Rice to Host IAOC Blog “Awards Week”

Bill Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association will be hosting the International Assoication of Online Communicators (IAOC) Blog next week to discuss the importance of winning awards and how they can be used in an overall marketing strategy. The blog is located at www.iaocblog.com.

Please join us for what we hope to be timely blog postings.

Awards Update

WebAward Competition –The 9th annual WebAwards Call for Entries has begun. Recognizing Net Excellence, the WebAwards are your opportunity to be recognized and gain valuable exposure for yourself and your Website. Deadline for entry is June 1st. Don’t wait – Enter today! For more information go to www.webaward.org

Interactive Investor Relations Awards – 2005 IIR Awards Call for Entries has ended and judging as begun. Good luck to all who have entered. For more information go to www.iiraward.org

Interactive Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards – The 2005 judging has been complete and we are tabulating the winners which will be announced May 4th. Join our mailing list to be notified when the winners are announced. For more information go to www.iacaward.org

WebAwards to Honor Best Websites in 90 Industries

It’s time to be recognized for your outstanding Web development work by winning a 2005 WebAward.

The Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the call for entries for its 9th annual WebAward Competition, the Internet’s premier award competition that judges website development against an ever increasing Internet standard of excellence and against peer sites within 90 industries. The deadline for entry is June 1, 2005 and the competition Website is www.webaward.org.

“The WebAwards is different from other website award programs because we recognize the talented individuals and development teams as well as the Website itself,” said William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association. “Winning has meant personal recognition for the people behind the site and a great marketing opportunity for the Website itself. That is the goal of the WebAward Competition – to provide a forum to recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing some of the most effective websites on the Net today.

Industry Categories

A complete list of past winners and the entry form for companies who wish to compete for 2005 honors can be found at www.webaward.org for the following industries:

Advertising | Advocacy | Airline | Application Service Provider | Arts | Associations | Auction | Automobile | B2B | Bank | Beverage | Biotechnology | Broadcasting | Brokerage | Catalog | Computer: Hardware | Computer: Retailer | Computer: Software | Construction | Consulting | Consumer Goods | Credit Union | Design | Directory or Search Engine | Diversified Business | Education | Email | Employment | Energy | Entertainment | Events | E-Zine | Faith-based | Family | Fashion | Financial Services | Food Industry | Game Site | General Interest | Government | Health Care | Healthcare Provider | Home Building | Hotel and Lodging | Information Services | Institutional Services | Insurance | Interactive Services | International Business | Internet Service Provider | Intranet | Investor Relations | Investment | Legal | Leisure | Magazine | Marketing | Manufacturing | Media | Medical | Medical Equipment | Military | Movie | Music | Mutual Fund | News | Newspaper | Non-Profit | Online Community | Other | Pharmaceuticals | Portal | Professional Services | Public Relations | Publishing | Radio | Real Estate | Regional | Restaurant | Retail | School | Shopping | Small Business | Sports | Technology | Telecommunication | Toy & Hobby | Transportation | Travel | TV | University

Judging Criteria

Web sites are judged on design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, navigation and ease of use. Each WebAward entry is judged against other entries in its industry category and then against an overall standard of excellence. A Best of Industry WebAward, a handsome plaque with the image of the winning site embossed, will be given in each of the 90 industry categories. New categories for this year include Healthcare Providers, Medical Equipment, Fashion and Technology.

Judging for the WebAwards will take place in July and August, and winners will be announced in September 2005. Judges will consist of a select group of Internet professionals who have direct experience designing and managing corporate web sites -including members of the media, advertising executives, site designers, content providers and webmasters – with an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in Web site design and technology. Past Web Marketing Association WebAward competition judges have included top executives from leading corporations, institutions and media organizations such as Ogilvy Interactive, Saatchi & Saatchi, Blattner Brunner, SAP, Comedy Central, Sun Microsystems, Refinery, Euro RSCG, EPB Interactive, New York Post Interactive, The Cincinnati Enquirer, J. Walter Thompson, Xerox, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Modem Media, Answerthink, and Zentropy Partners.

2005 Sponsors

The 2005 WebAwards are sponsored by BURST! Media, Burrelle’s/Luce, O’Dwyer’s PR Daily, NewsUSA, Small Army Marketing Services, Perseus Software, Line56 Media, PRWeb and the World Organization of Webmasters (WOW).

Enter your Website today and be recognized for your outstanding work and create a marketing opportunity for your Website. WebAwards – Recognizing Net Excellence

WebAwards featured in DM News

Online Exclusive: Winning a Web Site Award Is Only Half of the Battle

Prestigious Web site awards have long been used to help marketing professionals promote an organization’s Internet efforts. But what does it take to have an award-winning Web site, asks Web Marketing Association’s William Rice. According to the Web Marketing Association, it takes a site that brings many aspects together to meet the user’s need. They should know. Since 1997, the association’s WebAward Competition has set the standard of excellence for Web site development all over the globe through the seven criteria they developed and use to judge the annual WebAward Competition.

Interactive Investor Relations Awards Deadline Extended

It’s time to be recognized and gain valuable exposure for your online IR efforts.

The deadline for entering the 2005 Interactive Investor Relations Awards, the premier event to recognize outstanding writing and implementation of online investor relations in 60 industry categories, has been extended until April 15th.

Complete details and entry form can be found on the competition Web site at www.IIRaward.org. The deadline for entry is now April 15, 2005.

If you did not enter last year, you missed out the opportunity to promote your IR efforts both internally and to the investment community. Both large and small companies were among the winners of last year’s IIR Awards. The Best of Show winners was The Bank of Montreal (NYSE:BMO) which also won Best Banking IR Web site. Other winners included Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), SAP (NYSE: SAP), CVS (NYSE:KO), GM (NYSE:GM), eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY), Dell (NASDAQ: DELL), IDEXX Laboratories (NASDAQ: IDXX), Marine Products Corp (AMEX: MPX), and Nevada Gold (AMEX: UMN)

Sponsors of the 2005 Interactive Investor Relations Awards include The Wall Street Journal Online (www.wsj.com), Barron’s (www.barrons.com), Burrelle’s Luce (www.burrellesluce.com), O’Dwyer’s PR Daily (www.odwyerpr.com), TheStreet.com (www.thestreet.com), and the American Stock Exchange (www.amex.com).

The IIR Awards are produced by the Web Marketing Association (www.webmarketingassociation.org) in association with the Wealth Management News Service (www.wmns.org). Since 1997, The Web Marketing Association had been dedicated to increasing the professional standards of excellence in Web development. Its annual WebAward Competition (www.webaward.org) has set the standard of excellence for overall Web site development for the past nine years. The Wealth Management News Service is an online public relations service providing expert commentary and ideas to the financial media.

ENTRY DEADLINE – April 15, 2005

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