Best Architecture Website of 2006 to be Named by Web Marketing Association

The Web Marketing Association announces the call for entries for its
10th annual international WebAward Competition at
http://www.2006webaward.org. The architecture industry has been added as
a new WebAward category in 2006 allowing firms to compete for the right
to be honored as the Best Architecture Web site of 2006.

(PRWEB) April 17, 2006 -- The Web Marketing Association announces the
call for entries for its 10th annual international WebAward Competition
at http://www.2006webaward.org. The WebAwards is the standards-defining
competition that sets industry benchmarks based on the seven criteria of
a successful Web site. The deadline for entry is May 31, 2006.

The architecture industry has been added as a new WebAward category in
2006 allowing firms to compete for the right to be honored as the Best
Architecture Web site of 2006.

“The architecture industry is very competitive when it comes to Web
development and architecture firms can benefit from the independent
evaluation of their online efforts that the award judges provide,” said
William Rice, President of the Web Marketing Association. “From a
preliminary review of architecture industry Web sites, we believe there
is an opportunity for some architecture firms to standout from rest.
These will be able to call themselves award-winning websites after
participating in the WebAwards”.

Web sites are judged on seven criteria including design, innovation,
content, technology, interactivity, copy writing and ease of use and
receive a numeric score. Each WebAward entry is judged against other
entries in its industry category and then against an overall standard of
excellence. Entrants also benefit from receiving valuable feedback from
the WebAwards professional judging panel on their Web site development
efforts.

“Participants in the 2006 WebAwards architecture category will receive
their scores in each of the seven criteria compared to the average of
the entire industry. That type of feedback and benchmarking alone in
worth the price of admission,” said Rice.

Judging for the 2006 WebAwards will take place in June through August,
with winners announced in September. Judges will consist of a select
group of Internet marketing professionals who have direct experience
designing and managing Web sites with an in-depth understanding of the
current state-of-the-art in Web site development and technology. Mark
Kingdon, CEO of Organic, Inc. (www.organic.com) has been selected to
lead the judging panel this year. Past judges have included top
executives from leading organizations such as Ogilvy Interactive,
Saatchi & Saatchi, Blattner Brunner, Comedy Central, Sun Microsystems,
Refinery, Euro RSCG, EPB Interactive, New York Post Interactive, The
Cincinnati Enquirer, J. Walter Thompson, Xerox, Art Institute of
Pittsburgh, Modem Media, and Answerthink just to name a few.

The 2006 WebAward Competition current sponsors include Burst Media
(www.burstmedia.com), SimpleFeed (www.simplefeed.com), Register.com
(www.register.com), NewsUSA (www.newsusa.com), AdTools
Inc(www.adtoolsinc.com), Small Army (www.smallarmy.net), Perseus
Development Corp (www.perseus.com) and PRWeb (www.prweb.com). Media
Sponsors include Website Services Magazine (www.websiteservices.com),
AdRants (www.adrants), MarketingVox (www.marketingvox.com), MediaPost
(www.wediapost.com), eComXpo (www.ecomxpo.com), Ad:Tech
(www.ad-tech.com) and Macworld (www.macworldexpo.com). The Web Marketing
Association thanks all of its sponsors for helping to make this annual
competition possible.

About the WebAwards

The 10th annual international WebAwards competition sets the standard of
excellence in 96 industry categories by evaluating Web sites and
defining benchmarks based on the seven essential criteria of successful
Web site development. The goal of the Web Marketing Association, sponsor
of the WebAwards, is to provide a forum to recognize the people and
organizations responsible for developing some of the most effective Web
sites on the Internet today. Entrants benefit from a Web site assessment
by a professional judging panel and the marketing opportunities
presented to an award-winning Web site. For more information, and a
complete list of industry categories, visit www.webawards2006.org.

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