Website Awards

Website Awards: Best Websites, Apps & Blogs of Note

Posted by Liz Dean on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 @ 01:08 PM

The Stevie® Awards don't just confer blog awards, website awards, and app awards; we also like to highlight blogs and websites once a month in our Stevie Awards Update email newsletter that we think will help make your work day more interesting and enjoyable. Here are this month's "Apps, Websites, and Blogs of Note:"

  • Buzzword Bingo   Stevie Awards Blog         
    Take one of this site's bingo cards with you to your next meeting.  Five in a row wins!
  • Grumpy Old Accountants                            
    Blog on corporate finance from two college professors.
  • GlobalPost                         
    This Boston-based international news website recently won a Peabody Award for its "On Location " videos.
  • The Cool Hunter                              
    A global hub for culture and design since 2004.

Have a favorite blog or website? Nominate it for a web site award. Wednesday, April 25, is the final entry deadline for The 2012 (10th Annual) American Business Awards, the top business awards competition in the U.S.A. If you haven't yet received your 2012 entry kit, you can download it online here and you will receive it right away. 

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Web Award Winner Rethink Autism Delivers Care Through Online Services

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 @ 10:01 AM

Rethink Autism, Inc. of New York, New York, USA won a Stevie® Award  for Best Website - Health Products & Services in the website awards categories of The 2011 American Business Awards, the premiere business awards program in the U.S.A. (The 2012 ABAs are accepting entries. Request your entry kit here and submit by the April 25 final entry deadline.) Here we look at Rethink Autism’s award-winning online services.

Rethink Autism uses technology to deliver autism treatment programs worldwide. The website award winner provides several services including:

  • Implementation training for parents and teachers,Rethink Autism
  • Comprehensive educational lessons,
  • Tools for evaluating needs and tracking student progress, and
  • An online professional support system.

Rethink Autism also provides an online community for families and teachers to connect with professionals.  Rethink Autism's site offers several resources, including:

  • Message boards,
  • Q&A forums,
  • Free webinars,
  • Weekly tips, and
  • Seminars

Rethink Autism uses a variety of techniques that allow users to easily navigate the site, connect with others, and find desired information.

Read Rethink Autism's winning entry and check out the award winning website here.  
About Rethink Autism
Launched in 2009, Rethink Autism is an online website service that provides clinical best practice autism treatment programs worldwide. Rethink Autism's online services provide training to families and teachers for implementing treatment, tools for evaluating needs of the students and tracking their progress, a complete video-based curriculum with over 1,200 teaching steps, and an online professional networking support system.  Rethink Autism is based in New York City and has 10 employees.

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47 Website Awards Categories in The 2012 American Business Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 @ 04:45 PM

As the entry deadline for The 2012 American Business Awards, the premier business awards program in the U.S.A. approaches on March 28, we'd like to highlight 47 website awards categories that may be of interest to website design professionals and industry leaders. If you haven't already received your 2012 entry kit, you can download it here.

Categories for industry best websites include:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive & Transport Equipment
  • Banking
  • Business Services
  • ChemicalsThe Stevie Awards
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Software
  • Computer Services
  • Conglomerates
  • Consumer Products - Durables
  • Consumer Products - Non-Durables
  • Diversified Services
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Food & Beverage
  • Health Products & Services
  • Hospitality & Leisure
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials & Construction
  • Media
  • Metals & Mining
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

Our specialty web site awards categories 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

There is no eligibility timeframe for the best website categories - it does not matter when the site or page was first published.

Entries for these web awards should include:

  • An essay of up to 100 words describing the site's purpose and achievements.
  • A link to your social media site or a video of up to three (3) minutes that demonstrates the features and functions of your site if it is password protected.
  • Optionally, you may list creative and production credits for your site - a list of the people and organizations that contribute to its development.

Here are some resources to help you submit your best of the web entries:

Which of your favorite websites will you submit entries for?

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Website Awards: Best Websites, Apps & Blogs of Note

Posted by Liz Dean on Mon, Mar 05, 2012 @ 02:43 PM

Once a month we like to highlight websites, apps, and blogs in our  Stevie® Awards Update Email Newsletter to help make your day a bit more interesting and enjoyable. Here are this month's "Apps, Websites and Blogs of Note:"

  • Image App Store                             
    A store that enables app users to interact directly with images, from Luminate.Stevie Awards Logo
  • brainpickings                     
    A site that styles itself as "a modest, curiosity-driven exercise in vision- and mind-expansion."
  • ImageThief                        
    A blog on life and business in China from Will Moss, Director of Communications Asia-Pacific, Motorola Mobility.
  • Quora                  
    An information network that delivers answers and content from people and professionals who share interests or have first-hand knowledge of a topic.

Know of other great websites, apps, or blogs? Nominate them for one of our blog awards, website awards, or app awards. The 2012 American Business Awards, the premier business awards program in the U.S.A., are now accepting entries. (The entry deadline for the corporate awards program is March 28, download your entry kit here.)

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Website Awards: Four Blogs & Apps to Help You Stay Organized

Posted by Liz Dean on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 @ 10:13 AM

The Stevie Awards don't just confer blog awards, website awards, and app awards; we also like to highlight blogs and websites once a month in our Stevie Awards Update email newsletter that we think will help make your work day more interesting. Our latest "Blogs & Web Sites of Note" include:

  • Brazen Careerist              
    Advice at the intersection of work and life from entrepreneur and career guidance counselor Penelope Trunk.
  • Drew's Marketing Minute                       RSS Feed resized 600    
    How to create a happy customer, from marketing agency veteran Drew McLellan.
  • Gist                       
    Gist brings your contacts into one place, allowing you a full view of your network and making it easy to find anyone, anytime.  They even offer FREE Blackberry Smartphones.
  • MyLeadResponder                        
    MyLeadResponder makes it fast and easy to close more leads quickly by combining the flexibility of email with the immediacy of a phone call. MyLeadResponder even gives you instant, organized lead response that you can access anywhere. From $49.95 per month.

