Northridge Interactive Nabs Top Awards from International WebAwards Competition

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The Web Marketing Association named Northridge Interactive and two Northridge clients among recipients of the prestigious 2008 WebAwards. The WebAwards were presented to Northridge clients Lakehouse Coffee for Outstanding Website Design in the highly competitive Beverage Category, and to Whirl Helicopter for Standard of Excellence in the Small Business Category.

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Northridge Interactive, the interactive design and marketing division of Northridge, is pleased to announce that today the Web Marketing Association named Northridge Interactive and two Northridge clients as recipients of 2008 WebAwards. The WebAwards were presented to Northridge clients Lakehouse Coffee for Outstanding Website Design in the highly competitive Beverage Category, and to Whirl Helicopter for Standard of Excellence in the Small Business Category.

Founded by the Web Marketing Association in 1997, the WebAwards is the premier annual website award competition that names the best websites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development. The WebAwards uses a set of seven ranking criteria which are design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, navigation and ease of use. Both the Lakehouse Coffee and Whirl Helicopter websites surpassed their respective Industry and WebAward averages, excelling in design, innovation and interactivity.

The Outstanding Website Award, awarded to Lakehouse Coffee, recognizes outstanding work above and beyond the standard of excellence. This year, there were only eight Outstanding Websites recognized from a very large pool of entries in the Beverage Category. In addition to Lakehouse Coffee, 2008 Beverage Category WebAward winners included some of the largest consumer goods companies in the world such as Anheuser- Busch, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Dr Pepper Snapple, Procter & Gamble, Red Bull, and SABMiller. Excerpts from this year's judges' comments on the Lakehouse Coffee website include the following: "definitely one of the best entries I've seen in this competition", "very engaging homepage that evokes a romantic brand essence", and "great use of interactivity."

The Standard of Excellence Award, awarded to Whirl Helicopter, is described by the Web Marketing Association as recognizing the standard of excellence for which all websites should strive. This marks the second consecutive year Northridge Interactive has received the Standard of Excellence recognition for its client work.

"We are thrilled to again have our work recognized by the Web Marketing Association and our industry peers responsible for judging the WebAwards this year," said Stephen Love, Northridge Interactive Group President. "Most exciting is to be able to have our work for Lakehouse recognized at such a high level and be in the company of Fortune 500 brand websites. It is a validation of our focus in working with our clients to think big, but execute intelligently!"

About Northridge Interactive
Northridge Interactive (http://www.northridgeinteractive.com)] is the interactive marketing and design division of Northridge. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Northridge Interactive provides an array of services including interactive strategy consulting, branding, web design, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) user interface design, e-newsletter design, Flash and Silverlight interactive applications, and search engine marketing (organic optimization and pay-per-click).

About Northridge
Northridge (http://www.northridge.com)], is a privately held professional services firm focused on delivering high-caliber technology consulting and managed services on the Microsoft platform. Founded in 1999, Northridge is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and one of the leading Microsoft partners in the Southeast. The company delivers value-added services in the areas of Business Intelligence (BI), Corporate Portals, Custom Development, and IT Infrastructure. Northridge is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and provides services to clients throughout the United States.

Northridge's clients range from well-established firms to Global 2000 companies and include industry-leaders such as Acuity Brands, Allstate, Atlanta Gas Light, CARE, Carter Real Estate, Cousins Properties, FootSmart, Georgia Pacific, Gold Kist, Harry Norman Realtors, Johnson Industries, Naturally Fresh, Newell Rubbermaid, ReMax, The Athlete's Foot, Time Warner Cable, TitleMax, Trout Unlimited, SCANA Energy, Smithsonian Institution, and W.C. Bradley.

In assisting clients to reach their business goals, Northridge leverages leading-edge Microsoft technologies including Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS), SQL Server, Microsoft .NET Framework, Windows Server, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF), and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).

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