Best Websites for Advertising to Be Named by Web Marketing Association

Best Advertising AwardsThe Web Marketing Association judges will select the best websites used as advertising in 86 industries as part of their 16th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards. The IAC Awards are the first and only industry-based advertising award competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising. Companies or agencies wishing to nominate their work for consideration may do so at www.IACAward.org before the deadline of January 31, 2018.

 

“Websites are an effective advertising tool to build brand awareness and engage consumers on a global scale,” said William Rice, president of the Web Marketing Association. “The IAC Awards provides an opportunity to show the world your expertise and ability to develop a website as an advertising vehicle. It’s also a great marketing opportunity for the winners to promote their work to senior management, customers and prospects”.

 

The IAC Awards were developed to evaluate and recognize innovation and excellence in online advertising which includes a category for Websites. The Web Marketing Association’s WebAward Competition for Website Development will focus on the entire Web site, with particular emphasis on the creativity and functionality of the overall interactive experience.  Websites entered into the Website category of the IAC Awards will be judged based on their advertising merit.  A site can be entered in both the IAC Awards and the WebAward Competition.

 

The 2018 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are open to all organizations and individuals (advertising and interactive agencies, corporate marketing departments, 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, 2018 and will be judged on creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, and use of the medium.

In addition to Websites, awards will be presented within each of the industry categories and advertising formats such as:

IAC Award Crystal StatueSocial Media

Mobile Apps and websites

Online ads (including banner, pop-up or interstitial)

Rich media ads

Email message campaign

Online newsletter campaign

Online applications

Integrated ad campaign

Online Video

 

“We believe that winning an industry specific award is more valuable to the participant.  It allows the participants to be judges against their peers, just like in the marketplace,” said Rice.

 

The 2017 Best of Show for Websites was given to TMV Group for their work on FaygoUnbottled.com.

 

Past top winners in the Website category include:

2016 HAVAS PARIS for La Marine Nationale : On Board Careers

2015 SapientNitro for The Blight Authority: Changing Blight to Bright

2014 Human. for Hudson Yards New York

2013 McCann Digital for Donate with Style

2012 Saatchi & Saatchi LA for The Camry Effect

2011 Rockfish for America’s Health Rankings
2010 Biggs|Gilmore for FrootLoops.com
2009 Verizon, NFL Network, Communifx for Verizon and NFL Network Online Demo

 

Interactive agencies that win multiple awards will also be in the running for Top Agency Award. In a change from prior years, 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.

 

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 2017, seven agencies won this honor.

 

Judging for the IAC Awards will take place in February, 2018. 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, BGT Partners, Brunner Digital, Campbell-Ewald, CNN News Group, Deep Interactive Asia, Digitas, EuroRSCG 4D, Google, IBM Interactive, imc2, JWT, LeapFrog Interactive, Mass Transmit, McCann Worldgroup, Razorfish, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Tectis GmbH, TMP Worldwide, Universal McCann Interactive and Wunderman / Y&R.

 

The 2018 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are sponsored by PR.com, iContent, EContent Magazine, Webmaster Radio and Website Magazine.

 

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

 

Online Ad Professionals Needed to Judge Best Online Advertising Awards

Best Advertising AwardsThe Web Marketing Association’s 16th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Award program is currently accepting entries and is looking for qualified judges to help adjudicate this year’s award program. The IAC Awards are the first and only industry-based advertising award competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising.

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

“We are looking to expand the judging pool for the awards by bring on qualified advertising professionals to help us set the standard of excellence for online advertising,” said William Rice, president of the Web Marketing Association, Inc. “We created the IAC Awards to highlight the best in this unique advertising medium by industry and need additional individuals who have direct experience developing online advertising. Our judges must have an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in web advertising, an eye for a well-designed ad and the objectivity to score entries according to a predefined set of criteria.”

Judging for the IAC Awards will take place in February, 2018. 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, Brunner Digital, Campbell-Ewald, CNN News Group, Deep Interactive Asia, Digitas, EuroRSCG 4D, Google, IBM Interactive, imc2, JWT, LeapFrog Interactive, Mass Transmit, McCann Worldgroup, Razorfish, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Tectis GmbH, TMP Worldwide, Universal McCann Interactive and Wunderman / Y&R.

