2012 was another great year for the Web Marketing Association. We saw some outstanding websites and online advertising being recognized with awards, we introduced the MobileWebAward competition and we have some great new plans for 2013!

2013 IAC Awards Call for Entries Still Underway

The Call for Entries for the 11th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards is now underway. This international award program will evaluate all forms of online advertising in 86 industry categories. The Competition Web site is located at www.IACAward.org and the deadline for entry is January 31, 2013.

Awards will be presented within each of advertising formats:
Best Social Media Campaign
Best Online ad (including banner, pop-up or interstitial)
Best Rich media online ad
Best Email message
Best Online newsletter
Best Website (including landing pages and microsites)
Best Online video
Best Mobile applications
Best Integrated ad campaign
Best Ads the client did not choose

Entering is easy. Simply create a Nominator Account or log in to an existing Nominator Account. Upload your creative and pick you industry and format. We'll send our judges to evaluate it based on creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, and use of the medium. If you have the highest average score in your industry, you're a winner!

Go For The Top Agency Award

Interactive agencies that win multiple awards will also be in the running for Top Agency Award. In a change from prior years, each entrant will be awarded points based on the level of award for each award received. A Best of Show will be worth 5 points, Best of Industry 3 points and each Outstanding award 1 point. The agency with the most points will be awarded the Top Agency Award.

Agencies that win more the 6 IAC Awards in a single competition will also be recognized with an Outstanding Advertising Developer award from the Web Marketing Association. Winners will receive a crystal trophy similar to the Best of Industry winners to display their achievement.

If your agency has more than one office, make sure they all enter to improve your chances of winning a top award.

2013 IAC Awards Call for Judges

Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards are still looking for qualified judges to help adjudicate this year's award program. We are looking for individuals who have direct experience developing online advertising. Our judges must have an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in web advertising, an eye for a well-designed ad and the objectivity to score entries according to a predefined set of criteria.

To nominate yourself or someone within your organization, please complete the Judge's Nomination Form.

Help us Spread the word!

We need your help to let other marketing professionals know it's time to enter the IAC Awards. Please blog, tweet and post our call for entries online. Also tell all of your friends in online marketing to give the awards a try.

Our Sponsors

Another group that is instrumental in making the Web Marketing Association's annual awards programs a success are our sponsors. Our award programs are sponsored by the following leading organizations: ExactTarget, Burst Media, PR Newswire, BGT Partners, ad:tech conferences, Internet World UK, Search Engine Strategies, EContent Magazine, Webmaster Radio and Website Magazine.

Conference Pass Drawings

This month we are giving-a-way a full conference pass to BusinessNext Social Conference and the New Media Expo(NMX)(formerly BlogWorld)to be held January 6-8 at the Rio Conference Center in Las Vegas NV. Enjoy 3 value-packed days of sessions, networking and cutting-edge knowledge that will transform your business. Learn from luminaries including: Dana White, President of The UFC; Guy Kawasaki, author of Enchantment; Ethan McCarty, Global Director of Social Strategy at IBM and dozens more. Plus...The Winklevoss Twins (of Facebook fame) will announce their next social media venture LIVE. Don't miss this important event!

To enter, go to the Web Marketing Association Contest Page.

Keep reading our newsletters, you might be the next person to get to attend an industry-leading conference or win other prizes compliments of the Web Marketing Association!

Happy Holidays and a very prosperous New Year!

Bill Rice
President
Web Marketing Association


 

Interactive Advertising Competition (IAC)Awards - -- 2013 IAC Awards is now accepting entries. The Deadline for entry is January 31, 2013.

WebAward Competition - The 2012 WebAward Competition winners have been announced and are available on the award's website. Congratulations to everyone who helped make this award program a success.

MobileWebAwards - -- 2012 MobileWebAwards competition winners have been announced and are available on the award's website.

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Here are the top Internet Marketing Conferences that we will be supporting in the first quarter of 2013. They offer a great opportunity to keep up with current trends and to meet key people within the industry.

New Media Expo (NMX)(Formerly BlogWorld)
January 6-8
Las Vegas

Join thousands of your peers from across the globe at the must-attend conference & tradeshow for bloggers, podcasters, video creators and social media innovators, New Media Expo in Las Vegas, presented by BlogWorld! Enjoy 3 value-packed days of sessions, networking and cutting-edge knowledge from over 170 speakers that will bring your content quality, marketing, audience and monetization to a whole new level. Learn from the pros including: Leo Laporte, Host & Producer of TWiT.tv, Dana White, President of The UFC; C.C. Chapman, Co-Author of Content Rules; Rand Fishkin, Founder & CEO of SEOMoz and dozens more.

Register now and use Code WMA10 to save 10% off your ticket.

BusinessNext Social
January 6-8, 2013
Las Vegas

Join peers from across the globe at the must-attend conference for social business and marketing pros, BusinessNext Social in Las Vegas! Enjoy 3 value-packed days of sessions, networking and cutting-edge knowledge that will transform your business. Learn from luminaries including: Dana White, President of The UFC; Guy Kawasaki, author of Enchantment; Ethan McCarty, Global Director of Social Strategy at IBM and dozens more. Plus...The Winklevoss Twins (of Facebook fame) will announce their next social media venture LIVE. Don't miss this important event!

Register now and use Code WMA10 to save 10% off your ticket.

Online Marketing Summit, San Diego
February 11-13, 2013
San Diego Convention Center

Online Marketing Summit San Diego connects marketers with the knowledge, experts and technologies that are transforming digital marketing and business. Join us for three days of 70+ conference sessions and workshops across eight tracks and discover the latest insights on analytics & big data, content marketing, demand generation, email, mobile, search, social, and strategy.

Register Today and use code CMWMA1 for 25% off Conference Passes or get a Free Expo Pass.

SES London
February 18-21,2-13
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London

If your competition is ahead of you in the digital stakes then we can guarantee that they will probably be in the front row at SES London on the 18-21 February 2013 getting essential facetime with the leading digital marketing experts.

With 3 days packed full of essential content to help you navigate the digital landscape and a 2-day expo featuring leading vendors in the industry, along with a host of networking opportunities, SES London 2013 will once again be the leading forum for digital marketers.

As a partner of SES London, we are able to offer discounted tickets. Register today and enter SESL13004 in VIP Code to receive the discounted rates.

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.

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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