2018 Internet Advertising Competition Award Winners Announced

IAC Award Crystal StatueThe Web Marketing Association announces the winners of its annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards, an effort to honor excellence in online advertising and to recognize the individuals and organizations responsible for the best in Internet marketing. The IAC Awards are the first and only industry-based advertising award competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising. The Competition web site with a complete list of winners is located at www.IACAward.org

“As more and more marketing dollars are poured into online advertising, the creativity and excellence in online advertising continues to rise,” said William Rice, president of the Web Marketing Association, Inc.  “The Web Marketing Association is pleased to help set the standard for Internet excellence with the IAC Awards by highlight the best in online advertising by medium and industry.”

Best of Show Winners

These Best of Show winners represent the pinnacle of achievement across all industries.  The Web Marketing Association is pleased to help set the standard for Internet excellence with the IAC Awards by highlight the best in online advertising by medium and industry.

Here are this year’s Best of Show winners:

Inoventiv Canada Corp for William Pitt Sothebys won Best of Show Online Ad

Wyoming Office of Tourism and Miles Partnership for Travel Wyoming Website won Best of Show Website

Sanky Communications for Vera Fall/Welcome Series won Best of Show Email Campaign

EMI Strategic Marketing for The Citizens Daily FiX Online Newsletter won Best of Show Online Newsletter

T3 for QuickTrip Route Planner for iOS won Best of Show Mobile application

MRM//McCann – New York for Verizon Fios Instant Drops won Best of Show Rich Media Ad and Best of Show Rich media Online Campaign

Wastell Homes & tbk Creative for There’s Beauty in The Build  won Best of Show Interactive Application

Drum Agency for AT&T Surprise Offer December Email Promotion won Best of Show Email Message

Warner Bros. Pictures for IT – Worldwide Digital Campaign won Best of Show Integrated Ad Campaign

TMV Group for Rip It Social Media  won  Best of Show Social Media Campaign

TROSS for RhinoWolf Video  won  Best of Show Online Ad Campaign

Shire and Intouch Solutions for ADHD Unbranded Videos won Best of Show Online Video

Top Agency Winner

The Web Marketing Association recognizes the agency that demonstrates consistent excellence in online advertising development by winning more IAC Awards than any of their peers in a single competition. Each entrant was awarded points based on the level of award for each award received. The agency with the most points is awarded the Top Agency Award.

TMP Worldwide is recognized with the 2018 Top Agency Award, winning 18 IAC Award winning entries, including 11 Best of industry awards 7 Outstanding awards and a total of 87 quality points towards the Top Agency Award. TMP Worldwide is a global leader in talent acquisition technologies, committed to finding new ways to leverage software, strategy and creative to build talent and enhance our clients’ employer brands – across every connection point.

Three additional organizations were recognized as Outstanding Advertising Developers in the 2018 IAC Awards for winning 6 or more awards. They are TMV Group with 12 awards, Patients & Purpose with 9 awards and Zeta with 7 awards.

The IAC Awards web site with a complete list of winners is located at www.IACAward.org

About the Web Marketing Association

The Web Marketing Association was founded in 1997 to help define the standard of excellence for online marketing. Our internationally known award programs, such as WebAward Competition for Website Development, Internet Advertising Competition and the MobileWebAwards  recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing the most effective online marketing programs on the Internet today.  Entrants benefit from assessment of their marketing efforts by a professional judging panel and the marketing opportunities presented by being recognized as an award-winning web developer.

The Web Marketing Association is now accepting entries for the 22nd annual WebAward Competition for Web site development.  Deadline for entry is May 31, 2018.

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2018 WebAwards Now Accepting Entries

The Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the call for entries for its 22nd annual international WebAward competition.  The WebAwards are the standards-defining competition that sets industry benchmarks based on the seven criteria of a successful Web site.  It recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals all over the world who create and maintain outstanding Web sites.  The deadline for entry for the 2018 WebAwards is May 31, 2018.  A complete list of past winners and this year’s entry form can be found at www.webaward.org.

