The 2012 Presidential election is being fiercely contested by Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama. Both candidates are using the Internet to help their campaigns woo voters, volunteers and campaign contributions. But who has the better Website?
Romney vs Obama Website Challenge
The Web Marketing Association has been judging Websites through their annual WebAward Competition for Website development since 1997. More than 27,000 site evaluations have been tabulated during that period and they took up the task of evaluating both candidates Websites.
During the second week of October 2012, 61 Internet Website experts, who serve as WebAward competition judges, reviewed both www.mittromney.com and www.barackobama.com using the same criteria used in the annual WebAwards program. The sites were judged side by side based on the seven criteria of a successful Website.
Here are the results:
Design - Asked "which Website has the most pleasing design?" 60.7% of the WebAward judges selected the Obama site over the 39.3% for Romney Website.
Innovation - Website innovation also went in favor of Barack Obama. By the same margin as design, the vast majority of WebAward judges (68.3%) thought the Obama Website seems more innovative, while only 31.7% favored Romney's.
Content - In terms of having the most appealing content, judges again selected the Obama Website over Mitt Romney's Website, although by a narrower margin than the first two criteria. 54.1% of the WebAward judges felt barackobama.com has more appealing content for visitors compared to 45.9% for mittromney.com. WebAward judges also found that the Obama Website is more effective for telling the candidate's story and attracting contributions and voters to its cause (55.9% Obama vs 44.1% Romney).
Ease of use - President Obama's Website was seen as easier to use by the WebAward judges than Govoner Romney’s. 63.3% selected barackobama.com as easier to use compared to 36.7% of WebAward judges who felt mittromney.com was easier.
Copywriting - It is obvious that both campaigns have excellent writers on staff. Neither Websites have any of the editing issues some large organizations can experience. However, the WebAward judges gave the advantage to the Obama site (62.7% over the Romney site 37.3%).
Interactivity - Interactivity makes a Website more than just an online billboard and both candidates were effective in giving visitors to their Websites plenty to see and do. Nevertheless, once again the WebAward judges gave the edge regarding interactivity to the Obama Website (70.7%) over the Romney Website (29.3%).
Technology - Use of technology is evident in both candidates' Websites, however, the clear favorite for the WebAward judges was barackobama.com winning 70.7% of the votes compared to mittromney.com with only 29.3% of the votes.
"Regardless of who you will be voting for in the next presidential election, Websites are going to play an ever increasingly important role in how candidates get their messages across to the American voters," said William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association "Based on the findings of this survey by some of the top Internet professionals available today, the Web Marketing Association names barackobama.com the winner of the Romney vs Obama Website Challenge. We wish both candidates the best of luck in their efforts to become the next President of the United States in the November election".
Impact of Voting Preference
When the WebAward judges were asked "If the election was to be held today. Which candidate would you be more likely to vote for?" 43.3% responded Barack Obama, 18.3% responded Mitt Romney, 5% voted neither and 16.7% reported that they are a non-US judge and can not vote for anyone in a US election.
When judges who plan to vote for either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama are removed from the tabulation, results still remain in favor of barackobama.com, although the margins narrow. The one difference is that for non-decided judges, Romney’s website is seen as being more effective in terms of content (63.4%) than Obama’s (36.6).
Specific comments from the judges can be seen on the Web Marketing Association Blog.
An email was sent to all past WebAward judges requesting that they participate in an online survey between October 10 and October 15, 2012. 61 WebAward judges agreed to participate in the project. They reviewed each site and completed the brief online survey.
Judges for the annual WebAward competition consist of a select group of Internet professionals who have direct experience designing and managing Web sites, including members of the media, interactive creative directors, site designers, content providers and webmasters. These WebAward judges have an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in Web site development and technology and they apply that knowledge to the entries they review. Past judges have included top executives from leading organizations such as Arc Worldwide, BGT Partners, Brunner Digital, Campbell-Ewald, CNN News Group, Deep Interactive Asia, Digitas, EuroRSCG 4D, Google, IBM Interactive, imc2, JWT, LeapFrog Interactive, Mass Transmit, McCann Worldgroup, Razorfish, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Tectis GmbH, TMP Worldwide, Universal McCann Interactive and Wunderman / Y&R.
About the WebAwards
The 16th annual international WebAwards competition for website development 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. The Web Marketing Association also hosts the Internet Advertising Competition Awards.
Recently, WMA President Bill Rice was interviewed by WebMasterRadio at the SES Conference in New York this year. He discusses why companies enter an award competition and how individuals can benefit from participating in the award programs?
The Web Marketing Association has partnered with SmartBrief to launch Web Marketing Association SmartBrief. It is a daily e-mail newsletter specifically designed to inform and provide our members with news and trends relating to the Web marketing industry. Click here to view the launch issue or to review issues in the WMA SmartBrief Archive.
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I need to vent right now about dealing with Facebook as a source for advertising.
The Web Marketing Association recently noticed a duplicate charge for advertising on Facebook and contacted AMEX to dispute the charge. Facebook promptly shut down the account access until the dispute was closed. All attempts to contact a live person at Facebook failed. All online options ask me to log into my ad manager account (which they have locked me out of).
If you ever wanted an example of bad customer service, look no farther than Facebook advertising. They tell you to go online to your ad manager account, but then they lock you out of it. No one to talk to keeps their costs low, but makes it impossible to resolve issues. It makes them look like they don't care about anything except growing there profits so they can go public.
Google and Bing are two advertising sources that I have dealt with on customer services issues and came away satisfied with the resolution. With Facebook Advertising, I can't even get an answer!
Attributes of Award Winning Websites - A study of the 2010 WebAward winners and what made them successful is a new study now available from the Web Marketing Association. Our goal is to provide the Web development community with insights into current industry trends by examining various aspects of websites selected as winners in the 2010 WebAward competition for website development and comparing them to those entries that were not selected as winners.
“We think this study will help give those developing websites important insights into industry development trends,” said William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association. “Since 2006, we have gathered demographic data on the sites entered. Whether you are in an agency or a corporate interactive marketing department, it is always difficult to benchmark your efforts and demonstrate to senior management and/or clients how your efforts compare. The results of this study will be one way to help accomplish that task.”
The study includes information on the following topics:
The study also examines specific website features including:
Email Mailing List
Use of Flash
Use of Audio and Video
Inclusion of Banner Ads
December is a time when we like to look back at the year and reflect on the successes of the past twelve months and be thankful for all that we have.
The Web Marketing Association would like to thank the hundreds of online marketing and development professionals that contributed their time and expertise to help organize and judge both the WebAwards and the IAC Awards. This group of individuals are industry leaders that are giving back to the Internet in an effort to improve the level of website development and online advertising for everyone. We thank then for their ongoing commitment and recognize that we could not produce such outstanding award programs without them.
We also would like to thank our corporate sponsors, many of which have been with us for many many years. Our sponsors are hand picked because of their leadership position in the world of online marketing. These companies support our programs by providing high value exposure to help drive traffic to our award programs. This year our sponsors include: BGT Partners, PR Newswire, AllBusiness, ExactTarget, ad:tech conferences, Internet World UK, Search Engine Strategies, Burst Media, Webmaster Radio, and Website Magazine.
