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Advice on Effective Website Design from a Stevie Award-winning Digital Agency

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 @ 12:08 PM

Web Advanced of Irvine, California, USA won two Gold Stevie Awards for Best Website in The 2013 American Business Awards: for their own website, in the Advertising/PR/Marketing category; and for their work for Pfister Faucets, in the Products-Durables category. (The 2014 edition of The American Business Awards is now accepting entries - get details here.)

We asked Andrew McLendon, Chief Creative Officer at Web Advanced, for some advice on effective website design.

Andrew McLendonAndrew McLendon appreciated the Stevie Awards he received earlier this year, but also enjoyed the reactions from the clients on their award winning websites.  “Our history of winning Stevie Awards has helped us maintain great relationships with accounts we’ve truly enjoyed working on,” said McLendon.  “After six to eight months of hard work and close collaboration on a project, there’s a sense of accomplishment upon delivering the news that is has been named a Best Website of the Year.  It’s also great to be forwarded the enthusiastic reactions from the client’s team.  It becomes company news for them.”

In addition to the two Gold Stevies, Web Advanced’s work for StockCross Financial Services picked up the Silver Stevie for Best Financial Services Website.

“The Stevie Awards team makes these business awards a personal experience, mostly through the phone and email contacts that we receive from them regarding announcements, and the awards events themselves,” added McLendon.  “It’s always a pleasure to hear from them.  It always seems to be good news!”

Website Traffic

While Web Advanced is passionate about creating great user experiences across connected devices, McLendon advises company’s not to worry too much about the volume of website traffic.Our role is typically to generate higher quality leads and to guide users to meaningful purchasing decisions,” says McLendon.  “Upon launching an online marketing campaign, we provide a lot of additional value by optimizing our clients’ websites through A/B, multivariate, and usability testing.  The data informs incremental improvements to the design and you start to see significant jumps in performance.”

Minor Adjustments

“It’s always interesting to see which strategic assumptions hit the mark and which need more thought,” continues McLendon.  “Sometimes the content strategy needs adjusting.  Other times, a different photo simply performs better.  Every percentage increase counts!  You can easily get obsessed with chasing improvement.  Overall, leads may convert differently depending on your industry, but in every case it’s best to optimize upon a foundation of good website design and proven landing page components.”

Home Office

McLendon sometimes works from home and finds Dropbox is the most practical application when not in the office.  “We have our internal network that is accessible remotely, but Dropbox is so practical when working between home and the office.  Using the Public folder in Dropbox is also convenient since there’s no need to grant unique access to specific files inside of it.  It’s replaced our usage of HighTail for sharing huge design files with clients and collaborators.”

Creative Talent

Inside every Creative Director there’s an artist yearning to break out.  McLendon is no exception, and would have loved to write and illustrate a children’s book. “I enjoy creative storytelling,” says McLendon. ”It’s a highly competitive industry, but children’s books can produce a beautiful blend of art and story.  Recently some friends called me out on having a children’s book on my coffee table and then were instantly absorbed upon opening it.  Those artists are doing great work.”

McLendon is just as proud of his team at Web Advanced, however.  “Ultimately they are the ones that keep me going.  Producing great work is always rewarding but the process of getting there needs to be enjoyable.  Working closely with a talented team that shares a great sense of humor is what makes the tight deadlines and late nights pass by easily!”

About Andrew McLendon
A talented artist and design professional, Andrew joined the Web Advanced team in 2000 as the company’s first employee. Leading Web Advanced’s design and production team as the company’s Chief Creative Officer, he has overseen the design of more than 500 client projects over the past 13 years. Andrew combines an artist’s eye for aesthetic detail with an expert’s understanding of technology and business solutions.

About Web Advanced
Web Advanced is a full-service digital agency that specializes in building effective brands and enabling organizations to grow online. Our heritage in user centered design and software development is combined with a "business minded approach" which has made it possible for Web Advanced to deliver no-compromise, digital experiences that generate demand and loyalty for our client's brands.

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The Stevie Awards' Website and App Recommendations This Month

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 @ 01:26 PM

RSS ImageOnce a month in this space we bring to your attention several websites, apps or blogs that we think might help to make your workday a bit more productive or enjoyable.  Here are this month's suggestions.

