LinkShare Recognizes Symposium East 2009 Golden Link Award Winners

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Over 400 industry executives gathered to recognize achievements of twelve performance-based marketing innovators.

The impressive participation at this year's event demonstrates the growing value placed on affiliate, PPC search and lead generation marketing strategies

LinkShare (http://www.linkshare.com), a leading performance marketing network provider, today recognizes the winners of its 6th annual Golden Link Awards, which celebrate the top leaders and innovators of the ecommerce industry. The winners were announced at the LinkShare Symposium East 2009, which took place on June 23rd at Chelsea Piers in New York. The event brought together a sold-out audience of more than 400 executives to share industry expertise, best practices and trends in online retail.

"The impressive participation at this year's event demonstrates the growing value placed on affiliate, PPC search and lead generation marketing strategies," said Jonathan Levine, co-president, LinkShare. "We are delighted to have been able to bring together advertisers and publishers from our network to learn about and discuss trends that are influencing the future of the ecommerce industry."

Each year, LinkShare rewards the ecommerce leaders and innovators within its network by presenting them with a Golden Link Award, which represents quality, leadership, creativity and originality.

LinkShare Symposium East 2009 Golden Link Award winners are:

  •     Innovative Publisher of the Year: Vertive for Offers.com
  •     Innovative Advertiser of the Year: drugstore.com
  •     Best New Advertiser: The North Face
  •     Best New Publisher: DBG Loyalty for Bank of America
  •     Advertiser's Choice Award: CouponCabin
  •     Publisher's Choice Award: Gaiam.com
  •     International Advertiser of the Year: LEGO
  •     Best Communication Strategy: Bare Necessities
  •     MVP - Most Valuable Publisher for Lead Generation: Nelnet
  •     Technology Genius Award: iStorez
  •     Best Distribution Strategy: SmartBargains
  •     Performance Marketing's Most Vocal Advocate: Performance Marketing Association

"We are very lucky to have such creative and innovative advertisers and publishers within our network," said Yaz Iida, co-president, LinkShare. "Because of their commitment to - and wide-spread influence within - the world of ecommerce, we think it's important to recognize their important role in the evolution of online retail. These innovative companies/individuals are re-defining how we shop and creating an online world where consumers turn to find and measure value."

LinkShare wishes to thank its many Symposium East 2009 sponsors, including Fleurop-Interflora (http://www.fleurop.com), Macy's, Yesmail, Affiliate Voice LCC, Bella True, Clicks2Customers, CostumeSuperCenter.com, Doheny's Water Warehouse, FreeShipping.com, GourmetGiftBaskets.com, LWS Media, OneCause, Savings.com, Upromise, Affiliate Summit, Electronic Retailer, Revenue, magaz!nes.com, ShopToEarn, Nestle Waters North America, Dell Canada, Omaha Steaks, TOSHIBA and Limoges Jewelry.

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About LinkShare Corporation:
LinkShare Corporation provides ecommerce businesses with a vast, high quality pay per action marketing network, along with expert consultative services and patented technology. LinkShare's cost-efficient performance-based affiliate, PPC search and lead generation campaigns acquire new customers, increase revenue and drive results. LinkShare clients are Fortune 500 and prominent companies doing business online, including J.C. Penney, 1-800-Flowers.com, American Express and Avon Products. LinkShare was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in New York City, with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, London and Tokyo. For more information, please visit: http://www.linkshare.com.

About Rakuten:
Headquartered in Tokyo, Rakuten is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive Internet service companies, providing leading services in e-commerce, portal & media, travel, financial services, and professional sports. Rakuten focuses on new business development and increasing its scope in order to improve and diversify service offerings. Rakuten is a publicly traded company in Japan (JASDAQ: 4755).

Media Contacts:
Mark Kirschner
LinkShare
646-943-8359

Kristin Parran
Blanc & Otus Public Relations
617-451-6070

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