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CAKE Basic Generating Click Pixels

This document will outline what a Click Pixel is, what they can be used for and how to generate them.

What Is A Click Pixel?

First and foremost, a Click Pixel generates a Click. When one is "fired", CAKE Basic will track a click just like as if an Affiliate's Unique Link was clicked on.

Essentially, a Click Pixel is very similar to an Affiliate Unique Link. It contains a lot of the same parameters, as well.

Above are two different examples of a Click Pixel for a specific Campaign. The formats differ (Javascript vs. Image), but they both accomplish the same thing.
We know they are for a specific Campaign because the Affiliate ID is defined in the "a=" parameter and the Creative is defined in the "c=" parameter.
These two values, just like a Unique Link, allow us to attribute the action to a specific Campaign.

We're also familiar with the idea of Pixels, in general. We use iFrame or Javascript Pixels to track Conversions from our Advertisers. After all, a Pixel is simply a bit of code placed on a page and functions as a tracking mechanism.

No different from a Click Pixel, except this type of Pixel can tell CAKE Basic when a "Click" has occurred as opposed to a Conversion.

When Would I Need To Use A Click Pixel?

There are a few different reasons why you might want to use a Click Pixel, but the most common use case is for capturing organic traffic.

How does Performance Marketing normally work? Well, you usually distribute Unique Links to your Affiliates and consumers redirect to the landing page through that link.

In some cases, however, you may want to track consumers arriving at the landing page organically, or directly without clicking on an advertisement.

How Is a Click Pixel Implemented?

Click Pixels live on the page that you wish to track a click.

If consumers are going to, and you want to track organic traffic, you will want to place the Click Pixel directly on this page.

It functions within the same principals and rules as a normal Unique Link as well in regards to Cookie Days and duplicates.
A consumer will only be tracked uniquely the first time they arrive at your page within the allotted Cookie Days. Any return visits within the Cookie Days will be considered duplicates.

Forgive the lack of expert Photoshop skills, but the image above is [attempting to] illustrate that the Image Pixel will live within the code of your page.

How Click Pixels Are Generated in CAKE Basic

Unlike Conversion Pixels, Click Pixels are generated from the Affiliate Main Tab as opposed to the Offer Card.

Remember, Conversion Pixels are intended for your Advertiser where Click Pixels are intended for your Affiliates.

First, hover over the Affiliate Main Tab, slide your cursor down to Pixels and then click Generate Click Pixel.

Once the Wizard opens, select the Affiliate, Campaign and Creative. These components will be used to build your Click Pixel.

Then, click Next to display your Click Pixel.

Frequently Asked Question...

What if a consumer clicks on one of my Affiliate's tracking links and redirects to a page that has a Click Pixel on it? Will CAKE Basic track two / duplicate clicks?

This depends on your Offer's settings for First Touch or Last Touch.

If your Offer has the default setting of First Touch, CAKE Basic will not track the Click Pixel and only track the click from the Unique Link.
If your Offer has been modified to track Last Touch, CAKE Basic will always track the Click Pixel and attribute any Conversions to this Click.

With that said, it is suggested that you do NOT use Last Touch while tracking both Unique Links and a Click Pixel.

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