Rakuten LinkShare Announces 2013 Golden Link Award Finalists

  Rakuten LinkShare Announces 2013 Golden Link Award Finalists

    Upcoming Rakuten LinkShare Symposium New York Event to Gather Over 600
       Performance Marketing Professionals for Networking and Education

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- May 29, 2013

Rakuten LinkShare today announced the finalists for the 2013 Golden Link
Awards with the winners to be announced at the annual Rakuten LinkShare
Symposium New York 2013 event being held June 17-18 at the Marriott Marquis in
Times Square. The event brings together more than 600 of the industry’s
leading advertisers, publishers and agencies for networking, deal making and
educational sessions.

Each year, the Golden Link Awards recognize the most successful and innovative
advertisers and publishers in the Rakuten LinkShare network with this year’s
ceremony taking place on June 17.

The 2013 Rakuten LinkShare Golden Link Award Finalists include:

  *Best New Advertiser: Finish Line, ShoeMall.com
  *Best New Publisher: Boomerang, Bargainmoose.ca, Findthebest.com, SHOPCADE,
  *Affiliate Manager of the Year (Advertiser): BH Cosmetics, HanesBrands,
    Magazines.com, Sephora
  *Affiliate Manager of the Year (Publisher): Estee Lauder Companies, Mr.
    Rebates, Polyvore, Shop.com
  *Most Innovative (Advertiser or Publisher): McAfee, RetailMeNot, Inc.
  *Best Offer Strategy: drugstore, GameStop, Karmaloop, Smashbox
  *OPM Agency Of the Year: Gen 3 , OPMPros
  *Best International Strategy: Macy's, PopSugar
  *Best Lead Generation Advertiser: 1-800-Dentist, Experian
    (CreditReport.com), EverBank.com
  *Best Lead Generation Publisher: Marchex, RetailMeNot, Inc.
  *Best Search Marketing Campaign: BCBG, Vera Bradley, Vans, Musicnotes,
  *Best Display and Retargeting Campaign: Sephora, Karmaloop, Magazines.com
  *Rising Star (Advertiser): CBS Interactive, Kate Somerville, Pearson
    Education, STYLEBOP.com
  *Rising Star (Publisher): Boomerang, DealAm, Ziftr
  *Advertiser's Choice: Bagsnob.com, DealAm.com, DealAm, Ebates, Eckim,
    Offers.com, Polyvore, Mr. Rebates, Shop.com, RetailMeNot, Inc, SurfMyAds,
  *Publisher's Choice: 1-800-FLOWERS.com, AT&T Wireless, The Body Shop,
    CheapOair, drugstore.com, GameStop, Macy's, Magazines.com, Omaha Steaks,
    Origins, Puritan's Pride, Finish Line

In addition to the Golden Link Awards, Rakuten LinkShare Symposium New York
offers advertisers and publishers hands on training and educational sessions
through Rakuten LinkShare Campus being held on June 17. The sessions include
guest speakers from the Rakuten LinkShare network and will offer attendees the
opportunity to learn from peers who are experts at optimizing and growing
affiliate marketing programs.

“Education and training through Rakuten LinkShare Campus is a key part of our
strategy to help advertisers and publishers grow their business,” said Deepa
Sureka, senior vice president of global service operations at Rakuten
LinkShare. “Face-to-face education during our Symposium events serves to
complement our online education offerings and allow valuable time for
attendees to network with their peers.”

Additional news to be announced at the main event on June 18 will include the
results of an in-depth study on consumer behavior across eight countries in
relation to affiliate sites and how retailers are using performance marketing
to enter new markets. The report is being commissioned by Rakuten LinkShare
and is being conducted by Forrester Consulting.

Rakuten LinkShare Symposium New York will close with an after party at The Sky
Room in Times Square.

About Rakuten LinkShare Corporation

Rakuten LinkShare Corporation provides online retailers and other businesses
with expert online marketing services and solutions. Rakuten LinkShare’s cost
per action (CPA) affiliate 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,
Avon Products, and The Body Shop. 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

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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