Best Awards Website
Awards International – International Business Excellence Awards
The website for IBX 2017, drives every stage of activity for the established International Business Experience Awards. From entry, through judging process, attending the finals and presentation event and provision of detailed feedback; the website manages all aspects of the programme. This has led to a truly international event, attracting increased number of entries and judges each year on a profitable basis and highly professional basis. As an international awards company, currently running 15 award programmes in three different countries, Awards International works to high standards with Professor Malcolm McDonald, Emeritus Professor of Cranfield University as our Academic Advisor to ensure the rigour of our entry and judging requirements.
The website is the centre of our success in running so many high-quality events, with modest staff numbers (30 FTEs worldwide) and enables us to produce highly detailed and valuable feedback to ALL entries within 48 hours of our live judging sessions.
BAFTA Tech – BAFTA Nucleus
The BAFTA Awards Entry System simplifies awards management with secure intuitive entry forms and automated online payments. The system offers secure data management and password protected accounts for awards admin, entrants and judges. It also handles seamless video management. Developed by BAFTA for our own awards, BAES is now licensed by the Royal Television Society, Media Business Insight (Broadcast Awards, Screen Awards, Shots Awards), the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund and Creative Diversity Network.
The Shorty Awards launched the first website in history allowing users to vote with a tweet or social share when it was founded in late 2008. Since then, the Shortys have grown rapidly alongside the social media landscape every year. This year, nominees in the Shortys received over 5 million votes from the public, up 50% from the prior year in addition to over 13 million page-views from users in major countries around the world.
The Shorty Awards website is built, designed and maintained by our incredibly talented, small internal team of designers and coders, and is now on its ninth iteration. Creating the site ourselves allows us to maintain our voice, brand and image as we grow. Our team focuses extensively on design and usability. The site has to appeal to an audience that includes everyone from teens to top-level execs. Due to the nature of our awards show, we experience visitors in waves, the busiest time being our month long voting period, when our page sees its largest influx of visitors and clicks.
The British Photography Awards
The British Photography Awards website was built by the two founders with a desire to do more to help the world. The challenges were numerous. Writing a website that had no direct market comparison was challenging, but this is to be expected as the dynamic, innovative model was new to the marketplace. It involved building a regionally-based photography competition and combining it with an informative choice-based charity fundraiser. The various payment forms and submission storages for high resolution files were the comparatively easy parts.
Unlike many other awards, as we deal in photos, the entire process had to be functional online. By this, I mean the judges can access the submissions, which are all stored on the cloud, and the entire awards can be run from anywhere. As we incorporated third party branding, we also had to proof check our content and presentation with our numerous charity partners. Our social media linkage is fully integrated so all news updates on our website automatically publish onto our channels. We have an alerts system in place that gives us updates when people enter, view certain content and tells us which charity is supported, and by whom and where the photos were taken.
Wirehive – Wirehive 100
The Wirehive 100 awards and league table showcase digital excellence and recognise the outstanding work and exceptional individuals from digital agencies in the southern counties based outside of London.
It is our mission to give hardworking digital agencies in the south of England the recognition they deserve and to keep adding to the surging trends of growth in this dynamic industry.
Our quest for continuous improvement doesn’t just stop at the event itself. With digital agencies as our target market, our self-designed website had to stack up against the work they were entering. With this in mind, we created a one-stop-shop for both entrants and judges. The Wirehive 100 portal allows entrants to complete all of their awards transactions, including entries, submissions, ticket purchases and guest lists in one handy dashboard.
The past five years have been an incredible journey for us at Wirehive running these awards. We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and genuine affection for Wirehive 100 from digital agencies in the South and the wider industry.