Best Interactive Services Web Site Trends Detailed in New Report From the Web Marketing Association

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New Web Marketing Association' Internet Standards Assessment Report includes historical data derived from a decade of hosting Internet award competition, WebAwards, and provides best practices for interactive services web design.

The Web Marketing Association, host of leading web site awards competition WebAwards, released the Internet Standards Assessment Report (ISAR) to help the interactive services industry learn to create more effective and engaging web sites.

"As the standard of excellence for web sites continues to increase, consumers (and WebAward judges) are increasingly picky about what they consider to be an effective web site," said William Rice, president of the Web Marketing Association, Inc. "The best interactive services Web sites are showcases for what the Internet can offer users. They combine graphics, text, video and interactive applications to create a user experience for the target audience."

The WebAwards competition judges interactive services web sites on seven criteria that combined create award-winning web sites:

  • Design
  • Innovation
  • Content
  • Technology
  • Interactivity
  • Copywriting
  • Ease of use

After several years of outperforming the ISAR Index by a wide margin, Interactive Services Web sites have seen that gap narrow to slight out-performance.

According to the ISAR study, content and design are interactive services web sites' strong points and they have beaten the 3-year criteria average for the design, innovation, interactivity and use of technology criteria. They equaled the 3-year criteria average in terms of ease of use.

The 2006 WebAward for Best Interactive Services web site went to nurun I ant farm interactive for It's a Wonderful Internet

Other past winners include:

  • 2005 AgencyNet Interactive for
  • 2004 Quicksilver Associates for Seabourn Cruise Line
  • 2004 Arc Worldwide for Behr Paint (This site also won Best of Show)
  • 2003 Behr Interactive Marketing Team for Behr Paint

A complete list of past winners can be found at

Companies and organizations wishing to have their Interactive Services Web site evaluated against the ISAR Index and be considered for a WebAward, which can help boost a Web site's credibility and marketing efforts, can learn more at

To request your copy of the 2007 WebAward ISAR report, please visit:

The Internet Standards Assessment report and the 2007 WebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: Burst Media, PRWeb, Misukanis & Odden, Small Army, SimpleFeed, ExactTarget, ad:tech conferences, NewsUSA, eComXpo, MediaPost's OMMA conference, TopRank Online Marketing, Creative Chocolate Printing Company, OTOlabs, Internet World UK, Search Engine Strategies, Webmaster Radio, Rovion's InPerson and eMarketer.

2007 WebAward Call for Entries
The Web Marketing Association is now accepting entries into its 11th annual international WebAward Competition. The WebAwards is the standards-defining competition that sets industry benchmarks that the Internet Standards Assessment report is based upon. The interactive services industry represents an important category in the WebAward competition, and the Web Marketing Association will again be honoring the Best Interactive Services Web site of 2007. The deadline for entry is May 31, 2007 and the WebAward Web site is located at

About the WebAwards
Now in its 11th year, the annual international WebAwards competition sets the standard of excellence in 96 industry categories by evaluating Web sites and defining benchmarks based on the seven essential criteria of successful Web site development. The goal of the Web Marketing Association, sponsor of the WebAwards, is to provide a forum to recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing some of the most effective Web sites on the Internet today. Entrants benefit from a Web site assessment by a professional judging panel and the marketing opportunities presented to an award-winning Web site. For more information, visit


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