William Rice
Web Marketing Association

The Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the winners of its twelfth annual WebAward Competition for Web site development. More than 2,400 sites from 45 countries were adjudicated in 96 industry categories during this year's competition. Entries were judged on design, copy writing, innovation, content, interactivity, navigation, and use of technology.

A complete list of the winning sites can be found at the WebAward Web site at www.WebAward.org.

Best of Show

The 2008 Best of Show WebAward is presented to Trailer Park for their exceptional work on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix website. The site was also awarded Best Movie WebAward.

Trailer Park created a fast loading website as mystical, magical and visually stunning as the movie itself. Aesthetically, the all-Flash site transports users into a dark, smoldering world of wizards and monsters via brilliant images, ominous music, and crisp, clean layouts. Three engaging games immerse users in interactive challenges based on elements from the film. Downloads like, wallpapers, MySpace skins, banners, and buddy icons give fans a way to express their Harry Potter enthusiasm.

Top Agency

Risdall Advertising Agency was named Top Agency at the 2008 WebAward Competition, taking home 29 awards - the most ever by a single agency in a WebAward competition. The Top Agency Award is given to recognize the consistently outstanding development going on at interactive firms. Risdall, headquartered in New Brighton, Minnesota, took home Best B2B Website, 4 Outstanding WebAwards and 24 Standard of Excellence WebAwards.

Agencies or companies winning five or more WebAwards in 2008 include:
Twenty Nine WebAwards: Risdall Advertising Agency
Twenty WebAwards: Biggs|Gilmore
Sixteen WebAwards: Avenue A | Razorfish, Walt Disney, TravelCLICK, Inc.
Fourteen WebAwards: VML
Twelve WebAwards: Hubbard One, TMP Worldwide
Eleven WebAwards: AGENDA (H.K.) Limited, Arc Worldwide, Tribal DDB Worldwide
Ten WebAwards: Bridge Worldwide, JWT INSIDE
Nine WebAwards: Digitas Health, Disney Channel, Euro RSCG 4D, Zugara
Eight WebAwards: BrowserMedia, E-site Marketing
Seven WebAwards: Blenderbox Inc, Cendyn, Ektron, Hitchcock Fleming & Associates Inc,.Sapient, USA Network, Weber Shandwick, WSI
Six WebAwards: Acsys, Azavar Technologies, bbdigital (Blattner Brunner), Boston Interactive, Greater Than One, MRM Worldwide, RED Interactive Agency, RFI Studios, Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Five WebAwards: 180 Interactive, Airfoil Public Relations, Aristotle Interactive, Atmosphere BBDO, BGT Partners, Brulant, Inc, Cartoon Network, Cheil Communications America, Emakina, Extractable, G2 Interactive, Hunt & Gather, Larsen, Milestone, Thomson-FindLaw, TIG Global, usdm.net(R), Valassis, Web Associates

The 2008 WebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: Burst Media, PRWeb, Misukanis & Odden, B2B Magazine, AllBusiness, Small Army, ExactTarget, ad:tech conferences, eComXpo, MediaPost's OMMA conference, , Microsoft Silverlight, Snap.com, Internet World UK, Search Engine Strategies, Webmaster Radio, Rovion and Website Magazine. The Web Marketing Association thanks all of its sponsors for helping to make this annual competition possible.

Bill Rice
Web Marketing Association


WebAward Competition - -- The 2008 WebAward winner have been announced and are posted on the competition Web site. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to all of our winners and your awards are in production.

Interactive Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards - --The 2009 IAC Awards will begin accepting entries in early November.

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Campaign 2.008: Politicians Have Yet to Realize the Full Potential of New Media - This article by Ed Cafasso was published in the Public Relations Strategist and features comments by Web Marketing Association President William Rice (PDF).


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