Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Top Ten reasons why you should enter 2009 WebAwards

Top Ten reasons why you should enter your website into the 2009 WebAwards

10) If you wait until after the May 31st deadline, you'll have to pay a late fee.

9) Your mom will be so proud of you when you win.

8) You will receive important benchmark data for your entire industry and where your site ranks in each of the seven judging criteria.

7) Think of the PR opportunities - industry publications, blogs, websites, by-lined articles, podcasts, press releases, interviews - the sky is the limit.

6) A best of industry plaque containing your award winning site will look great on the wall in your office.

5) The WebAward logo on your site is like receiving the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" for Web development. Your clients and prospects will be impressed at your independent industry recognition.

4) If you don't win, we won't tell anyone - and you still get the feedback.

3) An inbound link from webaward.org will help your site's search engine rankings because you will surrounded by other top sites in your industry - something you just can't buy!

2) A Webaward looks impressive on your resume - just in case...

1) Winning a WebAward will help you keep more of your budget from the bean counters in Finance. They like measurable results and nothing demonstrates excellence better than winning a WebAward!

Winning accolades in the 2009 WebAwards - the Internet's premier award recognition program, is a great way to stand out from others in your industry. But you won't get anything if you don't enter! Time is running out so enter today!

Entering is easy. Simply create a nominator account or log into an existing account from past years. This password protected area will allow you to enter multiple sites, edit the information up to when the judging begins and receive updates, results and feedback on your entries throughout the competition.

Get WebAward insider tips on Webmaster Radio

WebmasterRadio.FM, the premier free, 24/7 Internet business radio network focused on the B2B marketplace is pleased to present a half hour interview with the president of the Web Marketing Association, Bill Rice and two judges of the annual WebAward, David Clarke and Steve Plunkett The interview provides the inside scoop on the 2009 WebAwards, its judges and scoring system with three experienced participants in the annual award competition, Bill Rice, David Clarke and Steve Plunkett. During the interview, Rice, Clarke and Plunkett outline what judges are looking for, how scoring of competing sites takes place and the benefits of participation for both competitors and judges.

The show will initially air on www.WebmasterRadio.fm on Wednesday May 13th at 5:00 pm EST and then be available online in the Specials channel.

Trade Show Drawings

In the last issue of Interactive Briefing, we made available a number of leading conferences in a drawing we held. By all accounts each of the conferences were extremely interesting and great networking opportunities. Here are the winners who received full conference passes.

ad:tech San Francisco - Carly Helgeson, Project Manager, The Clorox Company
Voices That Matter: Web Design Conference - Adam Kleinberg, CEO, Traction
DPAC III - Levi McConnell, Director of Interactive, PACE Advertising/WPP
Social Media Summit - Laura Buchanan, Organic Inc.

Look for more opportunities to attend top industry conferences by reading Interactive Briefing!

24-7 PressRelease.com

Our newest sponor, 24-7PressRelease.com has created a special offer for Interactive Briefing readers. Next time you have a news release you want posted to the Internet, go to www.24-7pressrelease.com, create an account and upload your release. Use the coupon code "webaward2009" to receive a $20 discount off our $89 package.

A special thanks to 24-7 Press Release for doing a great job distributing the Web Marketing Association's releases and for this special offer!

We still Need Your Help

We need your help in spreading the news about our WebAward call for entry to other Internet Professionals. The Web Marketing Association is a volunteer organization and our greatest marketing asset is you, our newsletter readers.

You can help by:

Emailing other professionals or site owners and ask them to participate in the WebAwards.

Blog about the WebAwards. Either on your blog or industry blogs, write about our call for entry or your experiences with the WebAwards. You can point them to our blog posting for the Call for Entry.

Post our link on your Facebook Wall and/or LinkedIn profile. It let's your friends and colleagues know you're a leader in the online marketing community. When you see a post, let everyone one know you like it.

Tell others within your organization. It is difficult to maintain contact with past participants via email. People change responsibilities, email addresses change and companies merge. Make sure the correct people within your organization, including offices in other cities know about the WebAwards. The more awards your organization wins, the more recognition you will receive.

There are only a few weeks left to enter, but with your help we can have the most successful WebAward competition ever!

Bill Rice
Web Marketing Association

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