Huddle
Recently named a Gold Stevie® Award winner in the app awards categories of The 2013 International Business Awards, Huddle's iOS app aims to transform the way people work and enables people to get their jobs done faster and more efficiently. Supporting today's increasingly mobile workforce, Huddle brings together content management, social collaboration, and mobile collaboration productivity to unlock the true potential of anywhere, anytime working.

Freelancer.com
Another 2013 IBA Gold Stevie winner, in the website awards categories, Freelancer.com connects small businesses and entrepreneurs with over 8 million independent professionals globally, specializing in fields as diverse as IT, content, web development, sales & marketing, engineering, and medicine.

Mixbook's Mosaic
Also a 2013 IBA Gold Stevie Winner, Mixbook's app Mosaic allows users to create a quick, easy and affordable photo book from iPhone pictures that arrives in four days or less.

Sir Martin Sorrell on LinkedIn
Martin Sorrell, CEO of communications powerhouse WPP Group, airs his views on digital marketing via LinkedIn.

All of the Stevie Awards competitions recognize websites, apps, and blog through a variety of categories.  Explore them today at www.StevieAwards.com

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Website Awards: Sites, Apps & Blogs of Note

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 @ 10:35 AM

RSS imageOnce a month in this space we bring to your attention several websites, apps or blogs that we think might help to make your work day a bit more efficient or enjoyable.  Some may have won website awards, but that's not a requirement to be highlighted.  Here are this month's suggestions.

LastPass: A free tool that remembers all your online passwords for you and automatically logs you on to any site.

SparkMinute: An informative blog from media consultant David Spark on how he uses his phone apps.

Washington Post's Truth Teller: A prototype real-time fact checker being developed in conjunction with Knight News Challenge. Still in development, but worth watching.

Wattpad: A free app for phone, tablet, or computer that enables would-be writers to self publish, and provides readers with access to a wide range of free reading material.

Know of an app or site we should feature in this space?  Let us know about it!

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13 Specialty Website Awards Categories in the 2012 ABAs

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Dec 21, 2011 @ 05:34 PM

Social Media LogosWe want to highlight 13 specialty website awards categories that may be of interest to web and interactive professionals applying to The 2012 American Business Awards. Our specialty web site awards offer recognition for innovative web design, outstanding commercial uses of the web, and successful social media outreach.

The ABAs are the top awards program in the U.S.A., and feature a wide range of categories to honor achievements in the workplace. The entry deadline is March 28. Get your entry kit here.

The ABAs' specialty categories for the best websites include:

  • Best Interface Design
  • Best Software Programming/Design
  • Best Writing/Content
  • Best E-commerce Site
  • Best Home Page
  • Best Investor Relations Site
  • Best Overall Web Design
  • Best Online Press Room
  • Best Training Site
  • Best Video Site
  • Best Facebook Page
  • Best Google +1 Group
  • Best LinkedIn Group or Page
  • Best Twitter Feed

The ABAs also feature 34 industry-specific categories for your web site entries.

Your entry submissions to these categories should include:

  • An essay of up to 100 words describing the site's purpose and achievements to date
  • A link to the site, which must be attached to your entry through our attachment/link uploading tool.  If your site is not publicly available (i.e. private or password protected), upload a video of up to three (3) minutes that demonstrates the features and functions of your site.
  • Optionally, you may list creative and production credits for your site - a list of the people and organizations that contribute to its development.

There is no eligibility timeframe for these web site award categories; all sites are eligible for an award, regardless of start date.

How will your organization be highlighting its online successes in The 2012 American Business Awards?

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Best Websites, Apps & Blogs of Note

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 @ 03:17 PM

Stevies 2011Once a month in this space we bring to your attention several best websites, apps, and blogs that we think will help to make your work day a bit more productive and enjoyable.  Here are this month's recommendations.

QuickOffice Mobile Suite: Quickoffice will open any Microsoft Office file or document and allow you to make quick edits from your phone. While the app can be used to create documents, it is far more useful for small work tasks while you are on the move. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and more. From $14.99.

