Acquia Announces Winners of 2014 Partner Site of the Year Awards [June 2, 2014]

15 Winners Earn Spotlight Among More than 100 Nominees; Program Demonstrates the Best Examples of Digital Innovation

AUSTIN, TEXAS – DrupalCon Austin – June 2, 2014 – Acquia, the digital business company, today announced the winners of the 2014 Partner Site of the Year awards. An award ceremony was held at the conclusion of Acquia Partner Day at DrupalCon Austin, which continues through June 6 at the Austin Convention Center.

Acquia’s digital agency partners submitted more than 100 client sites for consideration across 15 categories. Judges selected 15 winners from 45 finalists, evaluating each site’s visual design, functionality, integration and overall customer experience to select the winners.

Digital consultancy Reading Room took the overall Partner Site of the Year Award for its work on the English Tourism Council’s VisitEngland site, which allows tourists to discover vacation and holiday ideas throughout the United Kingdom.

“VisitEngland earned honors for the best overall site with a highly visual and interactive user experience, designed to inspire visitors through powerful use of relevant content, social insight, photography and multimedia,” said Scott Liewehr, president and principal analyst of Digital Clarity Group, who served as a judge in the Partner Site of the Year competition. “ReadingRoom’s work is an excellent example of how organizations can deliver tremendous impact through creative and effective digital strategies.”

This year’s Partner Site of the Year Award winners are:
Brand Experience: Appnovation for Samsung
Commerce: Melity for Timex
Entertainment: Idea Den for The Doors
External Community: Forum One for Red Cross Global Disaster Preparedness Center
Financial Services: VML for U.S. Bank
Higher Education: Pronovix for Saïd Business School
High Technology: Appnovation for Revolution Analytics
Internal Community: Pronovix for Saïd Business School
Media: Phase2 for Pac-12 Networks
Mobile: Phase2 for Department of Energy
NGO: Forum One for Center for Global Development
Pharma/Life Sciences: Tank Design for Genzyme
Public Sector: Reading Room for VisitEngland
Transit: TP1 for Société de transport de Montréal
Web Experience: Genuine Interactive for MITRE

“The award-winning sites feature outstanding design, engaging content and commerce experiences, and well-integrated functionality,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. Davies served as a judge during the finalist round of the program. “We congratulate the finalists and winners; their projects are a model to industry for how to best engage audiences through digital using Drupal.”

“Our partners are creating amazing digital experiences with Acquia and Drupal. These award-winning sites demonstrate the transformative business impact that organizations can achieve with digital,” said Joe Wykes, vice president of global channels at Acquia. “Bringing together content, community and commerce in a way that fully engages visitors in a personalized experience is difficult. The Partner Site of the Year Awards celebrate the agencies that are doing this best.”

For a full list of finalists and winners, go to the 2014 Partner Site of the Year Awards gallery.

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