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2018
Website of the Year
Awards

Recognizing excellence and innovation

About the Awards

Since its inception in 2011, the Website of the Year Awards recognize websites powered by Progress Sitefinity for their excellence in user experience and their innovation in applying Sitefinity features and capabilities.

All submissions received as part of the Website of the Year Awards will automatically be considered for the “Best Web Experience” category of the 2019 Progress App Innovation Awards, announced at ProgressNEXT in May.

Who Can Submit a Nomination?

The awards contest is open to the entire Sitefinity community. You can self-nominate your own project built with Progress Sitefinity or authorize your implementation partner to make a nomination on your behalf.

In both cases, we require that a Marketing Consent Form be signed by the website owner and submitted with the nomination.

What’s in It for Winners?

  • Extra exposure on Progress.com
  • Additional website traffic
  • Opportunity for a joint success story with Progress
  • Engraved physical award
  • Special digital badge
  • Industry recognition and awareness via a Progress press release and social media promotion

Selecting the Winners

By tradition, winners are selected in two phases. First, an internal Progress jury shortlists the three best websites per category, for all preset categories. After narrowing the field, voting is opened to the community at large - via email and social media – to determine the winners in the respective categories.

Everyone can participate in the public voting. Remember – only one vote per user will count.

Timeline

  1. Collecting Nominations

    November 20- February 1

  2. Shortlisting Finalists

    February 1 - March 4

  3. Public voting

    March 4 - March 15

  4. Counting the Ballots

    March 15 - April 3

  5. Winners Announced

    April 3

Criteria

Visual Design

Visual design refers to the appearance of the website. Good visual design is appealing to the human eye, appropriate, and successfully supports the messaging of the website.

Content

Content refers to the information presented on the site and takes different forms - text, music, sound, animation, video. Good content should be engaging, relevant and appropriate for the audience.

Layout and Navigation

Layout and navigation is how a website is structured, how content is organized and prioritized within the site's framework and how you move through the site. Sites with good layout and navigation are consistent and intuitive.

Innovation

Innovative use of technology on the site. Innovative functionality should push the envelope of what has been achieved in the past and enable the website to best serve the needs of visitors.

Complexity

Complexity refers to the level of technical difficulty employed when building the project, usually represented by website customizations and integrations with 3rd party systems - with or without the use of the available Sitefinity connectors.

Significance

Significance refers to the role of the website and its function, also its prominence in the Internet community, recognitions, site linkages.

Previous Winners

Automotive & Transportation

Aston Martin

A truly global site, reaching across 6 regions, 15 languages and 163 dealer websites, while offering a much-improved digital experience.

Implemented by POSSIBLE

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Aston Martin
Consumer Goods & Services

PMI

This site has made a major leap forward in usability and scalability, while enjoying seamless integrations with NASDAQ systems and TALEO.

Implemented by Emakina Group

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Tourism & Hospitality

Goomo

Utilizing Sitefinity's marketing automation, the site realized a 30% increase in lead generation and 25% in bookings. The site's country rank pushed up to 4,875 and is now driving traffic of over 800K organic visitors.

Implemented by Idealake

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Education

Murdoch University

Shortly after launch, the site saw a 32% increase in traffic from mobile devices, along with a 194% increase in traffic to “Study” page.

Implemented by Precedent

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Murdoch University
Food & Beverages

Nestlé Brazil

The new site lived up to stakeholders’ expectations – it improved SEO and maintenance, while keeping Nestlé’s standards for quality, technology and security.

Implemented by F5

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Nestlé Brazil

Website of the Year

Meet the Finalists

Multisite

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Polaris Fashion Place

Implemented by Mindstream Interactive

With over 80 property websites in a multisite setup, Washington Prime Group has managed to combine an advanced level of authorship with ease of maintenance and unique customer experience.

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Kindred Healthcare

Implemented by LEAP

Kindred Healthcare had 300 websites which they wanted to consolidate into a stable multisite environment, which allowed site templating and the ability to create easy to use widgets and modules.

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Parkway Shenton

Implemented by A8

The newly revamped website is one of 15+ websites using multisite management to easily share content and images for better control of the Parkway branding, while increasing leads and conversion.

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Automotive & Transportation

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Aramex

Implemented by Aramex and Eleks

The site delivers superior localized experiences via a responsive one-stop-shop for all types of audiences, leading to a steady increase in traffic from mobile devices.

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Aston Martin

Implemented by POSSIBLE

A truly global site, reaching across 6 regions, 15 languages and 163 dealer websites, while offering a much-improved digital experience.

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TVR

Implemented by Spinbox

TVR’s new site celebrates their 70th anniversary by unveiling their brand new sports car, so it had to match the car’s power and stunning design.

