The Case Study

Targeted Marketing Tactics Allow Le Col To Tap Into a Lucrative Market

Founded by professional cyclist and rider for team GB, Yanto Barker, Le Col is a premium British cycling apparel brand with a single-minded focus on performance. They take real pride in what they do, with a simple but enduring purpose: to make the best performance kit to help cyclists ride faster and further on every ride.

Learn how Acceleration Partners helped Le Col create a targeted recruitment and activation campaign to drive significant growth in the affiliate channel, making it one of the brand's strongest performing marketing channels.


150% year-over-year increase in sale active affiliate partners

205% month-over-month increase in sales via the affiliate channel

The Challenge

As part of its overall growth strategy, premium British cycling apparel brand with a single-minded focus on performance Le Col launched a highly anticipated affiliate programme. However, the brand’s new programme was under performing in several key metrics, especially when compared to other digital channels. Its most concerning trend was around partner activation rates well below initial projections.

Le Col sought to accelerate affiliate channel growth through partner recruitment and reactivation, and the team set the following primary objectives:

Leverage a targeted recruiting and reactivation campaign to increase sale active partners by 70%.

Create a new programme product feed to activate a more diverse range of partners.

Cost-effectively increase total order volume derived from the affiliate channel.

Our Approach

Streamlined Recruitment and Activation Strategy

Acceleration Partners analysed existing programme partners and created a targeted reactivation list. They also performed a GAP analysis of Le Col’s competitors and identified 300 top-tier partner recruitment targets across a range of partner types. The team developed and implemented a streamlined recruitment and activation strategy and capitalised on the increased popularity of cycling and related products. As a result, Le Col’s affiliate programme is now a top-performing channel.
New Programme Product Feed

The team helped Le Col launch a new programme product feed, creating opportunity to work with Price Comparison and CSS partners.

New Partner Recruitment and Activation

Messaging focused on brand growth, increase in product demand, and compelling brand promotions.

New partners received a 5% CPA increase during their first month upon activation.

Engagement of Existing Partners

Messaging focused on product demand and compelling brand promotions.

The team negotiated increased exposure and strengthened relationships with existing partners.

The great results we have seen have been made possible by Acceleration Partners effective account management. In the current environment, it has been crucial that we respond fast and the team at AP have activated partners efficiently and prioritised our recruitment to bring in high value partners quickly.

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