Finally we would like to thank our award show participants - you trust us to judge your websites and online advertising fairly and without favoritism, with expert judges, and create an outstanding marketing opportunity for you when you win. For 14 years we have worked hard to develop an online system that gives everyone an equal opportunity to get recognized for their best work.
Starting on January first, we will be publishing insiders hints for increasing your chances to win a IAC Award this year. Each weekday during January the Web Marketing Association Facebook Page will feature ideas to improve your chances to win the recognition you deserve. Be sure to sign up now.
At the recent ad:tech conference in New York, Webmaster Radio Interviewed of William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association. He discussed how the organization was started and what it is doing today.
Click here to listen to the interview.
On October 22, 2010, please join us and wear a bald cap all day to show solidarity with cancer patients, raise awareness to effects of this devastating illness and raise money for charity. For a small fee ($15) you will receive your own bald cap, a tee-shirt and information on how you can help make a difference.
Bold, Be Bald! was created by Small Army for a Cause, a 501c3 organization founded by members of Small Army (an advertising, marketing and creative services agency) in Boston, Massachusetts. The organization was launched in honor of Mike Connell, co-founder and former Creative Principal of Small Army, who lost his battle with cancer in 2007. Mike was an active member of the WMA and he is missed by all who knew him.
Let’s face it – every Website on the Internet is a “marketing Website”. Whether it is a company trying to sell a product to a customer or a 15 year old high school girl trying to sell herself to her friends on MySpace, Websites are designed to promote a brand, product, person, company or idea to a global audience. And it works and works well. The question is then how to transform your B2B or B2C Website to rise above the rest and be worthy of recognition.
For almost a decade and a half, the Web Marketing Association has watched websites evolve and become important communication tools for marketing and commerce. Our WebAward competition for Website development has recorded more than 24,000 site reviews and recognized the best websites in 96 industries each year. Based on this award program research, here are four ways to make your website a more effective part of your online marketing efforts.
Focus on Content – Content is what people come looking for on your site. While every sites is different, straight information often does not always cut it any more. Users expect much more when they come to a Website looking for product information. They want to see links to manuals, customer testimonials or ratings, and virtual demos. Content today needs to be entertaining as much as it is informative. As browsers go mobile, be sure your content is suitable for mobile browsers and consider special content just for mobile visitors.
Make the Site Come Alive – People what to be entertained and use all of their senses when they come to a Website. The experience is what makes a lasting impression. Sound can be a powerful tool. I remember one WebAward winner that allowed you to click on difficult medical words to hear how they sound and to learn to pronounce them. Simple technology that provides a valuable experience can give a user the confidence needed to talk a medical provider on important personal issues.
Appropriate use of Flash can also add much to a site. 73% of last year’s WebAward winning sites used Flash to enhance the user experience. Flash can enhance navigation and be used to create outstanding3D product demos for products and virtual tours for restaurants and hotel Websites. At the same time, overuse can make a sites seem cluttered and overwhelming.
Personalize the Experience – Databases changed Websites from flat hard-coded html pages where everyone saw the same thing every time, to dynamic pages where everything is added on the fly based on the needs of the specific page at that time. This also allows Websites to know their customer better when they return. Amazon.com is a great example of this. Every time you return, you can see past searches and purchases as well as what other buyers of those products were interested in as well.
Be careful that personalization does not become a barrier. Some Website make it hard for me to return by not remembering my username and password. Security feature? Not to me it isn’t. It’s bad customer service that will end up having me find another site. Yes you can target offers to me if you know who I am, but if all you do is target me, then I’m likely to know it and move on.
Consistent Brand Experience – What consumers experience online should be complimentary to what you are trying to accomplish offline. All too often interactive developers loose focus of the brand intent when implementing the online brand strategy. Often silos between traditional advertising and interactive departments result in opportunities being missed. The Internet can help you target you brand messaging to a tighter audience, but the brand values must be consistent everywhere the consumer interacts with the brand.
Websites today are too important as a branding and sales tool to not spend the effort to make sure that you stay on the cutting edge within their industry. Remember everything is relative when it comes to website development. It does not matter what Mercedes is doing on their Website – unless you are BMW. Focus on what your competitors are doing and make sure you keep the needs of the customer as priority one. This will help you stay one step ahead and make sure your efforts put you in good light when a potential customer is choosing between you and your competition.
William Rice is President of the Web Marketing Association, sponsor of the annual international WebAward competition for Website development. Now in its 14th 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 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.webaward.org.
Congratulations to Becca Holder-Otte, Web Manager at Banner Health and Adrienne Knox, Director of Marketing at Briefings Media Group who are the winners of the free Conference Pass to Search Engine Strategies New York, March 23-25 from the Web Marketing Association.
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As 2009 comes to a close, the Web Marketing Association would like to thank everyone who helped make our annual award programs a success this year.
Our Award Show Participants - you trust us to judge your websites and online advertising fairly and without favoritism, with expert judges, and create an outstanding marketing opportunity for you when you win. For 13 years we have worked hard to develop an online system that gives everyone an equal opportunity to get recognized for their best work.
Our Award Judges - Our expert judges volunteer an incredible amount of expertise and effort in reviewing and analyzing thousands of entries each year. While personally rewarding in many ways, these individuals care about the state of online Web development and give back to the online advertising community.
Our Sponsors - Our sponsors are hand picked because of their leadership position in the world of online marketing. These companies support our programs by providing high value exposure to help drive traffic to our award programs. This year our sponsors include: BGT Partners, 24-7PressRelease.com, AllBusiness, ExactTarget, ad:tech conferences, Internet World UK, Search Engine Strategies, Burst Media, Webmaster Radio, Rovion and Website Magazine.
Our Volunteers - The Web Marketing Association is a volunteer organization and it is the dedication of those who give back to the online marketing community. The individuals who help us promote the awards, judge the entries, coordinate award delivery, blog about the awards and all of the other things that get done to make these programs a success for the past 13 years.
As we begin our 14th year, we promise to you that we will continue to improve our award programs, provide unbiased evaluations of your entries and recognize the best Web sites and online advertising each year in our WebAward and IAC Awards programs.
P.P.S. We are looking for additional online marketing professionals who can serve as IAC Award judges this year. If you think you have want it takes to be a judge, please complete the Online Judges Nomination Form.
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The Web Marketing Association is based in Connecticut and does not have anything to do with this or any "merchandise claim notification"
As for vehicle entitlement requiring a redemption fee of $47.97 - two things come to mind. First you get what you pay for and I don't know what vehicle you can expect for $47.97. Second, if it sounds to good to be true....
The 2008 Presidential election is being fiercely contested by Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama. Both candidates are using the Internet to help their campaigns woo volunteers and campaign contributions. But who has the better Website?
The Web Marketing Association has been judging Websites through their annual WebAward Competition for Website development since 1997. More than 18,000 site evaluations have been tabulated during that period and they took up the task of evaluating both candidates Websites.
During the first week of October 2008, 110 Internet Website experts who serve as WebAward judges reviewed both www.johnmccain.com and www.barackobama.com using the same criteria used in the annual WebAwards program. The sites were judged side by side on seven criteria of a successful Website.
