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21st Annual Internet Advertising Competition Call For entries Now Open

The Web Marketing Association announces the Call for Entries for the 21th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards. The IAC Awards are the first and only industry-based advertising award competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising. This international award program will evaluate all forms of online advertising, including email, page-based ads, online newsletters, mobile apps, Websites, video, social media and voice skills in 86 industry categories. The Competition Web site is located at www.iacaward.org and the deadline for entry is January 31, 2023.

The Internet Advertising Competition Awards are open to all organizations and individuals (advertising and interactive agencies, corporate marketing departments, small business owners, etc.) involved in the process of developing Internet advertising. Entries may be submitted online at http://www.iacaward.org. The deadline for entry is January 31, 2023 and will be judged on creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, and use of the medium.

Awards will be presented within each of the industry categories and advertising formats including:

  • Best Social Media Campaign
  • Best Online ad & Campaign (including banner, pop-up or interstitial)
  • Best Email message & Campaign
  • Best Online newsletter & Campaign
  • Best Website (including best landing pages and best microsites)
  • Best Online video
  • Best Mobile applications
  • Best Voice Skills or Actions
  • Best Integrated ad campaign

Best of show award for each format will be selected from among the industry winners. Ads eligible for entry in the competition must have run during the period from January 1, 2022 through January 31, 2023.

Interactive agencies that win multiple awards will also be in the running for Top Agency Award. 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. Agencies winning an IAC Award will also be automatically included in the Award Winning Agencies Database.

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 2021, four agencies won this honor.

Judging for the IAC Awards will take place in February, 2023. 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, Beeby Clark+Meyler, Brunner Digital, Campbell-Ewald, CNN, Deep Interactive Asia, Digitas, EuroRSCG 4D, Google, IBM Interactive, JWT, Mastercard, McCann Worldgroup, Possible, SapientRazorfish, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Small Army, Tectis GmbH, TMP Worldwide, Universal McCann Interactive and Wunderman / Y&R.

The 2023 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are sponsored by PR.Com, iContact, eTail and WMR.FM.

A complete list of past winners can be found at the IAC Award Website.

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WebAward Competition Is First Award Program To Provide NFTs For Winners

Web Marketing Association is releasing a collection of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) to commemorate achievement of winning recognition in the annual WebAward program. The WebAwards are the first  award program to offer NFTs to it’s winners. The NFTs are available beginning September 30, 2022 at https://opensea.io/collection/webawards.

“As Web3 continues to advance, The Web Marketing Association thought it would be important to recognize this evolution by offering NFTs to commemorate the achievement of winning a WebAward”, said William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association. “Winning a WebAward is a great way to be recognized for all the hard work that goes into an “award-winning” website. Now winner’s achievement will also live on the blockchain”.

Web Marketing Association has minted 10 NFTs for each winning entry. One of these NFTs was made available free of charge to the winners who submit a valid Ethereum NFT wallet address. The other NFTs will be available for sale on OpenSea.io and Coinbase.com for .015 ETH (about $20USD) beginning on September 30th.

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) are digital assets traded over the internet that represents real-world objects, in this case recognition for outstanding website development. NFTs are popular today because they offer a unique way to collect digital assets.

NFTs were created for all of the 26th annual WebAward winners. In addition, the top awards offered each year – Best of Show, Top Agency and Outstanding Website Developer – since 2010 had NFTs minted for their achievement as well.

Current WebAward NFTs available include:

  • Best of Industry – 2022
  • Outstanding Website – 2022
  • Standard of Excellence – 2022
  • Best of Show – 2010-2022
  • Top Agency – 2010-2022
  • Outstanding Website Developer – 2010-2022

“NFTs are an exciting part of the evolution of the Internet and allow individual contributors to have a digital reminder of the achievement of their “award-winning” hard work,” said Rice. “Overtime, we hope these NFTs will appreciate in value and reward those who get in early. We expect other award program to copy our lead and offer NFTs to their winner in the future.”

WebAward Winners will continue to receive a beautiful statue with our iconic W in a flame motif to recognize their achievement. They also receive a listing on our coveted website at www.WebAward.org which features a screenshot and link to their site along with a listing of those individuals who contributed to the award-winning website. This page helps in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and link building credibility from our highly rated site.

About the WebAward Competition

The WebAwards are the standards-defining competition that sets industry benchmarks based on the seven criteria of a successful Web site.  Now in its 26th year, this esteemed award program recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals in 86 industries all over the world who create and maintain outstanding Websites.  A complete list of past winners can be found at www.webaward.org.

