William Rice
Web Marketing Association

This month marks the 50th issue of Interactive Briefing, the newsletter of the Web Marketing Association. We hope that we have created an easy to read update on what is happening at the WMA and in the world of Web development.

IAC Awards

We are getting ready to start judging the 7th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards. If you have entered this year, please take a moment to log in to your nominator account and check that your entry is marked "approved" and that the URL that you provided is working correctly. After Friday, the nominator accounts will be locked and entry edits will not be accepted.

Judges will receive their 2009 judge's instructions on Monday February 16 and the judging will be officially underway.

If you still would like to submit an entry or need to complete payment of your entry fees, please do so by the final deadline of Friday February 13th so you can be included in the judging.

The competition web site is located at www.iacaward.org.

WMA Joins Social Media Revolution

Social networks allow many people with a shared interest to come together and share ideas or just stay in touch. While we had set-up a LinkedIn Web Marketing Association Group some time ago, we have not been active in promoting the group or encouraging discussions.

More recently, we created a Web Marketing Association Facebook Group to bring people together in the industry.

How can you help?

First off please join either or both groups. Corporate filter and over full inboxes have made email less reliable for knowing when our award programs will begin. We use these networks to keep everyone in touch with what is going on with the Web Marketing Association and our award programs.

Secondly, participate in discussions or begin new ones. A lot of talented individuals belong to the WMA and we can all benefit by sharing information, trends and ideas.

Finally, we are looking for a few volunteers that can help us manage both groups. We are a volunteer organization and count on professionals to keep everything up and running. If you are active on Facebook or LinkedIn and are willing to become an administrator for one of the groups and help us keep it active, please email me through the group you wish to participate in.

Bill Rice
Web Marketing Association


Interactive Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards - -- There are only a few more days to enter the 2009 IAC Awards - The extended deadline is February 13th at midnight. Now is the time to enter your best work. Judging begins February 16th.

WebAward Competition - The 13th annual WebAward Competition will begin its 2009 Call for Entries in April.

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eTail 2009 West
February 23rd - 26th, 2009
JW Marriott Desert Ridge • Phoenix, AZ

eTail 2009 Theme: Retail's Pivotal Moment: Re-focusing On The Core Of Your Business And Brand While Forecasting For The Future. This conference will focus on the efficiency of every aspect of your business - financial, operational, customer service, logistical, and digital with Keynote presenters in every category. It will gather Proprietary Research On Holiday promotional strategies best practices via the brand new eTail Industry Report presented by RSR Research. You will enjoy customized opportunities for networking and relationship-building in a closed-door setting by attending our Industry Champagne Workshops and Cross-Functional Networking Lunches!

BtoB's NetMarketing Breakfast Series
Multiple Locations and dates

Gain insight into the most effective digital strategies for b-to-b marketers. From mobile marketing to social media and Web 2.0 and beyond, our expert panelists will reveal the tools and tactics that have - and have not - worked for them. *Now FREE for corporate marketers*

February 26 - San Francisco
March 11 - New York
April 16 - Atlanta
June 25 - New York

digiday:MOBILE & digiday:SOCIAL!
March 12, 2009
W Hotel, New York City

Marketing & Monetizing Mobile in 2009: Publishers, Agency Executives and Brand Marketers will converge and discuss one of the hottest markets in digital content and advertising: Mobile. Digiday Mobile gives media leaders a chance to dive into high level strategies and the future of Mobile content and advertising. Show time: 8:30am - 12:30pm + a Cocktail Mixer from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

When Social Media & Marketing Mix - digiday:SOCIAL examines, explores and debates the intersection of social media and marketing and how today's biggest advertisers and publishers are making money from their social media plays. The participants include executives from the leading content companies, advertising agencies, and brands - who will engage in discussions about the forces that are shaping the social media and advertising business today. Show time: 12:30am - 5:30pm + a Cocktail Mixer from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Search Engine Strategies New York
March 23-29, 2009
Hilton New York

Search Engine Strategies (SES) is the leading global conference & expo series that educates delegates on search engine marketing. Go behind the search box at this year's SES New York, Mar. 23-26 2009. We will deconstruct the strategies and tactics behind SEM (SEO & PPC) and give you the lowdown on what works and what's out. SES New York is an intimate event, with 6,000 delegates expected, ensuring all questions and needs are answered and taken care of.

WMA Members Receives an additional 15% discount. Just enter code "15WMA"

SES Magazine

Can't attend? Sign up for a free SES New York magazine. Get original content from our SES New York speakers and get an exclusive look at the exciting things happening at SES New York. Email sesmagazine@searchenginestrategies.com for your Free copy today.

eM9-SF Marketing Conference
April 21-22, 2009
Hilton San Francisco Financial District

eM9-SF provides the forum for the very latest trends, best practices, processes and ideas that are transforming the future of marketing. Sessions contain new content and cutting edge actionable ideas and processes you can bring your entire team.

Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, great networking, welcome reception, terrific breaks, and some of the best leaders in the marketing arena.

Internet World UK
Earl's Court, London
28-30 April, 2009

Internet World is Europe's longest running, best attended and biggest event for digital marketing and online business, attracting over 13,000 visitors and more than 300 exhibitors.

Now in its 17th year, it is the only event that brings you everything you need to formulate and implement your online strategy, from digital marketing to ecommerce, content management to hosting. It showcases the UK's leading suppliers and delivers Europe's best free education program.

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.

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