Have a favorite website? Nominate it for a website award! The 2012 American Business Awards, the premier business awards program in the U.S.A. are now accepting entries. (The entry deadline for the business awards program is March 28, you can download your entry kit here.)

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How Auto Industry 2011 Web Award Winner Drives Traffic to Website

Posted by Liz Dean on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 @ 11:04 AM

Tesla Motors of Palo Alto, California, won multiple awards in the Web Site Awards & Blog Categories of The American Business Awards, including Stevie Awards for Best Web Site in Automotive & Transport Equipment, Best Home Page, and Best Overall Web Design. (Entries for The 2012 American Business Awards are now being accepted- get your entry kit here.) We asked the company for their latest developments in transitioning the world to electric mobility.

Tesla Motors seeks to challenge the auto industry status quo with its game-changing electric vehicle technology and to upend the sentiment that EVs are synonymous with sacrifice.  Its Stevie Award-winning website is an extension of this mission. Built by a small team on an open source platform, the website demonstrates Tesla’s start-up approach. Here are their thoughts on the future of electric vehicles:

How much progress is being made in transitioning the world to electric mobility?0911Tesla resized 600

Tesla's goal is to put as many electric vehicles on the road as possible. Through the Roadster, Tesla catalyzed the rest of the auto industry to develop their own EVs while proving that electric cars have the attention of the public. Mass production of their new sedan, Model S, in 2012 will accelerate adoption of EVs in the premium sedan market.

Tesla sells cars online and at 19 stores worldwide. By owning its own retail outlets, Tesla can closely control the customer experience. Tesla stores are positioned in high traffic areas and are designed to invite the passersby in--even if he/she isn’t car shopping--to learn about Tesla's technology and the benefits of electric driving. Tesla will open more stores over the coming months with a goal to inform and engage the public about EVs.

Tesla is also putting EVs on the roads by supplying battery packs and drivetrains to Daimler and Toyota. Tesla builds the battery for Daimler's electric Smart and Mercedes' electric A-class, and it is developing a full powertrain for the Toyota RAV4 EV, due out in 2012.

What are the top 3 reasons to transition to an EV?

1.Tesla vehicles offer the best in efficiency without requiring a tradeoff in performance or design.

2.EVs are incredibly convenient to own, as they require less service than a gasoline-powered car and can be refueled at home.

3.The world's transition to electric vehicles will end our dependence on oil.

What are the latest developments at Tesla?

Tesla is currently focused on bringing its second car, Model S, to market. Model S is the world's first premium sedan engineered from the ground up as an electric car. The Model S will push the boundaries of functionality, style, and efficiency.

Built around the driver, Model S accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. The in-dash 17-inch touch screen features wireless connectivity, including streaming radio, web browsing, and navigation. The car seats five adults and two children. Tesla designed the car with the battery pack under the floor thereby maximizing packaging efficiency. The space under the front hood becomes a second trunk, resulting in extra cargo room and increased versatility.

Model S has three battery pack options: 160, 230, or 300 miles per charge. The battery can be recharged using any conventional outlet. Model S deliveries begin in 2012, and Tesla is currently testing Beta versions of the vehicle.

Winning Website

The overarching objective of Tesla Motors’ Stevie Award-winning website,, was to deliver information about the company, its cars, and its technology to a variety of audiences in a manner that was both engaging and informative. The website redesign was released immediately following Tesla’s successful initial public offering on June 29, 2010.

The redesign of represented a significant departure from the
site’s previously dark and mysterious look. The website now symbolizes the company’s new branding, with the change to a light, airy design mirroring the company’s shift towards a consumer-focused, mass-market approach. The current site provides a clear framework to demystify, rather than obscure, the benefits of Tesla’s technology.

Flexibility for Future Growth

The goal of the site’s simple information architecture is to invite visitors to quickly identify the content they want to explore. The site, built on open-source platform Drupal, provides flexibility for future growth. The clean, simple homepage effortlessly places the car as the hero using stunning imagery.  The architecture feeds the “I want more” response by allowing visitors to quickly identify their next area of exploration: deeper dives into cars, technology, or company information.

About Ricardo Reyes:

Ricardo Reyes leads global communications and public relations for Tesla, overseeing media relations and product, corporate, online, and internal communications. Before joining Tesla, Ricardo was the head of communications and public affairs at YouTube. He previously handled litigation, competition, and policy communications for Google, Inc. Ricardo also spent a decade working on public policy and communications in Washington DC, including two years at the law firm Bracewell and Giuliani LLC. Among the corporate and political clients he advised, he worked closely with General Motors’ suppliers as they faced major changes to their business structure. Ricardo was a spokesman for US international trade policy when he served as Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for Public and Media Affairs from 2001 to 2004. He was also managing editor of Regulation Magazine, published by the Cato Institute, and worked with various public policy groups during his time in DC.

About Tesla:

Tesla’s goal is to accelerate the world’s transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. Based in Palo Alto, California, Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV powertrain components. Tesla has delivered more than 1,840 Roadsters, the world’s first electric sports car, to customers worldwide. Model S, the first premium sedan to be built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, will go on the market in mid-2012 in North America, and in Europe and Asia in late 2012.  For more information go to

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