About the Web Marketing Association

The Web Marketing Association is working to create a high standard of excellence for Website development and marketing on the Internet. Staffed by volunteers, it is made up of Internet marketing, advertising, PR and design professionals who share an interest in improving the quality of Website development and marketing on the Internet. Since 1997, the Web Marketing Association’s annual WebAward, Internet Advertising Competition and MobileWebAward award programs  have been helping interactive professionals promote themselves, their companies, and their best work to the outside world. Now in its 26th year, the WebAward Competition is the premier award event for Web developers and marketers worldwide.

 

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Web Marketing Association Launches New Recognition Center

The Web Marketing Association, producer of the WebAward Competition for Website Development, Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards and the MobileWebAwards has introduced a new website, Recognition Center, to allow past award winners to personalize and order additional awards to highlight their achievement.

Ordering an additional award can be done in 3 easy steps. First pick the award program you participated in:

Next, Pick the award that you would like to personalize by clicking on the “Select Options” button:

Finally, Identify the entry you wish to recognize (we supply a look up tool if you don’t remember your entry number) and tell us who you wish to recognize on the first line of the award. This can be a person, company, department, agency or a client.

Add the completed award to your shopping cart and check out. If 3-4 weeks, your award will be delivered directly to your door and be ready to display and show the world your “award-winning” achievement.

 

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WebAwards Name Best Websites of 2022 Named in 86 Industries

The Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 26th annual WebAward Competition for website development. Entries from around the world were adjudicated in 86 industry categories during this year’s competition. Entries were judged on design, copy writing, innovation, content, interactivity, navigation, and use of technology.

A complete list of the winning sites can be found at the WebAward Web site at www.webaward.org.

” Website development is constantly evolving to take advantage of new technology and better meet the needs of the online audiences,” said William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association. “This year, the WebAwards competition received remarkable entries from around the world that show impressive creativity and functionality.   We congratulate all of our winners for developing websites that deliver for their audiences. ”

Best of Show

The 2022 Best of Show WebAward is presented to the Australia-based Hughes PR for their outstanding work on Madderns Website.  The site was also recognized as Best Professional Services Website.  Madderns is a leading, privately-owned Patent and Trademark Attorney firm that protects the intellectual property assets of innovative businesses, organizations and individuals. The ultimate purpose of the website was to act as a concise point of information and to provide an impression of the firm and reflect its dynamic, modern and sophisticated brand.

Top Agency

Australia-based welcome. was named Top Agency at the 2022 WebAward Competition, taking home 10 WebAwards and earning 38 quality point this year. The Top Agency Award is given to recognize the consistently outstanding development going on at interactive firms.  welcome was recognized in the 2022 WebAwards for Best Architecture Website and Best Real Estate Website, Best Retail Website, Best Energy Website as well as four Outstanding Website WebAwards and two Standard of Excellence WebAwards. Welcome. crafts brands, digital experiences, products and marketing strategies that grow brands and businesses.

Eight agencies or companies were also recognized as Outstanding Website Developer for winning six or more WebAwards in 2022. They include:

AGENCY (Number of Awards)

Vital Design 12

WSI 10

Thomson Reuters – FindLaw 8

Miles Partnership – 8

Radancy 7

Forum One 7

UP Hotel Agency 7

Risdall Marketing Group 6

Competition format

The competition was judged by a team of independent Internet professionals representing a variety of relevant disciplines of Web site development. Judges included members of the media, advertising executives, site designers, creative directors, corporate marketing executives, content providers and webmasters.

The WebAward competition format allows Web sites to compete head-to-head with other sites within their industry to win the Best of Industry award.  Entries also compete against a standard of excellence to win Outstanding Website and Standard of Excellence WebAwards.  Each site is judged on seven different criteria and earns a score between 0 and 70 points.  The highest score in a given category wins Best of Industry for that category. If the remaining entries receive a score of 60 or greater, they receive the Outstanding Web site award. Entries that score higher than their industry average and below 59.9 receive the Standard of Excellence.

The 2022 WebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: PR.com, WMR.FM eTail Conferences, and iContact.

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Mobile Development Professionals Needed to Judge 2022 MobileWebAward Competition

The Web Marketing Association’s MobileWebAwards competition is currently accepting entries and is looking for additional qualified judges to help adjudicate this year’s award program.  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 Competition Web site is located at http://www.mobile-webaward.org and the deadline for entry is September 30, 2022

To nominate yourself or someone within your organization, please complete the Judge’s Nomination Form. Mobile development professionals selected as judges will be contacted during the first week of October.

“Since 1997, the WebAwards have helped define the standards for website development. The MobileWebAwards are doing the same for responsive websites, mobile-specific websites and apps designed for mobile devices,” said William Rice, president of the Web Marketing Association.  “Smartphones and tablet computer use continues to explode and companies are racing to be allow users to connect and interact with them using mobile devices. We are looking for individuals who have direct experience developing for the expanding mobile platform. Our judges must have an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in mobile development, an eye for a well-designed interface and the objectivity to score entries according to a predefined set of criteria”.