Websites are judged on seven criteria, including design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copy writing and ease of use and receive a numeric score.  Each WebAward entry is judged against other entries in its industry category and then against an overall standard of excellence.  Entrants also benefit from receiving valuable feedback from the WebAwards professional judging panel on their Web site development efforts.

This year’s top awards will include:

A “Best of Industry” WebAward will be given in each of the 96 industry categories, including financial services, medical, small business, travel, advertising, transportation and government.

The competition’s highest honor, the 2018 WebAward “Best of Show,” will be given to the one site that the judges believe represents the pinnacle of outstanding achievement in Web development.  Last year’s Best of Show winner was [D³] Digital Design + Development, Hilton for their outstanding work on Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills – At The Center of Extraordinary.  The site was also recognized as Best Hotel and Lodging Website.

The Web Marketing Association will also recognize the interactive agency winning the most awards in the competition with the “Top Interactive Agency” WebAward. Scorpion was named Top Agency at the 2017 WebAward Competition, taking home 38 WebAwards in 2016. The Top Agency Award is given to recognize the consistently outstanding development going on at interactive firms.

The WebAward Top Agency award recognizes consistency of effort and is given to the interactive agency that wins the most WebAwards in a given year. All locations and offices of a specific agency will be consolidated for the purpose of determining the winner of this award. Each entrant will be awarded points based on the level of award for each award received. A Best of Show will be worth 10 points, Best of Industry 5 points and each Outstanding award 3 points and a Standard of Excellence 1 point. The agency with the most points will be awarded the Top Agency Award for 2018.

Each year, many agencies and some corporations win multiple awards and deserve additional recognition. This year, we will recognize each organization that wins 6 or more WebAwards with an Outstanding Interactive Developer trophy. In 2017, there were 14 agencies recognized with this prestigious award.

Interactive and advertising agencies that win a 2018 WebAward will automatically be included in the Award Winning Agency Database with a free premium listing.

Judging for the 2018 WebAwards will take place in June through August and winners will be announced in September.  Judges will consist of a select group of Internet professionals who have direct experience designing and managing Web sites,–including members of the media, interactive creative directors, site designers, content providers and webmasters – with an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in Web site development and technology. Past judges have included top executives from leading organizations such as Universal McCann, SapientNitro, T Rowe Price, Bridge Worldwide, Disney, Euro RSCG, Boeing, Huge, ING Direct, VML, Facebook, J. Walter Thompson, Gartner, Possible Worldwide, YUM!, Cuker Interactive, PayPal, Razorfish, Munich Re, Refinery, Ernst & Young, Magellan Health Service, Microsoft, R/GA, Family Cookbook Project, Saatchi & Saatchi, SAP, Starwood Hotel, and Website Magazine.

Check out our Web Marketing Association Facebook Page and be sure to like us as we will be providing hints and tips on how to improve your chances on winning a top award though out the award program entry period.

The 2018 WebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: EContent Magazine, iContact, PR.com, Webmaster Radio, and Website Magazine. The Web Marketing Association thanks these companies for their commitment to the entire online marketing community.

To enter the 22nd annual WebAward Competition for Website Development, please visit our website and create a nominator account.

 

IAC Awards now in judging phase

Our 16th annual Internet Advertising Competition (www.iacaward.org) Call for Entries is now closed and in the judging phase. This program judges all forms of online advertising, including email, newsletters, websites, social media, online videos and apps.

We wish all the participants the best of luck and thank our judges for their dedication and contribution to the online marketing community.

The winners are expected to be announced in April.

The next competition will begin in November, 2018.

IAC Award Deadline Approaching

There are only two weeks left to enter the Web Marketing Association’s Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards. The deadline is January 31, 2018.

