Welcome to 2013! We have a lot to accomplish this year and we think you'll like what you see from the Web Marketing Association this year, so let's get started.

Less than One Month To Enter 2013 IAC Awards

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.

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 the Online Marketing Summit in San Diego, February 11-13. It will be 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.

To enter, send an email to OMS@webaward.org with your name, job title, company and mailing address. We'll select one lucky winner at the end of the day on January 18th.

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!

Bill Rice
Web Marketing Association

P.S. If you are an interactive agency looking to become and "Award Winning Interactive Agency", then be sure to enter the 2013 IAC Awards!


Interactive Advertising Competition (IAC)Awards - -- There are only a few weeks left to enter the 2013 IAC Awards. The Deadline for entry is January 31, 2013.

WebAward Competition - The 2013 WebAward Competition will kick off in April, 2013.

MobileWebAwards - -- 2013 MobileWebAwards competition will begin accepting entries for it's second year in August with an end of September deadline.

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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.

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.

SES New York
March 25-28
New York Marriott Marquis
Thousands of industry experts will be at the leading online marketing event of the year - will you? Be part of the only community that educates you & prepares your business for the changes ahead. Beat your competition, grow buyer loyalty, & gain customer acquisition. BOOK NOW until Feb 21 save up to $600. Use code WMA13.

ad:tech San Francisco
April 9-10, 2013
Moscone Center West
ad:tech San Francisco 2013 is the most important event for digital marketing professionals to stay up to day on what's next and what's valuable. Interactive marketers from all scopes of the industry come together to network, see cutting-edge products and services from top speakers and exhibitors, and to participate in educational formats such as classroom-style sessions, hands-on workshops on the Expo Floor, Marketing Masters, and Tutorials. Witness startups compete in our Startup Spotlight for the ad:tech Innovation Award in front of an advisory board made up of industry peers, or keep the conversation going during the Networking Pub Crawl. Register before February 4 to get the Early Bird pricing and start planning your most successful event!

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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