Website Awards

Mobile Site & App Awards Revamped for 2017 American Business Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 @ 05:18 PM

The 15th annual American Business Awards are the premier business awards competition in the U.S.A. They attract more than 3,000 nominations from organizations nationwide each year.

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The American Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. Full entry details are available at http://www.stevieawards.com/aba

The entry deadline is Thursday, February 16 but late entries will be accepted through Wednesday, March 15.

There are more than 30 categories for Mobile Site Awards & App Awards, and many of them are new for the 2017 competition. These categories are simple to enter because your mobile website or app is what is being judged -- a long submission essay is not required.

Information to be submitted online for entries in these categories for the 2017 ABAs will include:

a. An essay of up to 200 words describing the mobile site’s or app's purpose and results to date.

b. The mobile site or app itself, in the form of a demonstration video of up to three (3) minutes in length. You must attach the video to your entry through our attachment/link uploading tool. 

c.. Optional: list the people and organizations who contributed to your site or app, whether it was creative, production or development services.

Mobile Site Awards & App Awards:

Note the new categories for 2017 are highlighted in red.

F55. Business/Government
F56. Education & Reference
F57. Entertainment
F58. Events
F59. Experimental & Innovation
F60. Family & Kids (new category for 2017)
F61. Fashion & Beauty (new category for 2017)
F62. Financial Services / Banking (new category for 2017)
F63. Fitness & Recreation (new category for 2017)
F64. Food & Drink (new category for 2017)
F65. Games
F66. Guides/Ratings/Reviews
F67. Health (new category for 2017)
F68. Integrated Mobile Experience
F69. Lifestyle
F70. Magazine / Editorial (new category for 2017)
F71. Marketing
F72. Messaging (new category for 2017)
F73. Music
F74. News
F75. Productivity (new category for 2017)
F76. Professional Education
F77. Professional Services (new category for 2017)
F78. Public Service & Activism (new category for 2017)
F79. Real Estate (new category for 2017)
F80. School / University (new category for 2017)
F81. Shopping
F82. Social
F83. Sports
F84. Training
F85. Travel
F86. Utilities & Services

App Award winners in The 2016 American Business Awards include:

Business/Government – Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations and Business Services Industries
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
EffectiveUI, Denver, CO: City and County of Denver’s PocketGov Web App Allows Citizens to Interact with Government from Anywhere

Business/Government – All Other Industries
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Applied Systems, University Park, IL: Applied Mobile

Education & Reference
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Neocate, Rockville, MD: Neocate Footsteps App

Events
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
BMO Capital Markets, Chicago, IL: Global Metals and Mining Conference App

Experimental & Innovation
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Sharecare.com, Atlanta, GA: Sharecare Voice App

Integrated Mobile Experience
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
LogMeIn, Boston, MA: join.me

LifeStyle
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
ACTIVE Network, Dallas, TX: Couch to 5K: Running App, Training Coach and GPS Tracker

Topics: mobile site awards, app awards, Best Apps, website awards, best websites

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 Michelle Rutkowski on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

Once 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.

RSSUber
A new way of connecting riders to drivers through an app, Uber is now available in 35 cities and 19 countries worldwide.

Jaunted
The online home of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, this website provides surprisingly useful travel tips, vacation ideas, destination information, and deals.

99u
A "cultural blog" that aims to make ideas happen through its website, events, and books. 99u shares useful insights from leading researchers and creatives.

GreenBiz
A website providing green business news and tools focused on sustainability and business success.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are still accepting entries, under the Media Awards categories, for Website of the Year and Smartphone or Tablet App of the Year created by or for women.

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

Topics: web awards, website awards, best websites, stevie awards, business awards, app awards, women in business awards

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

Topics: web awards, website awards, best websites, stevie awards, business awards, app awards

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!

Topics: website awards, best websites, stevie awards, business awards, blog awards, app awards

How Website Awards Winner Increased Pageviews by 128%

Posted by Liz Dean on Wed, May 09, 2012 @ 02:42 PM

LifeLock of Tempe, AZ, U.S.A. won a Stevie® Award for Best Website in the website awards categories of The 2011 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards program. (The 2012 IBA entry deadline is 16 May, you can download your entry kit today.) Here we look at LifeLock's successful use of emerging technology.

In 2010, LifeLock was tasked with using innovative technology to redesign their website. This project was initiated to:

  • Align with new branding principles,LifeLock
  • Educate consumers on identity theft and LifeLock services, and
  • Demonstrate value and provide self-service to members.

The website award winner's redesign helped the organization achieve many successes including:

LifeLock.com: From Jan 19, 2011 through April 13, 2011 (vs. 12 weeks prior)

  • Visits up +95.22%
  • Pageviews up +128.33%
  • Average Pageviews up +16.96%
  • Mobile Visits up +153.47%

Member Portal: From Feb 1, 2011 through April 10, 2011 (vs. 10 weeks prior):

  • Visits up +36%
  • Average Time on Site up +43% (increase of 3.5 minutes)

Read LifeLock's winning entry and check out the award winning website, here.  

About LifeLock:
LifeLock helps consumers to render their personal information useless to thieves, backing it up with a one million-dollar service guarantee. Unlike other security services, LifeLock specializes in the prevention of identity theft rather than the reporting of it, providing customers with the tools to proactively protect their personal information. For more information, visit www.lifelock.com.

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48 Website Award Categories in The 2012 International Business Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 @ 12:53 PM

There are 48 website awards categories in The 2012 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition, to highlight your organization's best websites. (We invite all individuals and organizations worldwide to submit entries to the 2012 IBAs. The entry deadline is 16 May; request your entry kit here.)

Categories for industries that want to highlight best website design include:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive & Transport Equipment
  • Banking
  • Business Services
  • Chemicals
  • Computer HardwareInternational Business Awards
  • 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 & Entertainment
  • Metals & Mining
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

Our best website specialty 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 Mobile Site
  • Best Facebook Fanpage or Group
  • Best LinkedIn Group
  • Best Google +1 Group (new category for 2012)
  • Best Twitter Feed (new category for 2012)

Award winning websites honored at The 8th Annual International Business Awards presented in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates include Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Garanti Mortgage, GuestCentric Systems, Investis Ltd, PT Comunicações, TelecityGroup, and YOOX Spa among others.

Which websites will your organization showcase in the 2012 IBAs?

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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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Best Websites, Apps & Blogs of Note

Posted by Liz Dean on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 @ 12:36 PM

Every month we bring you the latest best websites, new apps, and winning blogs findings to make your work day more dynamic and pleasant. Check out our recommendations:

Work Matters
Stanford Professor Bob Sutton's blog on management and related topics.Stevie Awards Logo

Global Economic Trends
                               
A blog on global economics from registered investment advisor Mike Shedlock.

MightyMeeting

MightyMeeting allows users to store presentations and demo videos in the cloud and access them anywhere and anytime from the web, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android smartphones. Free.

iNap@Work
                      
Worn out by the holidays? This app plays office sounds like keyboard typing, mouse clicks, a stapler, and various other sounds that allow cubicle workers to take a nap while their colleagues think they are hard at work.  Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. 99cents.

Which websites, apps, or blogs would you recommend?

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