Monday, March 10, 2008

LinkShare Recognizes Symposium East 2009 Golden Link Award Winners

LinkShare Recognizes Symposium East 2009 Golden Link Award Winners

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

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 7, 2009

LinkShare (www. linkshare. com), a leading performance marketing network provider, today recognizes the winners of its 6th annual Golden Link Awards (http://www. linkshare. com/events/golden_link_2009/golden_link_winners_finalists/), 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 (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.

Additional References

  •  Check out our LinkShare blog: www. linkshareblog. com
  •  Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter. com/LinkShareBlog (http://twitter. com/LinkShareBlog)

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: 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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Be a Good Sport On The Slopes, And Think About Winter Sports Travel Insurance

Be a Good Sport On The Slopes, And Think About Winter Sports Travel Insurance

UK travellers risk sky-high medical bills without travel insurance

London, UK (PRWEB) March 15, 2009

Given the sheer volume of discounted holidays on offer from ski firms at present, it is unsurprising that cash-strapped holidaymakers are looking to the slopes for a break, and many of these will be taking the opportunity to try out one of the many different winter sports. For even more of these travellers considering their cheap travel insurance (http://www. postoffice. co. uk/portal/po/jump1?catId=63300708&mediaId=19300208) options will be the last thing on their minds - and this could pose a considerable risk.

According to Post Office Travel Insurance (http://www. postoffice. co. uk/portal/po/jump1?catId=63300708&mediaId=19300208), typically medical expenses can make up an estimated 72 per cent of ski holiday insurance claim costs, and yet almost a quarter of the UK's holidaymakers would consider going on holiday this year without travel insurance (http://www. postoffice. co. uk/portal/po/jump1?catId=63300708&mediaId=19300208) in a bid to save money. At present this represents an even riskier strategy than usual as medical costs in popular eurozone ski destinations such as France, Italy and Austria could be around 18 per cent higher than this time last year, and those departing for Aspen or Vail in the USA could face a 29 per cent increase in medical costs. Gung ho holidaymakers taking to the slopes without insurance could face air ambulance fees of up to £12,000 (from Italy) or up to £50,000 to be returned from the USA if they are injured.

Post Office head of travel insurance Rachel Croft comments:
"The weaker pound means that the relative cost of hospital treatment abroad can be potentially much higher than usual. In addition to travel insurance, it's essential that people carry a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which offers free or reduced cost medical treatment in EU countries. However, the EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance - it won't cover costs such as mountain rescue, repatriation or lost baggage - so we urge people to ensure they are fully covered against all eventualities."

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