Glympse: A way to share information about your location with anyone for a specified period of time. Available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry & more. Free.

Hyperthinker: Blog from Brussels-based ZN, a communications agency for global organizations.

Pink Slip: Maureen Rogers posts comments on the workplace, business, management, the economy, lay-offs, etc.

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Best Websites, Apps & Blogs of Note

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 @ 02:21 PM

Once a month in this space we bring to your attention several apps, web sites and blogs that we think will help to make your work day a bit more productive and enjoyable.  Here are this month's recommendations.

This Is My Next: A temporary home for former Engadget writers who are launching a new online publication in September.

DeepMarket: Up-to-the-minute information on U.S. stock markets.

American Express Open App Center: American Express® OPEN, winner of multiple Stevie Awards in The 2011 American Business Awards, has created App Center specifically with businesses in mind. It offers digital tools that can help you manage cash flow, save time and money, and grow customer relationships.

News360: Created by a small company dedicated to changing the world of news, News360 wants people to be better informed and find things out faster. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry PlayBook. Free.

Looking for recognition for your app or site?  Learn how to win a Stevie Award for your work - get our free tipsheet now.

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5 Best Website Tips From Walmart

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 @ 11:50 AM

Suraya Bliss is Senior Director of Digital Strategy and Communication at Walmart in Bentonville, Arkansas, and recently chaired the final judging committee for the Creative categories in The 2011 American Business Awards. Here she shares knowledge gained from the creation of one of the largest employee websites in the United States.

Suraya BlissEvery week, in every state in America, 1.4 million associates head to work at Walmart. That’s a lot of people—in fact, nearly 22 percent of the U.S. population knows someone that works at our company. So you can imagine what a challenge it is to connect all these associates with news, information—and even with each other.

In March 2009, Walmart launched mywalmart.com, a password-protected social-media site for our U.S. associates to access from their home computers.  mywalmart.com is the result of careful planning, research, collaboration, and constant content refreshment.  Through its development we have learned a great deal about what makes an internal social-media site successful, and I’m happy to share some of our experiences to help other communicators connect more deeply with their own employees.

Let me start by telling tell you about mywalmart.com. Then I’ll share a few points about how we got to where we are today.

About mywalmart.com
Initially developed as a website to provide information to associates, mywalmart.com has evolved to become much more. Today we use the site to communicate new initiatives; involve associates in company programs and events; gather feedback about operations, marketing, and advocacy; and function as a change-management tool.   At its core, mywalmart.com strives to:

- serve as a single destination for associates to get information about the company and access key applications such as work schedules, discounts, benefits enrollment, educational opportunities, and jobs;

- educate associates on issues that impact the company, local stores, and one another (for associates who want to engage in issues, the site provides tools that help them get involved);

- provide insight into opinions and ideas of associates that help the business create and drive more effective initiatives and communication;

- Reduce costs and increase efficiency.

How did our team develop a site that went from zero to over 1.3 million users in 24 months?  Following are some of the key principles.

Start with the End Users’ Wants and Needs
In 2007, we conducted research to find out how best to reach associates using the most effective messages and channels.

Our research identified three themes that best build pride and engagement with associates: family, community, and opportunity.  These three pillars are woven throughout mywalmart.com, and have been used to develop an associate communications framework in channels ranging from the company’s magazine, Walmart World, to corporate memos. 

We also asked associates questions about what channels they trusted, and what new communications tools they were interested in using.  We were pleasantly surprised with the results:

- 81% of associates wanted information about the company when not at work, but did not want another corporate information site written from the home office’s perspective;

- 78% were interested in connecting with other associates;

- 79% said they would use social networking tools if they were available.

In the study, associates told us that they wanted to join the conversation and contribute to matters that affected them and the company.  These results led us to develop a digital strategy with heavy emphasis on social-networking functionality.

We knew that it would be a challenge to create a website for associates that would only be available off the clock but that would engage associates enough to keep them coming back. 

To accomplish our goals for the site, the team remained strongly focused on user experience.  The key organizing principles for the site were crisp, intuitive design; user-centric content (giving users what they wanted to receive, not just what we wanted to publish); active content (giving users a lot to do), and prominent placement of associate-generated content.