The Internet Advertising Competition Awards are open to all organizations and individuals (advertising and interactive agencies, corporate marketing departments, 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, 2018 and will be judged on creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, and use of the medium.

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

The 2018 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are sponsored by SEO Inc., PR.com, EContent Magazine, WebMaster Radio and Website Magazine.

About the Web Marketing Association

The Web Marketing Association is an organization 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 online advertising, Internet marketing and promotion used to attract visitors to Web sites. The Web Marketing Association’s annual award programs, the WebAward Competition, MobileWebAwards and the Internet Advertising Competition Awards, have been helping interactive professionals promote themselves, their companies, and their best work to the outside world since 1997.

16th Annual Internet Advertising Competition To Name Best Online Advertising

Best Advertising AwardsThe Web Marketing Association announces the Call for Entries for the 16th 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 and social media in 96 industry categories. The Competition Web site is located at www.iacaward.org and the deadline for entry is January 31, 2018.

“Online advertising outlays worldwide are expected to surpass $583.91 billion this year,” said William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association.  “We created the IAC Awards to highlight the best in this unique advertising medium by industry, and also to help advertising professionals validate their efforts to clients and senior management. The IAC Awards can provide independent third party confirmation that clients are getting the best creative for their ad dollars.  Winning awards is a great way to demonstrate your creative potential.”

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, 2018 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 (including banner, pop-up or interstitial)

Best Email message

Best Online newsletter

Best Website (including best landing pages and best microsites)

Best Online video

Best Mobile applications

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, 2017 through January 31, 2018.

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 2017, seven agencies won this honor.

Judging for the IAC Awards will take place in February, 2018. 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, Brunner Digital, Campbell-Ewald, CNN, Deep Interactive Asia, Digitas, EuroRSCG 4D, Google, IBM Interactive, imc2, JWT, LeapFrog Interactive, Mass Transmit, McCann Worldgroup, Razorfish, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Tectis GmbH, TMP Worldwide, Universal McCann Interactive and Wunderman / Y&R.

The 2018 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are sponsored by SEO Inc., PR.Com, EContent Magazine, WebMaster Radio and Website Magazine.

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

 

Case Study: Building An Award-Winning Telecommunication Hub

Tempura Communications, an already well-established and respected communication business, approached Rooster Marketing with a new venture; Tempura Connect. This new business arm would take the form of a fully functional, commerce and subscription based telecommunication service. The hub of this new direction would be established online via a new and engaging website; designed, developed and built by Rooster.

As a business offering, Tempura Connect strives to “connect productivity” by offering a variety of end-to-end hardware, services and network options that can either be purchased outright or acquired via a monthly subscription. This package solution means, that for businesses, there are no installation fees, instead, they pay for the use of equipment on a monthly contract.

Due to the nature of Tempura Connect’s business package, their services result in muchly reduced telecommunication costs for their clients. As a natural consequence, their predominant audience comprises of start-up companies, in the main. This was carefully considered in the initial wireframing stages of the new website and today is reflected in the site’s design: clear mega-menu bar, bold colours used to communicate affordability and a simple interface was implemented which has resulted in a satisfying user experience to highlight Tempura Connect as a problem solving business.

This being said, Tempura Connect still wanted to be communicated as a professional and respected provider. This too was considered and deftly integrated into the website’s overall feel via fully functioning e-commerce capabilities, including a Woocommerce platform with a member’s area and subscription function that allows user to pay for packages on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.

The site was also a custom build that was developed onto the WordPress platform, offering the best of both worlds: a fully bespoke and uniquely designed and developed website but running on an easy to manage CMS with an easy to navigate interface. In doing so, this meant that we didn’t tie Tempura into any long-term ongoing costs – if they chose to manage their site in-house we would provide the training to allow this.

The site as a whole functions seamlessly, looks clean and modern and explains Tempura Connect as a business service effectively – with informative copy and clear calls to action. All of this further guides and improves the user journey, which, in turn, crucially boosts business-client regard and trust.