Here are the results:
Design - Asked "which Website has the most pleasing design?" WebAward judges selected the Obama site 4 to 1 over the McCain Website.84.5% of them voted for Senator Obama's Website and 15.5% selected Senator McCain's Website as better looking.
Innovation - Website innovation also went in favor of Barack Obama. By the same margin as design, the vast majority of WebAward judges (82.4%) thought the Obama Website seems more innovative, while only 17.6% favored McCain's.
Content - In terms of having the most appealing content, judges again selected the Obama Website over John McCain 's Website, although by a narrower margin than the first two criteria. 71.6% of the WebAward judges felt barackobama.com has more appealing content for visitors compared to 28.4% for johnmccain.com. WebAward judges also found that the Obama Website is more effective for telling the candidate's story and attracting contributions and voters to its cause (72.2% Obama vs 27.8% McCain).
Ease of use - Senator Obama's Website was seen as easier to use by the WebAward judges than Senator McCain's. 73.8% selected barackobama.com as easier to use compared to 26.2% of WebAward judges who felt johnmccain.com was easier.
Copywriting - It is obvious that both campaigns have excellent writers on staff. Neither Websites have any of the editing issues some large organizations can experience. However, the WebAward judges gave the advantage to the Obama site (70.1% over the McCain site 29.9%).
Interactivity - Interactivity makes a Website more than just an online billboard and both candidates were effective in giving visitors to their Websites plenty to see and do. Nevertheless, once again the WebAward judges gave the edge regarding interactivity to the Obama Website (75.2%) over the McCain Website (24.8%).
Technology - Use of technology is evident in both candidates' Websites, however, the clear favorite for the WebAward judges was barackobama.com winning 82.4% of the votes compared to johnmccain.com with only 17.6% of the votes.
"Regardless of who you will be voting for in the next presidential election, Websites are going to play an ever increasingly important role in how candidates get their messages across to the American voters," said William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association "Based on the findings of this survey by some of the top Internet professionals available today, the Web Marketing Association names barackobama.com the winner of the McCain vs Obama Website Challenge. We wish both candidates the best of luck in their efforts to become the next President of the United States in the November election".
This survey was first used during the Democratic primary race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Senator Obama’s website won that challenge and he went on to win the Democratic nomination.
When the WebAward judges were asked "If the election was to be held today. Which candidate would you be more likely to vote for?" 54.6% responded Barack Obama, 15.7% responded John McCain, 11.1% voted neither and 18% reported that they are a non-US judge and can not vote for anyone in a US election.
An email was sent to all past WebAward judges requesting that they participate in an online survey between October 6 and October 13, 2008. 110 WebAward judges agreed to participate in the project. They reviewed each site and completed the brief online survey.
Judges for the annual WebAward competition consist of a select group of Internet professionals who have direct experience designing and managing Web sites,-including members of the media, interactive creative directors, site designers, content providers and webmasters. These WebAward judges have an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in Web site development and technology and they apply that knowledge to the entries they review. Past judges have included top executives from leading organizations such as A&E Television Networks, Agency.com, Blattner Brunner, Bridge Worldwide, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Comedy Central, Disney, Euro RSCG, Ion Global, J. Walter Thompson, John Deere Company, New York Post Interactive, Organic, Inc., Refinery, R/GA, Saatchi & Saatchi, SAP, Starwood Hotels, Sun Microsystems, Warner Bros. Online, Xerox and Zugara.
About the WebAwards
The 12th 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. The Web Marketing Association also hosts the Internet Advertising Competition Awards.
Below are some of the actual comments from judges regarding the McCain and Obama Websites reviewed for the McCain Obama Web site Challenge. The views expressed are those of the individual judges and not of the Web Marketing Association.
"McCain's site feels more "real" and in touch with the audience. Obama's site is more technologically savvy but it has an ""empty suit"" feel to it. What I'm trying to say is that McCain / Palin (inspite of whatever their shortcomings may be) still come across as real people with real care and real concern for people -- they may not be perfect but they really care. On the other hand, Obama / Biden "look right" and "sound right" but they still come across as unconnected, polished politicians talking DOWN at people. For all their rethoric, they just do not come across as sincerely caring for people. I believe it is foolish to elect our next president on the basis of their political party alone. Our country finds itself in a dangerous situation, both at home and abroad. Our problems are beyond pointing fingers to "this or that administration" and their mistakes. We are beyond that. Yes, we do need change, but not merely as a "platform" or "change" for its own sake. What America needs right now is a president with the EXPERIENCE to LEAD US out of our problems rather than a ""rock-star presence"" without the track record or experience (not even that of a "lowly" governor) to run our nation. Walk the walk - not just talk the talk."
Frank de la Cruz
delacruz interactive design
"John McCain's website was actually better than I had expected, but I think barackobama.com offers a far superior user experience and more innovative use of technology. It succeeds at engaging the audience."
Senior Manager, eBusiness & Advertising,
"There's a reason he hired the co-founder of Facebook. Obama has redefined fundraising and elections via his web campaign."
"Mcain site is more visually cluttered. Too many promo areas, too many fonts vying for my attention. Obama site is more monochromatic, calming with a better page layout. "
"Obama's site is a lot more intuitive and straight forward in terms of finding information. It allows the user to easily scan content and find desired action items and topics fast. The donation button is clearly visible on every page. The design itself is a lot more open and clean and leaves to user room to think and breathe rather than overwhelm with content on every pixel of the screen. Easy choice even if I was not a supporter."
Busse Design USA
"Generally on most of these I could have gone either way. I think Obama's site overall is better, cleaner, lighter, to the point. McCains had a lot going on but was a little more confusing and the type faces were a bit of an odd choice. Overall neither were horrible like in past years so for supporters of either candidate, the sites are just fine. One note on McCain's site, it almost seemed more geared towards Palin."
"The McCain site is too cluttered and seems to appeal to those viewers who need to be hit over the head with the message. The design is more like one for a sports or gambling site. As to the effectiveness they may be very close but the Obama site is cleaner and faster. To buy merchandise on the McCain site I had 4 browsers pop out. That would make me nervous if I were really buying. The Obama site allowed purchases and donations to appear seamless and within the same browser. FYI I am a republican but McCain's site reflects his and Palin's lack of comprehension for technology and real ideas. I would suggest they redo the site now and stop the personal attacks."
"Both sites had a lot to offer. I liked the clean look of Obama's site, but I thought there was a lot going on. McCain's site was much easier to find things and to navigate. Copy on Obama's site was confusing at times to read. Both were pretty effective to get volunteers to sign-up, but the component that is used on Obama's site stood out to me, whereas the Donate link was easier to see on McCain's site. Very cool opportunity to judge both sites. "
"To be honest, johnmccain.com is more deceitful in terms of web usability. Icons and links do not meet current web usability standards; they don't do what I expect them to do, and they have the effect of deceiving the visitor. For example, the use of a plus sign underneath an article is used on most websites to indicate that clicking the plus sign will expand the content. On johnmccain.com, the plus sign takes you to a link, which is not the behavior you expect. There are several links, that are in the main navigation menu as drop-downs, that take you outside the site to other sites, automatically play video, or work in other ways from standard links; in some cases this is quite jarring, such as when a link takes you to a page with a black background and starts playing a full screen video. Such behavior leads many visitors to click out altogether."
