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Cost per Sale (CPS)

Cost per Sale (CPS)

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Cost per sale (CPS), sometimes also known as pay per sale, is a performance-based pricing model used in for partner marketing and affiliate partner campaigns. It measures the dollar amount  a business pays to generate a sale or acquire a paying customer to their software.

If a partner program's main KPI is CPS, the benefit is that the partner will only get paid  when a sale is successfully completed, meaning revenue for both the partner and company. By paying only for actual sales, CPS minimizes the risk of ineffective campaigns or inactive partners. This model encourages publishers and marketers to enhance their promotional efforts and target audiences that are more likely to convert, driving profitable sales for both parties involved.

Implementing a cost per sale model requires careful tracking and monitoring of conversions. By accurately measuring the cost per acquisition and the revenue generated, advertisers can evaluate the effectiveness of their marketing campaigns and make data-driven decisions to improve performance.

Adopting cost per sale (CPS) as a pricing model can provide SaaS companies with a reliable and performance-driven approach to their partnership ecosystem and affiliate marketing efforts. By leveraging CPS, you can align your marketing strategies with measurable results that are tied to revenue dollars and ensure you're achieving a higher ROI.

Example:

Raol's B2B SaaS company implemented a cost per sale (CPS) model to ensure that their marketing efforts are directly tied to revenue generation, allowing an optimization of  customer acquisition costs.

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