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Consumer Goods & Services

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Siminn

Implemented by Siminn

The site combines a mobile-first approach with a completely overhauled online sales process with orders being delivered instantly to Salesforce.

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Etika Group

Implemented by Splash Interactive

Fast time to market for new content was crucial for Etika’s new online presence. Another key requirement was optimal page load times.

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PMI

Implemented by Emakina Group

The site has made a major leap forward in usability and scalability, while enjoying seamless integrations with NASDAQ systems and TALEO.

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Food & Beverages

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Level 257

Implemented by Americaneagle.com

Shortly post launch, the Level 257 team noticed an increase in contact inquiries regarding events planning and online reservations.

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Tropical Passage

Implemented by Americaneagle.com

Beverage Flavors International needed a modern and user-friendly website to present their new product, Tropical Passage, and help them reach new markets.

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Nestlé Brazil

Implemented by F5

The new site lived up to stakeholders’ expectations – it improved SEO and maintenance, while keeping Nestlé’s politics and standards for quality, technology and security.

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Banking

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American Momentum Bank

Implemented by Bayshore Solutions

Comparing 90 days before to 90 days after launch, the site has seen a 26% decrease in bounce rate, a 6.94% increase in page views and a 14% increase in pages per session.

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DSKBank

DSK Bank

Implemented by Studio X

The new site enables site administrators to create engaging content on the fly, while offering a superb level of customer interaction through various online forms and custom features.

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CorporateFamilyCreditUnion

Corporate America Family Credit Union (CAFCU)

Implemented by Americaneagle.com

The new site allows CAFCU to publish content automatically at a future date, have site-wide alerts, and manage marketing ads with ease.

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Financial Services

Selco

SELCO Community Credit Union

Implemented by Affirma Consulting

Sitefinity has allowed SELCO to create an engaging web presence with strong SEO and a fluid end user experience, while preserving scalability.

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RelianceSmartMoney

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Implemented by Idealake

In just few weeks, the platform has scored an increase of 30% in all the metrics with an overwhelming 50,000 users who've joined since revamp.

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IMG

IMG

Implemented by IMG

Since launch, the site has seen a 18.9% increase in conversion rate, while pages per session are up 25.2% and average session duration is up 33.4%.

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Healthcare

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Virginia Heart

Implemented by Americaneagle.com

With a fresh new look and responsive design, Virginia Heart has seen a significant increase in both website traffic and conversions. The new Patient Portal allows patients to pay bills online as well as view medical records.

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Dr. Shterev Hospital

Implemented by Studio X and Dr. Shterev Hospital

The site takes advantage of the content personalization and digital experience management capabilities of Sitefinity and leverages the Darvin AI chatbot by Progress to enable patients to book appointments on social media.

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Feros Care

Implemented by Adelphi Digital Consulting Group

Just a week after launch, analytics showed a 42% decrease in page load time, a 10% decrease in bounce rate and a 33% increase in page views per session, which ultimately improved the site’s SEO ranking.

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Education

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Voyager Sopris

Implemented by Aptera Inc.

Featuring custom widgets to satisfy the complex design requirements of the business team, the site combines a modern look & feel with superb usability.

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Murdoch University

Implemented by Precedent

Shortly after launch, the site has seen a 32% increase in traffic from mobile devices, along with a 194% increase in the traffic to “Study” page.

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AITSL

Implemented by Websilk

Time on site decreased by 40 seconds, indicating that users locate desired content faster. Page views increased by over 100,000 year over year.

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Government

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Ajman Municipality

Implemented by Argo Ventures Digital

The site follows strict security, performance, functional and presentation requirements, featuring multiple special integrations as well as English and Arabic language versions.

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INAPI

Implemented by LFI Agencia Digital

With multilingual support and revamped content strategy and structure, the INAPI site saw an increase of 20% in web traffic in the first few months from launch.

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Cuyahoga County

Implemented by Americaneagle.com

The site directly correlates with Cuyahoga County’s strategic priority of providing superior services and superior customer experience.

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Real Estate & Construction

PRI

PRI

Implemented by Bayshore Solutions

In the initial 90 days of being live, PRI’s new website noticed a 37% increase in sessions, a 39% increase in users, a 47% increase in page views, an 8% increase in pages/session and a 4.5% decrease in bounce rate.

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Plumlife

Plumlife

Implemented by Itineris

Significant improvements in user engagement: average session duration increased by 24% after the first month, volume of returning users increased by 15% and bounce rate dropped by 23%.

