West Simsbury, CT (PRWEB) April 3, 2007
The Web Marketing Association, host of leading web site awards competition WebAwards, released the Internet Standards Assessment Report (ISAR) to help the E-Zine 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. "While the best E-zines rely on edge content and printing news faster than traditional news media or willing to writing about topics not one else would touch, this form of media has been overshadowed in recent years by the explosion of blogs."
The WebAwards competition judges E-zine web sites on seven criteria that combined create award-winning web sites:
- Ease of use
E-zine web sites have under performed the overall standard of Web excellence in eight of the nine years it has been included in the WebAwards.
Because of their one-way flow of information, E-zines score fifth lowest in interactivity across all industries judged.
According to the ISAR study, design and innovation are E-Zine web sites' stronger points. They tend to have the lowest scores for content, technology, copywriting and ease of use.
The 2006 WebAward for best E-Zine web site went to the National Geographic's Gospel of Judas.
Other past winners include:
- 2005 Hong Kong Tourism Board & ICLP, Greater China
- 2004 Bridge Worldwide
- 2003 Symantec Corporation
- 2002 Cisco Systems
A complete list of past winners can be found at e-zine.webaward.org
Companies and organizations wishing to have their E-Zine 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 http://www.07webaward.org.
To request your copy of the 2007 WebAward ISAR report, please visit: http://www.webaward.org/isar_report.asp
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 E-Zine industry represents an important category in the WebAward competition, and the Web Marketing Association will again be honoring the Best E-Zine Web site of 2007. The deadline for entry is May 31, 2007 and the WebAward Web site is located at http://www.07webaward.org.
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 http://www.07webaward.org.