Trends for the Best Medical Equipment 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 Medical Equipment Web Design

WebAward.org - The Web Marketing Association, host of leading website awards competition WebAwards, released the 2009 Internet Standards Assessment Report (ISAR) to help the medical equipment 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. "Medical equipment websites need to move beyond the text and diagram based environment and push toward a more interactive and engaging design to keep visitors on their sites."

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

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

Joining the WebAwards in 2005 and new to the ISAR study last year, is the Medical Equipment industry. The industry debuted with a strong performance and then flip flopped to a dismal showing in 2006. It battled back to match the index in 2007 and then back down again in 2008.The significant underperformance in 2006 and 2008 resulted in underperformance in each of the criteria compared to the overall benchmarks.

The 2008 WebAward for Best Medical Equipment Web site went to Greater Than One for Guardian REAL-Time Glucose Monitor Tutorial.

Other past winners include:

  • 2007 Small Army for Cynosure Corporate Web Site
  • 2006 Guidant Corporation for Guidant.com
  • 2005 Roche Diagnostics for MyLabOnline

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

Companies and organizations wishing to have their marketing 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 will soon be 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 medical equipment industry represents an important category in the WebAward competition, and the Web Marketing Association will again be honoring the Best Medical Equipment 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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