Rakuten LinkShare Performance Marketing Network Reports Double Digit Growth in Second Quarter

  Rakuten LinkShare Performance Marketing Network Reports Double Digit Growth
  in Second Quarter

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- July 30, 2013

Rakuten LinkShare today announced continued growth throughout its global
performance marketing network for the second quarter of 2013. The affiliate
network spans the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, and
Australia.

Highlights of the quarter include:

  *An increase in same store sales in the U.S. by 30 percent year-over-year.
  *An increase in same store sales in the U.K. by 44 percent year-over-year.
  *An increase in same store sales in Canada by 31 percent year-over-year.
  *New advertisers that have joined the global affiliate network include:
    Orbitz, in the U.S., River Island, Cook Trading Limited, and Country
    Attire in the UK, L’Occitane in Canada, and Atterley Road  and Ferrari
    Store  in Australia.

Additionally, as part of its Google Affiliate Network Migration Program, top
advertisers that have joined the Rakuten LinkShare network in the second
quarter include Orbitz Worldwide and Cheaptickets.com.

“While we’re proud of the success we’ve been able to achieve, these results
also reflect the strength of our advertisers and publishers as they expand
their reach in a growing, global e-commerce marketplace,” said Yaz Iida, chief
executive officer, Rakuten LinkShare. “According to the latest research from
Forrester, the affiliate channel is poised for cross-border commerce. To
ensure our network members can take advantage of these increasing
opportunities, we will continue to provide the technology and services that
will enable them to thrive.”

Also this past quarter, the company recognized the most successful and
innovative advertisers and publishers in the network as part of the annual
Golden Link Awards held during the Rakuten LinkShare Symposium New York event.
Awards were presented in 16 categories including: Best New Advertiser, Best
Display and Retargeting Campaign and Affiliate Manager of the Year. A complete
list of the winners can be found here.

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
visitwww.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
http://global.rakuten.com/corp/.

Contact:

Rakuten LinkShare
Lisa Mollura, 646-943-8221
Lisa.mollura@linkshare.com
or
Blanc & Otus
Kathy Keating, 617-460-2702
kkeating@blancandotus.com
 
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