The Internet Advertising Competition Awards FrontGateMedia.com as Best Faith-based Website in the Advertising Industry

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The first and only award competition dedicated exclusively to honoring online advertising, the IAC Awards spotlights creativity and excellence in online advertising. After the evaluation of websites by their independent expert judges, FrontGate Media and designer KMWeb Designs have honored http://FrontGateMedia.com with the Crystal Statue for “Best Faith-based Website.”

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FrontGate Media’s work obviously impressed our panel of professional judges to achieve this honor, and ranks alongside other Best Website category winners as the top of their industry. - William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association.

Now in its 11th year, the Web Marketing Association’s Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) is recognized as the premier industry based Website Award program in the world. After the evaluation of websites by their independent expert judges, FrontGate Media and designer KMWeb Designs have been honored as “Best Faith-based Website” for http://FrontGateMedia.com.

The FrontGate Media website features key channels including Audiences, Media Kits, Services, Purpose, Affiliations, and Latest News. Extensive sub-channels provide Marketing Directors and Media Buyers seeking the faith-based audience with access to a wealth of information including audience targeting, extensive media kit information and pricing; services that include public relations, social media and apparel development; faith-based marketing tips, and extensive news including the official archive for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA,) Philanthropic and Advisory Board affiliations and more.

“The International Advertising Competition’s Best Website Award is an exclusive annual award given to one and only one site which is the absolute best entry in their category. FrontGate Media’s work obviously impressed our panel of professional judges to achieve this honor, and ranks alongside other Best Website category winners as the top of their industry.” states William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association.

FrontGate Media received the award alongside other best of industry brands to win in 2013 including VML for “Revlon Expression Experiment”, TVGia for “Ted Movie Online Advertising”, McCann Digital for “Donate with Style”, the RED Interactive Agency for “Battleship: Destroyer Experience,” and The Studio at Conde Nast for “Samsung Unleash Your Creativity”. Biggs|Gilmore was recognized with the 2013 Top Agency Award.

This award follows on the heels of FrontGate’s award-winning status in the 2012 WebAwards in September, where the firm was awarded the Standard of Excellence recognition in both the Marketing and Faith-based WebAward categories.

“We are very excited to receive the top recognition from the Web Marketing Association’s IAC,” states FrontGate Media president Scott A. Shuford. “It is very exciting to be able to focus the advertising industry’s attention on the Christian audience we deliver through this award.”

Entries were critiqued in 96 industry categories and 9 online formats including online ad, video, mobile, newsletter, email and social media. During this year's competition, entries were judged on design, copy writing, innovation, content, interactivity, navigation, and use of technology. A complete list of the winning sites can be found at the IAC web site at http://www.iacaward.org.

Established in 2001, FrontGate Media is the leading culture-engaged media group & marketing service reaching the faith-based audience which represents $4.6 billion worth of Christian products purchased by consumers annually according to USA Today, and the only media group founded for the purpose of marketing rather than content publishing. This foundational focus on marketing has made FrontGate a leader for innovation in reaching the faith-based audience.

FrontGate’s ad network provides reach to more than 10 million people and 6 million email subscribers. The group includes the leading faith-based audience sites in their categories including ChristianCinema.com, NewReleaseTuesday.com, iTickets.com, ProjectInspired.com, Rapzilla.com, WashingtonTimes.com, WorshipTogether.com, and more. In addition, the firm’s Audience Delivery Services include strategy and execution for Public Relations, Social Media, Media Buying, Global Pay Per Click campaigns and Merch Development.

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