SIMSBURY, Conn., Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Web Marketing Association judges will select the best mobile applications and the best mobile websites of 2011 in 86 industries as part of their 9th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards. The IAC Awards are the first and only industry-based advertising award competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising. Companies or agencies wishing to nominate their work for consideration may do so at http://www.IACAward.org before the deadline of January 28, 2011.
"While many mobile applications are tools that make life easier for millions of people, they also are an effective advertising tool to build brand awareness and engage consumers where ever they may be," said William Rice, president of the Web Marketing Association. "Whether for the iPhone, Blackberry, or Android phones, mobile apps are becoming a must have marketing tool. The IAC Awards provides an opportunity to show the world your expertise in this emerging field. It's also a great marketing opportunity for the winners to promote their work to senior management, customers and prospects".
The 2011 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are open to all organizations and individuals (advertising and interactive agencies, corporate marketing departments, etc.) involved in the process of developing Internet advertising. Entries may be submitted online at http://www.iacaward.org. The deadline for entry is January 29, 2010 and will be judged on creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, and use of the medium.
In addition to mobile applications, Awards will be presented within each of the industry categories and advertising formats such as:
Social Media (New for 2011)
Web sites (including microsites and landing pages)
Online ads (including banner, pop-up or interstitial)
Rich media ads
Email message campaign
Online newsletter campaign
Integrated ad campaign
Ads the client did not choose
"We believe that winning an industry specific award is more valuable to the participant. It allows the participants to be judges against their peers, just like in the marketplace," said Rice.
Best of show award for each format will be selected from among the industry winners. Ads eligible for entry in the competition must have run during the period from January 1, 2010 through January 28, 2011 (except for the Ads the client did not choose format which do not have to have run.)
imc2 won Best of Show for Mobile for their work on Pizza Hut iPhone App. The app also won Best Restaurant Mobile application.
Other top winners in the mobile category in 2010 include:
Toyota Prius Mobile Site won Best Automobile Mobile application for iCrossing & Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc
MaxWhite iPhone Application won Best Consumer Goods Mobile application for VML
Gucci iPhone Application won Best Fashion or Beauty Mobile application for Critical Mass
The Allison Mobile Website won Best Hotel and Lodging Mobile application for Hospitality eBusiness Strategies
Teen Vogue Haute Spot iPhone App won Best Magazine Mobile application for Teen Vogue Magazine
Pierre DeRoche won Best Manufacturing Mobile application for Agence Virtuelle SA
Dare to Share won Best Marketing Mobile application for Razorfish
Fastbooking iPhone App won Best Mobile Mobile application for Fastbooking
21degrees won Best Professional Services Mobile application for 21 degrees SA
Cricket Evoke won Best Telecommunication Mobile application for Red Door Interactive
iVisitLauderdale: Official Fort Lauderdale Travel iGuide Application won Best Travel Mobile application for Miles Media
Industries represented in the 2011 IAC Awards include the following: advertising, advocacy, airline, application service provider, arts, associations, auction, automobile, b2b, bank, beverage, biotechnology, broadcasting, brokerage, catalog, computer hardware, computer retailer, computer software, construction, consulting, consumer goods, credit union, design, directory or search engine, diversified business, education, email, employment, energy, entertainment, environmental, events, e-zine, faith-based, family, financial services, food industry, game site, general interest, government, health care, home building, hotel and lodging, information services, institutional services, insurance, interactive services, international business, internet service provider, intranet, investor relations, investment, legal, leisure, magazine, marketing, manufacturing, media, medical, military, movie, music, mutual fund, news, newspaper, non-profit, other, pharmaceuticals, portal, professional services, public relations, publishing, radio, real estate, regional, restaurant, retail, school, shopping, small business, social network, sports, telecommunication, toy & hobby, transportation, travel and university.
Judging for the IAC Awards will take place in February, 2011, and winners will be notified by e-mail one week prior to the general announcement of winners in March, 2011. Judges will consist of a select group of Internet advertising professionals with an in-depth understanding of the current state-of-the-art in Web advertising. Past competition judges have included top executives from leading corporations, institutions and media organizations such as J. Walter Thompson, Blattner Brunner, Ogilvy Interactive, Comedy Central, National Cable & Telecom Association, Sun Microsystems, Refinery, Euro RSCG, New York Post Interactive, EPB Interactive, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Xerox, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Modem Media, and Answerthink.
The 2011 Internet Advertising Competition Awards are sponsored by ExactTarget, ad:tech conferences, BGT Partners, Burst Media, PR Newswire, AllBusiness, Search Engine Strategies, Internet World UK, Webmaster Radio, and Website Magazine. The Web Marketing Association thanks all of its sponsors for helping to make this annual competition possible.
About the Web Marketing Association
The Web Marketing Association is an organization working to create a high standard of excellence for Web site development and marketing on the Internet. Staffed by volunteers, it is made up of Internet marketing, advertising, PR and design professionals who share an interest in improving the quality of advertising, marketing and promotion used to attract visitors to Web sites. In addition to the IAC Awards, the Web Marketing Association's annual WebAward Competition has been helping interactive professionals promote themselves, their companies, and their best work to the outside world. Now in its 14th year, the WebAward Competition has become the premier industry-based site recognition program for online advertisers, Web developers and marketers worldwide.
SOURCE Web Marketing Association