Although we are thrilled with the result, being a new business venture it was unclear how many different offers and packages there would be in Tempura Connect’s future. In hindsight, if we had known this at the start we would have likely incorporated more options for listing large amounts of offers or a sort by feature option. However, this is something we can easily implement as a phase 2 website-update due to the way that we built the website to accommodate growth in the future.

Rooser Marketing was awarded the  Telecommunication Standard of Excellence  for Tempura Connect – website design and development in the 2017 Webaward Competition.

To find out more about Rooster Marketing’s recent projects, click here, or get in touch today via email: info@roostermarketing.com.

 

 

Award Winning Interactive Agency Database

Finding an “award winning” interactive agency has just gotten easier to find online. The Web Marketing Association has just launched a new website that has brought together advertising agencies and interactive agencies who have won recognition in major award programs.  This new searchable database of award winning interactive agencies is found at www.AwardWinningInteractiveAgencies.com

The Call For Entries for the 2017 The MobileWebAwards is now closed

The final extended deadline to enter the Web Marketing Association’s 6th annual international MobileWebAward Competition is now passed and judging will be underway shortly.

Good luck to everyone who has entered and for those of you who did not enter, well there is always next year.

Today is the Final Deadline To Enter The 2017 MobileWebAwards

Today is the final extended deadline to enter the Web Marketing Association’s 6th annual international MobileWebAward Competition.  If you have not entered already, this is your final chance.  Impress your friends, show off to co-workers, get a raise from your boss – theses things are all possible when you win awards. This is the “award” in “Award-Winning Mobile App or Website”.  The entry form and complete information can be found at the MobileWebAward Competition website. Enter your best mobile work today and get the recognition you deserve!

Overcoming a Google Penalty: How SEO Inc. Increased a Client’s Organic Traffic by Over 170%

Here at SEO Inc., prospects and new clients often reach out to us because their website’s rankings are suffering from a Google penalty. They usually come to us for two reasons:

1) They have been penalized algorithmically, meaning their site has drawn the unwanted attention of a Google algorithm like Panda or Penguin. These algorithms are designed to decrease website rankings when they find things like low quality content or spammy links.

2) They have been penalized manually by Google. Usually this is the result of their previous SEO company having engaged in blackhat link building tactics.

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We recently had a new client reach out to us because he suspected his current web development company was doing something illegitimate to his site, which was causing it to lose traffic. He had recently relaunched his website with a modern and responsive design, and he had signed up for SEO with the same company. However, aside from some recent positive traction, organic traffic wasn’t nearly what it had been in previous years or even recent months. In fact, it had decreased significantly.

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Our client was fairly SEO-savvy, so right away he noticed that some things had not been done with the new site, which raised some major red flags.

Missing redirections. A lot of the old pages had not been redirected to the new pages on the site. This means the SEO value of the old URL’s was not being passed to the new URL’s.

Missing alt text. Many of the images were missing alt text, which provide essential information that allows blind or handicapped users to browse the site.

Slow website speed. Our client believed his website seemed slower than it should have been.

Needless to say, he wasn’t satisfied with the results and depth of knowledge exhibited by his previous company.

Our Goal

SEO Inc. resolved to work with our new client to restore his rankings to a consistent level and increase his organic traffic using legitimate, proven SEO strategies. We would perform an audit of his entire website, essentially leaving no stone unturned as we inspected his site on a page-by-page basis as well as on the whole to root out and remove toxic links. We would also aim to improve his on page optimization, leveraging unique content and keyword distribution to enhance relevancy and authority for his pages.

Link Detox

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Once we could review the client’s website in depth, we made a startling discovery – his previous company had been building links to his website using black hat SEO tactics. They had used a common tactic called a Private Blog Network (PBN). This was a network of WordPress sites this company owned and operated, and its sole purpose was to publish articles that would link back to their clients’ websites using exact match, money (high value) anchor text. This PBN was particularly easy to identify, as all the sites under it linked to each other and pointed back to this company’s website as well – a clear sign of black hat webspam and of trying to “cheat” the ranking system.

Because we could identify the PBN so easily, we knew it was only a short matter of time before Google would crack down on our client, having issued manual penalties in the past for using PBNs to artificially inflate rankings.

