type of market (if your product is related to keywords that nobody search or if it has a high search volume), web structrure (if you have different pages related to different potential searches which can bring traffic to your website, as it will improve quality score, reduce cpcs, and improve conversion rate), etc etc.
Regarding affiliate program, it depends on industry and region/country, and the type of affiliates/actions you will ned
Honestly, i would not pay anything like an hourly/monthly fee, or at least not 100% on this. It should always be linked to results (% of margin, growth, etc), so that the manager is focused on improving the performance and earns direct benefit from it. I'm currently working as an Adwords consultant for a company and our agreement is x% of the net margin (margin - adwords investment)
You should use all the tracking systems in Bing, Facebok, etc, so you know how much they are contributing to business.
On the other side, you can use Attribution (different models) and Assisted Conversions reporting on Analytics, so you can find out which channels are closing the sales and which ones are opening them.
Which is your current channel mix?
That would help anyone to understand better your needs.
Assuming everything is coming from brand recognition (direct/ branded organic). I agree best bet on mid-long term would be SEO (working on some content and linkbuilding), but maybe i would give a try to SEM (testing which keywords give you the best conversion rate, so you can also focus on them on SEO)