That still gives you plenty of time to enter, because entering is easy. However, you know how busy you can get. So why wait. Submit your entry today and know that you and your company have a great chance to win recognition for your hard work.

Winning an award is a great way to demonstrate to the world the effectiveness of your online advertising capabilities. It can benefit new business pitches, staff morale, budget justification and personal career advancement.

This award will get you noticed, but only if you enter and now you only have two weeks so get cracking.

Learn more and enter at www.IACAward.org

 

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Future Digital Finance Conference

The Web Marketing Association is a proud association partner of the to be held March 26-27, 2018 on Amelia Island, FL.Launched in 2002, Future Digital Finance (previously NetFinance) is the conference for digital finance innovators who are paving the way forward at America’s largest financial institutions. Future Digital Finance is a high level conference that continues to bring together the most senior level speaker faculty enabling attendees to hear from the people making real decisions. In fact, 85% of speakers are at a VP level or above. They have carved out three days in the midst of a still challenging business environment because the payback is tremendous at this event. Learning the latest trends in innovation, mobile, and omni-channel customer experience will add value to your organization in the long run.

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The Web Marketing Association is an proud association partner of the eTail Conferences.

Best Mobile Web Sites and Best Mobile Apps of 2017 Named by Web Marketing Association

The Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the winners its sixth annual international MobileWebAward competition.  This award program recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals all over the world who create and maintain the best mobile Websites and the best mobile applications.  The complete list of winners for each of the 86 industries covered can be found at www.mobile-webaward.org.

“Smartphones and tablet computers are exploding and companies are racing to be allow users to connect and interact with them using mobile devices,” said William Rice, president of the Web Marketing Association.  “The goal of the MobileWebAwards is to both recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing some of the most effective mobile Web sites and mobile apps on the Internet.”

This year’s top awards include:

TMP Worldwide won Best of Show Mobile Website for Walmart Careers with a Mission- Walmart has a rich history of recognizing and honoring Veterans. To speak to this audience on how Walmart can be a resource to veterans for careers, in the community, and the various commitments they make. It’s an invite to those who want to support veterans and their families, and a resource if you are looking for employment which they will guarantee if you’ve honorably discharged. The entry also won Best Military Mobile Website.

Extra Solid Media, LLC won Best of Show Mobile Application for UMass Dining Services. The Award-Winning Dining of University of Massachusetts Amherst app makes it simple to access all of the favorite campus dining locations with daily menus, operating hours, real-time traffic reports, special offers, and more.

Scorpion was named Top Interactive Agency for the 2017 MobileWebAwards competition. They received 17 awards, including: Best of Show Mobile Website, Best Small Business Mobile Website, Best Automobile Mobile Website, Best Professional Services Mobile Website, Best Health Care Mobile Website, Best Legal Mobile Website, Best Financial Services Mobile Website, Best Other Mobile Website, Best Fashion or Beauty Mobile Website and 9 Outstanding Mobile Website Awards.

Two organization were recognized with the Outstanding Mobile Interactive Developer for winning five or more MobileWebAwards. They are TMP Worldwide and TravelClick Inc.

A complete list of winners can be found on the award program’s Website.

The MobileWebAwards were judged on seven criteria seen as requirements for a success mobile website or mobile app. They include Creativity, Impact, Design, Content, Interactivity, Ease of use and Use of the medium. Each mobile website or mobile app entry is judged against other entries of the same format in its industry category and then against an overall standard of excellence.

The Best of Industry winners receive a statue reminiscent of a personal mobile device, it could be yesterday’s smart phone, today’s tablet, or tomorrow’s device.  It is crafted of fine jet black crystal with the iconic “W” accent in 24kt plated gold and personalized with your award information.  The award is entirely hand crafted by, Society Awards, the makers and designers of other notable award programs such as the Golden Globes, Emmys, MTV VMAs, and CLIOs to name a few, and presented in its own custom gift box.

