Web Marketing Association Looking For Internet Experts To Judge WebAwards

The Web Marketing Association is expecting a record number of participants in its 16th annual international WebAward competition, the standards-defining award program that sets industry benchmarks based on the seven criteria of a successful Web site. They are looking for experienced Internet professionals who can help judge the Websites that are entered. Interested individuals can submit their names for consideration using the WebAward Judges Nomination Form.

The 2012 WebAward Competition for Website development is currently accepting entries until May 31, 2012. Judging will begin in mid-June.

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 A&E Television Networks, Agency.com, Blattner Brunner, Bridge Worldwide, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Comedy Central, Disney, Euro RSCG, Ion Global, J. Walter Thompson , John Deere Company, New York Post Interactive, Organic, Inc., Refinery, R/GA, Saatchi & Saatchi, SAP, Starwood Hotels , Sun Microsystems, Warner Bros. Online, Xerox and Zugara.

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. 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.

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.

Why companies enter an award competition

Recently, WMA President Bill Rice was interviewed by WebMasterRadio at the SES Conference in New York this year. He discusses why companies enter an award competition and how individuals can benefit from participating in the award programs?

Check out this audio interview here.

With 96 Industries, The WebAwards Has Something For Everyone

There are 96 industry categories in the 2012 WebAward Competition and each site goes head-to-head with other sites in their categories and the highest score is selected Best of Industry winner in that category.

Here are the 2012 industry line-up:

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

To learn more and enter, go to www.WebAward.org

With 96 Industries, The WebAwards Has Something For Everyone

There are 96 industry categories in the 2012 WebAward Competition and each site goes head-to-head with other sites in their categories and the highest score is selected Best of Industry winner in that category.

Here are the 2012 industry line-up:

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

To learn more and enter, go to www.WebAward.org

Best Financial Services Website of 2012 to be Named by Web Marketing Association

All types of financial services companies will compete to see who has the best financial website. The Web Marketing Association announces the call for entries for its 16th annual international WebAward Competition for Web site development at www.webaward.org. The WebAwards is the standards-defining competition that sets benchmarks for 96 industries, including bank, credit union, insurance, investment, mutual funds and financial services websites, based on the seven criteria of a successful web site. The deadline for Financial Services web sites to enter to be judged is May 31, 2012.

Who Has the Best Education Website of 2012?

That is what we will find out when the Web Marketing Association holds its16th annual international WebAward Competition for Web site development at www.webaward.org. The WebAwards is the standards-defining competition that sets benchmarks for 96 industries, including education, schools and university websites, based on the seven criteria of a successful web site. The deadline for education websites to enter to be judged is May 31, 2012.

Best Public Interest Web sites of 2012 to be Named in 16th Annual WebAward Competition

Advocacy, arts and non-profit websites will be judged in the Web Marketing Association’s 16th annual international WebAward Competition for Web site development at www.webaward.org. The WebAwards is the standards-defining competition that sets benchmarks for 96 industries, including advocacy, arts and non-profit websites, based on the seven criteria of a successful web site. The deadline for public interest websites to enter is May 31, 2012.

Best Health Care Website of 2012 to be Named by Web Marketing Association

Healthcare and medical sites will compete in the Web Marketing Association’s 16th annual international WebAward Competition for Web site development at www.webaward.org. The WebAwards is the standards-defining competition that sets benchmarks for 96 industries, including healthcare, healthcare provider, medical, medical equipment, biotechnology and pharmaceutical websites, based on the seven criteria of a successful web site. The deadline for Healthcare websites to enter to be judged is May 31, 2012.

2012 WebAwards Call for Entries Has Begun

The Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the call for entries for its 16th 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 in the 2012 WebAwards is May 31, 2012. A complete list of past winners and this year’s entry form can be found at www.webaward.org.

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 2012 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 Organic, Inc. for its outstanding work on the “U by Kotex: Ban the Bland.” The site was also recognized as Best Consumer Goods Website.

• The Web Marketing Association will also recognize the interactive agency winning the most awards in the competition with the “Top Interactive Agency” WebAward. For the second time, the Top Agency award was awarded to Biggs|Gilmore taking home 28 WebAwards.

Each year many agencies and some corporations win multiple awards and deserve additional recognition. This year, we will recognize each organization that wins 10 or more WebAwards with an Outstanding Interactive Developer trophy.

Web sites 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.

Judging for the 2012 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 CNN.com, Yahoo!, BGT Partners, Ion Global , Brunner, Razorfish, Chrysler LLC, DraftFCB, Family Cookbook Project, IBM , agency.com, Possible Worldwide, Baylor University, Organic, Inc., imc2 , Sabre Hospitality Solutions, PayPal, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Bridge Worldwide , Boeing, Small Army, United Technologies 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 April and May.

The 2012 WebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: BGT Partners, PR Newswire, Burst Media, MycroBurst, EContent Magazine, ExactTarget, ad:tech conferences, Internet World UK, SES Conferences, Webmaster Radio, and Website Magazine. The Web Marketing Association thanks these companies for their commitment to the entire online marketing community.

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