Judging for the MobileWebAwards will take place in Mid-October, 2022, and winners will be notified by e-mail one week prior to the general announcement of winners in December, 2022. Judges will consist of a select group of Internet advertising professionals with an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in mobile website design and mobile application development. Past competition judges have included top executives from leading corporations, institutions and media organizations such as Ogilvy Interactive, R/GA , Saatchi & Saatchi, Blattner Brunner, Sun Microsystems, National Cable & Telecom Association, Refinery, Euro RSCG, A&E Television Networks , New York Post Interactive, Ernst & Young , J. Walter Thompson, Xerox, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and Aristotle.

Entries will be accepted in both the Mobile Website and the Mobile Application formats. Entries will be judged on seven criteria:

    • Creativity
    • Impact
    • Design
    • Content
    • Interactivity
    • Ease of Use
    • Use of the medium

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Best Mobile Websites and Best Mobile Apps of 2022 To Be Named By Web Marketing Association

The Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the call for entries for its 11th annual international MobileWebAward competition.  It recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals all over the world who create and maintain outstanding mobile Websites and mobile applications.  The deadline for entry in the 2022 MobileWebAwards is September 30, 2022.  The entry form for this award program can be found at http://www.mobile-webaward.org.

“Today there are more than 15 billion mobile devices in the world today, up more than 1 billion devices in the past year alone. If a company is not effectively using mobile to reach its audience, it’s dead in the water.” 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. Whether a responsive website, mobile-specific website or a mobile app, our expert judges will select the best offerings in 86 industries.”

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.

This year’s top awards will include:

  • A “Best of Industry” MobileWebAward will be given in each of the 86 industry categories, including financial services, medical, small business, travel, advertising, transportation and government.
  • The competition’s highest honor, the 2022 MobileWebAward “Best of Show,” will be given to the one best mobile website and one best mobile app that the judges believe represents the pinnacle of outstanding achievement in Web development.
  • The Web Marketing Association will also recognize the interactive agency winning the most awards in the competition with the “Top Interactive Agency” WebAward.
  • Each organization that wins 5 or more MobileWebAwards will be awarded an Outstanding Mobile Interactive Developer trophy.

Last year’s top awards winners were:

EKR won Best of Show Mobile Website for “Nature’s Sunshine” which was also recognized as Best Consumer Goods Mobile Website.

GEICO won Best of Show Mobile Application for “GEICO Mobile” which also was recognized as Best Insurance Mobile Application.

TMP Worldwide was named Top Interactive Agency for the 2021 MobileWebAwards competition.

Judging for the 2022 MobileWebAwards will take place in October and winners are expected to be announced in late December.  Judges will consist of a select group of Internet professionals who have direct experience designing and managing mobile Websites, 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 WebAward judges have included top executives from leading organizations such as A&E Television Networks, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Comedy Central, Disney, Euro RSCG, Ford Motor Company, Ion Global, IBM, J. Walter Thompson, John Deere Company, New York Post Interactive, Organic, Inc., Refinery, R/GA, Saatchi & Saatchi, SAP, SapientRazorfish, Sun Microsystems, Warner Bros. Online, Xerox and Website Magazine.

The 2022 MobileWebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: PR.com, iContact, eTail Conferences, and WMR.FM. The Web Marketing Association thanks these companies for their commitment to the entire online marketing community.

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WebAward 2022 Winners Announcement Date

The winners of the 2022 WebAward Competition for Website Development will be announced on September 8th on the competition website at https://www.WebAward.org.

All participants will receive an email on or about Sept 1st with their specific results and the ability to update entry information, personnel credits, screenshot and shipping information for the physical award.

For the first time, they will also be able to supply an Ethereum NFT Wallet address to receive a limited edition NFT of their WebAward. Detailed information on this new program will follow.

 

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Web Professionals Needed To Judge 26th annual WebAward Competition

Excellence deserves recognition and the Web Marketing Association is looking for experienced Internet professionals who can help judge the Websites that are entered into its 26th annual international WebAward competition, the standards-defining award program that sets industry benchmarks based on the seven criteria of a successful Web site. Interested individuals can submit their names for consideration using the WebAward Judges Nomination Form.

The 2022 WebAward Competition for Website development is currently accepting entries until May 31, 2022. Judging will begin in mid-June and run through early August.

“The WebAwards is different from other Web site award programs because we’re not just a beauty pageant focused on name recognition of big-time brands and pretty designs,” said William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association.  “Our judges are handed picked experts who have hands on experience either leading or developing some of today’s top Websites.  These individuals understand that participating as a judge in the WebAwards is one excellent way to give back to the online marketing community and help it to grow and evolve.”

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, IBM, 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.

If you or someone some one in your organization would make a good judge, they can learn more and enter their name for consideration on the WebAward Judges Nomination Form.