"BarackObama.com has the benefit of more pleasing visuals, higher-end graphics, and even more attractive coloring (""Obama blue""). There is a consistency throughout the site. Also, the call to actions are well defined -- donate, volunteer. JohnMcCain.com has the benefit of solid copy writing and content. McCain's stance on the issues take prime position -- it is clear the website serves to educate potential voters. In the end, it appears that the candidates are focused on different goals. Obama seems to focus on persuasion for donation and volunteering, with a secondary goal of education of stance on issues and current events. In essence -- mobilizing voters. And he does all this in a very visually pleasing, consistent, professional way. McCain seems focused on educating potential voters on the issues. However, the approach is less than consistent, sometimes confusing, and often unattractive. Interestingly (and a political statement) the very things that define the websites also define the candidates. The sites closely reflect the candidate's values and target audience."
Sherpa! Web Studios
"Obama's site was more simplistic - easier on the eye and not overwhelming. His list, while lengthy, of ""issues"" was more comprehensive and there was less emphasis on special interests groups/factors, giving a feeling of ""we are all in this together"". He did not rely on foot, right up front, in large size, of his running mate but then Biden isn't as ""controversial/physically appealing"" to the masses so I guess McCain is ""working that angle"" which to me is not related to the issues whatsoever. I didn't like the fact that one almost feels you have to provide email address and zip code on Obama's website - the ""skip sign up"" is not very prominent - McCain's allows easy entry. I indicated that McCain uses the video more effectively but that is only is defined purely by frequency (in my use of ""effective)...I found there were TOO MANY video ops - depending upon a person's OS and brower, a video can be a pain in the ass and scroll and reading almost every one can do. I felt Obama's site was cleaner, more "simplistic, less cluttered, less "urgent" and more "with it". The latter two descriptives are purely subjective. I have always voted Republican and will probably do a split ticket in my state so my ""zeal"" for Obama's site isn't driven by some ""favorite"" party posture. "
"I didn't like the extra click to get into Obama's website but once there, I liked his site better."
"The Obama website was most definitely geared toward ""kids"" it used clever icons and small words. The McCain site seemed more geared toward the over 40 crowd. Did anyone find it interesting that both candidates sites used the same background color. The sites looked like they were created by the same person. I was a bit dissappointed in the lack of originality."
"At the end of the day, the final, true measure of each Presidenital Candidate's website will be its ability to promote ""conversion"" of website visitors to voters."" -
SEO & internet marketing expert consultant, trainer and speaker.
Karner Blue Marketing"
"From a marketing point of view, the McCain website has overtaken Obama in terms of clear call-to-actions and engaging visuals. Obama's website is certainly more stylish but it may have succumbed to style over function as some of the content is a little ambiguous."
Corporate Web Designer, London, UK"
"Load times and splash page are cleaner on BarackObama.com Also, User-Generated Content (UGC) and Viral capabilities seem prevalent on BarackObama.com... JohnMccain.com seems to be more of a boilerplate web 2.0 design but lacks utility because there seems to be not that much true UGC. A clear barometer also is how many friends/members are on each respective MySpace/Facebook site-- and how they were channeled there-- by friends or by directly being pushed via bo.com jm.com. "
"If a tree falls in the forest""...Since John McCain doesn't even use the Internet, does he know his site exists? Front page design to McCain -- the content inside to Obama. It's clear, uncluttered and to the point. The writing is better. I don't like the fact that Obama attempts to get users to sign up to get inside (the bypass button is hidden within the blue at the bottom)."
"Barack Obama's web site has taken into consideration the needs of people with disabilities, while John McCain's site seems to have ignored this group."
"Seemed kind of wimpy that McCain has Palin be the feature on the first video. Also, although it looks good on high speed, all that flash would be a pain for dial-up users. On the other hand, Obama's started with a pitch to buy a button -- stupid! and the video it featured is gone, with nothing explaining why. And the video they do still have is boring shots of roads."
"This was one of the most difficult sites to compare as both of them were pretty much neck to neck on all the judging criteria -- I've never toggled so much. The one thing I would have to take points off for would be the annoying splash/entry page on Obama's page. Hats off to both sites!"
"I think they are technically, comparable side-by-side. I objected to Obama opening page a request for money or email - obnoxious. McCain seems stuck on serif font that's much more difficult to read. McCain site was re-loaded in 5 mins I first visited and retn'd to home page - do it in wee hours best. McCain photos of week slow to enlarge, some seemed doctored. McCain too busy. way to busy."
"Obama site keeps asking to download files, annoying. I'm surprised there is no question about accessibility and there should be choices for both or the same; a lot of these questions would fall under equal."
"The deep blue palette and rounded design of BarackObama.com speaks to his change mantra - it's soothing. And his use of Web 2.0 technology enables supporters to get involved on many levels beyond mere donation. Finally, the prominent use of video helps to define a politician whom many once knew very little about.""
"I think both sites are impressive in their own ways and speak to their respective party members in a 'take action' kind of way. I would have to say BarackObama.com is more compelling since his site has a message from the Presidential candidate himself talking about the changes he plans on implementing vs. JohnMccain.com which has a message from VP candidate Sara Palin asking for help recruiting more people to vote for the Republican party."" Brian K. St.Ours
"Barack Obama's web-site breaths more ""elegance"" and gives the audience the look and feel of austerity and honesty while promoting a strong leader. However, for the mass audience Mcain's- Palin web-site might more effective. In fact, Palin has these kind of presence 's someone you must trust. An advanced user should vote for Obaam and understand his campaignis based upon donations and people. Proximity, sense of being near and more show-bizz stuff is pereceived on McCain's site."
"Barack Obama's website is one of the smartest websites I have ever encountered. I joined up on it about 9 mos ago and visit it nearly every day. His campaign has mastered the internet as a promotional medium and I believe his website has contributed significantly to his campaign's success."
"Overall design is more pleasing and feels more modern on barackobama.com The content is written to be consumed online - short scannable sentences with the ability to click to get more information. The content on Johnmccain.com visitors are presented with long dense blocks of copy with no headlines or bullets to help in scanning. On barackobama.com the use of a spare color palette keeps visual confusion down and uses red to draw visitors attention to the key areas, like donate or make calls. Also, video is user initiated while on John McCain the video starts to play on some pages."
"Barack's site is like the love child of Apple and Nike (oh wait... that was Nike+). John's site feels like Microsoft's response."
"Yeah, I know, I voted straight down the line for Obama's Web site (and I intend to vote for him). However, let me qualify: One thing I despise more than anything in a Web site are videos that play automatically. I really find that annoying and aggravating; if I want to watch it, I will! That, and McCain's took too long to download (and I'm on a T-1 line). So, right there, the site annoys, which doesn't predispose me to want to stick around (loads too long and starts playing unwanted videos). Then, in terms of social networking, Obama's got it all over McCain; if there's a Facebook or My Space for McCain, I couldn't find it."
"While John McCain's web site seemed to use more of the latest social networking technology (and encourage users to get involved to spread the message), I felt that the Barack Obama web site was the most pleasing in terms of design, richness of content (better copywriting that more quickly got to the point to tell the story) ease of use and overall user experience. One thing that turned me off about the John McCain web site was that it offered to provide 'different' or more 'customized' content based on whether the user was undecided or already for John McCain. While it sounds innovative on the surface, the thought that certain content would only be available to undecideds seemed to lack transparency...and in the long run, hurts McCain's brand in my opinion. It's a good example of good technology poorly (or not thoughtfully) implemented."
