The Golden Link Awards, Asia-Pacific celebrates Rakuten Advertising’s most innovative and exceptional affiliate campaigns, teams and companies across the region.

After two years of virtual award ceremonies, we were excited to host this year’s ceremony in-person, closing DealMaker APAC in style. Hosted by our very own Hannah Da Silva, the ceremony was an evening of celebration, entertainment and inspiration for all Golden Link Award finalists and DealMaker attendees.

The 2022 awards had eight categories spanning all areas of affiliate marketing, as well as two peer-nominated categories. Nominations were open to all APAC advertisers, publishers and agencies. This year, we had a record number of entries and our esteemed panel of judges had their work cut out for them to select the winners. A huge thank you to our judges for supporting our awards:

  • Amit Bapna – The Drum Asia
  • Jenn Thomas – IAB Australia
  • Nathan Brown – Global Marketplace
  • Mike Chin – Rakuten Advertising

We’re thrilled to reveal the winners of this year’s Golden Link Awards, Asia-Pacific.

The Golden Link Awards, Asia-Pacific 2022 Winners

Manager of the Year (Publisher)

  • Winner: Dom Ferguson – Cashrewards
  • Highly commended: Emma Cooper – ShopBack Australia

 

Manager of the Year (Advertiser)

  • Winner: Michael Brown – Culture Kings
  • Highly commended: Brooke Waxman – Saks Fifth Avenue

 

Best New Publisher

  • Winner: Wink
  • Highly commended: Cheddar

 

Best International Strategy

  • Winner: GOXIP
  • Highly commended: Involve Asia Technologies

 

Innovation Award

  • Winner: Afterpay
  • Highly commended: GOXIP

 

Campaign of the Year

  • Winner: PerformID
  • Highly commended: Cashrewards

 

Advertiser of the Year

  • Winner: Coles Liquor Group
  • Highly commended: NET-A-PORTER

 

Publisher of the Year

  • Winner: Afterpay
  • Highly commended: ShopBack Australia

 

Publishers’ Choice

  • Winner: Bonds

 

Advertisers’ Choice

  • Winner: Cashrewards

 

Commenting on the Golden Link Awards, Stuart McLennan, Senior Vice Present of APAC at Rakuten Advertising said, “We had a record number of entries with incredibly high calibre this year. Our advertisers and publishers on the Rakuten Affiliate Network truly demonstrated what it means to be strategic and innovative. They thrive on real performance and real results and continue to push the industry forward. Congratulations to all the winners and highly commended.”

On behalf of the Rakuten Advertising, a huge congratulations to the winners and highly commended entries and thank you to everyone who participated in the awards. We look forward to seeing you again in 2023.