May is when we start counting down the days until the deadline for entering the 18th annual WebAward Competition for Website Development. May 30th is the deadline to enter.

Top Ten Reasons to Enter the 2014 WebAwards

#10) Earn the honor, recognition and respect you deserve - Nothing says "we're the best" like an expert third party endorsement.

#9) Because hard work is rarely its own reward - You know how hard you worked and now it is time to let the rest of the world know - including senior management!

#8) Because client pitches shouldn't be about price - Make the sales process about quality, expertise and results. Enhance your portfolio and marketing materials with recognition from the WebAwards and have the tools to support your efforts. Clients love when their agency's work is recognized by the online marketing community.

#7) Bean counters love tangible results - Come budget time, the finance guys love tangible results and third-party affirmation demonstrating the quality of a project. Winning awards can help.

#6) A level playing field for all entries - We recognize that more money doesn't necessarily mean more talent and ability. We give equal treatment to all entries and all entries are submitted to all the judges - not just some handpicked "finalists".

#5) Highlight your specific industry expertise - Marketing experts agree that developing a specific industry expertise is a key way to build brand equity and increase revenues. With over 96 industry categories, you can nominate your project for multiple awards and highlight different areas of your business.

#4) Create a marketing opportunity for your site and your company - Winning a WebAward not only give you're an award to show your friends and co-workers how good your work it, but you also receive a page on an 18 year-old .org site dedicated to your award that can also link to your company website. This will help in SEO efforts. Your award is also a "newsworthy" industry event and sending out press release can also generate publicity.

#3) Have your site evaluated by independent experts - Each nominated website will be thoroughly evaluated by multiple judges, all of whom are Internet marketing experts. Our judges are selected based on their knowledge, expertise and record of accomplishment and most have been judging the WebAwards for multiple years. Whether or not you win an award, the feedback you may receive from the judges is valuable in and of itself.

#2) Drive the competition to tears - Since the program is industry based, you compete only again those in your industry. You need to differentiate your services from your competitors and winning awards can help you do that (and you'd hate to tell your CEO that you did not beat your competition because you did not enter!).

#1) Your Mom will be proud of you when you bring home the iconic WebAward Best of Industry statue - Winning a WebAward is something to be proud of and people outside web development understand being recognized by your peers means you're doing a good job!

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.

2014 WebAward Judges Needed

Each year we add several new judges to the WebAward Judges panel in order to handle the increased number of entries and replace judges that are not able to participate this year. If you, or someone you know, would like to be considered as a WebAward Judge, please complete the Judges Nomination Form. All it takes is a strong understanding of Web development and a desire to help give back to the online marketing community to which you belong.

2014 IAC Awards Winner Update

For those who recent won recognition of their online advertising efforts in the 12th annual Internet Advertising Competition, your awards have been produced and are scheduled to ship this week. We have already started production on the awards that have been ordered from the WMA Recognition Center. The will ship as soon as they are produced.

If you would like an additional award personalized for clients, senior management, team members or yourself, please go to the WMA Recognition Center and place your order.

Newest WMA Sponsor

We are please to announce that VerticalResponse has been selected to become the official email provider of the Web Marketing Association.

VerticalResponse, Inc., a subsidiary of Deluxe Corporation, provides a full suite of affordable online marketing tools to help small businesses and non-profits connect with their customers on email, social media and more. Additionally, the company's reseller program provides partner companies and agencies their own branded version of the platform, allowing them to offer email and social media marketing tools for their clients. More than 1 million users and 400 partner companies worldwide have relied on the VerticalResponse platform to easily create, manage and analyze their marketing campaigns, all from a single dashboard.

VerticalResponse is a multi-year WebAward winner and we look forward to working with them to help keep you up to date with our award programs.

Bill Rice
President
Web Marketing Association


 

WebAward Competition - The 2014 WebAward Competition 18th annual Call for Entries is now underway. The entry deadline is May 30, 2014.

MobileWebAwards - -- 2014 MobileWebAwards competition will begin it's next call for entries in August.

Interactive Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards - -- The 12th annual IAC Awards winners are now posted. Congratulations to our 2014 winners!

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Top 5 articles last month on WMA SmartBrief -- Each month, Interactive Briefing will feature the top articles appearing in the WMA SmartBrief daily newsletter. Here are the top articles from April 2014

How to design for Google's newest search algorithm

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The Web Marketing Association supports several important industry conferences. Here are some of the events you should consider attending his year.

SXM London
May 13-14, 2014
Chelsea Football Club, London

SMX London is programmed by the sharpest minds and most experienced team in search marketing. Together, Search Engine Land editor-in-chief Danny Sullivan and executive editor Chris Sherman have covered the topics, interviewed the news makers and educated generations of search marketers. Enter the code "WMA14" when you sign up and receive a 15% discount.

Here are some industry publications that are must-reads for all Internet marketing professionals.

Website Magazine

If you're not already getting Website Magazine, you should be. There's no charge within the US and available for a small fee outside the U.S.(covers the extra shipping). It has great in depth articles that are helpful and well written. Use this link to sign up to receive the next issue.

Take your 'Net presence to the next level with Website Magazine Pro subscription, a digital publication distributed to over 145,000 Internet industry insiders. Receive practical guidance on search marketing, social media, web design, software and more each month. For just $44.95/yr, you'll have access to the techniques, trends and tactics you need to accelerate your Web success.

Website Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Pete Prestipino has also published a companion book for those looking to master the fundamentals of Web success. A perfect Internet training tool, Web 360 from Website Magazine covers a wide range of topics, from domain names and hosting to email and analytics and nearly everything else in between. Learn more at www.Web360book.com.

EContent Magazine

EContent is a leading authority on the businesses of digital publishing, media, and marketing, targeting executives and decision-makers in these fast-changing markets. By covering the latest tools, strategies, and thought-leaders in the digital content ecosystem, EContent magazine and EContentmag.com keep professionals ahead of the curve in order to maximize their investment in digital content strategies while building sustainable, profitable business models. Subscribe to EContent Magazine today.

WebMaster Radio
WebmasterRadio.fm is on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online radio station dedicated to helping online marketing professionals better understand the dynamic online marketplace. Shows can be listened to live or from the extensive archive of previously recorded programming.

WebMaster Radio is advertising supported radio. Be sure to check out the advertising opportunities on Webmaster Radio.

Award Winning Agency Database

If you have not done so yet, be sure to check out the Award Winning Interactive Agency Database or AWAdb. Inclusion in the website is free if you qualify and listings are automatically upgraded to the Premium Level if the agency has won an award from the WMA in the past year (Another great reason to enter the WebAwards this year!).

If you are looking for an agency to help with your interactive marketing needs, you can search thousands of full service advertising agencies and interactive agencies that been recognized by major award programs for their outstanding interactive work. The AWAdb can be searched by several fields that are cumulative in helping to narrow your search quickly. Visitors can search by agency name, location, languages, or even specialty. The site also offers an Interactive Agency Map that allows the user to click on the geographic area they are interested in and drill down to see the exact locations of various award winning agencies.

SmartBrief Newsletter

By now you should have already seen the new daily newsletter created for the Web Marketing Association by SmartBrief, Inc. Knowledgeable editors handpick key articles from hundreds of publications, summarize them and provide direct links to the original sources that will provide you with the daily web development and marketing news that really matters.

If you are not subscribed yet you can Subscribe to the WMA SmartBrief here.

If you are interested in advertising in the WMA SmartBrief, the only way to reach our members, please contact Dena Malouf, SmartBrief Association Publisher at 202-407-7837.

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