Web Marketing Association Names Award-Winning Websites in 96 Industries

2016 WebAward Winners

2016 WebAward Winners

The Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 20th annual WebAward Competition for Web site development. Entries from 40 countries were adjudicated in 96 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.

“Each year, the online marketing community raises the bar in terms of website development,” said William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association. “Website design is constantly evolving to better meet the needs of the online audiences.  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 2016 Best of Show WebAward is presented to BETC Paris for their outstanding work on The End of Society Simulator.  The site was also recognized as Best Entertainment Website and Best Media Website and  Best Mobile Website.

The end of society simulator uses real data to create a hyper-personalised experience of events to set the scene before the launch of Tom Clancy’s The Division. Inspired by existing epidemic models with input from emergency risk specialists, the website simulates a global pandemic of the fictional variola chimera virus. The experience starts after the user has been infected when he is asked to type in his address and before being taken through the fall of society’s dominos (overwhelmed hospitals, out of stock pharmacies and supermarkets, riots, exodus, global blackout, fall of governments). The simulation demonstrates how quickly the cities and society that we take for granted can collapse even from our own home.

 

Top Agency

TravelClick, Inc. was named Top Agency at the 2016 WebAward Competition, taking home 29 WebAwards this year. The Top Agency Award is given to recognize the consistently outstanding development going on at interactive firms.  TravelClick provides innovative solutions for hotels around the globe that increase revenue, reduce cost, and improve performance. TravelClick has a worldwide on-the-ground presence that enables us to maintain a deep understanding of local markets in the context of the global hospitality industry. The agency was recognized in the 2016 WebAwards with 15 Outstanding Website WebAwards and 14 Standard of Excellence WebAwards.

Fourteen agencies or companies were also recognized as Outstanding Website Developer for winning six or more WebAwards in 2016. They include:

 

AGENCY (Number of Awards)

TMP Worldwide 22

Scorpion Design, LLC 20

Miles 12

DEG 11

Risdall Marketing Group 11

SapientNitro 11

Nebo 10

Lyons Consulting Group 9

HKTDC 7

HeBS Digital 7

WSI 7

Positioner SA 6

Springbox 6

UP Hotel Internet Marketing 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 2016 WebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: Small Army Creative Services, PR.com, ad:tech conferences, EContent Magazine, VerticalResponse, SEO, Inc., Webmaster Radio and Website Magazine.

 

About the Web Marketing Association

The Web Marketing Association is working to create a high standard of excellence for Web site 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 20th year, the WebAward Competition has become the premier award event for Web developers and marketers worldwide.

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Mobile Development Professionals Needed to Judge 2016 MobileWebAward Competition

best-mobile-award-smThe 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, 2016.

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, 2016, and winners will be notified by e-mail one week prior to the general announcement of winners in December, 2016. 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

“Judging an award show like the MobileWebAwards is a great way to share your experience and expertise with the mobile development community, said Rice. “It is an honor and an important responsibility when you are chosen to participate as a judge. You are helping to set the standard for award winning advertising throughout the Web”.

Best Mobile Websites and Best Mobile Apps of 2016 To Be Named By Web Marketing Association

Best Mobile Website and app awardsThe Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the call for entries for its 5th 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 2016 MobileWebAwards is September 30, 2016. The entry form for this award program can be found at http://www.mobile-webaward.org.

“As Internet traffic from mobile devices is set to overtake desktop devices, it is becoming more critical than ever to have an effective online presence tailored to 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. Whether a responsive website, mobile-specific website or a mobile app, our expert judges will select the best offerings in 96 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 96 industry categories, including financial services, medical, small business, travel, advertising, transportation and government.
  • The competition’s highest honor, the 2016 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:

WSI won Best of Show Mobile Website for Lastejaam, which also was recognized as Best Family Mobile Website. Lastejaam provides an easy library of children’s TV shows and games provided by the Estonian Public Broadcasting company.

FreshDirect won Best of Show Mobile Application for FreshDirect iPhone App, which also was awarded Best Food Industry Mobile Application. This app allows individuals to order groceries online today for delivery tomorrow.

TopSpot Internet Marketing was named Top Interactive Agency for the 2015 MobileWebAwards competition. They received 6 awards, including: Best Small Business Mobile Website, Best Medical Mobile Website, Best Construction Mobile Website, Best Sports Mobile Website, Best Catalog Mobile Website, and an Outstanding Mobile Website Award.

Judging for the 2016 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, Agency.com, BGT Partners, 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 Website Magazine.

