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Golden Spiders Awards 2007

Posted in: Marketing by Richard Hearne on October 31, 2007
Internet Marketing Ireland

Can someone please tell me when Cybercom became a FMCG website? If ONE Guinness website is up for an award then why isn’t it linked to directly? Or can anyone enter three sites for a single nomination?

And while I’m here… Why if a video for bespectacular.co.uk is nominated for best use of film, does the Golden Spiders Awards site link to a page on Ican’s website? A page which doesn’t contain the media in question, and seems like a promotion of the agency rather than the clip?

If my site/video was nominated I’d be just a tad pissed that www.goldenspiders.ie is linking to the agency behind it. Or maybe they meant to put those two over under “Best Web Design & Development Agency”? They could join the nice zero timeout META refresh from Clearscape’s special Golden Spiders landing page (yes, like a few others, Clearscape have a GS landing page) to their root page. No idea why they are redirecting.

True sign of a farce Awards when the nominee sites (or the agencies behind them) are more about the ‘awards’ than vice-versa.

I had made a decision to remain blissfully unaware of the entire farce, but I stupidly checked the list. Now the deviant in me cant wait to take a look at some of the sites using the newly released judging criteria :mrgreen:

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  1. Another year, another corrupt award ceremony. Still though, it’s nice to see the usual bedfellows in there being shortlisted. I feel sorry for any of the genuine entrants who forked out money to submit their sites to this utter farce.

    Comment by Ken — October 31, 2007 @ 8:36 am

  2. Probably a lot to do with design/development attribution in the footer of the site.

    @Ken: You couldn’t have said it better.

    Comment by Dave Davis — October 31, 2007 @ 11:16 am

  3. Any awards ceremony that requires you to pay to enter is corrupt by definition. As it turns out I am building a website for a different Irish awards ceremony at present (not to do with web design). They wouldn’t dream of having nominates pay!

    Comment by robin — November 8, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

  4. jeez, we submitted our site and got short listed (www.mortgagebrokers.ie) but i had no idea the awards were in any way twisted? we are up against companies 100 times our size so i don’t hold too high the hopes of winning. whats the story with people saying they are corrupt? in what way?

    Comment by karl — November 15, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

  5. Hi Karl

    Not sure about being corrupt, but there has always been a lot of negative feeling toward an awards where companies can sponsor a category, sit on the judging panel, and also be a nominee.

    And the other issue has been the quality of many of the nominated sites – previously there was no consideration given to web standards of any description.

    Best of luck with the awards,

    Comment by Richard Hearne — November 15, 2007 @ 2:06 pm

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