Web Marketing Association to Name Best Publishing Website of 2005

The Web Marketing Association announces the call for entries for its 9th annual international WebAward Competition (http://www.2005webaward.org), the InternetÂ?s premier award competition for Website Development. The Web Marketing Association will again be honoring the Best Publishing Web site of 2005. The deadline for entry is June 1, 2005.

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(PRWEB) April 5, 2005

The Web Marketing Association announces the call for entries for its 9th annual international WebAward Competition (http://www.2005webaward.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 publishing industry is a significant category in the WebAward competition, and the Web Marketing Association will again be honoring the Best Publishing Web site of 2005. The deadline for entry is June 1, 2005.

“The publishing industry is very competitive when it comes to Web development and companies can benefit from the independent evaluation of their efforts that the award judges provide,” said William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association. “That is the goal of the WebAward Competition - to provide a forum to recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing some of the most effective websites on the Net today. Winning a WebAward also provides a great opportunity to market your success to the outside world.”

Here are some of the past WebAward winners in media related categories:

Best Publishing Website

  • 2004 Washington Post New Homes Guide Website
  • 2003 AAC&U Web Site
  • 2002 International Data Group
  • 2001 Anne Geddes Official Website

Best News Website

  • 2004 CNET News.com
  • 2003 ABCNEWS.com
  • 2002 The Wall Street Journal Online
  • 2001 PBS Online NewsHour

Best E-zine Website

2004 Health Expressions

2003 Symantec Executive Security Center

2002 The Business Strategies and Solutions Web site

2001 Fast Company Online

Best Newspaper Website

  • 2004 Christian Science Monitor
  • 2003 The Wall Street Journal Online
  • 2002 The Wall Street Journal Online
  • 2001 Arkansas Business Online

Best Magazine Website

  • 2004 Saudi Aramco World
  • 2003 American Baby.com
  • 2002 The Business Strategies and Solutions Web site
  • 2001 usnews.com

A complete list of past winners and the entry for companies who wish to compete for 2005 honors can be found at http://publishing.webaward.org

Web sites are judged on design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, navigation and ease of use. Each WebAward entry is judged against other entries in the category and then against an overall standard of excellence. The Best of Industry WebAward, a handsome plaque with the image of the winning site embossed, will be given in each of the more than 90 industry categories, including financial services, small business, travel, advertising, transportation, and healthcare.

The competition’s highest honor, the 2005 WebAward Best of Show, will be given to the one site that the judges believe represents outstanding achievement in Web development. Last year’s Best of Show winner was Arc Worldwide for their work on Behr Paint Interactive. (http://www.behr.com)

The Web Marketing Association will also recognize the interactive agency winning the most awards in the competition with the Top Interactive Agency WebAward. The 2004 Top Agency award was presented to Arnold Worldwide for their outstanding achievements in Web site development.

Judging for the WebAwards will take place in July and August, and winners will be announced in September, 2005. Judges will consist of a select group of Internet professionals who have direct experience designing and managing corporate web sites –including members of the media, advertising executives, site designers, content providers and webmasters – with an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in Web site design and technology. Past Web Marketing Association WebAward competition judges have included top executives from leading corporations, institutions and media organizations such as Ogilvy Interactive, Saatchi & Saatchi, Blattner Brunner, Comedy Central, Sun Microsystems, Refinery, Euro RSCG, EPB Interactive, New York Post Interactive, The Cincinnati Enquirer, J. Walter Thompson, Xerox, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Modem Media, Answerthink, and Zentropy Partners.

The 2005 WebAwards are sponsored by Burst! Media, PRWeb, Burrelle’s/Luce, O’Dwyer’s PR Daily, NewsUSA, Small Army Creative Services, Perseus Software, Line56 Media, OddCast and AdTools, Inc.

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 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 ninth year, the WebAward Competition has become the premier award event for Web developers and marketers worldwide.

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