Web Marketing Association Extends Call for Entries for 2005 Interactive Investor Relations Awards

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The Web Marketing Association today announced an extension of the Call for Entry period for the 2005 Interactive Investor Relations Awards honoring excellence in online investor relations practices. Agencies and public companies who wish to enter into the competition to receive recognition for their IR efforts now have until midnight on April 15, 2005 to do so. Entries may be submitted at http://www.IIRawards.org.

The Web Marketing Association announced an extension of the Call for Entry period for the 2005 Interactive Investor Relations Awards honoring excellence in online investor relations practices. Agencies and public companies who wish to enter IR Web sites into the competition to receive recognition for their IR efforts and feedback from competition judges now have until midnight on April 15, 2005 to do so. Entries may be submitted at http://www.IIRaward.org.

“We realize that March is a very busy month for IR professionals, with quarter-end reporting and annual reports on press. By extending the deadline into April, we hope to reduce some of the pressure on IR officers at this hectic time and provide them with an additional opportunity to submit their Web sites for evaluation,” said William Rice, founder and president of the Web Marketing Association.

The Web Marketing Association, in partnership with the Wealth Management News Service, is hosting the second annual IIR Awards, in which companies compete with peers within more than 60 industry categories as well as against an overall standard of excellence. Both large and small companies were among the winners of the 2004 IIR Awards, including The Bank of Montreal (Best of Show), Coca-Cola, CVS, eBay, Mattel and GM.

Sponsors of the interactive Investor Relations Awards include Barron’s and The Wall Street Journal Online, The American Stock Exchange, Google, Burrelle’s Luce, O’Dwyer’s PR Daily, TheStreet.com, MyStockFund and Small Army.

Entries, accepted from the agency or the client, must reflect the investor relations portion of the corporate Web site. Submission specifications, attached, along with Official Call for Entry Forms, can be accessed on the interactive Investor Relations Awards Web site at http://www.IIRawards.org.

The Wealth Management News Services (WMNS) provides expert commentary and ideas to the financial media. WMNS content is also featured on wealthadvisor.com, a Web site available to high-net-worth financial advisors. Corporate members of the Wealth Management News Service include highly regarded asset management firms and financial advisors.

The Web Marketing Association (WMA) was founded in Boston in 1997 and is dedicated to recognizing the professional standards of excellence in Web development. Members are advertising, marketing, investor relations, public relations and Web professionals who share an interest in improving the quality of Web communications. Since its inception, the WMA has set the standard of excellence for overall Web site development with the annual WebAward Competition (http://www.webaward.org), a premier annual event for Web developers and marketers.

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