Best B2B Website Trends Detailed in New Report from the Web Marketing Association

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Updated 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 B2B Web Design

webaward08.org - The Web Marketing Association, host of leading website awards competition WebAwards, released the Internet Standards Assessment Report (ISAR) to help the business to business (B2B) industry learn to create more effective and engaging websites.

"As the standard of excellence for websites continues to increase, consumers (and WebAward judges) are increasingly picky about what they consider to be an effective website," said William Rice, president of the Web Marketing Association, Inc. "The best B2B Websites are more than just online product brochures. They are sophisticated sales tools that use multimedia embedded into the Web pages to build a relationship with potential and existing customers."

The WebAwards competition judges B2B websites on seven criteria that combined create award-winning websites:

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

B2B websites have generally lagged the overall ISAR Index four out of the five years analyzed.

According to the ISAR study, content, copywriting, and ease of use are the B2B website's strong points. They tend to have the lowest scores for innovation and use of technology.

The 2007 WebAward for Best B2B website went to IQ Interactive for UPS Whiteboard.

Other past winners include:

  • 2006 Luckie and Company for Bottlerocket Post
  • 2005 WORX Multimedia GmbH for Signity - Inspiration, Innovation, Information
  • 2004 Universal Studios CPG for Universal Studios Consumer Products Group
  • 2003 Veer for Veer web site

Companies and organizations wishing to have their B2B Web site evaluated against the ISAR Index and be considered for a WebAward, which can help boost a Website's credibility and marketing efforts, can learn more at webaward08.org.

To request your copy of the 2008 WebAward ISAR report, please visit: webaward08.org and click on the ISAR text link.

The Internet Standards Assessment report and the 2008 WebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: Burst Media, PRWeb, AllBusiness, Misukanis & Odden, Small Army, ExactTarget, ad:tech conferences, NewsUSA, MediaPost's OMMA conference, TopRank Online Marketing, Creative Chocolate Printing Company, PhizzPop, Internet World UK, Search Engine Strategies, Webmaster Radio, Rovion's InPerson, Snap Shots and Website Magazine.

2008 WebAward Call for Entries

The Web Marketing Association is now accepting entries into its 12th 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 B2B industry represents an important category in the WebAward competition, and the Web Marketing Association will again be honoring the Best B2B Web site of 2008. The deadline for entry is May 31, 2008 and the WebAward Web site is located at webaward08.org.

About the WebAwards

Now in its 12th 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 webaward08.org.

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