"The relationship between these two sites can be seen as a microcosm of their respective campaigns. Obama's has been innovative, clear and accessible from the beginning. McCain's has been very traditional and a little clumsy. Over time, I've noticed that the McCain site has incorporated many of the innovations that were always central to the Obama campaign's web experience. Similarly, McCain has co-opted many of the Obama campaign's messages of change, etc. The McCain site feels a lot like the McCain campaign — playing a lot of catch-up but always appearing to be a poor imitation of the original.
Principal/Creative Director, MINE™ Instructor of Design,
California College of the Arts
President Emeritus, AIGA San Francisco"
"The Barack Obama site is well-branded and intuitive with a refined touch. The video section is nicely designed and the issues are easy to access from anywhere. Bill Finch, President, Creative Flavor Inc."
"McCain's site looks like a rip-off of the beautifully crafted, innovative and thoughtful Obama one."
"The Barack Obama website gets it. Bottom line. Everything from visual design to user paths to technology."
Each year, BtoB highlights 10 business-to-business Web sites that are particularly good examples of how companies can use the Web to communicate with customers. These sites turn out to be ones that do an exceptionally good job with the basics year after year, allowing visitors to find product and company information quickly and easily, providing a brand experience consistent with other marketing channels and offering a way to take the relationship to the next level.
The 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination process is being fiercely contested by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Both candidates are using the Internet to help their campaigns woo volunteers and campaign contributions. But who has the better Website?
Our WebAward judges have a lot of experience reviewing Websites. Not only are they all experienced Internet professionals that create and maintain Websites themselves, but as a group they have submitted more than 18,000 site evaluations over the past decade as part of the annual WebAward Competition.
With this in mind, the Web Marketing Association asked past WebAward judges to review both www.hillaryclinton.com and www.barackobama.com using the same criteria used in the annual WebAwards program. The sites were judged side by side on seven criteria of a successful Website. More than 100 Judges responded on short notice (111 to be exact) with additional judges just missing the deadline.
The 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination process is being fiercely contested by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Both candidates are using the Internet to help their campaigns woo volunteers and campaign contributions. But who has the better Website?
Here are the results: Design - Asked “which Website has the most pleasing design?” WebAward judges selected the Obama site 3 to 1 over the Clinton Website.74.8% of them voted for Senator Obama’s Website and 25.2% selected Senator Clinton’s Website as better looking.
Innovation - Website innovation also went in favor of Barack Obama. By the same margin as design, the vast majority of WebAward judges (74.8%) thought the Obama Website seems more innovative, while only 25.2% favored Clinton’s.
Content - In terms of having the most appealing content, judges again selected the Obama Website over Hillary Clinton’s Website, although by a narrower margin than the first two criteria. 65.7% of the WebAward judges felt barackobama.com has more appealing content for visitors compared to 34.3% for hillaryclinton.com. WebAward judges also found that the Obama Website is more effective for telling the candidate's story and attracting contributions and voters to its cause (68.5% Obama vs 31.5% Clinton).
Ease of use – Senator Obama’s Website was seen as easier to use by the WebAward judges than Senator Clinton’s. 57.5% selected barackobama.com as easier to use compared to 42.5% of WebAward judges who felt hillaryclinton.com was easier.
Copywriting– It is obvious that both campaigns have excellent writers on staff. Neither Websites have any of the editing issues some large organizations can experience. However, the WebAward judges gave a slight advantage to the Obama site (60.8% over the Clinton site 39.2%).
Interactivity – Interactivity makes a Website more than just an online billboard and both candidates were effective in giving visitors to their Websites plenty to see and do. Nevertheless, once again the WebAward judges gave the edge regarding interactivity to the Obama Website (64.8%) over the Clinton Website (35.2%).
Technology – Use of technology is evident in both candidates’ Websites, however, the clear favorite for the WebAward judges was barackobama.com winning 73.8% of the votes compared to hillaryclinton.com with only 26.2% of the votes.
Regardless of who you will be voting for in the next presidential election, Websites are going to play an ever increasingly important role in how candidates get their messages across to the American voters. Based on the findings of this survey by some of the top Internet professionals available today, the Web Marketing Association names barackobama.com the winner of the Clinton vs Obama Website Challenge. We wish both candidates the best of luck in their efforts to become the Democratic Presidential candidate in the November election.
To see the actual results of the survey please go to the Clinton Obama Survey Results page on our website or view a short video of the results. We also have posted survey comments from some of our judges in another posting on this blog.
The 12th 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.
Websites in 96 industries can now be entered in the 2008 WebAwards at the award program Website. The 2008 Call for Entry deadline is May 31, 2008. For more information, visit www.webaward.org.
The Web Marketing Association asked past WebAward judges to review both www.hillaryclinton.com and www.barackobama.com using the same criteria used in the annual WebAwards program. The sites were judged side by side on seven criteria of a successful Website. More than 100 Judges responded on short notice and named Senator Obama's Website as the Best Websites in head to head competition against Senator Clinton's Website.
One of the main benefits of participating in the annual WebAward competition is the feedback participants receive regarding their Websites. Below are some of the comments from the WebAward judges regarding the two sites being evaluated. They are the personal opinions of the specific judge who made them and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Web Marketing Association. Attribution is given where available.
For compete information on the Clinton Obama Website Challange, please visit our Website at www.TheWebAwards.org.
I think both designs and architectures were well planned. But on the user experience side, both the Clinton and Obama sites initially forced a sign up page, requesting my email and contact info on my first visit. When I landed on Hilary’s site, I thought I had received a link in error to some landing page see http://hillaryclinton.com/splash/. Both sites request this ahead being allowed in the main area but it went away on a browser refresh, so while I did not study the code, I assumed it was a basic use of a cookie. Overall, I thought this was a poor treatment of the first time visitor by forcing the desire of the campaign to gather information without having served the user. Both sites did offer a “skip this” choice to proceed to the main site but it took some review time to even find that. I tested this with others on my staff and got the same reaction about the treatment of the 1st time visitor. For the record I also checked and McCain’s site did not currently use the same information gathering tactic which may only relate to where he is in the primary cycle. With so many undecided voters, I thought this was a clear cut example of not putting the user first and designing the experience for them rather than forcing them into a model that worked for the campaigns. Bo Simmons, President, Cool Blue Interactive
Barack's website has a more calming effect and eases you into the different topics on the site. Hillary's feels more clutters and pushy. As far as web design goes Barack's website has a more current web 2.0 look and feel. Both websites are very impressive and the technology used is equally so. Jon Harrison, Webavt.com
The navigation of the site appear the same -- even the DONATE NOW/CONTRIBUTE button is the same color and placement. Even the language of video (candidateTV) is the same! In the end, Barack seems to be doing a better job visually. There is much more use of white space, which results in homepage scrolling, but this works better than cramming all the content into the homepage like the Hillary site. Content-wise the websites appear similiar just with a different candidate. Obama does seem to make more use of social media, but one has to wonder if it a case of name-dropping ("hey, I represent on MyBatanga!"). Interestingly, Hillary's "bilingual" page keeps navigation and a lot of the call to actions in English. No bueno. David Felfoldi, Sherpa! Web Studios
I found the design of Barack Obama's site to be lively, consistent and professional and the messaging to be positive and engaging. Every element was handled with finesse and the flow of information invited exploration. The site definitely conveyed "possibilities." If I lived in bubble and this was the only exposure I had to the candidate and his campaign, I would be very impressed. On the other hand, I found Hillary Clinton's site to be uninspiring in both its design and its tone. The site appeared overly conventional and cluttered, the messaging came across as harsh and needy, and the overall experience felt stale. I think the site might actually do the candidate some disservice because it lacked warmth, vision and personality. If I were to vote for a candidate based solely on the merits of his or her Website, Barack Obama would win by a landslide. Sherry Bastion, ARCHESITE.
