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Rakuten LinkShare expands with launch of affiliate marketing network in Australia

Performance marketing network Rakuten LinkShare has announced the launch of its affiliate marketing network in Australia.

The company, which currently operates in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Japan, is launching its Australian presence to meet the requirements of both local online retailers and global advertisers looking to reach Australian customers.

According to the National Australia Bank Online Retail Sales Index, online retail spending in Australia is experiencing growth and reached $11.7 billion in the 12 months up to June 2012.

Rakuten LinkShare has a portfolio of local advertisers including Appliances Online and Dyson Australia. Global advertisers include ASOS, Farfetch and Hotwire.com.

Commenting on the expansion, Yaz Iida, chief executive officer, Rakuten LinkShare, said: “Launching our services in Australia is a key part of our global strategy as we work to meet the global online marketing needs of our advertisers and publishers.”

Prue Thomas, senior marketing manager, Australia, ASOS Global Limited, commented: “Performance marketing presents a low-risk, measurable way to enter the Australian market and it delivers great opportunities to reach the Australian consumer while achieving a target return on ad spend.”

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