WOW Named WebAward Sponsor by Web Marketing Association

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World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) has been named a 2005 sponsor of the Web Marketing AssociationÂ?s 9th annual WebAward Competition (http://www.2005webaward.org), the InternetÂ?s premier award competition.

World Organization of Webmasters (WOW), a non profit professional association dedicated to the support of individuals and organizations who create, manage or market Web sites, has been named a 2005 sponsor of the Web Marketing Association’s 9th annual WebAward Competition (http://www.webaward.org), the Internet’s premier award competition that judges website development against an ever increasing Internet standard of excellence and against peer sites within an industry.

The WebAward Competition recognizes the individual and team achievement of web professionals who create and maintain outstanding web sites. The Deadline for entry in the 2005 WebAwards is June 1, 2005.

"We are pleased to have WOW helping us to promote the WebAward Competition this year," said William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association. "Web professionals play such a critical role in the success of a Website and having the ability to be recognized for their outstanding efforts is part of the focus of both our organizations".

"Recognizing innovation in Web site development is one of the WebAward judging criteria and we support innovation," said William Cullifer, Executive Director of WOW. "Our goal is to develop programs that benefit the Web professional. Recognizing excellence in Web development helps the entire online community raise the bar for Internet excellence. We are working together on developing a new award program, based on WOW principles developed by WOW's Web Professional Award Committee. We are please to support the efforts of the Web Marketing Association and the WebAward program."

More than 1,300 sites from 21 countries were adjudicated in 90 industry categories during last year's competition. Entries are judged on design, copy writing, innovation, content, interactivity, navigation, and use of technology. 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 2005 WebAward Competition was sponsors include BURST! Media, PRWeb, AdTools, Inc, , Perseus Development Corp, NewsUSA, O’Dwyer’s PR Daily, Small Army Creative Services, Burrelle’s Luce, Line56 Media, and Oddcast. The Web Marketing Association thanks all of its sponsors for helping to make this annual competition possible.

About the Web Marketing Association

The Web Marketing Association (http://www.webmarketingassociation.org) 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 advertising, marketing and promotion used to attract visitors to Web sites. Since 1997, the Web Marketing Association’s annual WebAward Competition has been helping interactive professionals promote themselves, their companies, and their best work to the outside world. Now in its seventh year, the WebAward Competition has become the premier award event for Web developers and marketers worldwide.

About WOW

The World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) is a non profit professional association dedicated to the support of individuals and organizations who create, manage or market web sites. WOW provides education as well as certification, technical, employment and member advantage services to thousands of aspiring and practicing web professionals worldwide. For more information please visit http://www.joinwow.org

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For more information contact:

William Rice

President, Web Marketing Association, Inc.

860-558-5423

wrice@webaward.org

Bill Cullifer

Executive Director

World Organization of Webmasters

916 608-1597

bill@joinwow.org

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