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Is Your Bank's Web site Webby Worthy?

Do you think your bank's Web site is the best out there? Well, now is your chance to gain some recognition for your online achievements.

Do you think your bank's Web site is the best out there? Well, now is your chance to gain some recognition for your online achievements.From September 19 to December 14, 2007, The 12th Annual Webby Awards will accept entries for the Best Banking Site of the year. Last year, Zopa, a peer-to-peer lending business, took home the top banking prize at The 11th Annual Webby Awards on June 5, 2007. Nominees included Bank of America Online Banking, Chase Online, Know Your Money, and TrappedBanker.com.

It's interesting and maybe a sign of things to come that Zopa nabbed the top prize last year. It's at least another indicator of the fact that non-traditional financial services firms are giving banks a run for their money. Perhaps because their infrastructure is newer, they are able to be more innovative with their designs.

Either way, banks should keep an eye on this contest to examine the features of the winning and nominated sites. About the Webby Awards

"The banking industry is doing some of the most interesting and innovative work on the Internet today," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. "The Webby Awards is an exciting opportunity for banking industry leaders to share the stage and international spotlight with some of the world's leading Internet luminaries and innovators."

Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Web sites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile Web sites.

To enter a Web site in the 12th Annual Webby Awards, visit www.webbyawards.com. Banking industry sites can also enter in interactive advertising categories and feature categories such as Best Navigation and Best Copy Writing. Nominees will be announced in April and winners will be honored at the gala ceremony in June 2008. In keeping with Webby tradition, all winners' speeches are limited to just five words.Do you think your bank's Web site is the best out there? Well, now is your chance to gain some recognition for your online achievements.

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