“The vast majority of our judges return each year to participate again as a WebAward judge, but some need to take time off from judging and because of the popularity of the WebAwards there is a constant need for new judges”, said Rice. “Prior to the beginning of the judging, we spend several weeks discussing the current state of Web development and how it should be recognized through the WebAwards.  Being a WebAward judge is a valuable experience that helps the individual better understand overall Web development and of course looks impressive on a resume or corporate bio”.

About the WebAwards

The 26th annual international WebAwards competition sets the standard of excellence in 88 industry categories by evaluating Web sites and defining benchmarks based on the seven essential criteria of successful Web site development.  The goal of the Web Marketing Association, sponsor of the WebAwards, is to provide a forum to recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing some of the most effective Web sites on the Internet today.  Entrants benefit from a Web site assessment by a professional judging panel and the marketing opportunities presented to an award-winning Web site.  For more information or to enter a site into the 2022 WebAwards, visit www.WebAward.org.

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Top Reasons to Enter the 2022 WebAward Competition for Website Development

The Web Marketing Association’s WebAwards are the standards-defining competition that sets industry benchmarks based on the seven criteria of a successful Web site.  This esteemed award program recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals in 90 industries all over the world who create and maintain outstanding Web sites.

The 26th annual WebAward competition is accepting entries until May 31st. Here are a few of the top reasons why you should enter.

Earn the recognition and esteem you deserve.

Winning a WebAward means you have created an outstanding website worthy of international recognition. Let your clients, colleagues, competitors, the news media and your parents know that you are an award-winning professional and industry leader. Nothing says “we’re the best” like an independent third-party endorsement.

Because hard work is rarely its own reward.

Winning a WebAward give you a marketing advantage over other competitors. In today’s competitive business environment, you needs every advantage you can get over others fighting for that same piece of new business.  Picture you and your team holding your WebAward in a photo that can be shared on social media, in newsletters and in a press release. WebAwards also can be displayed to be a lasting reminder of your success.

Make the bean counters happy
Budgets are always under pressure. What better way to show senior management and the finance department that they should be increasing your budget, not cutting it back. Participants receive scores in seven critical areas which can be benchmarked year over year. That’s something no other award program we know of offers.

Highlight your specific industry expertise

A key way to build brand equity and increase revenues is developing a specific industry expertise. Most clients want to know you understand their specific industry. The WebAwards has 98 different industry categories that allow you to choose your niche and demonstrate your expertise in that field.

Have your site evaluated by professionals.

Each website entered will be thoroughly evaluated by multiple judges, all of whom are experienced experts and industry leaders in the web development field.  Our judges, most have which have participated in the WebAwards for years, review sites based on your target audience using a highly tested set of quantitative judging criteria. Each entry is submitted to multiple judges and the scores averaged in order to select the winners. Whether or not you win an award, you may receive constructive criticism on your site which can help in future development efforts.

The company you keep

When you win, not only do you receive a handsome trophy to display to the world, but your company and your winning site will be linked to our site and thousands of other high profile sites within your industry. Talk about being in a good neighborhood, from an SEO perspective, there is none better.

To learn more and enter your best work, go to WebAward.org and enter before it is too late.

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Web Marketing Association to Offer NFTs to WebAward Winners

Web Marketing Association announces that winners of the 2022 WebAward Competition for Website Development will be eligible to receive a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) of their award. It is believed that the WebAward’s are the first marketing award program to offer NFTs to award winners.

“As Web3 continues to evolve, web Marketing Association thought it would be important to recognize this evolution by offering an NFT to our winners”, said William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association. “We are developing a process so that participants in an award winning website can demonstrate their success to the world.”

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) are digital assets traded over the internet that represents real-world objects, in this case recognition for outstanding website development. NFTs are popular today because they offer a unique marketplace to collect digital assets.

In the past, WebAward winners received a beautiful statue to recognize their winning website. Representing sculptural art with our iconic W in a flame motif, our trophy is a symbol of achievement for our industry. The WebAward Best of Industry Statue stands an impressive 10″ tall and 6.5″ wide and will stand out in anyone’s trophy case.

They also received a listing on our coveted website at www.WebAward.org. This Winner’s Page features a screenshot from the “award-winning website” and can also lists the contributing individuals to the project. This page helps in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and link building credibility from our highly rated site.

WebAward Winners will continue to receive these benefits as well as receiving the new NFTs that can be used by participants to demonstrate their “award-winning” capabilities.

The WebAwards are the standards-defining competition that sets industry benchmarks based on the seven criteria of a successful Web site.  This esteemed award program recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals in 90 industries all over the world who create and maintain outstanding Web sites.  The deadline for entry for the 2022 WebAwards is May 31, 2022.  A complete list of past winners and this year’s entry form can be found at www.webaward.org.