Nominations for this year’s prestigious Affiliate Marketing Awards are already flooding in, but there’s only another 31 days left to ensure entries are received in time for the judging process to formally begin.

The a4uAwards, which were launched last year to celebrate the innovation & commitment being demonstrated by those working in the £3bn Affiliate Marketing sector at present, are this year being co-sponsored by bingo & slot site, Jackpotjoy, and co-ordinated in association with NMA. They include 16 distinct categories, with the gala event taking place on June 5 at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in Central London.

Nine of the prestigious awards will be judged by an independent panel consisting of some of the most experienced practitioners working in the sector, including Affiliates, Merchants, Network Directors, Agency Heads as well as commentators on the industry. For each award, the panel will be looking for evidence of innovation, creativity, fulfilment of client objectives and effectiveness of delivery.

The remaining seven awards will be Publisher & Community Awards, which apart from the affiliates4u Award for Excellence, will be decided by a controlled online vote via the 20,000 strong affiliates4u forum.

Nominations for the affiliates4u Award for Excellence are to be submitted by members of the Affiliate Community via an online entry form, attaching a testimonial as to why the nominated individual, team or company should win. The number & quality of these nominations will then be taken into account by the independent judging panel.

Matthew Wood, founder of affiliates4u and organiser of the a4uAwards, says: “Giving the Awards their own spotlight, with their own prestigious event, has once again raised the profile of this dynamic industry and will ensure that those delivering the goods will be recognised and celebrated in style.

“We’ve been inundated with entries already, which just goes to show the level of interest & support the industry is giving these awards and I’d like to thank everyone so far for their input, views and comments over how we can make this year’s event as special as it should be. I‘m now very much looking forward to watching the voting debate formally unfold.”

The 16 award categories, which will reward both a highly commended entry and overall trophy winner, are:

- Best Use of Creative
- Best Network Innovation
- Best Merchant Innovation
- Agency of the Year
- Publisher of the Year
- Best Use of AM as part of an Integrated Campaign
- affiliates4u Award for Excellence
- Publishers’ Choice of Network
- Publishers’ Choice of Account Manager
- Affiliate Marketing Blog of 2008
- Affiliate Manager of 2008

plus awards for innovative AM activity in the following vertical sectors:

- Finance
- Retail
- Gaming
- Travel & Leisure
- Technology & Telecoms

Entry for each category is free, and submissions need to be received no later than April 25, 2008. For more information about the event, individual categories and details on criteria for entry, please go to http://www.a4uawards.com

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March 25, 2008

About the a4uAwards

The annual Awards ceremony, which was launched as part of the hugely-successful inaugural a4uexpo event last year, has the full support of the dynamic online sector which is backing its move to become the ‘Oscars’ of the Affiliate Marketing world.

The ceremony, to be held on June 5 at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in Central London, is being organised by affiliates4u, the organisation behind the a4uexpo event as well as the widely-respected affiliates4u.com, the UK’s No.1 portal for Affiliate Marketing. A seated black tie event, it will give everyone involved in the sector the chance to celebrate its continuing growth & development.

Co-sponsored by jackpotjoy.com, the UK’s number one Bingo site, progressive affiliate network affilinet UK is also hosting the pre-dinner reception which will be an excellent opportunity for networking before the Ceremony begins.

About affiliates4u

affiliates4u is the organisation behind the widely-respected affiliates4u.com (formerly 4uForum), the UK’s No.1 portal for Affiliate Marketing. The Forum, Blog and Community which currently has a membership of over 20,000 Affiliate Marketing professionals, has been a pivotal part of the sector for almost 10 years and provides a focal point for Affiliates to meet, share experience and do business together.

In the past few months, the affiliates4u forum brand has been extended with the launch of seven new International Forums (US, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Asia and a generic European variant).

For further information, please contact:
Julie York, FYA Ltd, Tel: 01208 851982, Mob: 07774 207870 or Email: julie@fyassoc.co.uk

Matthew Wood, Existem Ltd, Tel : 01179 723998. http://www.existem.com

Published on: 12:00AM on 26th March 2008