Web Marketing Association Names Best University Web Sites in 2006 WebAward Competition

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Best Web Sites Announced in 10th Annual WebAward Competition covering 96 Industries including Higher Education

http://www.webaward.org - The Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the University named Best of Industry Winner for the 10th annual international WebAward Competition, the Internet’s premier Web site award competition.

Higher Education websites represent a unique category in the WebAward competition. University sites have to be at the top of website design, technology and ease of use in order to attract prospective students to their institution.

“Web sites play an extremely important role within universities,” said William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association. “Not only do they have to attract potential students but they also have to satisfy the faculty, staff and incredibly Internet savvy student body.”

University websites entered in the WebAward competition are judged on the following seven criteria:

  •     Design
  •     Innovation
  •     Content
  •     Technology
  •     Interactivity
  •     Copy writing
  •     Ease of use

The overarching goal of the WebAward Competition is to provide a forum to recognize those people and organizations that develop and maintain the top website designs in the field of higher education.

This year’s best web sites along with past University WebAward winners in investment are:

Best University Website

2006 The Road to Xavier - roadto.xavier.edu

2005 San Diego State University Timeline - http://www.sdsumonth.com/timeline/index.html
2004 School of Visual Arts Website – http://www.schoolofvisualarts.edu/
2003 Chestnut Hill College Admissions Site - http://www.chc.edu/

A complete list of past winners and present WebAward winners can be found at http://university.webaward.org.

The WebAward competition awards web sites in 96 industries as well as determining overall web site awards including Best of Show.

The 2006 Best of Show WebAward was presented to New York-based Big Spaceship (http://www.bigspaceship.com), for its outstanding work on the "TBS: Department of Humor Analysis" web site at http://www.tbshumorstudy.com. Big Spaceship joined forces with Mother Interactive to turn their very silly questionnaire into an addictive, fully interactive web site.

R/GA (http://www.rga.com) was named Top Agency at the 2006 WebAward Competition, taking home 19 WebAwards.

The 2006 WebAward Competition sponsors include:

BURST! Media (http://www.burstmedia.com)

Misukanis & Odden (http://www.misukanisodden.com)

SimpleFeed (http://www.simplefeed.com)

Register.com (http://www.register.com)

NewsUSA (http://www.newsusa.com)

AdTools Inc(http://www.adtoolsinc.com.)

Small Army (http://www.smallarmy.net)

TopRank Online Marketing (http://www.toprankresults.com)

Creative Chocolate Printing Company (http://www.creativechocolateprinting.com)

Perseus Development Corp (http://www.perseus.com)

PRWeb (http://www.prweb.com)

Media Sponsors include:

Website Services Magazine (http://www.websiteservices.com)

AdRants (http://www.adrants)

MarketingVox (http://www.marketingvox.com)

MediaPost (http://www.wediapost.com)

eComXpo (http://www.ecomxpo.com)

Ad:Tech (http://www.ad-tech.com)

Macworld (http://www.macworldexpo.com)

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 is 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 Website development and marketing on the Internet.

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.

Learn more at http://www.webward.org

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