Boston, MA, December 10, 2019 –(PR.com)– The Web Marketing Association judges will select the best websites used as advertising in 86 industries as part of their 18th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards. The IAC Awards are the first and only industry-based advertising award competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising. Companies or agencies wishing to nominate their website advertising work for consideration may do so at www.IACAward.org before the deadline of January 31, 2020.
“Websites are an effective advertising tool to build brand awareness and engage consumers on a global scale,” said William Rice, president of the Web Marketing Association. “The IAC Awards provides an opportunity to show the world your expertise and ability to develop a website as an advertising vehicle. It’s also a great marketing opportunity for the winners to promote their work to senior management, customers and prospects.”
The IAC Awards were developed to evaluate and recognize innovation and excellence in online advertising which includes a category for Websites. The Web Marketing Association’s WebAward Competition for Website Development will focus on the entire Web site, with particular emphasis on the creativity and functionality of the overall interactive experience. Websites entered into the Website category of the IAC Awards will be judged based on their advertising merit. A site can be entered in both the IAC Awards and the WebAward Competition.
The 2020 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are open to all organizations and individuals (advertising and interactive agencies, corporate marketing departments, etc.) involved in the process of developing Internet advertising. Entries may be submitted online at http://www.iacaward.org. The deadline for entry is January 31, 2019 and will be judged on creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, and use of the medium.
In addition to Websites, awards will be presented within each of the industry categories and advertising formats such as:
Mobile Apps and websites
Online ads (including banner, pop-up or interstitial)
Rich media ads
Email message campaign
Online newsletter campaign
Voice Skills or Actions (New)
Integrated ad campaign
“We believe that winning an industry specific award is more valuable to the participant. It allows the participants to be judges against their peers, just like in the marketplace,” said Rice.
The 2019 Best of Show for Websites was given to Visit St. Pete/Clearwater and Miles Partnership for Visit St. Pete/Clearwater’s “Central Avenue.”
Past top winners in the Website category include:
2018 Wyoming Office of Tourism and Miles Partnership for Travel Wyoming Website
2017 TMV Group for FaygoUnbottled.com.
2016 HAVAS PARIS for La Marine Nationale : On Board Careers
2015 SapientNitro for The Blight Authority: Changing Blight to Bright
2014 Human. for Hudson Yards New York
2013 McCann Digital for Donate with Style
2012 Saatchi & Saatchi LA for The Camry Effect
2011 Rockfish for America’s Health Rankings
2010 Biggs|Gilmore for FrootLoops.com
2009 Verizon, NFL Network, Communifx for Verizon and NFL Network Online Demo
Interactive agencies that win multiple awards will also be in the running for Top Agency Award. In an effort to recognize those organizations that demonstrate exceptional development skills across multiple entries, agencies that win more the 6 awards will also be recognized with an Outstanding Advertising Developer award from the Web Marketing Association. In 2019, eight agencies won this honor.
Judging for the IAC Awards will take place in February 2020. Judges will consist of a select group of Internet advertising professionals with an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in Web advertising. Past competition judges have included top executives from leading corporations, institutions and media organizations such as Arc Worldwide, Beeby Clark+Meyler, Brunner Digital, Campbell-Ewald, CNN, DNA Communications Group, Deep Interactive Asia, Digitas, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Mastercard, McCann Worldgroup, Pixel & Cie, Possible, SapientRazorfish, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Structured Digital, Tectis GmbH, TMP Worldwide, Universal McCann Interactive and Wunderman / Y&R.
The 2020 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are sponsored by PR.com, iContent, EContent Magazine, Webmaster Radio and Website Magazine.
A complete list of past winners can be found at the IAC Award Website.
About the Web Marketing Association
The Web Marketing Association is an organization working to create a high standard of excellence for Web site development and marketing on the Internet. Staffed by volunteers, it is made up of Internet marketing, advertising, PR and design professionals who share an interest in improving the quality of online advertising, Internet marketing and promotion used to attract visitors to Web sites. The Web Marketing Association’s annual award programs, the WebAward Competition, MobileWebAwards and the Internet Advertising Competition Awards, have been helping interactive professionals promote themselves, their companies, and their best work to the outside world since 1997.
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