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We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the a4uAwards for affiliate and performance marketing taking place in May. A total of 25 awards will be announced at the London ceremony which will be hosted by comedian Rufus Hound.

Having myself helped to judge more than 100 of the award entries, I can testify to a higher standard than ever.

Companies shortlisted for the awards include Argos, Expedia, BT, BSkyB, Vodafone and 02. Significant investment in the affiliate channel by companies across a range of sectors has helped to create an industry worth £4.6 billion in UK sales, according to our latest Affiliate Marketing Buyer’s Guide

Personalised retargeting company myThings, which along with network partner Affiliate Window won the Econsultancy 2010 Innovation Award for Affiliate Marketing, is among the nominations in four different categories.   

a4uAwards founder Matthew Wood said: 

“A number of categories were closer than ever, whilst others attracted run-away winners. This makes for an exciting evening on the 17th May where we will be sharing with guests captivating comments and analysis from the judges with the aim to inspire others to maximise their returns from the affiliate channel.”

The full shortlist for the 2011 a4uAwards, in association with 7thingsmedia, is as follows:

Publisher Innovation

– InvisibleHand

– Quidco

– Top Cashback iPhone App

– Top10.com

– VoucherCloud

Advertiser Innovation

– Argos & Commission Junction

– Expedia

– Final Route & TradeDoubler

– The Gift Experience & Webgains

Affiliate Network Innovation

– Commission Junction & myThings

– Commission Junction & The Argos Affiliate Hub

– Darwin Marketplace

– LinkShare Aggregated Vouchers

– Webgains Multiple Data Feeds

Best 3rd Party Application

– DC Storm

– InvisibleHand

– myThings with Commission Junction

– Quidco Compare

– R.O.Eye & eBay for eBay Geo-Targeting Tool

Best New Entrant

– Affiliate Window for Best Buy

– Affilinet for Matalan

– Boots Treat Street

– myThings with Commission Junction

– The metamorphosis of Artemis8 into Found

Best Agency

– 7thingsmedia

– Arena Quantum

– Bigmouthmedia

– Stream 20

Best Use of Affiliate Marketing as part of a Multi-Channel Campaign

– Affiliate Window & SKY

– Affiliate Window for LOVEFiLM

– Commission Junction for Argos

– Debenhams

– RAC

Best Search Partnership

– Found & RAC

– Net Media Planet & O2

– Top10.com & Vodafone

Best Lead Generation Campaign

– Azam Marketing & Egg

– Found for Tempur

– MindShare & Affilinet for Mazda

– TTH Media for O2

– VoucherCodes.co.uk for LOVEFiLM

Best Use of Social Media

– Arena Quantum for Domino’s Pizza: Democratising Affiliate Marketing through Social

– DiscountVouchers.co.uk

– Top10.com for Vodafone iPhone Facebook Competition

Best Use of Mobile

– Found for Autoglass Roadside Rescue

– Top10.com for Streetstats 3G

– VoucherCloud

Best Managed Affiliate Programme

– Affiliate Window & SKY

– Arena Quantum for Legal & General

– BT

– Latitude for JJB Sports & JJB Golf

– Red Letter Days

– TradeDoubler for Tesco

International Award

– Commission Junction & GAP

– Existem-am for Crocs

– InvisibleHand

– Neo@Ogilvy for British Airways

– Net Media Planet

– TradeDoubler & Hotels.com

– TradeTracker

Best Finance Advertiser

– Arena Quantum for Legal & General

– Commission Junction for Egg

– Neo @ Ogilvy for American Express

– OMG for HBOS

– RAC

Best Finance Publisher

– Azam Marketing

– Quidco

Best Retail Advertiser

– Affiliate Window for LOVEFiLM

– Commission Junction for Argos

– Hotel Chocolat & myThings

– LinkShare for Radley

– Red Letter Days

– Webgains for my-wardrobe

Best Retail Publisher

– Found for Red Letter Days

– InvisibleHand

– VoucherCodes.co.uk

Best Travel & Leisure Advertiser

– Arena Quantum for Haven Holidays

– buy.at for DFDS

– buy.at for Expedia

– Commission Junction for TUI

Best Travel & Leisure Publisher

– MyVoucherCodes

– Quidco

– VoucherCodes.co.uk

Best Technology & Telecoms Advertiser

– Affiliate Window for BT

– Affiliate Window for SKY

– MEC for Orange

– O2

– Vodafone

Best Technology & Telecoms Publisher

– Consumer Choices

– Top10.com