Welcome to the first Interactive Briefing of 2014. Read on to see what's happening at the Web Marketing Association this month.

2014 IAC Awards Entry Deadline Extended

The Call for Entries for the 12th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards initial deadline has been extended until February 14, 2014. This will allow additional time to get your best work submitted. It is also the deadline for editing any existing entries before they are sent to the judges. The Competition Web site is located at www.IACAward.org and the deadline for entry is January 31, 2014.

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

Conference Drawing

This month, you can enter to win a free pass to ad:tech San Francisco, March 26-27, 2014 at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco. ad:tech is the leading digital marketing event for 8,500+ marketing and technology professionals from all over the world where you can experience two action-packed days with keynotes, education led by digital marketing's best and brightest.

To enter, simply go to this blog post and enter your name, job title, company and email address before the deadline of January 28, 2014. You can also earn extra entries by Liking us on Facebook and tweeting about the drawing!

Congratulations to Ashley Kennedy of Add3 for winning last month's drawing for a free full conference pass to Tech Marketing 360 (February 18-20, 2014 in Dana Point, CA), the only event dedicated to technology marketers.

Bill Rice
Web Marketing Association


Interactive Advertising Competition (IAC)Awards - -- The 12th annual call for entry deadline has been extended until February 14, 2014. This is also the deadline for editing existing entries.

WebAward Competition - The 2014 WebAward Competition site is being updated and the call for entries will begin in March, 2014.

MobileWebAwards - -- 2014 MobileWebAwards competition will begin it's next call for entries in August.

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The Web Marketing Association supports several important industry conferences. Here are some of the events you should consider attending his year.

Tech Marketing 360 Conference
February 18-20, 2014
Dana Point, CA

Tech Marketing 360 is the only event dedicated to technology marketers. Discover the most current and cutting-edge innovations and strategies to drive tech marketing success, and hear from and engage with companies like Mashable, Dun & Bradstreet, ExactTarget, IDC, Microsoft, LinkedIn, SAS, Oracle, Leo Burnett, Young & Rubicam, Juniper Networks and more - all in an intimate, upscale setting. Register with code CMWMA14 and save $100 on current pricing.

ad:tech San Francisco
March 26-27, 2014
Moscone Center West, San Francisco

ad:tech is the leading digital marketing event for 8,500+ marketing and technology professionals from all over the world - a marketplace for buying and selling, a community for networking, a forum for exchanging ideas and an opportunity for contributing to industry trends and initiatives. At ad:tech San Francisco, you can experience two action-packed days with keynotes, education led by digital marketing's best and brightest, hundreds of leading-edge suppliers - from established players to the newest startups - nonstop networking and much, much more.

Social Media Marketing World
March 26-28, 2014
Grand Hyatt San Diego

Social Media Marketing World 2014 is the world's largest social media marketing conference. By attending, you'll make connections with 80+ of the world's top social media pros (plus 2000 of your peers) and you'll discover amazing ideas that'll transform your social media marketing.

Clickz Live New York
March 31-April 3, 2014
New York Marriott Marquis

ClickZ Live is the evolution of SES Conference & Expo. SES established itself as a leading conference for digital marketers and now takes on the identity of the industry's premier digital marketing publication, sister brand, ClickZ.com. ClickZ Live is a next-generation event that addresses the increasing change of pace in the digital marketing industry, to meet the diverse educational needs of today's online marketing community.

SXM London
May 13-14, 2014
Chelsea Football Club, London

SMX London is programmed by the sharpest minds and most experienced team in search marketing. Together, Search Engine Land editor-in-chief Danny Sullivan and executive editor Chris Sherman have covered the topics, interviewed the news makers and educated generations of search marketers. Enter the code "WMA14" when you sign up and receive a 15% discount.

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.

Award Winning Agency Database

If you have not done so yet, be sure to check out the Award Winning Interactive Agency Database or AWAdb. Inclusion in the website is free if you qualify and listings are automatically upgraded to the Premium Level if the agency has won an award from the WMA in the past year (Another great reason to enter the WebAwards this year!).

If you are looking for an agency to help with your interactive marketing needs, you can search thousands of full service advertising agencies and interactive agencies that been recognized by major award programs for their outstanding interactive work. The AWAdb can be searched by several fields that are cumulative in helping to narrow your search quickly. Visitors can search by agency name, location, languages, or even specialty. The site also offers an Interactive Agency Map that allows the user to click on the geographic area they are interested in and drill down to see the exact locations of various award winning agencies.

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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