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What Affiliate Marketing Agency is the Best?

By Dustin Howes
June 20, 2022
what affiliate marketing agency can you trust?

The affiliate marketing agency market is expanding by the day. With the affiliate marketing industry quickly expanding, agencies are popping up like it's cool.

There is plenty of affiliate marketing agencies that are doing great work out there…and there are many more that are just trying to make a buck. You can't blame them, but some of them are giving affiliate marketing a bad name. That is something I just hate to see and I'm not going to be shy about the folks I trust.

So here is the affiliate marketing agency list of trusted companies that I trust and what they specialize in. This list is not based on ranking, but is more dependent on the niche of your brand and the needs of your program.

But first, let's talk about what makes a good affiliate marketing agency.

What is an affiliate marketing agency?

An affiliate marketing agency, also known as outsourced program management (OPM), is a type of marketing firm that specializes in affiliate programs for clients. Typically they have a team of experienced partnership managers who can create a proper strategy and recruit new partners to the program. They will have a large book of partners that they can call on to join their client's programs.

Each affiliate marketing agency works with multiple brands and niches. They can dedicate anywhere to 5-20 hours per week to one program, depending on their number of clients and employees. Responsible agencies will add around 4 or 5 clients to one affiliate manager's portfolio, but a bad OPM might have 40 assigned.

What affiliate agencies do I trust?

OPMs are difficult to judge when all you can see is what they share with you. But when you spend 12+ years in this industry, you get to know the lay of the land. You hear rumors and rumblings about companies that are good and bad for the industry. Then you have first-hand experiences with those companies and get a taste of how they operate.

Luckily I have been on the merchant, agency, and publisher side of this industry and have been able to learn how many of these companies operate.

Best for Huge Brands – Acceleration Partners.

A staple in the industry for 15+ years, Acceleration Partners is the biggest name in the affiliate marketing agency game. They only take on deals with huge brands like Target, Dick's, and Traeger, but if your brand qualifies, they can drive incredible volume in affiliates and beyond.

Best for Fashion, Beauty, & Wellness – LaRue PR.

Created from a PR background, LaRue has found incredible overlap in the skillset of PR negotiating and affiliate marketing. Their team is led by Jesse Fontana and is utilizing a great mix of management tools and talented employees to make sh*t happen. They give you the straight dope and produce results.

Best for Lifestyle Brands – PartnerCentric.

PartnerCentric has 15+ years in business with a great track record and a team of seasoned veterans. They have a great database of affiliate partners in the lifestyle brands niche and can hit the ground running with new clients. I'm especially impressed with their optimization of programs with their landing page designs and newsletter outreach to partners.

Best for B2B brands – Westreich Consulting.

B2B affiliate programs are in their infancy. Many of the big and established agencies on this list have tried and failed at B2B programs, but Adam Westreich has embraced the niche and has been doing great work for clients. Adam has an incredible passion for the industry and an impressive vision for scaling strategy for clients' brands that other agencies lack.

Best for Digital Products – Lab6 Media.

With an incredibly balanced team of industry veterans, Lab6 has a very diverse portfolio of clients in both ecommerce and digital products. They have a knack for constructing, fixing, and evolving tracking attribution solutions for clients to maximize the value of the affiliate traffic.

I am consistently impressed with Lab6's moral responsibility to clients; they will not take on clients if they are not a great fit or if there is a conflict of interest with their existing clients. Integrity is a huge factor of trust and this agency is top-notch.

Best Diversified Portfolio – All Inclusive Marketing (AIM).


All inclusive marketing affiliate agency

All Inclusive Marketing (AIM) has created a name for themselves in the SaaS world working with a diverse group of business software brands, big and small, such as NetSuite, Asana, BigCommerce, Bambee, and more. With a growing team of experts, dedicated to Saas (both B2C and B2B), AIM can create custom-managed programs based on different goals and objectives leads, free trials, free product tours, and white paper syndication. As one of the top five agencies for PartnerStack SaaS, and their long history of relationships with top influencers, comparison sites, bloggers, and other top lead gen partners, AIM is a credible and experienced agency to grow your SaaS affiliate program.

Best for Integrations and Audits – Zaronology

Affiliate marketing audits and integrations

Zaronology stands at the forefront of affiliate and influencer tracking solutions, specializing in system setup, education, and integrity audits. We’ve earned the trust of distinguished clients from e-commerce brands like BioTrust and Activation Products to filmmakers such as Revealed Films and Jeff Hays Films. Our extensive experience includes collaborating with YouTube legends Mr Beast and Mark Rober on the TeamSeas project, raising $30 million in 60 days. In short, we provide effective, tailored tracking solutions while educating clients to leverage technology, ensuring seamless reporting and robust system integrity.

Best for Outdoor Products – BackBone Media.

Another agency that cut its teeth in the PR world and is digging into affiliates is BoackBone Media. They focus on outdoor lifestyle brands and have a monstrous database of influencers and high-value content sites.

Best for Subscription Products – Apogee.

Greg Hoffman is an industry legend and has been instrumental in industry best practices over the last 20 years. He has perfected the subscription-based market of affiliate programs with great fundamental strategy and recruitment methods.

Wrap it up, Dustin.

That is my list and I'm sticking to it. With dozens of choices out there, I highly suggest you take demos and sales calls with three agencies to find the right fit for your brand and strategy. I hope this list will point you in the right direction; make sure you tell them Dustin Howes sent you!

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