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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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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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 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.

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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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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10 Tips for Winning Web Awards in the 2012 Stevie® Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Wed, Dec 07, 2011 @ 04:58 PM

We've just updated our 10 Tips for Winning Web Awards in the Stevie® Awards tipsheet for 2012!  Get it here.

Let us help you get the most out of your Stevie® Awards web awards submissions: Download our 10 Tips for Winning Web Awards in the Stevie Awards tipsheet.

Our newly updated tipsheet will help you:

  1. View all of the possible website award categories.
    Web awards include categories for recognition of IT professionals, as Stevie Web Awards Tipsheetwell as categories dedicated to exceptional web sites, blogs, videos and other produced tools.
  2. Get an introduction to our new app awards for smartphones and tablets.
    Submit entries for your organization's latest app (issued or updated since January 1, 2011).
  1. Increase your chances of winning a Stevie Award!
    Get insider tricks to help you choose the best web award categories for your organization.

The 2012 web awards tipsheet provides helpful information on three of our Stevie Awards programs, including:

Which website, blog, video, or application will you be submitting for the 2012 Stevie 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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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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Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 @ 01:40 PM

Jennifer RotnerElite Editing is a New York–based full-service editorial company, offering proofreading, editing and writing help for businesses, academics and individuals through the website The company earned one of the website awards in the 2010 Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the global competition for women entrepreneurs, executives, and the organizations they run.  Company owner Jennifer Rotner accepted the Stevie at the awards dinner in New York on Friday, November 12 2010.  See her acceptance speech here. allows users to upload documents and pay instantly so that, no matter the deadline, their work will be delivered on time and error-free. The site also functions as an extensive writing resource, offering an invaluable list of articles, links and writing tips that is constantly evolving, with new, original content added daily.

The next opportunities to win web awards and blog awards from the Stevies include the website and blog awards categories of The 2011 American Business Awards, and the web awards categories of The 2011 International Business Awards.


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