Website Awards

Website Awards: Four Apps, Blogs, and Websites of Note

Posted by Liz Dean on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 @ 10:38 AM

The Stevie® Awards don't just confer business awards; we also like to highlight apps, 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. Our latest "Blogs & Web Sites of Note" include:

  1. Stevie Awards RSS FeedFleksy      
    A Finalist in The American Business Awards, Fleksy, originally developed for the visually impaired, allows people to type text without having to look. Programmed with a powerful text prediction engine, Fleksy is available for free on the iPhone, iPad, and coming soon to the Android market.

  2. GoFundMe                        
    Brought to our attention by International Business Awards judge, Peter Bush, of Swansea, UK, GoFundMe allows individuals or organizations to create an online fund-raising website.

  3. Numbeo                             
    Ever wonder how much it really costs to live in your city? Find out with Numbeo, a website with contributed data on the cost of living in cities and countries worldwide.

  4. Wendell Potter, Health Care Watchdog                
    A blog on the ramifications of new U.S. health care legislation for businesses as well as individuals.

Have a favorite app, blog, or website? Nominate it for one of our app awards, blog awards, or website awards in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. (The entry deadline for the 2013 Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the world's premier awards for women executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run, is August 28. Request an entry kit here.)

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Website Awards: Four Apps, Blogs, and Websites of Note

Posted by Liz Dean on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 @ 03:05 PM

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

Stevie Awards RSS FeedinDinero                              
An easy way to keep track of business cash flow and day-to-day finances, this Web app will sync your bank accounts with your credit cards to help you predict future cash flows. Prices range from $29.95 a month to $49.95 a month.

Project Tin Can
The future of e-learning is here! According to The Tin Can API website, "Tin Can API (sometimes known as the Experience API) is a brand new specification for learning technology that makes it possible to collect data about the wide range of experiences a person has (online and offline)." For more information on the API, we encourage you to visit http://scorm.com/tincan.

QuickBooks 2013                             
QuickBooks 2013 has arrived! With a clean look and a new navigation panel to improve speed and usability, the one-stop app allows users to sync items such as invoices and expenses across iOS devices and the Web. Monthly subscriptions start at $12.95 with free trials available.

Tappestry                           
A new app for the iOS and Android platforms, Tappestry allows individuals, companies, and organizations to safely share newly learned information.  Price varies based on number of users and free trials are available.

Have a favorite app, blog or website? Nominate it in The 2013 (10th Annual) International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition. (The final extended entry deadline is 10 July, request an entry kit here.)

Topics: website awards, business awards, blog awards, app awards, International business awards

Website Awards: Four Apps, Blogs, and Websites of Note

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, May 30, 2013 @ 05:09 PM

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

  1. Stevie Awards RSS FeedAladinia                               
    Going to Barcelona this October for The 2013 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition? Check out Barcelona's Roman Baths, sky diving, or rent a Ferrari for the day. This Spanish website offers "thousands of surprising options" around Spain, according to El Pais.
  2. Inside Climate News                      
    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, Inside Climate News is a news blog focusing on all matters affecting climate change.
  3. Bump                   
    Hate having to enter new contact information into your phone? Download Bump, the popular smartphone app that allows you to "bump" smartphones to obtain contact info.  The free app is available for iPhones and Androids.
  4. Lumosity's Human Cognition Project                      
    Be a part of Lumosity's program to improve human cognitive training programs.The online project is a groundbreaking collaboration between researchers worldwide with more than 600,000,000 cognitive game plays.

Have a favorite app, blog, or website? Nominate it for one of our blog awards, website awards, and app awards in The 10th Annual International Business Awards. (The final entry deadline is 12 June, request your entry kit here.)

Topics: website awards, business awards, blog awards, app awards, International business awards

Website Awards: Four Apps, Blogs, and Websites of Note

Posted by Liz Dean on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 @ 01:28 PM

The Stevie® Awards don't just confer blog awards, website awards, and app awards; we also like to highlight apps, 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. Our latest "Blogs & Web Sites of Note" include:Stevie Awards RSS Feed

BagsVIP           
Time is money, so why waste time at the baggage carousel?  United Airlines is offering BagsVIP service for delivery within a 100-mile radius of selected airports. Prices from $29.95 (1 bag) to $49.95 (3 to 8 bags).

MyReviewRoom                             
ReviewRoom provides a complete solution for managing online application processes. The system organizes workflow, collects applications, has an entry evaluation system, conducts reporting, and more.

VerticalResponse Blog                  
Have marketing questions? Check out this all inclusive marketing blog featuring actionable marketing tips and how-tos.

WeTalk                
The WeTalk app allows access to very low VoIP rates, particularly for international calling, and avoids data-roaming charges. Download the app for free on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Have a favorite app, blog or website? Nominate it in The 2013 (10th Annual) International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition. (The entry deadline is 15 May, request your entry kit here.)

Topics: website awards, business awards, blog awards, app awards, International business awards

Website Awards: Four Websites, Blogs, and Apps of Note

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 @ 11:18 AM

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 enjoyable. Here are this month's "Apps, Websites and Blogs of Note:"                         

  1. GateGuru                           
    RSS FeedGateGuru is an app that transforms any airport environment into a more satisfying experience before and after flights, or during layovers, by locating the best food, shopping, and service options. The app is available for the iPhone and Android for free.
  2. Todo
    Todo® Task Manager is a powerful set of tools that makes task management simple and fun. Use Todoon your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to keep tasks synchronized using Todo Online, a cloud sync service for tasks, or access tasks on your desktop in iCal or Outlook. The app is available for $2.99.
  3. Urbanspoon                      
    All The News That's Fit to Eat, blog and website Urbanspoon describes itself as the world's leading provider of time-critical dining data, and a player in the multi-billion dollar restaurant information industry.
  4. OmniGraffle
    With OmniGraffle, an iPad touch screen becomes a canvas, graph paper, whiteboard, or beer mat, allowing users to draw shapes, drag in objects, and style using simple multi-touch gestures. The finished creations can be shared via PDF export, or opened in OmniGraffle for Mac. The app is available for $34.99.

Have a favorite app, blog or website? Nominate it in The 2012 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition. (The extended final entry deadline is 18 July, request your entry kit here.)

Topics: website awards, business awards, blog awards, app awards, International business awards

Website Awards: Four Apps, Blogs, and Websites of Note

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, May 31, 2012 @ 01:34 PM

The Stevie® Awards don't just confer blog awards, website awards, and app awards; we also like to highlight apps, 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. Our latest "Blogs & Web Sites of Note" include:

  • The Audacity of Despair        RSS Feed                       
    The blog of David Simon, creator of TV series "The Wire."
  • ScoutMob          
    ScoutMob puts the power of local discovery in the palm of your hand.  A free app available for iPhone, Android & Blackberry.
  • Smashing Magazine                       
    An online magazine for professional Web designers and developers, with a focus on useful techniques, best practices, and more.
  • Word Lens                         
    Translate foreign signs from your iPhone.  Coming soon to other platforms.

Have a favorite app, blog or website? Nominate it for a Stevie!  The 2012 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition, are now accepting entries. (The final entry deadline is 27 June, request your entry kit here.)

Topics: website awards, business awards, blog awards, app awards, International business 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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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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