Best Real Estate Websites 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 Real Estate Web Design

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

WebAward.org. The Web Marketing Association, host of leading website awards competition WebAwards, released the 2009 Internet Standards Assessment Report (ISAR) to help the real estate industry 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. "Real Estate websites often focus too much on listings and not enough on the other additional factors that influence purchasing decisions like community, schools and local offerings. Those who do are ahead of the curve."

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

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

Real estate Web sites have underperformed the ISAR index for the past six consecutive years. Prior to 2003, real estate sites were mixed with a see-saw like
performance history. Because of the five year trend of sub par performance, real estate sites fell below the 5-year criteria benchmark averages in all areas. As an
industry, they score highest in content, copywriting, and ease of use and lowest in innovation and technology.

The 2008 WebAward for Best Real Estate Website went to Empire Group Inc. for Elizabeth Lofts.

Other past winners include:

  • 2007 Bonita Bay Group for Verandah Website
  • 2006 Kinesis Marketing for coldwellbanker.com
  • 2005 Coldwell Banker Real Estate for coldwellbankerpreviews.com
  • 2004 The Wall Street Journal for RealEstateJournal.com
  • 2003 The Corcoran Group for Corcoran.com
  • 2002 Wall Street Journal for RealEstateJournal.com

A complete list of past winners can be found at realestate.webaward.org

Companies and organizations wishing to have their real estate 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 WebAward.org.

To request your copy of the 2009 WebAward ISAR report, please visit: WebAward.org.

The Internet Standards Assessment report and the 2009 WebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: Burst Media, B2B Magazine, BGT Partners, PRWeb, AllBusiness, ExactTarget, ad:tech conferences, NewsUSA, Microsoft PhizzPop, Internet World, AllBusiness, Search Engine Strategies, Webmaster Radio, Rovion, and Website Magazine.

2009 WebAward Call for Entries
The Web Marketing Association is now accepting entries into its 13th 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 real estate industry represents an important category in the WebAward competition, and the Web Marketing Association will again be honoring the Best Real Estate Web site of 2009. The deadline for entry is May 29, 2009 and the WebAward Web site is located at WebAward.org.

About the WebAwards
Now in its 13th 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 WebAward.org.

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