We continue to ask associates what they want on the site through on-site polls, blogs, and discussion topics.

Think Big (But Be Willing to Start Small)
When we launched in March 2009, mywalmart.com was a modest site with little social-networking functionality.   We had basic content, profile creation, and chats.  Although we knew we wanted to do more, we were concerned that taking an all-or-nothing approach would leave us with nothing.  As the comfort level grew with social networking and user-generated content, however, so did the associates’ use of mywalmart.com. 

Once the site was proven it was time to get bigger.  To grow we needed traffic, and to get traffic we needed a hook.  Fortunately we had a strong partnership with our benefits team, who were looking to update their website.  We gained traffic, they gained new functionality, and our associates were one step closer to a single source for content.

We worked with the benefits team to add popular applications such as online pay stub and special discounts to the mywalmart site.  Together we increased our traffic from 100,000 to 600,000 users.  Within weeks we had requests from other business units to integrate into mywalmart.com.  SparkShop.com, the associate apparel shop; associate volunteer and charitable-giving programs; sustainability programs; and other initiatives are all now integrated into the site. 

More recently, in partnership with our operations team, we rolled out online schedules for our associates.  Operations needed a channel with high traffic—and with over 900,000 associates by that time visiting our site every two weeks, mywalmart.com fit the bill.  Once again, partnership proved to be a win-win situation.  Since we started displaying schedules on mywalmart.com, our repeat traffic has grown from 78% of the user base visiting the site every two weeks to 85% returning every week.  Currently there are 1,330,215 registered users.

Whoever Aggregates Best Wins
We understand how precious time is for our associates. We didn’t want them to have to choose between mywalmart.com and other social sites; so, rather than considering Facebook and Twitter competition, we looked at them as an opportunity.

Recently, we developed a widget that brings content from our company’s Facebook and Twitter pages right onto mywalmart.com. Associates can now comment and share stories on these other sites without ever leaving mywalmart.com.

We continue to identify content and sites that are relevant to associates and present them on mywalmart.com.  With each such addition, mywalmart.com becomes more and more of a true “one-stop shop.”

Make It Easy to Contribute
A lean corporate team oversees all aspects of mywalmart.com.   As the site has evolved and more users visit the site more frequently, the demand for fresh content has grown and we increasingly rely on business units to provide material.

Rather than developing and publishing everything ourselves, we have created a content-management system that allows approved users to create and publish their own content.  To help coordinate our communications efforts, every two weeks we meet with key stakeholders—including corporate communications, marketing, global associate communications, and others—to develop a publication calendar. 

This structure provides coordinated content for mywalmart.com as well as for other corporate communication channels. 

Keep it Relevant
Keeping content and functionality relevant and customized to associates’ needs is key.  Our communications strategy is grounded in presenting user-generated content first, then providing context with company facts and information for support and reference. This approach is apparent from the very first view of our homepage. Associate-authored blogs, forums, and videos send a clear message that the site is first and foremost about the associate.

Throughout the site we continue to provide significant space for associates to focus on their perspectives about the company’s culture and activities and to share their stories.  Once we address associates’ interests and concerns with content, we are then able to effectively ladder the messages up, moving the content focus from local to national to global.

As mywalmart.com continues to evolve, we are working to position content so that it resonates even more with associates.  We’ve started customizing content based on geography and job codes as appropriate.

We are also creating communities on the site that cater to different interests and demographics, such as communities for volunteers, military families, diversity groups, and others.

Looking to the Future
mywalmart.com recently celebrated its second anniversary and is helping connect associates from New Hampshire to Hawaii.

The site continues to evolve and we are looking to bring mywalmart.com to our international associates in the near future. In the meantime, we learn more each day: what motivates our associates, what they need from our company, and what else we can do to engage them.

About Suraya Bliss
Suraya Bliss followed an unusual path to her role as Senior Director of Digital Strategy and Communication for the world’s leading retailer, Walmart.  After graduating from the College of Charleston, South Carolina, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Bliss worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, helping subsistence farmers and their families improve their living conditions.  She also earned certification as a Wilderness Education Association Leader on an expedition through the Grand Teton Mountains, and volunteered for the Colorado Forest Service maintaining the Poudre River Trail.

