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Affiliate

Affiliate marketing promotes discovery and drives revenue.

Through our global affiliate network, we empower marketers to engage shoppers across the entire consumer journey. Affiliate success comes down to partnerships — we connect advertisers with publishers to reach new audiences and influence repeat purchases. Our solutions create a holistic strategy that delivers proven incremental revenue and is continually optimised for performance.

The industry has voted us the #1 Affiliate Marketing Network for seven consecutive years, and in 2016 we eclipsed past performance by facilitating more than 100 million orders worldwide.

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The Rakuten Marketing Affiliate Difference

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    Quality
    Comprehensive screening and monitoring ensure the quality of your affiliate program partners.
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    Technology
    Products and tools that make affiliate marketing easier to implement, measure and optimise.
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    Service
    Best-in-class account management with strategic recommendations to grow your business.
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    Attribution & Insights
    Access to a dedicated team of analysts and Cadence, our integrated marketing insights and attribution platform.
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    Reach
    Our affiliate network can process payments to 202 countries/regions in 25 currencies.
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Affiliate marketing drives performance across the funnel.
According to brands surveyed by Forrester Research:
  • 83%
    used affiliate marketing primarily for the discovery or awareness stage
  • 79%
    used it for conversion or purchase
  • 79%
    used it for ongoing customer engagement

Influencer marketing inspires product discovery and brand devotion.

New Audiences
84%
traffic driven by influencers are new customers.
Cost Per Acquisition
77%
lower cost per visit from an influencer than other publisher types.
Influencer Consumer Journeys
53%
start with an influencer engagement.
Consumer Engagement
8
pages viewed on average when referred by an influencer.
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Rakuten Marketing & Bonds
66% Growth in Program Publishers

Upon launching with the Rakuten Affiliate Network, Bonds were working with multiple affiliate networks. In June 2015, Bonds decided to migrate their program and work exclusively with Rakuten Marketing to consolidate the management of their affiliate program and grow revenue through the channel.

  • 66% growth in publishers on the program
  • Continual publisher recruitment with content and mummy blogger focus
  • Ongoing Pacific Brands program growth, launching Berlei and Sheridan affiliate programs on the Rakuten Affiliate Network

 

“Since migrating exclusively to the Rakuten Affiliate Network, the program has seen consistently strong growth. We have a fantastic relationship with our account manager who has been integral to the expansion of the channel through continually working to provide new opportunities and to promote our brands to the publisher community.”

Head of Online, Pacific Brands

 

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Rakuten Marketing & STYLEBOP.COM
50% Increase in Orders 

After years of international growth, luxury fashion retailer STYLEBOP.com decided to focus on global reach through affiliate partnerships. After working successfully with Rakuten Affiliate Network in the US and UK for a number of years, STYLEBOP.com launched its Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Japanese Affiliate programs with the Network in August 2015.

  • Overall orders grew 50% YoY
  • Through the careful selection of publishers, the brand has built long-term partnerships with strategic and coherent growth

 

“We chose Rakuten Affiliate Network in these markets due to their proven expertise in the fashion space and the APAC region. Together with their broad luxury publisher pool and excellent customer services, we were confident that they would have a significant impact on our objective of increasing brand awareness among high-end fashion customers in APAC.”

Hanna Tuchnitz, Affiliate Marketing Manager, STYLEBOP.com

 

 

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Rakuten Marketing & Vinomofo
48% Lift in Revenue

Australian online retail success story Vinomofo were excited to embrace new marketing technology.  After relying predominately on Facebook and Search as marketing channels, they wanted to expand their media mix to drive new site visitors and increase the volume of sales through retargeting.

  • 82% increase in ROAS for prospecting
  • 52% increase in conversion rate for prospecting campaign
  • Retargeting drove 51% increase in sales volume
  • Retargeting click-through rates increased by 25%

 

“The use of the display channel has been a phenomenal success of Vinomofo. The team at Rakuten Marketing have proven the power of dynamic creative and personalisation in retargeting campaigns, and further highlighted the necessity of creative marketing fueled by data in order to reach your audience and grow your brand.”

Kip McMillan, Head of Marketing, Vinomofo

 

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Rakuten Marketing & American Express
Increased Sales by USD$2.5M MoM

Understanding the potential of Korean cross-border trade, American Express Korea forged an exclusive partnership with Rakuten Marketing to create a first-in-market bridge between affiliate advertisers and the “registered card” model. This partnership allows international advertisers to generate brand awareness and grow their consumer base in this highly lucrative region.

The most successful American Express Korea and Rakuten Marketing campaign drove more than USD$2.5M in sales during a one month period.

  • Campaigns increased monthly Korean sales within a target audience by 920%
  • The average order value with American Express cardholders in Korea increased by 86%
  • Highest-performing campaigns reached close to 6 million Korean consumers.


“Working with Rakuten Marketing Asia Pacific we could forge a partnership that speaks to our target audience and drives significant sales from our cardholders. With the partnership going from strength to strength, we look forward to expanding this project in the coming years to help bring top exposure and brand awareness to even more Rakuten Marketing advertisers in South Korea.” 

Marketing Director, American Express Korea

 

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Rakuten Marketing & Cotton On
Affiliate Drives 10% of Online Sales

After successfully launching their Australian affiliate program with Rakuten Marketing, Cotton ON utilised their affiliate program as a key channel for their strategy to expand to new international markets. Through the Cotton ON Australia program, publisher partnerships in the key markets of Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore are accessed, with a bespoke US affiliate program being managed by local US account managers.

  • Between July 1st and December 31st 2016, global affiliate sales grew 260%, with affiliate driving approximately 10% of all online sales
  • Affiliate sales from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore account for 41% of the AU/Asia program’s sales
  • In 2016 sales on the Asia-Pacific AU/Asia program grew an average of 24% MoM
  • US program experienced average growth of 35% MoM

 

“Rakuten Marketing has truly demonstrated the value and effectiveness of affiliate marketing. By using the affiliate channel to increase our brand awareness we have been able to successfully propel Cotton On worldwide.”

Head of Group Digital Marketing, Cotton On Group

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Rakuten Marketing & Cariloha
68% of Revenue Influenced

To drive engagement and retention with their increasing site traffic, luxury brand Cariloha leveraged display retargeting strategies across Facebook and traditional inventory to drive sales of its eco-friendly bamboo products. The results of this campaign showed that:

  • Returning site visitors spent 50% more than they did previously.
  • 68% of total site revenue was influenced by retargeting.

 

“It wasn’t until we started working with Rakuten Marketing that we understood how much incremental revenue retargeting could drive. The ability to quantify the specific value of our retargeting campaigns made Rakuten Marketing the obvious choice as a retargeting partner.”

Aaron Hobson, VP of Marketing, Cariloha

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Rakuten Marketing & PacSun
73% Average New Customer Rate

Looking to cut through the noise of other apparel ads, PacSun needed new audiences to boost website traffic and sales. These couldn’t be just any new audiences; they need to be audiences that would become loyal customers.

To discover these audiences, PacSun tested a prospecting campaign using a comprehensive data set. Compared to a control group, this campaign returned:

  • 73% average new customer rate.
  • 321% higher return on ad spend.
  • 260% higher conversion rate.
  • 72% lower cost per acquisition.

“Rakuten Marketing technology and data has helped us reach new acquisition strategies that have grown our percentage of new customers every month.”

Eugene Lai, Director of Digital Marketing, PacSun

 

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