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Seneca Park Zoo named top local Web site

Seneca Park Zoo won the Gold Award for the best overall local Web site Thursday at the Rochester Business Journal’s 13th annual Best of the Web competition.

Some 250 people attended the awards breakfast, held at Rochester Plaza Hotel.

Dana VanDen Heuvel gave the keynote speech on the use of social media to grow business. VanDen Heuvel is founder and president of Marketing Savant, a Web strategy and interactive agency in Green Bay, Wisc.

The Web site finalists were selected from hundreds of nominations and were evaluated based on site content, usefulness, design quality, e-commerce and whether the site can draw repeat business.

Judges liked the easy navigability of the Seneca Park Zoo site (www.senecaparkzoo.org), its use of music and fun animal facts, and its drag-over interactive calendar.

The winning sites were determined by giving weighted scores to the judges’ rankings. Five judges chose the winners.

The Silver Award for best overall Web site went to a fundraising site for Eastman Theatre’s renovation, www.rochester.edu/giving/eastmantheatre, a joint effort of the University of Rochester and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Judges awarded the Bronze Award to First Niagara Financial Group Inc. (www.fnfg.com).

The Best of the Web competition also included industry-specific awards:

Arts

In this category, Paley Studios Ltd. took top honors with www.albertpaley.com. The other finalists were Gong Glass Works, www.nancygong.com, and Rent An Art Inc., www.rentanart.com.

Banking and Finance

First Niagara’s www.fnfg.com topped Genesee Regional Bank (www.grbbank.com) and M&T Bank Corp. (www.mtb.com).

Business and professional services

Pictometry International  Corp.’s www.pictometry.com topped finalists Cheshire AV’s www.cheshireav.com and Clark Patterson Lee’s www.clarkpattersonlee.com.

Community

Seneca Park Zoo’s Web site, www.senecaparkzoo.org, won the category over Pathstone Corp.’s www.pathstone.org and www.southwedge.org, the online community of the South Wedge neighborhood.

Cultural non-profit

Eastman Theatre (www.rochester.edu/giving/eastmantheatre) took top honors in this category. Other finalists were Geva Theatre Center’s www.gevatheatre.org and WXXI Public Broadcasting Council (www.wxxi.org).

Education

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Web site, www.rit.edu, topped finalists the Harley School (www.harleyschool.org) and SchoolWorld (www.schoolworld.com).

Health care

Logical Images Inc.’s Skinsight Web site, www.skinsight.com, topped finalists Progressive Implantology & Periodontics (www.rochesterperio.com) and Rochester Health (www.rochesterhealth.com).

Manufacturing

Parlec Inc. (www.parlec.com) beat out Transcat Inc. (www.transcat.com) and Vincent Associates’ Uniblitz site (www.uniblitz.com).

Real estate and construction

Rent Rochester, www.rentrochester.com, won the category over Conifer Realty LLC (www.coniferllc.com) and Eastman Business Park (www.eastmanbusinesspark.com).

Retail/hospitality

Jackson & Hines (www.jacksonandhines.com) won its category. Breathe Yoga & Juice Bar (breatheyoga.com) and Hickey-Freeman Co. Inc. (www.hickeyfreeman.com) were the other finalists.

Also at the event, the eBusiness Association awarded its Business Transformation Award to Miller Brick Co. for the use of its Web site, www.millerbrick.com, to expand its business. Other finalists were Bio-Optronics Inc.’s www.bio-optronics.com and My Brands Inc., www.mybrands.com.

This year’s Best of the Web competition was sponsored by MSM Interactive Inc. and Time Warner Cable Business Class.

To see the complete roundup of finalists, in addition to some comments from judges, visit www.rbjdaily.com.

(c) 2010 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail rbj@rbj.net.
 

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  1. Archer Communications is thrilled for Parlec Inc.’s “Best of the Web” award in mfg.! They are a great people to work with. Making “nuts and bolts ****” is a challenge that we enjoy.
    Congrats to all the other winners!

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