The 14th annual Golden Link Awards have come and gone, leaving a new list of incredible publishers and advertisers in its wake. This year’s ceremony was emceed by celeb comedian Loni Love, who captivated the stage with her charm and quick wit that united more than 350 leaders in the industry.

We’d like to congratulate all the nominees for this year’s awards and thank everyone who voted! The Golden Link Awards recognize the top advertisers, publishers and agencies in the Rakuten Marketing performance marketing network across 14 categories. This year’s Golden Link Award Winners are:

  • Best New Advertiser: Jet
  • Best New Publisher: Jak & Jil
  • Affiliate Manager of the Year (Advertiser): Andrea Morgan — Sephora
  • Affiliate Manager of the Year (Publisher): Jennifer Goodwin —
  • OPM/Agency of the Year: OPM Pros
  • Advertiser and Publisher Collaboration — Innovation: Macy’s & Ebates
  • Advertiser and Publisher Collaboration — Optimization: ChaseCredit Karma
  • Rising Star Advertiser: Birchbox
  • Rising Star Publisher: Keep
  • Best Multi-channel Performance: Lacoste
  • Best Influencer Monetization: The Enchanted Home
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Jeanine Cillo — Chase
  • Advertiser’s Choice: 55Haitao
  • Publisher’s Choice: Bloomingdale’s

The judging panel for the Golden Link Awards is composed of industry influencers, who select winners based on nominations from staff and clients. 2016 judges include:

  • Chris Trayhorn, Founder and CEO, mThink
  • Melissa Campanelli, Editor-in-Chief/Content Director, Total Retail; Co-Founder, Women in Retail Leadership Circle
  • Pippa Chambers, Online Editor, AdNews Australia
  • Peter Figueredo, Partner and Head of Client Services, House of Kaizen | Affiliate Benchmarks
  • Sucharita Mulpuru, Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research