Web gurus: your opinions please
Now in its eleventh year, the Web Marketing Association’s Web Awards will soon cast a critical eye over portals in 96 industries, to eventually spotlight the best of the online world.
The contest will see each website judged on seven criteria: design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copy writing and ease of use.
To help websites “get the recognition they deserve,” the association is asking internet professionals to volunteer themselves as potential members of the judging panel.
Each judge will use the seven step evaluating technique, as well as their own experience in designing and managing portals to issue verdicts on sites they wouldn’t normally visit.
Ideal candidates include members of the media, interactive creative directors, site designers, content providers and webmasters, the association said this week.
"The Web Awards is different from other website award programs because we're not just a beauty pageant focused on name recognition and design," said William Rice, president of the association.
"For 11 years, industry professionals have volunteered to provide the backbone of our award program and helped thousands of Web sites get the recognition they deserve. As a Web Award judge, you are helping to set the standard of excellence for all web site development.”
The international event is also billed as a unique marketing opportunity for companies and their websites, and the firm that provides or maintains their sites.
All entrants receive valuable feedback from the judging panel on their portal, as well as a report detailing their performance compared to their industry rivals.
To enter your company’s website, or to submit yourself as a potential judge for the awards, please visit theassociation's website.