The 2016 MobileWebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: Website Magazine, PR.com, Small Army Creative Services, VerticalResponse, EContent Magazine, ad:tech conferences, SEO Inc, and Cranberry Radio. The Web Marketing Association thanks these companies for their commitment to the entire online marketing community.

About the MobileWebAwards

The Web Marketing Association’s 5th annual MobileWebAwards are based upon the success of its long running international WebAward Competition for Website Development and the Internet Advertising Competition. All Web Marketing Association award programs 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 entry.

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WebAward Entry Deadline Extended

WMA_20th_iconThe Web Marketing Association’s 20th annual international WebAward competition for website development is giving you a second chance.

This premier website recognition program has extended its entry deadline to June 10th. So you have two additional weeks to submit what might be the best website in 98 different industries. Its easy to enter and feels great when you win!

If you have already entered, June 10th is also the final day to edit your entries before they are sent to our expert judges.

Enter today at http://www.WebAward.org

 

Final Week to Enter 2016 WebAwards

newtrophy_2016It comes down to this:

You want to be recognized for your outstanding web development work. The 20th annual WebAward Competition recognizes the best websites in
96 different industries.

If you’ve already entered, your work will be reviewed by independent Internet professionals that will judge your site on seven different criteria and provide feedback that can help direct future development.

If you have not yet entered, it’s easy and now is the time to fix
that situation.

The deadline for entering this year’s WebAward Competition is
Tuesday, May 31st. That means you only have one more week to enter or
you’ll miss out on this outstanding marketing opportunity.

Enter today at http://www.WebAward.org

Internet Experts Needed To Judge 20th annual WebAward Competition

WMA_20th_iconThe Web Marketing Association is expecting a record number of participants in its 20th 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 2016 WebAward Competition for Website development is currently accepting entries until May 31, 2016. 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 and design,” 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, ING Direct, VML, Facebook, J. Walter Thompson, Gartner, Possible Worldwide, YUM!, Cuker Interactive, PayPal, Razorfish, Munich Re, Refinery, Ernst & Young, Magellan Health Service, 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”.

Best Web Sites in 96 Industries To Be Named

WMA_20th_iconThe Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the call for entries for its 20th 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 2016 WebAwards is May 31, 2016. A complete list of past winners and this year’s entry form can be found at www.webaward.org.

“For 20 years the WebAwards have been something  the online marketing community looks forward to each year,” said William Rice, president of the Web Marketing Association. “Our expert judges evaluate the entire interactive experience and reward those sites that are best in their industry. The goal of the WebAwards is to both recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing some of the most effective Web sites on the Internet today and also provide valuable feedback to entrants on how their sites stack up against their peers and their industry’s standards of excellence.”

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 marketing, travel, BtoB, hotel and lodging, biotech, education and politics.
  • The competition’s highest honor, the 2016 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 Trailer Park, Inc. for their exceptional work on JurassicWorld.com. The site was also recognized as Best Movie 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 third time, the Top Agency award was awarded to Extractable taking home a record 31 WebAwards. They also were recognized at the Top Agency in 2014, 2010 and 2009.
  • Interactive and advertising agencies that win a 2016 WebAward will automatically be included in the Award Winning Agency Database with a free premium listing.
  • 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 2015, there were 16 agencies recognized with this prestigious award.

newtrophy_2016Judging for the 2016 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, 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 2016 WebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: EContent Magazine, VerticalResponse, PR.com, ad:tech conferences, Webmaster Radio, and Website Magazine. The Web Marketing Association thanks these companies for their commitment to the entire online marketing community.

To enter the 20th annual WebAward Competition for Website Development, please visit our website and create a nominator account.

Call for Chapter Proposals

Are you interested in Contributing a chapter to the anthology “Digital Marketing: Concept, Theory, and Practice” to be published by Libri Publishing Limited. Then join fellow chapter authors at the symposium in Ann Arbor, Michigan to review, edit, and complete the chapters, and to finalize the anthology for publication.

Digital Marketing: Concept, Theory, and Practice
19-23 October 2016
Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.

