Rakuten LinkShare Search Marketing Services Deliver Dramatic Results

  Rakuten LinkShare Search Marketing Services Deliver Dramatic Results

      Online Advertisers Reap Benefits of Higher Conversions, Lower CPC

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- March 5, 2013

Rakuten LinkShare’s search marketing division reported record-breaking client
results for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Online advertisers working with Rakuten LinkShare’s paid search marketing
services outperformed the industry average for click-through rate (CTR),
cost-per-click (CPC), and return on ad spend (ROAS).

More specifically, Rakuten LinkShare search marketing clients saw the
following results on average:

  *Click through rate (CTR) of 2.45% or nine percent higher than the industry
    average of 1.94%.^1
  *Cost-per-click (CPC) of $0.44 or six percent lower than the industry
    average of $0.54.^2
  *Return on ad spend (ROAS) of $9.30 or sixty percent higher than the
    industry average of $5.78.^3
  *Conversion rate of 5.65% or 99% higher than the industry average
    conversion rate of 2.84%.^4

In line with the industry, Rakuten LinkShare clients saw on average a twenty
percent increase in sales transactions yet they achieved this year-over-year
increase more efficiently and more cost effectively.

“Rakuten LinkShare has enabled us to achieve tremendous results in our search
marketing campaigns which can be attributed to their balanced approach to
service, technology and strategy,” said Neill Morris, director of online
marketing, Murad, Inc. “They’ve also delivered when it comes to staying on top
of the latest changes and innovations released by the search engines yet never
lose sight of the fundamentals that a well optimized program can deliver.”

Search marketing is a high growth area that reached nearly $23 billion by the
end of 2012.^5 To accommodate the needs of advertisers, Rakuten LinkShare paid
search services also include innovative campaigns for mobile paid search,
YouTube advertising, Google Shopping, Google Product Listing Ads, and
comparison-shopping engine management.

“While Rakuten LinkShare has been synonymous with performance marketing, we’re
also seeing a growing demand for our search marketing and other services,”
said Yaz Iida, chief executive officer, Rakuten LinkShare. “These dramatic
results speak for themselves as more online advertisers rely on us to uncover
new opportunities to drive sales online.”

About Rakuten LinkShare Corporation

Rakuten LinkShare provides online retailers and other businesses with expert
online marketing services and solutions. Rakuten LinkShare’s affiliate
marketing network, search marketing services, lead generation campaigns and
retargeting solutions can acquire new customers, increase revenue and drive
overall results while achieving target return on ad spend. Rakuten LinkShare
clients are Fortune 500 and other prominent companies doing business online,
including J.C. Penney, 1-800-Flowers.com, American Express and Avon Products.
The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in New York City, with
offices in San Francisco, Chicago, Tampa, London, Tokyo and Sydney. For more
information, please visit: www.linkshare.com.

About Rakuten

Rakuten, Inc. (JASDAQ:4755), is one of the world’s leading Internet service
companies, providing a variety of consumer- and business-focused services
including e-commerce, e-reading, travel, banking, securities, credit card,
e-money, portal and media, online marketing and professional sports. Selected
by Forbes as 7th among the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2012, Rakuten
is expanding globally and currently has operations throughout Asia, Western
Europe, and the Americas. Founded in 1997, Rakuten is headquartered in Tokyo,
with over 10,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit

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^1 Source: Kenshoo 2012 U.S. Online Retail Holiday Shopping Report
^2 Ibid.
^3 Ibid.
^4 Ibid.
^5 Source: eMarketer.


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Kathy Keating, 617-451-7355
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