The Kinsume User Guide

Table of Contents

What is Kinsume?

Our Tree Planting Initiative

What are the benefits of Kinsume?

Kinsume Features & Tutorials:

1. Navigating the Marketplace

2. Generating a Generic Brand Link

3. Generating a Product Link

4. Setting up My Store

5. Creating Collections 

6. Add a Product to Your Store/a Specific Collection

7. Creating a Link to “My Store”

8. Embedding a Product Widget

9. Requesting a Gifted Product

10. Monitoring Earnings

11. Checking Tree Planting Progress

12. Cashing-out

Intro

So you’ve signed up to Kinsume and you’re wondering what its all about and how to use it? 

You can use this post as your user manual for Kinsume and all the functions it has to offer.

But first, what is Kinsume? 

Kinsume is an affiliate marketplace for influencers, bloggers and content creators with an eco twist. This means you can browse our catalogue of brands and products, generate affiliate links to share with your audience and earn commissions on any sales you generate. What’s more, we’ll plant trees for every sale you make happen 🌳

Confused by any of the terms here? Do not fear!

If you aren’t familiar with affiliate marketing or you aren’t sure why you should be doing it or how to get started? Check out these posts to help you on your way!

Our Unique and Eco-friendly Approach

Our co-founders are extremely passionate about the environment and decided Kinsume should do its best to play a role in guiding the marketing industry towards more environmentally-friendly actions. As a result, we’ve included a tree planting initiative on our platform so that for every sale you generate for our partner brands, trees will be planted. 

Learn more about our tree planting initiative, where the trees are being planted, what kind of trees they are and the benefits of getting involved with this post: Our Initiative: Planting Trees For The Future

Now you know what Kinsume is and what we’re all about, it’s time to get into how to use our platform to drastically increase your earnings as an influencer and be climate positive at the same time!

Benefits of Kinsume

With Kinsume you can:

  • Take back your creative freedom by choosing exactly how to promote a brand or product
  • Decide when you’d like to implement your next money making campaign by browsing our 100s of partner brands
  • Choose exactly which brands you’d like to work with, rather than having to wait for them to reach out to you
  • Make requests for gifting collaborations 
  • Create a personalised store to house all your favourite products and brands and direct your followers there in just one click

Now that the benefits are clear let’s move onto the many features of Kinsume and how to use them 😀

Kinsume’s Features and Tutorials

Here’s a list of all the amazing things you can do on Kinsume: 

The marketplace on Kinsume tells you everything you need to know to get started with recommending products to your audience.

On each product tile you can see (1) the discounted price you can offer to your audience, (2) the commission you’ll make per sale you generate and (3) the number of trees that will be planted for each purchase.

There are two main types of affiliate links you can create via Kinsume.

The first we’ll look at is a generic brand link.

What does this link do?

This type of link will lead anyone who clicks it to the brand’s homepage (and will track any purchases made on the site by the clicker on your Kinsume Dashboard.)

Why use this type of link?

These links can be useful for when you don’t have a specific product you’re recommending to your audience and instead are endorsing a brand in general.

Making a Brand Link Video Tutorial:

In the video above you see:

Step 1: Click “Brands” from the Marketplace screen (this will show all the brands on Kinsume).

Step 2: Find the brand you want to recommend.

Step 3: Generate the link.

Step 4: Share with your followers to earn commissions and plant trees from any purchases they make.

(You see us testing the link at the end of the video, we just wanted to demonstrate where the links direct people to)

The next type of link we’ll look at is the product link.

What does this link do?

These links will direct your audience to a specific product page.

Why use this type of link?

These links are great when you’re working with a specific product, for example if you’re doing a product review.

Making a Product Link Video Tutorial:

In the video above you see:

Step 1: Navigate the “Marketplace” to find a product you’d like to recommend.

Step 2: Click on the product.

Step 3: Generate the link by clicking the green “Make Link” button.

Step 4: Share with your followers to earn commissions and plant trees from any purchases they make.

(You see us testing the link at the end of the video, we just wanted to demonstrate where the links direct people to)

4. Setting up My Store

On Kinsume you can create your own personalised store to house all your favourite brands and products. Then, you can share one link with your audience to drive them to this page whenever you make a brand or product endorsement.

It’s super easy to set up and make you’re own by adding a photo, links to your social accounts and a short bio.