EDITORS

The anthology will be edited by:

John Branch, Academic Director of Part-Time MBA Programs and Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Marcus Collins, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Social Engagement, Doner

Eldad Yogev, Global Lead Analytics/Data – Digital Marketing and Consumer Insights, Huawei

ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY
We now live in a digital world. Indeed, there are more than 3 billion people connected to the internet. For every 100 people on the planet, there are 96 mobile telephone subscriptions. And more and more of our everyday objects—cuddly toys, cars, even kettles—have created an ‘internet of things’.
It is no surprise, therefore, that companies are eager to harness this digital world. Marketers, in particular, hope that so-called digital marketing will allow them to gain new customer insights, refine customer segmentation, and communicate to customers more efficiently and effectively. They anticipate that the digital world will offer possibilities for new product innovation, new methods for engaging customers, new vehicles for creating brand communities.
Despite the pervasiveness of the digital world, however, digital marketing is seemingly still in its infancy. To begin, what exactly is digital marketing? Indeed, the term is bandied about, but its meaning—its scope, outline, boundary, and limits—is far from concise. Second, digital marketing is still very atheoretical. To date, it has largely been based on assumptions, guesswork, and conjecture. And third, digital marketing is conducted ad hoc, with few (if any) standardised policies, practices, or procedures.
For this anthology, therefore, the editors seek chapters which explore digital marketing. They welcome chapters from practitioners and scholars alike, and which follow any methodological tradition. Specifically, the editors will be guided by the three broad but interrelated themes which were identified above:
1. Conceptual: What is digital marketing? Are there different types? How is it situated within marketing more broadly? Answering these types of questions will sharpen the definition of digital marketing. Proposals will be evaluated, therefore, on their contribution to our understanding of the nature of digital marketing.
2. Theoretical: How does digital marketing work? What are its effects? Can it be controlled? Answering these types of questions will raise the significance of digital marketing. Proposals will be evaluated, therefore, on their contribution to our understanding of the mechanisms of digital marketing.
3. Practical: How is digital marketing conducted? What are its different channels? In which contexts does it work? Answering these types of questions will increase the application of digital marketing. Proposals will be evaluated, therefore, on their contribution to our understanding of the function of digital marketing.

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER

Libri Publishing Ltd., Brunel House, Volunteer Way, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7YR, England. (Website www.libripublishing.co.uk) Libri is a publishing company committed to providing innovative, high quality, challenging publications for readers. It offers a highly responsive publishing service for authors and client organisations.
Libri publishes titles under three different imprints. Titles published under the Libri Books imprint (the original imprint) are focused on communities of practice whose members include professional practitioners, consultants, teachers and trainers, and researchers. Libri Books titles are focused on management and professional/organizational development, health policy and medical training, and the Business of Higher Education. The titles published under Libri Publishing’s second imprint, Green Frigate Books, are intended for similar communities of practice in Design, Interiors and Architecture and in the Natural and Built Environments. Libri’s third imprint, Redshank Books, publishes titles aimed at a general readership in popular culture and current affairs.
Libri was established in February 2009 by a team of colleagues who had worked together for a dozen years in professional and academic publishing, knowledge transfer, and the management and delivery of blended learning projects. Between them, Libri’s senior managers have over fifty years of experience in media organisations, higher education and consultancy. Their extensive expertise includes authorship, design, editing, printing and publishing, IT and e-learning pedagogy, and the design and provision of continuing professional development programmes. Libri supports its core expertise with a broad-based supply chain of long-established and highly skilled sub-contractors.
Libri Publishing Ltd. is the publisher of the following anthologies produced by the international association Learning in Higher Education (LiHE): Teaching Creativity – Creativity in Teaching; Postgraduate Education. Form and Function; Beyond Transmission: Innovations in University Teaching; Simulations, Games and Role-Play in University Education; Learning in Higher Education – Contemporary Standpoints; Learning Spaces in Higher Education; Technology-Enhanced Learning in Higher Education.
SUBMISSION PROCEDURE
Submit your chapter proposal (maximum 2 000 words) to jdbranch@umich.edu on or before 3 April 2016. Please note that you may only be an author/co-author on one chapter proposal.
IMPORTANT DATES
3 April 2016: Deadline for submitting your chapter proposal for this anthology (maximum 2 000 words)
24 April 2016: Notification to authors of accepted chapter proposals
7 August 2016: Deadline for submitting your chapter for the anthology (only authors who had their chapter proposals accepted can submit chapters)
28 August 2016: Notification to authors of accepted chapters
04 September 2016: Registration & payment (only authors who had their chapters accepted can attend the symposium)
11 September 2016: Chapters sent to other authors for peer feedback
19-23 October 2016: Symposium Ann Arbor, Michigan
Winter 2017: Publication of anthology
IMPORTANT SYMPOSIUM INFORMATION
This is a residential symposium. A minimum of one author of each chapter must attend the symposium for its entire duration.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact John Branch: jdbranch@umich.edu

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