Today is Final Day To Enter The 2018 WebAward Competition

The final deadline to enter the 22nd annual WebAwards is today! Entries added and/or edited until the end of day when the nominator portal at www.WebAward.org will be closed and the judging phase will begin.

Good luck to all who have entered.

2018 WebAward Competition Deadline Extended to June 15, 2018

The deadline to enter the 2018 WebAwards has been extended until June 15, 2018. Entries added and/or edited until that date when the nominator portal will be closed and the judging phase will begin. All entries submitted after the original deadline will be subject to a late fee as stated in the competition’s guidelines.

Enter today at www.WebAward.org

Final Day to Enter The 2018 International WebAward Competition

Today is the deadline to enter the 22nd annual WebAwards. Entries will be accepted until Midnight (Eastern Standard Time). 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.    If you have been waiting to enter, now is the time to get it done.

Enter today, be wishing you did tomorrow!

Final Week to Enter The 2018 WebAward Competition

The deadline for entering the 22nd annual WebAwards is May 29st – only one week away!  So now is time to get your entries submitted for one of the top award programs dedicated to website development in the world.  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.

Don’t wait until the last minute, enter today!

The One Month Left to Enter The 2018 WebAward Competition

The deadline for entering the 22nd annual WebAward Competition is May 31st – one month from today. So now is time to get your entries submitted for one of the top award programs dedicated to website development in the world. 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.

Don’t wait until the last minute, enter today!

Internet Experts Needed To Judge 22nd 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 22nd 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 2018 WebAward Competition for Website development is currently accepting entries until May 31, 2018. 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, 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.

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.

 

Best Websites Named in 96 Industries By Web Marketing Association

The Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 21th annual WebAward Competition for Web site development. Entries from 52 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.

Best of Show

The 2016 Best of Show WebAward is presented to [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.

[D³] built a property site for the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills with the use of monochromatic colors, beautiful photography and typography, blended into a simple, sophisticated vibe. They focused on the architecture of the hotel and used it as a focal element to portray both the Beverly Hills culture and high-end quality. The result is a beautiful, clean website, rich with vibrant imagery that evokes all the feelings of a luxurious stay in Beverly Hills.

Top Agency

Scorpion was named Top Agency at the 2017 WebAward Competition, taking home 38 WebAwards this year. The Top Agency Award is given to recognize the consistently outstanding development going on at interactive firms.  Since being founded in 2001, Scorpion has become known throughout the industry for pushing boundaries—for making websites with technology that have never been seen before, for achieving results other companies thought were impossible. That passion for innovation and dedication to their clients has resulted in their team earning countless recognitions throughout the years, for our designs, for our results, and for the relationships that we have built with our clients. From receiving the Google Customer Satisfaction Champion award to winning hundreds of website design awards, they are proud of each and every honor. Not just for the award itself (although those are nice, too), but for what it means: their hard work, their commitment, and their drive. The agency was recognized in the 2017 WebAwards with Best Automobile Website, Best Healthcare Provider Website, Best Medical Website, Best Professional Services Website, 8 Outstanding Website WebAwards and 26 Standard of Excellence WebAwards.

Outstanding Website Developers

Ten agencies or companies were also recognized as Outstanding Website Developer for winning six or more WebAwards in 2017. They include:

AGENCY (Number of Awards)

TMP Worldwide 22

TravelClick 17

Nebo 10

Miles 8

Postali LLC 8

UP Hotel Internet Marketing 7

WSI 7

Sabre Hospitality Solutions 7

BrandExtract 7

TopSpot 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 2017 WebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: PR.com, EContent Magazine, iContact, SEO, Inc. and Website Magazine.

2017 WebAward Winners Announcement Date Set

2017 WebAward Competition for Website DevelopmentWinners of the 21st annual WebAward Competition will be publicly announced on the award program website on September 7, 2017. At this time, the Web Marketing Association will announce the Best of Show winner as well as Top Agency winner. In addition, we will announce the 96 Best of Industry winners as well as the Outstanding Websites and Standard of Excellence winners.

Insights from the WebAward Judges

Each year at the conclusion of the WebAward program, we ask our esteemed panel of WebAward judges a series of questions to help participants better understand what the judges are looking for and to improve the website recognition program for the next year.

PositiveOn the survey last year we asked “When judging a site, what usually had the greatest positive impact on your score?” 35.6% of the judges responded that outstanding design was the thing that helped bring up a score. The criteria that had the second most responses was ease of use with 23.7%. Content was in third with 15.25% of the judges relying on this criteria the most.

 

NegativeAt the other end of the scale, we also asked what had the most negative impact on your scores. Not surprising, 39% of the WebAward judges said that bad design was the top criteria when they scored a site poorly. Ease of use (18.6%) and Navigation (15.25%) also played a factor when the judges felt a website did not live up to its potential.

These results remind us that first impressions are important when developing a website.  Even though the WebAwards uses seven equally weighted criteria to determine a websites final score. Judges are asked to review the site as though they were the target audience. They then add their experience and expertise and understanding of current web trends to provide a score for the entry.

With each entry being reviewed by up to five different judges, we then take the average of the top two scores to determine the entries final score. This way we strive to provide the most fair judging of any awards program available to the online marketing community.

To have your website judged by professionals in the 2017 WebAwards, enter at www.WebAward.org

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