Setting up “My Store” Video Tutorial:

In the video above you see:

Step 1: Navigate to “My Store”.

Step 2: Add image.

Step 3: Add links to your social channels.

Step 4: Add short bio about yourself.

(You see us creating a link at the end of the video to show what the consumer’s view of your store, this can be useful for previewing your store before you starting driving people to it)

5. Creating Collections 

To personalise your store even further you can create unique collections for all the different areas of your life. Examples could include: “summer outfits”, “morning skincare routine”, “sustainable bathroom swaps” etc.

In the first video below we show you how to create a collection and in the second video we show you how to add products to that collection.

Add New Collection Video Tutorial:

In the video above you see:

Step 1: Navigate to “My Store”.

Step 2: Scroll down to “Collections”.

Step 3: Click green “Add New” button.

Step 4: Name Collection.

6. Adding a Product to Your Store/a Specific Collection

Once you’ve created your collection you can start adding product to it to fill it out.

Two Ways of Adding a Product to Collection Video Tutorial:

In the video above you see:

Step 1: Find product you’d like to recommend to followers.

Step 2: Hover over little arrow to add product to collection (as shown in video, this can be done from the marketplace or via a product page)

Once you’ve setup your store, creating collections and added products to them you can share one link to your store with your audience to drive them to your favourite products.

Creating a “My Store” Link Video Tutorial:

In the video above you see:

Step 1: Navigate to “My Store”

Step 2: Scroll down to “My Product” and click the link button next to the heading.

Step 3: Copy link and share with with your audience.

(You see us testing the link at the end of the video, we just wanted to demonstrate where the links direct people to)

8. Embedding a Product Widget

Another great feature on Kinsume is the ability to add product widgets to webpages like blogs!

Embedding a Product Widget to Blog Video Tutorial:

In the video above you see:

Step 1: Find product you’d like to embed.

Step 2: Scroll down on product page and click “Make Widget” at bottom (this will copy the code for the widget to your clipboard).

Step 3: Head over to blog and add a new block called “Custom HTML”.

Step 4: Copy code into field presented.

Step 5: Preview post to check it’s worked (example shown in video)

(You see us testing the widget at the end of the video, we just wanted to demonstrate where the links direct people to)

9. Requesting a Gifted Product

On Kinsume you can even request gifted products from brands to use in your next affiliate campaign.

Requesting a Gifted Product Video Tutorial:

In the video above you see:

Step 1: Find a product you’d like to be gifted.

Step 2: On product page, scroll down to green “Request” button.

Step 3: Click “Request”.

Step 4: Select variant of product and hit “Request”.

10. Monitoring Earnings

Once you’ve started sharing links to your personalised store, favourite brands and products you can track your commissions via the “Earnings” and “Dashboard” tabs on Kinsume.

Monitoring Sales Video Tutorial:

In the video above you see:

Step 1: Click “Dashboard” for a visual representation of your commissions overtime and an overview of your account.

Step 2: Click “Earnings” then “Product Summary” to see how many sales you’ve made for each product and which have been the most popular.

Step 3: Click “Earnings” then “All Sales” to view all the sales you’ve generated overall.

11. Checking Tree Planting Progress

If you can’t tell already, we at Kinsume love the environment (and trees!)

Once you get going with making sales you can start to track your tree planting progress via your “Dashboard”.

Monitoring Tree Planting Progress Video Tutorial:

In the video above you see:

Step 1: Click “Dashboard”.

Step 2: View progress bar and personal tree count on right side of page.

Step 3: If you want to see how many trees have been planted overall on Kinsume you can view our tree counter in the top left of any screen.

Step 4: Some people don’t know this, but you can learn all about our tree planting initiative and inspiring partner charity by clicking on the tree counter. Have a look if you fancy 🙂

12. Cashing-out

The all important ability to cash-out your hard earned commissions via a PayPal or Stripe account.

Cash-out Video Tutorial:

In the video above you see:

Step 1: Click “Dashboard”.

Step 2: Scroll to bottom and click green “cashout” button.

Step 3: Follow steps to cash-out via PayPal or Stripe (there’s a £25 minimum threshold for cashing out).


We hope you found this user manual helpful and wish you all the best on your journey to earning huge commissions on Kinsume, radically increasing your earnings as an influencer and becoming climate positive as you go 💚 🙌 🌱

Best of luck to all of you 🙂

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