Both sites are almost complete copies of the other. The differences are so minor that I believe they are very evenly matched with Hillary's site being more compact and Obama's site is more iconic. The Hillary site is more pure CSS than Obama's but both function nicely. One cool thing that the Obama site has is ring-tones and more focus on the mobile user. Also his layout of the video channel is nicer although her's loads much faster. Bruce Baughman, President, Design Monkey Artists Domain Inc.
Overall, it was tough to determine a clear winner because both sites were very similar. What made BarackObama.com stand out for me was that through the use of color and his photography, it made the experience more inviting and personable. HillaryClinton.com felt a bit stale and cold, not engaging enough. I did prefer Hillary's story though with the timeline and photography. Another great element was 'The Hillary I Know' microsite that featured video of those closest to her - nice touch. Jeannie Metz-Fratoni, Creative Director, Red Door Interactive
While both candidate web sites are superb on their own, when judging them side by side, Barack Obama's web site has the edge on every available metric -- from the initial look and feel of the splash page to the way the interior of the site is structured and dressed to communicate effectively. As one example, the Barack Obama web site is much more effective in its use of white space to make each area of the page stand out whereas the Hillary Clinton web site feels more crammed -- with lots of bold colors competing for attention. Raymond Pirouz raymondpirouz.com/
It is very hard for me to distinguish between the 2 of these sites. if you took the name and photos off, they would look almost exactly the same- color palette, font, layout, menu headings, they have nearly the same content in the same order.
In this campaign Hillary Clinton appears to be trailing in every aspect, including online campaigning. While her campaign has made an effort to include references and connections to most social networking tools, they clearly lack the commitment and resources to make the most of their online opportunities. As a result her Website presents Hillary Clinton as a fairly scattershot candidate. Barack Obama's campaign, on the other hand, clearly started with a strong commitment to using design and online campaigning to engage the public in their campaign story. As with his speeches and other communications, every element of Obama's Website is meticulously crafted. Typography is impeccable, graphics are gorgeous, and his message of hope, community, and vision for a positive future are unmissable.
As an objective judge for the WebAwards for the last 4 years, as well as dealing with web design and communication issues daily in my business, the Clinton site was by far more professional and intuitive than the Obama site. As an Obama supporter I felt quite disappointed in the disparity. Perhaps the answer lies in the financial resource that Clinton has over Obama in hiring the right web and communication managers. Brian Bickford, President, Strategic Productions
I think Obama's site is much more contemporary, and will appeal to more technically savvy viewers, while Clinton's is not as innovative in structure, technology, etc. As a designer I'd rather be taking credit for Obama's site, although I'm a Clinton supporter.
Both candidates have loaded their sites with the latest media tools and are nearly identical in form and function. They have nailed the technology, but they are missing the human element. Neither Clinton nor Obama have a personal blog where they could connect with voters in their own words and share their daily experiences. Everyone from Moms to CEOs are blogging today, why not the candidates? It's a real chance to make a competitive difference on the web and build a personal connection with voters. Bob Gilbreath, Chief Marketing Strategist, Bridge Worldwide
Most annoying on both sites was seeing a sign up form very prominent on the page. I almost thought that's all there was until I saw the "Enter site" button. This would turn off a lot of people I think and is almost the same as the annoying "Skip Intro" Flash sites. Clinton's site was more straightforward HTML so it was a little easier to use and the contribution form looked and worked cleaner. However overall Obama's site was better especially in the copywriting it was clearer where he stood on positions or at least was able to find his positions better. Probably the biggest piece of cheese on his site was the "Powered by Hope" emblem on the bottom. It almost felt jokey and if it wasn't, it's taking the "hope" theme too far and making it meaningless. (I hope his t-shirts aren't "built by hope") Overall there's not much differentiation between the sites, it's almost like they bought the same template and went from there. Especially when they aren't going for politics as usual, their sites certainly are.
"The websites of the 3 leading U.S. Presidential contenders reflect, not surprisingly, their various personalities and agendas. The design, contents and use of technologies vary from conservative to very progressive. A look at all three websites gives insight into how modern media planners can integrate technology tools to promote their message and their brand strategy. Ric Shreves, http://RicShreves.net
While many of the details of their platforms are informed by similar values and proposals, the vitality of Obama's site is inspiring and engaging (even the backgrounds of the Obama site have a vitality lacking in the Hillary site's drab gradients). Will a site change the minds of visitors? I found that it effectively drew me closer to the candidate; in fact I might just go back and volunteer. Jamie Leo, Creative Director, The Monday Campaigns
In the battle for popularity, the ability to use the Web and Social Media effectively can be a critical determinant of success. The Hillary Clinton campaign has put together a cogent, persuasive website with sophisticated use of technology, including social media. The Barack Obama website however has an earthy appeal to it, and perfectly reinforces the message that the Obama campaign has consistently sought to convey. The Obama site thus strongly resonates with it's target audience. Dr. V P Kochikar, Assc Vice President and Principal Consultant, Infosys Technologies
It's clear that the Obama website has embraced all that is new about the web. An indication of what he stands for and what he's aiming to achieve. It is clear, concise and beautifully designed. Although not a poor site in many ways, the first impression of Clinton's is of desperation. It is loaded with colours and content that can confuse the user. Being from the UK, I can judge these sites with little affiliation to a candidate, and I would say Obama's site is by far the most appealing. Nic Sheppard, eBusiness Manager, iShares Europe
Barack Obama needs to make it clear to the user that visitors do not have to provide their name and email information in order to view the site. Currently, you can only use the logo to access the site. Hillary Clinton clearly states it on the home page. Linda Girard, Pure Visibility
Both sites were slick, but I would have to give a narrow edge to Sen. Clinton. The design was denser, the content seemed richer and the video streaming was clearer on the Clinton page. Both sites reflected the personalities of the candidates -- Clinton's site had more detail (and threw more punches); Obama's site was more inspiring. Both candidates emphasized money raising, no surprise there. Rob Wray, Rob Wray Marketing
The Clinton site whilst looking very basic on entering it is really full of technology but not in an "in your face" kind of way. Subtle, good copy, nice graphics. Nic Carter-Jones, New Millennium Internet UK
Shara Rutberg of Fortune Small Business needed and expert to help a business owner connect with customers through search engine optimization and other web strategies. She looked to William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association.
