Pepperjam Ascend vs. Rakuten Advertising

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Pepperjam Ascend
Score 4.4 out of 10
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Pepperjam Ascend is an integrated and comprehensive affiliate marketing lifecycle management platform, supporting discovery, recruitment, attribution, commission, fraud prevention, and payment. Pepperjam is now part of Partnerize since the July 2020 acquisition.N/A
Rakuten Advertising
Score 8.2 out of 10
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Rakuten Advertising (recently Rakuten Marketing), includes the former DC Storm and its services, and is an affiliate marketing network and solution for publishers and advertisers including programmatic display and retargeting technology.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Cons

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User Ratings
Pepperjam AscendRakuten Advertising
Likelihood to Recommend
1.0
(2 ratings)
8.3
(5 ratings)
User Testimonials
Pepperjam AscendRakuten Advertising
Likelihood to Recommend
Partnerize
For our business, affiliate marketing is by far the lowest ROI marketing channel. If you're looking to get products, brands, and offers listed on coupon sites, Pepperjam Ascend is a great tool. If you're looking to engage with influencers or drive sales without giving away margin, Pepperjam Ascend is likely not for you.
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Rakuten Group
Great company, clear communications, fast quarterly distributions and a fun way to get paid for shopping that you are already doing. I highly recommend this service. Why would you pass up the opportunity for free money? And the Chrome extension is a wonderful add-on! Great way to remind yourself when you are on a site that Rakuten honors.
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Pros
Partnerize
  • Lots of coupon sites.
  • Enables different tiers of commissions.
  • Can blast out newsletters to your network.
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Rakuten Group
  • Detailed reporting
  • User-friendly interface
  • Data accuracy
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Cons
Partnerize
  • The dashboard/platform is the furthest thing from user-friendly. It looks like a high school student with zero experience designed it in excel and hoped for the best with the results.
  • Reports are hit and miss. They may load, they may not! It's ridiculous, in my opinion.
  • No mobile options whatsoever, everything has to be desktop. It's 2022, they need to catch up!
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Rakuten Group
  • Check the pages on the advertiser's website.
  • It is important that you think about the doubts and objections of the users about that product.
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Alternatives Considered
Partnerize
Pepperjam Ascend's user interface is way behind these other platforms. It's not intuitive nor is it easy to create custom reports and engage with your publishers. We have been stuck with Pepperjam and many other affiliate networks have a very similar layout without much upside.
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Rakuten Group
N/A. Rakuten is the only one I've used.
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Return on Investment
Partnerize
  • I was hitting anywhere from $130 - $450 per month in commission payout before Pepperjam Ascend. Now with Pepperjam Ascend, I maybe get $40! I am still waiting on payouts from January.
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Rakuten Group
  • Using Rakuten has helped in delving into previously untapped markets.
  • Rakuten has helped in analyzing & designing market specific design solutions.
  • The agency has helped in acquiring almost 8% of new clients solely based on market analytics.
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