Our Solution

Once our client came onboard, we performed a thorough link detox of his site. This process involved looking at each backlink pointing toward his site and immediately disavowing the PBN sites. In the days and weeks following the Google algorithm Penguin 4.0 (which targets webspam in real-time and rolled out in fall of last year), we saw a noticeable increase in organic traffic to our client’s site.

Page Speed and Image Optimization

Another challenge was to correct our client’s 404 errors that his previous company had ignored. Optimizing the website’s page speed and load times became another large focus of the project. We did indeed find that the website was performing at a less than ideal speed, which when combined with the lack of redirects, would make for a poor user experience and reduce the sites organic visibility.

Our Solution>

We worked to make sure that all our client’s old URLs were redirected to their new counterparts. This would allow the pages to carry over the “link juice” value to the new site, preserving the flow of traffic from the old pages to the new.

We took advantage of several newer technologies to take the website’s page speed to new levels, specifically HTTP/2 and PHP7. HTTP/2 replaced the older, slower HTTP website protocol, while PHP7 provided a stronger scripting language for web development purposes.

As for his images, we compressed all of the images on his website losslessly using the WordPress plugin WP Smush and used W3 Total Cache to combine and reduce the number of CSS & JS resources used. This would cut back on the amount of scripting needed to load the website. We also added descriptive alt text to his images, optimizing them to be able to be understood by users with disabilities and adhering to ADA standards.

Page Speed States Before Implementation:

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Page Speed States After Implementation:

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On Page Optimization

Once we had taken care of the mission critical SEO tasks, we could shift our focus to his on page optimization. His previous company had implemented a damaging keyword strategy that goes against Google’s guidelines. We found numerous instances of overlapping and duplicated keywords in his meta tags and headers. Since so many pages shared the same focus keywords, a lot of his pages were prevented from ranking for additional key terms.

Our Solution

We discussed with our client how to ensure a strong keyword strategy for each page by positioning the keywords to target a specific service or topic. Then, we incorporated them into unique content with no overlap between pages.

Rich Snippet Optimization

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In addition to the on page optimization work, we also added various structured data formats to enhance the site’s search result listings and click through rate. We created a testimonials page on his website to list all of his reviews and ratings and then added AggregateRating Review Structured Data to showcase his 5 star rating in the search results. We also added Breadcrumb markup to make the URL listing more digestible and appealing to both search engines and users. In addition to the structured data mentioned above, we added the following additional formats:

These additional formats allowed his site to gain added value from Google’s search results listings, as they are now eligible to be featured in prominent sections on the page.

White Hat Link Building Campaign

Last but not least, we took a purely white hat approach to building links to our client’s site. Unlike the previous company’s tactics of forging backlinks using an illegitimate PBN, we wanted to provide real value to his website and his visitors by building links that were related to his industry. We were able to leverage services such as HARO (Help a Reporter Out), which connects journalists with experts to answer their questions using thorough research and know-how to create the foundation for a strong link profile for our client.

Conclusion

We are pleased to report that after our on page optimization efforts, page speed improvements, rich snippet additions, and the implementation of our keyword and content and strategy, our client’s website performance increased drastically:

  • Organic traffic increased by 170%
  • Page load time reduced from 4.8 seconds to 1.2 seconds
  • Page sizes reduced from 2.68 MB to 676 KB

We are thrilled to have helped pull our client out of his SEO troubles, securing his site and making it more appealing to human users and search engines.

Deadline Enter MobileWebAwards Extended Until October 13th

The Web Marketing Association Call For Entries for its 6th international MobileWebAward competition has been extended until Friday, October 13, 2017 at Midnight EDT.  This will be the only extension granted. This will allow all nominators to complete the editing of existing entries and anyone to submit new entries into this 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 entry form and complete information can be found at the competition website. Enter your best mobile work today and get the recognition you deserve!

Today is the Deadline To Enter The 2017 MobileWebAwards

Today, September 29, 2017 is the final day to enter the Web Marketing Association’s 6th annual international MobileWebAward.  If you have not entered already, now is the time to do so.  Impress your friends, show off to co-workers, get a raise from your boss – theses things are all possible when you win awards. This is the “award” in “Award-Winning Mobile App or Website”.  The entry form and complete information can be found at the MobileWebAward Competition website. Enter your best mobile work today and get the recognition you deserve!

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