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Recently the Web Marketing Association and MarketingShepa held a Teleconference on landing page design that was extremely well attended.
In the teleconference we:
• Discussed five types of Landing Page Tests that work best for increasing conversion rates
• Examined real creative samples and their results
• Covered examples of increased conversions for PPC dynamic search, registration forms, creative elements, SEO landings, and mobile email
• Revealed biggest tips on measuring landing pages
The Internet Advertising Competition Awardsalso has a category for microsites and landing pages. This is a great way to have other experts judge the effectiveness of your work and get recognized for your achievement.
The article features the Web Marketing Association’s WebAwards. It reports our scoring report is “a nice way to see how your site measures up, even if you don’t win.”
William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association is also quoted, saying “By far the most overwhelming reason to participate is for the marketing benefits – for both you as an individual, the site itself and the company. Winning the award creates a newsworthy event in and of itself”.
William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association was asked to contribute an article to iMedia Connection,
His article Web Awards: More Than Just Fame and Glory appeared the June 13th issue. It discussed how web site awards, like the WebAwards, are newsworthy events that can parlay into website recognition as well as outstanding marketing opportunities.
Today the Web Marketing Association is exhibiting at the Search Engine Strategies Conference in Toronto Canada. There are a lot of Canadian Internet professionals here to keep up with the latest developments in SEO and PPC to help their marketing efforts.
Unfortunately, a case of WebAward brochures went AWOL while crossing the boarder. Other than that, it's a great conference. The WMA booth is right next door to N49, a new Canadian business search engine and online community at www.N49.ca They seem to be drawing the biggest crowds by giving away tee shirts customized with your personal URL on their site.
I was also video taped for The Daily Web Marketing Show on Web Marketing Watch for a video posting that should be live tomorrow. If I find it, I will pass it along.
The Web Marketing Association has extended the deadline for entering its 11th annual WebAward Competition until June 15th to allow final entries to be submitted and existing entries to be edited if needed. This will be the only extension as judging begins June 18th.
The WebAwards are the premier internet award competition that judges website development against an ever increasing Internet standard of excellence and against peer sites within an industry. Each WebAward entry is judged against other entries in its industry category and then against an overall standard of excellence. Web sites are judged on design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, navigation and ease of use.
A Best of Industry WebAward, a handsome plaque with the image of the winning site embossed, will be given in each of the 96 industry categories, including financial services, health care, small business, travel, marketing, photography, education and government.
The competition’s highest honor, the 2007 WebAward Best of Show, will be given to the one site that the judges believe represents the pinnacle of outstanding achievement in Web development. Last year’s Best of Show winner was Big Spaceship for their outstanding work on TBS: Department of Humor Analysis.
The Web Marketing Association will also recognize the interactive agency winning the most awards in the competition with the Top Interactive Agency WebAward. The 2006 Top Agency award was presented R/GA, which also was recognized for winning more WebAwards in the past decade than any other organization.
William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association, will be the featured guest on wsRadio.com's Online Marketing with RSS Ray show. Bill will be discussing the formation of the Web Marketing Assocation and how the annual WebAward program has helped Internet professionals create marketing opportunities for themselves and their Web sites.
The show will run live, May 23th at 10:30 (Pacific Time). The show will then be available for download as a podcast.
Online Marketing with RSS Ray is your source for online marketing, RSS marketing, podcasting, blogging, social networking and videocasting advice. Hear interviews with industry leaders, cutting commentary, and expert opinion. Visit RSS Ray’s site for more information.
Today was the first day of Internet World UK and it is impressive. Hundrends of high quality companies exhibiting and thousands of Internet professionals learning about what's new and how to improve their web performance. Internet World is Europe's largest Internet tradeshow and it shows.
If you are in London, you should check out this free to attend conference if the Internet is important to your organization. Be sure to stop by the Web Marketing Association's stand #W536 in the middle of the show floor.
The Web Marketing Association will be on hand at ad:tech San Francisco, April 25&26 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to promote the 2007 WebAward Call for Entries.
ad:tech is an interactive advertising and technology conference dedicated to connecting all sides of today’s brand marketing landscape. Worldwide shows blend keynote speakers, topic driven panels and interactive workshops to provide attendees with the tools and techniques they need to compete in a changing world.
The Web Marketing Assocaition is a big fan of both the ad:tech conference and the ad:tech Award program. They do a great job of identifying current trends and recognizing best of class advertising.
Bill Rice, President of the Web Marketing Assocaition, will be manning booth 5007 in the exhibit hall. Stop by and say hello between the great sessions.
One great feature that has been added to the Web Marketing Association’s WebAward program this year is the ability of last year’s participants to enter their Websites into the 2007 WebAwards with a single click.
When participants log in to their nominator account, they will see an option to enter selected sites into this year’s WebAward program. They then can update the information as needed, but save a lot of time and effort not entering what has not changed.
It’s just one more way the Web Marketing Assocaition is trying to make your life a little easier.
The Web Marketing Association is appearing at OMMA West in Hollywood today to promote the upcoming WebAward Competition. So far the sessions have been outstanding. Arianna Huntington of The Huntington Post talking about the need to be fearless when it comes to developing Web content.
The trade show area is small and intimate. There are some great exhibitors like PRWeb, eMarketer, website Magazine. The people here seem very interested in the WebAwards and several judges and participants have stopped by to say hello.
Tribal Fusion presented a session on social media for B2B marketers thant provided an interesting overview but did not get into much "how to" detail. Still, it provided a very good overview of the subject.
if you're in Southern California, I suggest you stop by the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel and check out this great conferance.
The Web Marketing Association will be offering sponsorships of specific industries within the WebAward competition for the first time in 2007. Industry sponsors will receive visibility and links to their Website within the WebAward competition Website with regards to the industry they sponsor.
If your company or organization is interested in participating as an industry sponsor, please contact Web Marketing Association President William Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Trade show and conferences are one of the best places to learn about what is happening in the industry and to meet with Internet professionals who are judges and/or participants in our award programs. This spring we will be traveling to all of the major Internet-oriented conferences increasing the awareness of the Web Marketing Association and the WebAward Competition. Many times we are able to get valuable discounts and offer free conference passes the readers of this newsletter.
The Web Marketing Association is pleased to be a finanical supporter of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C's mission is to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web.
The mission of the Web Marketing Association has away been to help set the standard of excellence for web site development. This is just one way we help support our mission. Another way we support it with our WebAward and Internet Advertising Competition(IAC) Award programs.
We would like to apologize for the delays in getting awards to people who ordered them from our online Recognition Center. We recently changed printers and experienced problems in getting the correct certificates to those who ordered them – not once but twice.
This problem has been corrected and the certificates are once again being sent out to their rightful owners.
The end of the year is often a good time to take a look back on the major trends of 2006 in website development and look ahead for 2007 and beyond.
The Web Marketing Association will be releasing its 2007 Internet Standards Assessment Report, an industry by industry assessment of current standards of excellence, in February, in the mean time, I thought it would be a value to our readers to give a heads up for what to expect.
At the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association summit, a few months ago, I discussed the concept of Total User Experience. This is how I best sum up what made some Websites stand out above the rest in the 10th annual WebAward Competition for Website development.
