I can’t remember when we have been so busy at the Web Marketing Association. There is so much to tell you about, that I’m just going to run down the list of everything.

IAC Awards

The judging is complete and the participants will be notified later this week. Winners will be posted on the IAC Awards Web site the following week. A special thanks to all of the industry professionals who pitched in and helped judge this year’s IAC Awards. They did a tremendous job.

New WebAward.org site

If you have not seen it yet, WebAward.org has been designed and reengineered to meet the growing needs of the awards. Now you can create a single account and enter multiple entries and always know the status of your entries.  Special thanks to everyone who worked long hours getting this site ready to launch, especially Jeff Freedman at Small Army for the great new design and Chip Lowell for the around the clock programming efforts to write and test the code for all of the new functionality of the site.  The call for Entries will begin in earnest shortly, although the entry form is now on the site.

New WebAward Sponsors

We are in the process of announcing our sponsors for the 2006 WebAward competition. These hand-picked companies are all leaders in the online community and we appreciate their support for our programs. Please help us by supporting our sponsors.

The 2006 WebAward Competition current sponsors include BURST! Media (www.burstmedia.com), Register.com (www.register.com), SimpleFeed (www.simplefeed.com), NewsUSA (www.newsusa.com), AdTools Inc (www.adtoolsinc.com), Small Army (www.smallarmy.net), Perseus Development Corp (www.perseus.com), and PRWeb (www.prweb.com).  Media Sponsors include Website Services Magazine (www.websiteservices.com), AdRants (www.adrants), MarketingVox (www.marketingvox.com), MediaPost (www.wediapost.com), eComXpo (www.ecomxpo.com), Ad:Tech (www.ad-tech.com), and Macworld (www.macworldexpo.com).

OMMA Conference Pass Drawing

Our sponsor MediaPost’s OMMA conference has graciously donated a full conference pass (a $995 value) to be given away in this newsletter. The conference will be held March 27-28, Hilton Universal City, Hollywood CA and looks to be one of the “can’t miss” events for interactive professionals. To enter, send your name and address to OMMA@webaward.org. One full conference pass will be drawn from all who enter next week.

eComXpo Panel

I will be moderating a panel at eComXpo, a virtual trade show for eCommerce marketers. Joining me will be Chris Colborn, VP Interaction Design, R/GA, Jeff Freedman, Marketing Principal, Small Army, and Michelle Gugick, Associate Director of Interactive, Ernst & Young. The title of the panel is “Building an Award-Winning Web site: Current Trends in Web development from the Judges of the 2006 WebAwards.” Please join us for this informative discussion.  Attending the event is completely free, and registration is now open at www.ecomxpo.com/wma.

 

Bill Rice
President
Web Marketing Association
 

Interactive Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards – The judging is complete and the participants will be notified later this week. Winners will be posted on the IAC Awards Web site the following week.

WebAward Competition– The WebAward.org site has been redesigned and new functionality added this year.  Check out the “What’s New” page to see changes to this year’s program. The official Call for Entries will begin in April, but the entry form is now available on the site.


How Tradeshows can benefit from going Virtual – Trade show are a great way to meet with a lot of vendors and learn about current trends. Here’s a case study about one group that is bringing their tradeshows to a computer near you.

Bringing out a site’s personality -- Currentsite.com is a branding tool, interactive playground and an award winner.


OMMA Conference

March 27-28, Hilton Universal City, Hollywood CA

As online media, marketing, and advertising rapidly rise in prominence, the industry is experiencing a profound shift in media mix models, with marketers committing ever more resources to digital media and marketing programs including online brand advertising and promotion, search programs, interactive video, e-mail, RSS, podcast, blog marketing, and a host of other emerging platforms. This conference will feature industry experts exploring these issues and more. To learn more go to http://www.mediapost.com/omma/eastindex.cfm?ip=Overview

Our sponsor MediaPost’s OMMA conference has graciously donated a full conference pass (a $995 value) to be given away in this newsletter. To enter, send your name and address to OMMA@webaward.org. One full conference pass will be drawn from all who enter next week.

 

eComXpo

April 4-6, 2006

100% Online & Virtual, eComXpo will bring together more than 7,000 advertisers, publishers, search marketers, merchants, affiliates, webmasters, agencies, and vendors, making this the world’s largest tradeshow for eCommerce Marketers. All the benefits of a top tradeshow can be attained from the comfort of your home or office. View interactive presentations from industry luminaries, enter to win valuable prizes, and network with exhibitors and attendees!  Attending the event is completely free, and registration is now open at www.ecomxpo.com/wma

 

ad:tech San Francisco

April 26-28, 2006

The #1 Event for Interactive Marketing.  Join us at ad:tech San Francisco for groundbreaking sessions, a hands-on technology showcase, enhanced networking opportunities, and sizzling parties. Save 20% by registering with our promotional code: ATSFEG. Learn more and register at: www.ad-tech.com/sf.asp

 

WebMaster World

Apr 18-20, 2006, Hynes Convention Center, Boston

WebmasterWorld's PubCon is an educational conference and industry trade show programmed specifically for web professionals and website site owners. The event will be opened with a Keynote Speech by best selling author Malcolm Gladwell, writer of 'The Tipping Point,' and 'Blink.'

The conference has four tracks each day and these include sessions focusing on some of today’s hottest Internet topics. The tracks are: Organic Search & General Webmaster Issues, Paid Search (PPC), Affiliates & Advertising, and the highly popular Site Reviews. In addition, the highly rated networking event gives attendees the opportunity to meet and discuss their individual issues with the other attendees, speakers and businesses. The event is supported by the Industry's leading businesses as speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors, including Ask, Google, Microsoft's MSN Search and Yahoo!.

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.

 

 

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