The 2017 MobileWebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: PR.com, EContent Magazine, iContact, SEO Inc, Webmaster Radio, and Website Magazine. The Web Marketing Association thanks these companies for their commitment to the entire online marketing community.

Case Study: Attention To Detail Is The Name Of The Game At Algoworks

Algoworks recently won the 2017 WebAward for Outstanding achievement in Web Development presented by the Web Marketing Association (WMA). The competition was held in order to acknowledge the best web developers.

As the company was expanding the knowledge base and working on many new and different technologies, creating a website that could reach global clients was necessary. The idea was to create a site that was engaging, appealing and attractive, also, easy to browse through. A lot of thought process went into the making of such website which could gain us beneficial connections and noble clientele.

Throwing some light on one of the biggest challenges, Mr. Nauman Ahmad, Marketing Head at Algoworks remarked, “Algoworks services are unique in their own way. In the IT world, while most company websites work exclusively on mobility or CRM services or ECM or SPE services,the good thing is that we are unique, providing country’s finest services on such different domains all under one roof. But our first challenge in building the roadmap was to decide how to talk about our services on each domain, such that one’s presence does not underwhelm the service providing capabilities of the other besides the obvious challenge of completely different sort of audience it was meant to with each different technology.”

The technologies used by the developers were PHP and WordPress CMS for establishing the website. The team faced a lot of challenges at different levels of development stages while developing the website. Creativity was one department that was given the most freedom to get the best outcome. However, this was the only exception. Other involved departments underwent robust restructuring and planning to get an effective output to get the best laid-out implementation out in the market. The website boasts of unique design for each different page, respecting the theme and the content and disregarding the conventional one-theme website. Mr. Nauman commented, “The strategy was to cater to the audience in their language, than to try to impress someone in particular by the overall website. Irony, however, is that we did get rewarded anyways which confirmed our previously questioned belief that customer comes first, and if we respect that, the recognition indeed follows.”

Animations on the website required deep knowledge and understanding of the subject of the page including technologies being used. The primary challenge was for the designers to understand the technology. The secondary challenge was for developers to implement the planned animations efficiently by programming into website. Since animations require scripts which slow down website loading speed remarkably, the final and the most important challenge was to do it efficiently, subjecting website to rigorous optimizations at various levels.

Toward the end of the development phase, the website was subjected to rigorous testing, and automated scripts were implemented, some via tool and mostly custom written scripts to check the performance of the website and compatibility with the servers. From testing the site speed, to checking its code in all major browsers, compatibility on all the most popular and latest devices, Algoworks, testing lab with more than 70 devices was utilized for this project and it took a long time as a lot of corrections, updates, upgrades, and synchronization and operational settings were optimized on the backend as much as the efforts were spent in improving the UI/UX of the website. Having committed mistakes of not using the marketing guidelines of some of the technology products Algoworks works on, the technology leaders contacted and requested the team to re-align the website content, both textual and imagery, as per the guidelines of their marketing document. The team also had to launch very light themed, cleanly designed landing pages for ads, but before the final template was finalized, designers had had four rejected implementations on the grounds of ‘slow page loading times’, since landing pages are supposed to be super light and lightning fast than regular website pages. Note that these landing pages cannot be crawled and are orphan pages, hence you may not be able to browse them from www.algoworks.com.

As for the website challenges, the website designing unit had to consult the most experienced tech gurus in the company to help map a plan and re-align the efforts in the right direction to help the team cross the hurdles. They helped us pick the right plugins on the WordPress backend, helped customize and clean up the backend for a fantastic admin experience, and did a remarkable contribution in driving all forms fthe contact forms via single form, and recommending strategies for developers to get a high performance for the unique design of the website.

