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WEST SIMSBURY, CT, April 23, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Web Marketing Association announces the call for entries for its 13th annual international WebAward Competition for Web site development at Web Award Web site. The WebAwards is the standards-defining competition that sets benchmarks for 96 industries, including Government web sites, based on the seven criteria of a successful Web site. The deadline for Government web sites to enter to be judged is May 29, 2009.
"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. "Government web sites need to balance the appearance of fiscal responsibility with the goals of the Web project. The best Government Web sites do not appear to be created by committee."
Web sites are judged on seven criteria including design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copy writing and ease of use. Each WebAward entry in the government category is judged against other government entries and then against an overall standard of excellence.
All entrants benefit from receiving valuable feedback in terms of their specific scores compared against the average scores for their industry. They also may receive specific comments from the WebAward's professional judging panel on their Web site development efforts.
Winners of a WebAward in the government category will also receive:
• Image plaque or certificate of achievement
• Increased visibility for their company
• Marketing opportunity to promote the company website to the media
• Links to your site from the highly ranked WebAward site to help SEO
• Admiration of peers, friends and co-workers
Each year the Web Marketing Association names the Best Government Website based on the scores submitted by the competition judges. Recent winners of the Best Government Web site include:
2008 Ektron for City of Frisco Texas
2007 Zugara for Do Something Amazing
2006 National Library of Scotland for National Library of Scotland
2005 U.S. Postal Service for Postage Rate Calculator
2004 Batiz.com, Inc. for Drive Clean
A complete list of past winners and the entry form for companies who wish to compete for 2009 honors can be found at the Best Government Web site page.
Using the quantifiable data collected from more than 23,600 Web site evaluations over the past decade, the WebAwards has defined and recognized industry-specific benchmarks for successful Web sites in each of the seven judging criteria and released an Internet Standards Assessment Report to detail the findings of the study. A copy of the 2009 Internet Standards Assessment Report, including details regarding the government industry, will be provided to all participants.
The 2009 WebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: Burst Media, B2B Magazine, AllBusiness, Small Army, ExactTarget, ad:tech conferences, NewsUSA, Microsoft PhizzPop, Internet World UK, Search Engine Strategies, Webmaster Radio, Rovion, Website Magazine and 24-7pressrelease.com..
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 www.TheWebAwards.org.
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