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The Web Marketing Association judges will select the best online apps of 2011 in 86 industries as part of their 9th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards. The IAC Awards are the first and only industry-based advertising award competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising. Companies or agencies wishing to nominate their work for consideration may do so at http://www.IACAward.org before the deadline of January 28, 2011.

“Online apps are an effective advertising tool to build brand awareness and engage consumers where ever they may be,” said William Rice, president of the Web Marketing Association. “The IAC Awards provides an opportunity to show the world your expertise in this emerging field. It’s also a great marketing opportunity for the winners to promote their work to senior management, customers and prospects”.

The 2011 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are open to all organizations and individuals (advertising and interactive agencies, corporate marketing departments, etc.) involved in the process of developing Internet advertising. Entries may be submitted online at http://www.iacaward.org. The deadline for entry is January 29, 2010 and will be judged on creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, and use of the medium.
In addition to online apps, IAC Awards will be presented within each of the industry categories and advertising formats such as:

Social Media (New for 2011)
Web sites (including microsites and landing pages)
Online ads (including banner, pop-up or interstitial)
Rich media ads
Email message campaign
Online newsletter campaign
Mobile apps and websites
Integrated ad campaign
Online Video
Ads the client did not choose

Industries represented in the 2011 IAC Awards include the following: advertising, advocacy, airline, application service provider, arts, associations, auction, automobile, b2b, bank, beverage, biotechnology, broadcasting, brokerage, catalog, computer hardware, computer retailer, computer software, construction, consulting, consumer goods, credit union, design, directory or search engine, diversified business, education, email, employment, energy, entertainment, environmental, events, e-zine, faith-based, family, financial services, food industry, game site, general interest, government, health care, home building, hotel and lodging, information services, institutional services, insurance, interactive services, international business, internet service provider, intranet, investor relations, investment, legal, leisure, magazine, marketing, manufacturing, media, medical, military, movie, music, mutual fund, news, newspaper, non-profit, other, pharmaceuticals, portal, professional services, public relations, publishing, radio, real estate, regional, restaurant, retail, school, shopping, small business, social network, sports, telecommunication, toy & hobby, transportation, travel and university.

“We believe that winning an industry specific award is more valuable to the participant. It allows the participants to be judges against their peers, just like in the marketplace,” said Rice.

Best of show award for each format will be selected from among the industry winners. Ads eligible for entry in the competition must have run during the period from January 1, 2010 through January 28, 2011 (except for the Ads the client did not choose format which do not have to have run.)

The 2010 Best of Show for Interactive Applications went to Biggs|Gilmore for Gliders which also won Best Food Industry Interactive Application.

Other top winners in 2010 Interactive Application format include:

One Shot to Get the Shot won Best Advertising Interactive application, Best Design Interactive application, Best Intranet Interactive application, Best Marketing Interactive application, Best Photography Interactive application and Best Social Network Interactive application for Second Thought, Inc
Show Your Nokia Some Love won Best Application Service Provider Interactive application for Wunderman New York
MBNA Credit Card Selector won Best Bank Interactive application for BlueRush Digital Media
IBM Unified Communications Business Value Tool won Best Computer: Software Interactive application for Leopard Communications
Fight the Bad Guy won Best Construction Interactive application for Armchair Media
Profilo Ramadan Calendar won Best Consumer Goods Interactive application for adinteractive
T-Mobile Careers Facebook won Best Employment Interactive application for TMP Worldwide, Inc.
Snow Mountain Park Tube Run won Best Family Interactive application for Aristotle Interactive
Roth IRA Conversion Calculator won Best Financial Services Interactive application for John Hancock Funds
Apple Jacks Gliders won Best Food Industry Interactive application and Best of Show Interactive application for Biggs|Gilmore
C.O.P. The Pursuit Advergame won Best Game Site Interactive application for Liquid Advertising
Blue Shield of California Ratings & Review Website won Best Healthcare Provider Interactive application for Blue Shield of California
Web Booking Engine For HPL Hotels & Resorts won Best Hotel and Lodging Interactive application for Fastbooking
MetLife Term Life Instant Quote Tool won Best Insurance Interactive application MetLife for Global Brand and Marketing Services
Elvis Presley Enterprises - Elvis Backstage won Best Leisure Interactive application for Aristotle Interactive
Give It A Ponder won Best Mobile Interactive application for Y&R New York
Muscular Dystrophy Landing Page won Best Non-Profit Interactive application for Smith Roberts Creative Communications
IMMUNITY-FX Live Healthy Quiz won Best Pharmaceuticals Interactive application for BlueRush Digital Media
Wendy's Ice Patty Hockey won Best Restaurant Interactive application for The Kaplan Thaler Group
TWCBC Teleworker Calculator Tool won Best Telecommunication Interactive application for Northridge
I Can Be Barbie Dress-Up application won Best Toy & Hobby Interactive application for Mattel & Smashing Ideas
My Disney Video Planner won Best Travel Interactive application for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Online

Judging for the IAC Awards will take place in February, 2011, and winners will be notified by e-mail one week prior to the general announcement of winners in March, 2011. Judges will consist of a select group of Internet advertising professionals with an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in Web advertising. Past competition judges have included top executives from leading corporations, institutions and media organizations such as J. Walter Thompson, Blattner Brunner, Ogilvy Interactive, Comedy Central, National Cable & Telecom Association, Sun Microsystems, Refinery, Euro RSCG, New York Post Interactive, EPB Interactive, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Xerox, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Modem Media, and Answerthink.

The 2011 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are sponsored by ExactTarget, ad:tech conferences, BGT Partners, Burst Media, PR Newswire, AllBusiness, Search Engine Strategies, Internet World UK, Webmaster Radio, and Website Magazine. The Web Marketing Association thanks all of its sponsors for helping to make this annual competition possible.

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