In her first position with Walmart as Director of Internal Communications, Bliss built a new department responsible for strategic internal communications.  In partnership with several departments, Suraya worked to develop the company’s global purpose statement: “Saving people money so they can live better.”

In her current position, Bliss plays a key role in shaping Walmart’s corporate strategy for a presence in the digital world, building community and creating efficiencies through the development of new tools and platforms. Bliss spearheaded the first use of social media for employees through a website—mywalmart.com—that enables 1.8 million Walmart U.S. associates to connect with the company and each other. The site has won several awards, including a Neilson Norman Best Intranets 2010 and a Stevie Award for Best Design and Interface.  She is currently working to extend the reach of social media to connect employees globally. Bliss has also been a leader in bringing together multiple external digital properties under one platform, significantly improving user experience.

Before joining WalMart, Bliss worked for DaimlerChrysler for six years. Her responsibilities included media relations and strategy development supporting marketing efforts. She managed safety programs and led the team that created and launched “SeatCheck,” an innovative and effective child-safety communications initiative that won a Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Silver Anvil Award; and “Fit for a Kid,” which received a PRSA Award of Excellence.

Bliss’s diverse experience also includes work with Carlson Marketing Group, where she was responsible for on-site event logistics and execution for a diverse client base; The Jewish Community Center (JCC), where she served as a Fitness Director and Program Developer; and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), where she was an examiner and trainer

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at 9,029 retail units under 60 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart strives to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy, and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com.

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Best Websites, Apps, and Blogs of the Week

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 @ 12:11 PM

Here are this week's best websites, apps, and blogs of note, to make your work life just a little bit easier.

Conversation Agent: Blog from Fast Company's Valeria Maltoni connecting people and ideas.
Dragon Dictation for iPadR: A free app providing accurate voice transcription and the ability to share messages via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. Versions also available for BlackBerry and Android.
Dropbox Anywhere: A free app that is the mobile version of this file synchronization program. Available for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android.
gotomypcGoToMyPC for iPad®: An app that enables fast, easy, and secure access to your PC or Mac from any web browser.
Save2PDF for iPad®: A $9.99 app that converts, merges, and creates PDF files on the. Available on Apple products only.

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How Web Award-winner adidas miCoach Gets People Up and Running

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Mar 15, 2011 @ 09:13 AM

  

The Stevie Award for Best Web Site for a Consumer Product in the website awards categories of The 2010 American Business Awards went to adidas, and was submitted by Isobar North America, Inc.

miCoachSpring is in the air in the northern hemisphere, and with it the need to get in shape, so this award-winning, personal and real-time audible training system is just what aspiring athletes need.

Elite Training for Everyday Runners
What do the world’s elite runners have that the average runner doesn’t?  Aside from genetic gifts and more time to train, the answer is simple: great coaching. If all runners had access to superior training, imagine what they could accomplish.  That’s why adidas set out to build the groundbreaking training system:  adidas miCoach.

Interactive Training System
miCoach is an interactive training system that combines a digital platform with real-time, audible coaching (via physical devices or a mobile app) to motivate and guide users, ensuring optimum training no matter the ultimate goal.

Customized Training Plan
miCoach collects and analyzes personal data and creates a customized training plan based on an individual’s fitness level and goals, while providing real-time feedback during a workout.

Monitoring Progress
At the adidas/miCoach web site runners can set goals, receive personalized plans, monitor their progress over time, and find inspiration—all driven by the latest web technologies and a visually rich interface.

“At adidas, we work with the world’s best coaches and athletes and we wanted to share this knowledge and experience with our consumers to inspire and to help them reach their personal goals,” said Simon Drabble, Director, Interactive Business Unit, adidas.

“miCoach represents a new way of approaching marketing, in which intuitive devices and an intelligent web site are seamlessly combined to create value between brand and consumer,” said Darryl Gehly, President of Isobar US.  “Together with adidas, we have created a very proactive, relevant, and personal connection with each runner’s experience.”

