Golden Link Awards, Asia-Pacific 2023 Winners

Elevating performance is the name of the game, and at Rakuten Advertising, we love applauding the true trailblazers. Our Asia-Pacific Golden Link Awards celebrate our partners in the region who are outthinking their competition – every single time.

This year, we closed DealMaker Australia in style at Luna Park’s glorious Crystal Ballroom with the Golden Link Awards, Asia-Pacific 2023. Hosted by the water with the sun setting in the background, against the iconic backdrop of Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Opera House, this year’s ceremony is the region’s biggest Golden Link Awards yet.

The 2023 awards spanned 12 categories, including new additions such as The Outthink and Outperform Award and Partnership of the Year. Nominations were open to all APAC advertisers, publishers and agencies and also included two peer-nominated categories, giving everyone on our network the chance to tell us who their affiliate champions are. The quality and quantity of entries certainly didn’t make it easy for our judges, so we’d like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to our esteemed panel:

  • 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

We are thrilled to reveal the winners of the 2023 Asia-Pacific Golden Link Awards below.

The Golden Link Awards, Asia-Pacific 2023 Winners

Affiliate Manager of the Year (Publisher)
  • Winner: Simone Tison, Cashrewards
  • Highly commended: Belinda Barnes, Qantas Shopping
Affiliate Manager of the Year (Advertiser)
  • Winner: Tamara Cole & Michaela Michaut, Cotton On Group
  • Highly commended: Michelle Rando, Mosaic Brands
Best New Publisher
  • Winner: Style DNA
  • Highly commended: Blue Light Card
Best International Strategy
  • Winner: GOXIP
  • Highly commended: Honey PayPal
The Outthink & Outperform Award
  • Winner: ShopBack Philippines
  • Highly commended: Afterpay
Campaign of the Year
  • Winner: H&M
  • Highly commended: ShopBack Australia & Cotton On Group
Advertiser of the Year
  • Winner: Dyson
  • Highly commended: Princess Polly
Publisher of the Year
  • Winner: Cashrewards
  • Highly commended: Qantas Shopping
Partnership of the Year
  • Winner: Microsoft & Cashrewards
  • Highly commended: Shoplooks & 24S
Publisher of the Year (Advertisers’ Choice)
  • Winner: Cashrewards
Advertiser of the Year (Publishers’ Choice)
  • Winner: Dyson
Rakuten Advertising Rep of the Year
  • Winner: Brodie Livingstone

Commenting on this year’s ceremony and entries, Stuart McLennan, Senior Vice President of APAC at Rakuten Advertising said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered this year’s award – it was a real pleasure seeing the results of what can be achieved when our expertise and innovations are combined with the power of our partners’ forward-thinking and willingness to try new things. Congratulations to everyone who was highly commended and, of course, to all of our winners!”

Here’s to next year!

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