Service Update: Express Deprecation July 31, 2017 – RM PopShops


Dear Publisher,

Thank You for being a valued Popshops client!

Rakuten PopShops has an ongoing goal to provide more robust tools to meet the changing needs of all our publisher clients. As online consumers become more sophisticated, we are committed to improve our Product & Deal feeds APIs and our product comparison storefront tool, Curate for PopShops. Our focus on direct advertiser-publisher relationships is a key component of our service as a single source feed solution and we are dedicating our resources towards the enhancement of these relationships.

We have some important news. We will be retiring the Express service effective July 31, 2017. No new Express accounts will be allowed to Sign up, effective June 5th, 2017 but we will ensure that any commissions generated and validated will be paid out to relevant publishers . Please ensure that you have a valid PayPal account as this is the sole method of receiving commissions due through your Express account. It’s important to note that the Express API will continue to track referred activity, until final deprecation, but we encourage all publishers to join our partner affiliate networks and establish direct relationships with the brands you wish to promote.

Communication and knowledge shared between an advertiser and publisher is very valuable and is fostered through a one-to-one relationship. Clients who have established direct advertiser relationships realize an increased revenue opportunity by earning and retaining 100% of all commissions generated for sales they refer to any advertiser they are partnered with. They enjoy the ability to negotiate their commission rates based on their online audience demographic and buying preferences, traffic driven, and available promotional channels. The V3.0 API platform supports the advertiser-publisher relationship by providing access to ALL participating Advertisers (not available through Express), more relevant & richer data and a cleaner approach to building a comparison site through improved product matching.

For long-standing Express users, we appreciate your patience during this time as you make the transition to our advertiser relationship-based service – Data Pack . The feedback you and all PopShops clients provide is invaluable and appreciated. Our clients are a priority for our team. We will work closely with all clients to ensure the transition process is smooth.

Deprecation Calendar

  • Week of 6/5
    • Remove Express Sign Up Page & other references of Express from PopShops.com website; Express Sign In will still be available
  • July 31, 2017
    • Final deprecation/Disable Express accounts tracking
  • October 2017
    • Final commissions paid

What’s Next?

  1. RM PopShops is partnered with the top affiliate networks in the industry. Organize the list of advertisers/brands you wish to promote and join their participating network - http://popshops.com/affiliate-programs .
  2. Advertisers have their own approval process, so complete their application forms and provide your business information per their criteria. Upon approval, you’ll be able to earn commissions for any products or offers they make available through the RM PopShops feeds.
  3. You can gain access to the RM PopShops feeds through our Data Pack subscription https://popshops.com/signup/data+pack . Our Basic API service provides up to 5,000 server calls. If you anticipate delivering more traffic, contact us to upgrade your subscription.

Visit https://popshops.com/support/welcome-v3 for info on our V3.0 Product & Deals APIs and Visit http://popshops.com/support/curate_guide for more details and supporting documentation on our product showcase tool, Curate For PopShops. All tools are available through the Data Pack subscription.

Finally, below are FAQs to help you prepare for this transition.

When will Express be removed? The Express service will retire Monday, July 31, 2017. No new Express accounts will be allowed to Sign up, effective June 5th, 2017 but we will ensure that any commissions generated and validated will be paid out to relevant publishers. Express Sign In will still be available until October 2017.

How will I be paid for any valid transactions?

A valid PayPal account is required and is the sole method of receiving any commissions due through your Express account.

Why is PopShops deprecating Express? We understand that this change in service may be difficult, but RPS has an ongoing goal to provide more robust tools to meet the changing needs of all our publisher clients and the online consumers they serve. We are committed to improving our Product & Deal feeds APIs and product comparison storefront tool, Curate for PopShops, which are used primarily by clients with direct advertiser relationships. We are dedicating our resources towards the enhancement of these relationships and supportive tools because publishers who have established direct advertiser relationships realize an increased revenue opportunity by earning and retaining 100% of all commissions generated for sales they refer. They enjoy the ability to negotiate their commission rates based on their online audience demographic and buying preferences, traffic driven and available promotional channels. We see this as the future to helping publishers grow their business.

How do I sign up for affiliate networks PopShops is partnered with?

How do I get access to the Product/Deals Feed API or Product Showcase tool, Curate for PopShops?

  • You can gain access to the product/deals feeds & product showcase tool through the Data Pack subscription https://popshops.com/signup/data+pack . Our Basic API service provides up to 5,000 server calls. If you anticipate delivering more traffic, contact us to upgrade your subscription.

If you have any additional questions, please contact support@popshops.com .

Our team is here to assist you in this transition. We appreciate your partnership and remain committed to providing tools and services that will help your business grow.



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