Karen Clayton has been at the hub of digital marketing for a decade and is Key Accounts Director at Azam MarketingI feel like doing the samba because my colleague Karen has been shortlisted for Affiliate Manager of the Year for the a4u Awards 2010 and would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to everybody who nominated her.

I wrote the following last year on her Linkedin profile and it summarises everything I believe about Karen:

“There are a lot of people in online marketing who jump up and down and brag about their supposed achievements. Karen is the opposite. She has achieved many things in her long, illustrious career in digital marketing and been pivotal to the success of many projects, but not often been recognised for it. Her personality is thus that she prefers to focus on getting jobs done than dance the hula-hoop and have everybody watch her. I feel incredibly privileged and fortunate to have such a talented and affable person as my colleague.”

Karen was called the most reliable person in the entire industry by a prominent figure on one of the affiliate networks and she has been a Godsend to the Azam team with her dependability and the diligence and quality of her work.

She’s a very humble person and will be embarrassed at what I’m writing, so I’ll stop. Suffice to say, Karen has been one of the unsung heroines of affiliate marketing for many years (on the day the shortlist was announced Karen was making a 500 mile round-trip to meet one of her Affiliate Management clients, who she’d travelled 450 miles to meet a few days earlier).


The shortlists for the four other Community Choice awards are:

Publisher of the Year

eConversions / VoucherCodes.co.uk

Quidco

ShopStyle

Skimlinks

TopCashback

Best Account Manager at a Network

Anne Budden – AffiliateFuture

Helen Collins – affilinet

James Little – AffiliateFuture

Darren Newmark – LinkShare

Aga Marchewka – buy.at

Chantal Williams – Affiliate Window

Julie Wood – Affiliate Window

Affiliate Marketing Blog of 2010

AffiliateStuff.co.uk

DavidFiske.com

eBay Partner Network Blog

Here.org.uk

Lammo.net

OneLittleDuck.co.uk

Best Affiliate Marketing Network

Affiliate Window

Affilinet

Affiliate Future

Commission Junction

LinkShare

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