I define total user experience as a Web site that combines text, sound, animation and video within its pages to deliver an informative and entertaining experience. Today a website should not require users to download a plug in, or click a link to have a video player pop up. Rather today’s award winning sites are integrating video and audio and graphics directly into the page. Users do not want to be interrupted; they want a seamless integrated experience. A Web page is more than just text and graphics, it needs to come alive to compete with the other media outlets available to consumers today. A good example of this is the 2006 WebAward Best of Show winning Website "TBS: Department of Humor Analysis" at www.tbshumorstudy.com, which also won Best TV Website. This flash based Website creates a total user experience to highlight the funny TV shows on TBS.
In the ISAR study, we will be releasing specific data relating to a decade of Website evaluations. If you are interested in receiving a free copy when it is published and download a copy of the 2006 report, add your name to the ISAR Study page.
Join the Web Marketing Association at THE Event for Interactive Marketing. ad:tech New York blends relevant speakers, topic driven panels and interactive workshops, providing attendees with the tools and techniques needed to compete in today’s digital world. Stop by and visit us at our booth in the exhibit hall. Register now at http://www.ad-tech.com/ny.asp
Web Marketing Association, host of the WebAward, the leading Internet award competition, has announced that its President, William Rice, will deliver the keynote speech at the 2006 Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association’s (MIMA) Summit Showcase.
Founded in 1998, MIMA is a networking and professional development forum for interactive marketing professionals. MIMA connects educational partners with members and guests to elevate the quality of interactive marketing in Minnesota. The MIMA Summit brings together the latest concepts, strategies, technologies, and thought leaders shaping the interactive marketing community.
“I’m honored to be part of the 2006 MIMA Summit,” said Rice. “WebAward has ten years of top website design data to share with MIMA members to help them elevate the design of their company websites.”
Details for the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association 2006 Summit
When: Wednesday, October 04, 2006 - 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: The Depot, 225 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55401
Cost: Members $195, Non-members $395, Students $65
Media attendance at the event is free.
“MIMA is an excellent forum for leaders in the interactive marketing community to share cutting-edge concepts and strategies that are at the forefront of the marketing industry,” said Rice.
The WebAward Competition, produced by the Web Marketing Association, is now in its tenth year. WebAwards is the premier annual web site award competition that names the best Web sites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development.
The Web Marketing Association was founded in 1997 to help set a high standard for Internet marketing and web development on the World Wide Web. Staffed by volunteers, this organization is made up of Internet marketing, online advertising, PR, and web site design professionals who share an interest in improving the quality of online advertising, internet marketing, and website promotion.
The Web Marketing Association is please to name the Creative Chocolate Printing Company as a sponsor of the annual WebAward Competition.
The Creative Chocolate Printing Company (www.yourLogoOnChocolate.com) creates personalized chocolate gifts and chocolate party favors for any event, occasion or budget! Chocolography is a newly patented technology that makes it possible to reproduce any picture, image, or message right on the surface of delicious chocolate. We will help you create unique and highly personalized chocolate products, which will astound even the most sophisticated customer.
WebmasterWorld's PubCon is an educational conference and industry trade show programmed specifically for web
professionals and website site owners to be held April 18-20, 2006 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.
The Web Marketing Association is giving away a full conference pass for this show. To enter, send your name and contact info to email@example.com by Thursday, April 13th at 5:00 EDT. We'll contact the winner then.
The keynote for the conference is Mr. Malcolm Gladwell, the super star author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference and Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Malcolm will also do a special book signing after his talk!
For more information go to www.pubcon.com A limited number of
participants can receive 25% off the full conference rate by entering code
"wm-80625" when registering.
If you have not checked it out yet, you should stop by www.eComXpo.com and see what a virtual trade show is like. The show has great education sessions and a number of trade show booths to visit (and win prizes from) and chat with representatives.
The Web Marketing Association spent the last two day
exhibiting at the OMMA Conference in Hollywood.
It was a great conference with well attended, interesting sessions and
We introduced our new booth at the show. Seen here in the photo
is Bill Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association meeting OMMA attendees
discussing the 2006 WebAwards. The winner of the video iPod drawing will be
announced in a few days.
We want to warn the online community that Global Internet Solutions
claims "Global Internet Solutions has won the award from the
prestigious Webawards competition". This is in fact not true. They have
never received any awards from the Web Marketing Associatio
have received several complaints regarding Global Internet Solutions
and it is apparent from their unethical and illegal use of our logo on
their Web site that anyone considering purchasing their services should
We will continue to pursue legal means to insure only Web sites that have legitimate won a WebAward are able to display the logo on their site.
Follow up note: A day after this posting appeared, our logo along with several others was removed from the site.
2006 Internet Advertising Competition Awards deadline is February 17th - less than one week away!
is still time to enter the 2006 Internet Advertising Competition, the
first and only industry-based advertising award competition dedicated
exclusively to online advertising produced by the Web Marketing
The Competition Web site is located at www.iacaward.org.
The extended deadline for entry is February 17, 2006. Judging begins on
February 20th, so this will be the only extension allowed. Don't wait -
The IAC Awards are produced by the Web Marketing Association
and are the first and only industry-based advertising award competition
dedicated exclusively to online advertising. Awards will be presented
within 95 industry categories and advertising formats such as online
ad, rich media ad, email message, online newsletter campaign,
microsite/landing page, integrated ad campaign and ads the client did
is your last opportunity to enter the 2006 Internet Advertising
Competition, the first and only industry-based advertising award
competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising produced by the
Web Marketing Association.
would be a great way to show your clients and your boss your expertise
in online advertising. Entering is easy and will make you feel good
about yourself (winning will make you feel even better!)
The Competition Web site is located at www.iacaward.org. The deadline for entry is January 31, 2006. Don't wait - Enter today!
2006 Internet Advertising Competition is sponsored by BURST!Media,
ExactTarget, Small Army, PRWeb, Macworld Expo, SimpleFeed, and AdTools.
As we prepare for the 2006 WebAward competition for website development, The Web Marketing Association would like recommendations on any new industries that should be added to this year’s awards.
WebAwards selects the Best Website in 95 different industries and we
will be potentially adding several new categories this year. If you
know of an industry category that is not currently included, please
contact us and suggest an industry and tell us why you think it should
be added and how we can attract sites from that industry to the award
program. Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Current WebAward industry categories include:
| 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 | Events | E-Zine | Faith-based | Family | Fashion |
Financial Services | Food Industry | Game Site | General Interest |
Government | Health Care | Healthcare Provider | 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 | Medical
Equipment | Military | Movie | Music | Mutual Fund | News | Newspaper |
Non-Profit | Online Community | Other | Pharmaceuticals | Portal |
Professional Services | Public Relations | Publishing | Radio | Real
Estate | Regional | Restaurant | Retail | School | Shopping | Small
Business | Sports | Technology | Telecommunication | Toy & Hobby |
Transportation | Travel | TV | University
The IAC Awards
were developed to evaluate and recognize innovation and excellence in
online advertising which includes a category for microsites/landing
pages. The WebAwards focus on
the entire Web site, with particular emphasis on the creativity and
functionality of the overall interactive experience. Websites entered
into the microsite category of the IAC Awards will be judged based on
their advertising merit.
A site can be entered in both the IAC Awards and the WebAward Competition.