Affiliates discussed the issues in Internet forums and began to organize their efforts. They believed that the best way to address the problem was to discourage merchants from advertising via adware. Merchants that were either indifferent to or supportive of adware were exposed by affiliates, thus damaging those merchants' reputations and tarnishing their affiliate marketing efforts. Many affiliates either terminated the use of such merchants or switched to a competitor's affiliate program. Eventually, affiliate networks were also forced by merchants and affiliates to take a stand and ban certain adware publishers from their network. The result was Code of Conduct by Commission Junction/beFree and Performics,[35] LinkShare's Anti-Predatory Advertising Addendum,[36] and ShareASale's complete ban of software applications as a medium for affiliates to promote advertiser offers.[37] Regardless of the progress made, adware continues to be an issue, as demonstrated by the class action lawsuit against ValueClick and its daughter company Commission Junction filed on April 20, 2007.[38]
Con un enfoque armonizado, el personal de ventas puede acceder a información sobre el comportamiento de los candidatos, por ejemplo, las páginas que visitan y el contenido que descargan, mientras que los equipos de marketing pueden ver el comportamiento de compra anterior de un cliente. Asimismo, la generación de informes y los análisis en el círculo cerrado entre la automatización de marketing y la CRM permiten a las empresas perfeccionar las campañas para lograr una mayor eficacia.
De todos modos, conviene subrayar que estos dos conceptos no son exactamente lo mismo. La automatización es solo una parte del inbound marketing. El inbound marketing también engloba una serie de técnicas orientadas a atraer a clientes potenciales hacia la web de una empresa (mediante distintas acciones de marketing digital) y conseguir que estos dejen sus datos y pasen a ser un lead de la base de datos de la organización. 

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Also known as a publisher, the affiliate can be either an individual or a company that markets the seller’s product in an appealing way to potential consumers. In other words, the affiliate promotes the product to persuade consumers that it is valuable or beneficial to them and convince them to purchase the product. If the consumer does end up buying the product, the affiliate receives a portion of the revenue made.
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