Golden Link Awards, APAC 2023 Finalists Announced

The Rakuten Advertising Golden Link Awards, APAC celebrate and showcase our advertisers, publishers and agencies who are outdelivering on their objectives to drive next-level performance. Read on to learn who has made the shortlist.

This year, the Golden Link Awards, APAC received over 60 outstanding entries spanning our 9 categories. This includes new additions, ‘Partnership of the Year’ and ‘The Outthink & Outperform Award’, which celebrates our partner brands who are outthinking their competition. Every. Single. Time.

The winners will be announced at our highly anticipated awards ceremony, to be held on Thursday, 10th August at DealMaker Australia.

Our four esteemed judges now have the very difficult job of selecting the winners of each of the categories. A big thank you to our panel of experts:

  • Grant Arnott Managing Director, Power Retail & Click Frenzy
  • Jenn Thomas Head of Marketing & Memberships, IAB Australia
  • Matthew Wood Founder, Hello Partner
  • Rakhee Jogia Managing Director, International, Rakuten Advertising

Now, without further ado, let’s turn our attention to the true stars of the Golden Link Awards, APAC – the deserving finalists. It is our pleasure to present the following exceptional nominees:

Affiliate Manager of the Year (Advertiser)

  • Imogen Dempsey – Bed Bath N’ Table
  • Cristel Gonzales – City Beach
  • Tamara Cole & Michaela Michaut – Cotton On Group
  • Stephanie Boustani – Sheike
  • Michelle Rando – The Mosaic Brands

Affiliate Manager of the Year (Publisher)

  • Caitlin Gordon – Afterpay
  • Simone Tison – Cashrewards
  • Belinda Barnes – Qantas Shopping
  • Greta Gazzola – ShopBack Australia

Best New Publisher

  • Blue Light Card Australia
  • by PerformID
  • Style DNA

Best International Strategy

  • Hismile
  • Honey PayPal
  • Shoplooks & Bloomingdale’s

The Outthink & Outperform Award

  • Afterpay Australia
  • Furthr & Pokitpal
  • Jeanswest & Qantas Shopping
  • ShopBack Philippines
  • SmileKOLs

Campaign of the Year

  • 2XU & Blue Light Card
  • Cashrewards & Coles Liquor Group
  • H&M
  • Jeanswest & Qantas Shopping
  • ShopBack Australia & Cotton On

Advertiser of the Year

  • Dyson
  • Glue Store
  • Petbarn
  • Princess Polly

Publisher of the Year

  • Cashrewards
  • Qantas Shopping
  • Raiz Invest

Partnership of the Year

  • Bonds & Cashrewards
  • Microsoft Australia & Cashrewards
  • Shoplooks x 24S
  • Student Beans x Princess Polly

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries for this year’s awards and best of luck to all the finalists. Your wins are our wins, and we look forward to celebrating with you at DealMaker Australia in Sydney this August.

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