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Regency Centers

Regency Centers

Implemented by Truematter

Downloads of Regency's mission-critical brochure went up 60% and connections with leasing agents went up 45% after launch, bounce rate went down 15% and time spent on site increased by 27%.

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Manufacturing

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Clarke

Implemented by F648 Consulting

The site comes with great custom functionality, multilingual support, backend localization and an intuitive layout for a superior user experience.

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247TailorSteel

Implemented by Logisz

Now featuring three language versions, German, English and Dutch, the site has seen a 28.5% increase in the number of site registrations and downloads, year over year.

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Direct Comfort

Implemented by Softway

The site utilizes the Sitefinity Ecommerce module to display all products, along with their technical specifications and installation configurations.

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Associations

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NVAR

Implemented by Matrix Group International

Since launch, NVAR has seen a 27% increase in site visits and a 40% increase in pageviews. Bounce rate decreased by 14 and registrations for their annual conference doubled.

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AGD

Implemented by Americaneagle.com

Three months post launch, traffic to the site increased by 36.3%, bounce rate decreased by 40% and sessions with search soared by 24,844.44%.

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ASPET

Implemented by Results Direct

Five months post launch, ASPET saw a 1,744% increase in the number of visitors using search. Unique page views and pages per session rose by 4.19% and 6.23 %, respectively.

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Non Profit

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TOUCH Community Services

Implemented by A8

Six months post launch, online donations have increased by 15%, online donors by 145% and there has also been a 77% productivity increase in processing volunteer sign-ups.

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The Leprosy Mission

Implemented by Itineris

The new site gave the charity the global presence it deserved and a look that befits the fantastic work undertaken.

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Brain Tumour Research

Implemented by Spinbox

The new site has improved the online presence through SEO and offers superior usability for donations, information access and fundraising campaigns.

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Services

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Signature Flight Support

Implemented by Signature Flight Support

The new Signature Flight’s website is feature-rich, intuitive and aesthetically enjoyable. It has seen a 9% increase in search engine traffic and a 5% increase in web-submitted reservations.

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Tressler

Implemented by Americaneagle.com

All site metrics have had a phenomenal improvement since launch: page load time has decreased by 98%, bounce rate has dropped by 47%, pages per session have increased by 205%.

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Shungham

Implemented by Argo Ventures Digital

Shungham's webiste enjoys seamless integrations with MS Dynamics and ClickDimensions and improved user engagement with site visits up by over 120%.

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Technology

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Emerge Solutions

Implemented by Bayshore Solutions

Emerge Solutions needed a scalable platform that could help them reach out to new market segments and could grow with their needs.

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Dock9

Implemented by Dock9

Dock9’s revamped site delivers personalized experiences to financial services users by sub sector, driving leads up by 250% in the first month.

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Aptiv

Implemented by Springthrough Consulting

Aptiv’s new website has shown a very strong start with daily sessions going from 0-10k+ in the first business day and a total of 270+ new email subscribers within the first week.

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Tourism & Hospitality

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Goomo

Implemented by Idealake

Utilizing Sitefinity's marketing automation, the site has realized a 30% increase in lead generation and 25% in bookings. The site's country rank pushed up to 4,875 and is now driving a traffic of over 800K organic visitors.

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JNTO

Implemented by Spinbox

The revamped site features new functionality such as quizzes, forms and user areas. The team noticed an increase in average session duration and visits from tablet devices, along with an improved SEO presence.

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Little Rock

Implemented by TEAM SI

The site leverages Sitefinity’s personalization and customization capabilities to introduce a unique user experience, leading to an overall decrease in the bounce rate among other improvements in user engagement. Implemented by TEAM SI

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Graphic Design

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Plascon

Implemented by Firewater

The site offers a contemporary design with a clean and intuitive layout to improve engagement and brand awareness, while gaining control over content and preserving scalability.

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LEAP Frame

Implemented by LEAP

The site leverages a complex design and offers great performance despite the multiple motion background videos. At the same time, it is easy to navigate through and maintain.

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AVIXA

Implemented by Fig Leaf Software and AVIXA

Featuring multiple customizations and integrations, and a modern design, the site has seen a 13% drop in bounce rate to a healthy 50.47%; the exit rate across all pages dropped by nearly ⅓ to 27.45%.

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Entry requirements

The contest is open for all Sitefinity websites launched, or significantly enhanced, in 2018 and running on a recent Sitefinity version – 10.x or 11.x.

All submissions must include a Marketing Consent Form, signed by the owner of the submitted project. Forms completed by an implementation partner will not be accepted without written consent from the organization for whom the project was implemented.

All Websites nominated for a “Top 5 Websites of the Quarter” award in 2018 will be automatically considered for the 2018 Website of the Year Awards.

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