The end result, however, was achieved as planned and the praises by one and all seemed to confirm that the project was one of the most well planned and successfully executed projects. Mr Nauman concluded, “This is overwhelming. When we began to write the story for our website, we started right from the scratch and the route we decided to opt seemed not so conventional. Eventually, the journey to completion has been incredible, thanks to the unparalleled commitment of the creative bunch on one hand and our research specialists in the team on the other hand. Getting recognized by none other than WebAward is indeed an accomplishment and we would like to learn more from what the judges have as feedback besides the praise they have honored us with”.

The company’s co-founder and Director, who himself invested a lot of time personally into the making of the website, was thrilled to have won the 2017 WebAward, “A lot of creative thinking was gone into the making of our website as we wanted it to stand out, and it did. We are really glad and feel honored to receive such a prestigious award. Bagging the 2017 WebAward in the category “Best Information Services Website” has added a feather to our cap. I believe everyone at Algoworks is really proud of the commitment for perfection each and everyone involved has exhibited in the Marketing team.”

 

 

Best Online Newsletters to Be Named by Web Marketing Association

The Web Marketing Association judges will select the best online newsletters of 2018 in 86 industries as part of their 16th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards. The IAC Awards are the first and only industry-based advertising award competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising. Companies or agencies wishing to nominate their work for consideration may do so at www.IACAward.org before the deadline of January 31, 2018.

“Online newsletters are a critical marketing tool for many companies trying to maintain an ongoing relationship with customers and prospects,” said William Rice, president of the Web Marketing Association.  “Each online newsletter will be judged on copywriting, creativity, innovation, design, impact, and use of the medium. The IAC Awards provides an opportunity to find out who is doing an outstanding job creating online newsletters. It’s also a great marketing opportunity for the winners to promote their work to senior management, customers and prospects”.

“We believe that winning an industry specific award is more valuable to the participant.  It allows the participants to be judges against their peers, just like in the marketplace,” said Rice.

Other Award Winning Online Newsletters included:

Year Entry Name Winner
2017 #YRMatters The Regional Municipality of York
2016 Town & Country Bank Website Town & Country Bank
2015 L’Oreal Paris USA’s Red Hot Holiday Trends Acxiom Digital Impact
2014 African Wildlife Online Newsletter campaign Sanky Inc
2013 WWF fundraising email campaign rabbit eMarketing GmbH
2012 Bing Travel Horizontal Scroll Acxiom Creative
2011 Manulife Solutions BlueRush Digital Media Corp.
2010 Online Newsletter campaign for VISIT FLORIDA Miles Media

The 2018 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are open to all organizations and individuals (advertising and interactive agencies, corporate marketing departments, etc.) involved in the process of developing Internet advertising. Entries may be submitted online at IACAward.org. The deadline for entry is January 31, 2018 and will be judged on design, creativity, impact, innovation, copywriting, and use of the medium.

In addition to online newsletters, Awards will be presented within each of the industry categories and advertising formats such as:

Integrated ad campaign

Online ad (including banner, pop-up or interstitial)

Online ad campaign

Email message

Rich media ad campaign

Rich media online ad

Social Media campaign

Online newsletter campaign

Web sites (including microsites and landing pages)

Online Video

Mobile Apps

Interactive agencies that win multiple awards will also be in the running for Top Agency Award. In a change from prior years, each entrant will be awarded points based on the level of award for each award received. A Best of Show will be worth 5 points, Best of Industry 3 points and each Outstanding award 1 point. The agency with the most points will be awarded the Top Agency Award.

In an effort to recognize those organizations that demonstrate exceptional development skills across multiple entries, agencies that win more the 6 awards will also be recognized with an Outstanding Advertising Developer award from the Web Marketing Association. In 2017, seven agencies won this honor.

Judging for the IAC Awards will take place in February, 2018. Judges will consist of a select group of Internet advertising professionals with an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in Web advertising. Past competition judges have included top executives from leading corporations, institutions and media organizations such as Arc Worldwide, Brunner Digital, Campbell-Ewald, CNN News Group, Deep Interactive Asia, Digitas, EuroRSCG 4D, Google, IBM Interactive, imc2, JWT, LeapFrog Interactive, Mass Transmit, McCann Worldgroup, Razorfish, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Tectis GmbH, TMP Worldwide, Universal McCann Interactive and Wunderman / Y&R.