To access the site, go to http://www.adidas.com/us/micoach/

The site was created for adidas by communications and creative agency Isobar.  With its U.S. headquarters in Boston, MA and over 2,000 employees worldwide, Isobar combines strategy, creativity, and technology to bring people and brands together in new ways. Through a combination of art and engineering, Isobar helps clients like adidas, Nikon, Procter & Gamble and Reebok deliver brand promises in useful, tangible and relevant ways, driving new levels of engagement between brand and consumer.

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How a 2010 Web Award Winner Is Raising Funds for Refugees

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Mar 10, 2011 @ 11:10 AM

Reading Room of London, England won a Stevie Award for Non-profit Web Site of the Year in the web awards categories of The 2010 International Business Awards.

International digital agency Reading Room has offices in the UK, Australia, Singapore, and Dubai.  It aims to achieve business objectives online for its clients by providing services that span the full lifecycle of digital communications, including

  1. Strategic planning, creative, and technical consultancy
  2. Design and development
  3. Digital marketing, social media, and measurement
  4. Usability and accessibility testing
  5. Hosting and management services

Margaret ManningReading Room used these skills to develop the award-winning web site for the non-profit organization Australia for UNHCR, the fundraising arm of the UN Refugee Agency in Australia, which aims to help Australians change the lives of refugees and displaced people around the world.

Established in 1951, the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) provides and coordinates international relief for refugees and displaced people, offering them protection and assistance at every stage of their ordeal. As well as providing emergency shelter, food, water and medical care, UNHCR strives to improve refugees' quality of life and future opportunities. The organization provides infrastructure, schools and income-generating projects in established refugee camps and communities. UNHCR currently cares for more than 36 million people in 126 countries—80% of whom are women and children who have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict, disaster, and persecution.

UNHCR’s goal was to create a profound emotional connection between donors and those in need, extending the life of the relationship by deepening the
understanding of the work UNHCR does.

The striking design of the award-winning Australia for UNHCR web site compels the user to explore further, enriching their experience, and deepening the bond between donor and recipient.

One-off donations reached over A$850,000 within a year of the site going live. In addition, pledges worth more than A$110,000 per year in monthly donations have been made, demonstrating that UNHCR donors are now making a long-term commitment.

Best Interface Design
A 2010 Stevie Award for Best Interface Design also went to Reading Room for their work for the Wellcome Collection, which explores connections between medicine and art.  Wellcome asked Reading Room’s UK team to help bring their collection to life online and place it at the fingertips of a worldwide audience. The team transformed their online presence, resulting in a dramatic rise in visitor numbers online. The result: Visitors are now spending more time investigating and discovering on the site.

Receiving Awards Two Years Running
Margaret Manning, Reading Room CEO, said: “Naturally, we're delighted to win not one, but two of these highly prestigious awards—especially as this is the second year running that we've been successful. At the 2009 IBAs, we won in the Interface Design category for our stunning work for WWF UK, so to go and better that by adding two more coveted Stevies to our name is a credit to the brilliant achievements of our teams in the UK and Australia.”

Want to be honored with a Stevie Award for your websites and blogs as Reading Room was?  Read 10 Tips for Winning Web Awards in the 2011 Stevies, our free tipsheet.

About Margaret Manning
Margaret Manning is CEO and founder of international digital communications consultancy Reading Room. Over the last 15 years, Manning has grown Reading Room into an award-winning consultancy. She has been a visionary in championing the power of the Internet from its birth. As a renowned digital thought leader, Manning is a highly regarded keynote speaker at international events on the future of digital strategy and social media. Her philosophy is to stimulate thinking on the communication benefits of the Internet, focusing on the web as a “channel for business” through the creative use of technology, design, and content, with the challenge for global brands to integrate local, social, and mobile elements.

About Reading Room
Reading Room is an international digital consultancy founded in 1996 and now with 170 staff working from London and Manchester in the UK; from Sydney, Brisbane, and Canberra in Australia; and in Singapore and Dubai. Reading Room clients come from numerous sectors ranging widely in size, including Skoda, Royal Mail, The Fairtrade Foundation, LOVEFiLM, The Glenlivet, and G4S.

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