The 2018 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are sponsored by iContact, PR.Com, EContent Magazine, WebMaster Radio and Website Magazine.

 

Best Online Newsletters to Be Named by Web Marketing Association

Best Advertising AwardsThe Web Marketing Association judges will select the best online newsletters of 2018 in 86 industries as part of their 16th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards. The IAC Awards are the first and only industry-based advertising award competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising. Companies or agencies wishing to nominate their work for consideration may do so at www.IACAward.org before the deadline of January 31, 2018.

“Online newsletters are a critical marketing tool for many companies trying to maintain an ongoing relationship with customers and prospects,” said William Rice, president of the Web Marketing Association.  “Each online newsletter will be judged on copywriting, creativity, innovation, design, impact, and use of the medium. The IAC Awards provides an opportunity to find out who is doing an outstanding job creating online newsletters. It’s also a great marketing opportunity for the winners to promote their work to senior management, customers and prospects”.

“We believe that winning an industry specific award is more valuable to the participant.  It allows the participants to be judges against their peers, just like in the marketplace,” said Rice.

Other Award Winning Online Newsletters included:

Year Entry Name Winner
2017 #YRMatters The Regional Municipality of York
2016 Town & Country Bank Website Town & Country Bank
2015 L’Oreal Paris USA’s Red Hot Holiday Trends Acxiom Digital Impact
2014 African Wildlife Online Newsletter campaign Sanky Inc
2013 WWF fundraising email campaign rabbit eMarketing GmbH
2012 Bing Travel Horizontal Scroll Acxiom Creative
2011 Manulife Solutions BlueRush Digital Media Corp.
2010 Online Newsletter campaign for VISIT FLORIDA Miles Media

The 2018 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are open to all organizations and individuals (advertising and interactive agencies, corporate marketing departments, etc.) involved in the process of developing Internet advertising. Entries may be submitted online at IACAward.org. The deadline for entry is January 31, 2018 and will be judged on design, creativity, impact, innovation, copywriting, and use of the medium.

In addition to online newsletters, Awards will be presented within each of the industry categories and advertising formats such as:

Social Media Campaigns

Online ad (including banner, pop-up or interstitial)

Online ad campaign

Email message

Rich media ad campaign

Rich media online ad

Online newsletter campaign

Integrated ad campaign

Web sites (including microsites and landing pages)

Online Video

Mobile Apps

 

 

Interactive agencies that win multiple awards will also be in the running for Top Agency Award. In a change from prior years, each entrant will be awarded points based on the level of award for each award received. A Best of Show will be worth 5 points, Best of Industry 3 points and each Outstanding award 1 point. The agency with the most points will be awarded the Top Agency Award.

 

In an effort to recognize those organizations that demonstrate exceptional development skills across multiple entries, agencies that win more the 6 awards will also be recognized with an Outstanding Advertising Developer award from the Web Marketing Association. In 2017, seven agencies won this honor.

Judging for the IAC Awards will take place in February, 2018. Judges will consist of a select group of Internet advertising professionals with an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in Web advertising. Past competition judges have included top executives from leading corporations, institutions and media organizations such as Arc Worldwide, Brunner Digital, Campbell-Ewald, CNN News Group, Deep Interactive Asia, Digitas, EuroRSCG 4D, Google, IBM Interactive, imc2, JWT, LeapFrog Interactive, Mass Transmit, McCann Worldgroup, Razorfish, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Tectis GmbH, TMP Worldwide, Universal McCann Interactive and Wunderman / Y&R.

The 2018 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are sponsored by iContact, PR.Com, EContent Magazine, WebMaster Radio and Website Magazine.

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