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Verve Marketing Group announces that it has received the Outstanding Achievement WebAward from the Web Marketing Association for its design and development of Thomas Nelson’s Bible website.

The WebAward is the premier website competition for web developers and advertising agencies. The competition judges all aspects of a website, with particular emphasis on the creativity, functionality, and overall interactive experience. Entries are judged and scored on design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copywriting, and ease of use. Sites scoring above 86% of the total possible are awarded the Outstanding Achievement WebAward.

Judges for Verve’s site design commented that the “design is very comforting and pleasing for the user… the content on the site is very strong and compelling as well.”

“A key goal for us was to elevate the Thomas Nelson Bibles brand and translation subbrands, as well as to create a user-friendly way for consumers to narrow down and find the right Bible from the 1,000 or so on the site,” noted Joan Begitschke, Chief Marketing Strategist at Verve Marketing Group. “Jerri Helms at HCCP came to us with the vision of creating a site that would bring all Nelson Bible translations and individual Bible product sites under one umbrella website,” she continues.

“From a technical standpoint, we had somewhat competing needs,” noted Joe Edakkunnathu, Director of Web Delivery at Verve. “We needed the site to automatically pull weekly product updates from Nelson’s Onix feed – and it was also important to have an easy to use backend for the large and frequently updated blog section of the site,” says Joe. “Creating a custom site in the WordPress platform was the best solution in this case.”

Web design and development firms compete globally within 95 industry categories in the annual WebAward competition. The Thomas Nelson Bibles site won in the Publishing category.

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Verve Marketing Group has received two awards for website design in the 23rd Annual Communicator Awards sponsored by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. The agency won the Communicator Award of Distinction for the National Garden Bureau website. It also received the Communicator Award of Distinction for the book website The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by author Beth Moore, published by Tyndale Momentum.

About the Communicator Awards:
The Communicator Awards is the leading international creative awards program honoring creative excellence for communication professionals. Founded over two decades ago, The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work for print, video, interactive and audio. Over 6,000 entries were received for the 2017 Communicator Awards.

The Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), a 600+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.

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Verve Marketing Group announced that it has been awarded Outstanding Achievement in Internet Advertising in the 2017 Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Award for design of the All-America Selections (AAS) website. AAS is a non-profit organization that judges new varieties of plants that are released each year. The organization is looked to by horticulturists and serious gardeners as the stamp of approval of reliable varieties of flowers and vegetables. The new site designed by Verve revealed a new brand look and contains a robust search function for finding AAS winners going back to 1933.

The IAC Awards honor the individuals and organizations responsible for driving excellence in online advertising across 96 industries and a range of formats. Winners of the IAC Awards are selected based on criteria including creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, and use of the medium.

The annual IAC Awards competition is sponsored by the Web Marketing Association, an international organization of marketing, advertising, public relations, and web design professionals who share a passion for improving the quality of advertising, marketing and website development.

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2016-marcom-gold-award-Verve-Marketing-GroupCHICAGO, IL – Verve Marketing Group is pleased to announce it has been named a Marcom Gold Award winner in the 2016 International MarCom Awards competition. The agency garnered the award for design and development of the Wheaton College From the Heart, For the Kingdom capital campaign website.

“Verve brought our concept to life with a site that’s both beautiful and practical,” commented Deb Keiser, Campaign Marketing Strategist for Wheaton College. “It looks great, plus it drives traffic through to action. Our internal team is thrilled.”

The MarCom Awards is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious creative competitions in the world. The competition is sponsored and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The Gold Award is presented to those entries judged to exceed a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.

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Verve Marketing Group announced that it has been awarded the top category honor in the 2016 Internet Advertising Competition for creation of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible website.

IAC16_Best_IconThe IAC Awards honor the individuals and organizations responsible for driving excellence in online advertising across 96 industries and a range of formats. Entries are eligible to be recognized at tiered award levels with top awards going to the single, best entry in each category. The awards give organizations the opportunity to set themselves apart in the highly competitive online advertising environment. Winners of the IAC Awards are selected based on criteria including creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, and use of the medium.

“The IAC Awards recognize the best achievements in online advertising and it’s an honor to be recognized with this top award for excellence,” said Joan Begitschke, Chief Marketing Strategist for Verve Marketing Group.

The annual IAC Awards competition is sponsored by the Web Marketing Association, an international organization of marketing, advertising, public relations, and web design professionals who share a passion for improving the quality of advertising, marketing and website development.

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Verve Marketing Group has been selected for the 2015 Best of Oak Brook Award in the Marketing Agency category by the Oak Brook Award Program.
 
Each year, the Oak Brook Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. Companies are selected for the award based on various sources of information gathered both internally by the Oak Brook Award Program and data provided by third parties. The annual awards program honors the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Oak Brook area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
 
About the Oak Brook Award Program
The Oak Brook Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses. The organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Their mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
 
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Verve Marketing Group is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the top category award in the Internet Advertising Awards (IAC) competition for the NIV Bible Website.

The annual IAC Awards competition is sponsored by the Web Marketing Association, an international organization of marketing, advertising, public relations, and web design professionals who share a passion for improving the quality of advertising, marketing and web site development.

The competition recognizes the best online advertising in 96 industries. Entries go head to head within each category and are judged on seven key criteria: creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywritingVerve Marketing Group Best Faith-Based Website IAC Awards 2015, use of the medium, and memorability.

“We are thrilled to have won the top award in the category,” says Joan Begitschke, Chief Marketing Strategist at Verve Marketing Group, “and so grateful to get to work with the folks at Zondervan helping promote the NIV.”

“Being recognized by the Web Marketing Association as having the best faith-based website in 2015 is truly indicative of the impact we want the NIV’s website to have on its visitors,” said Jerri Helms, Senior Director for Bible Digital Marketing for Zondervan. “Verve Marketing Group was able to take our vision and create a cross-functional resource that told the NIV’s story in the most innovative way.”

Judges for the IAC Awards competition represent some of the best the internet advertising community has to offer including representatives from Arc Worldwide, Campbell-Ewald, Digitas, EuroRSCG 4D, Google, Razorfish, TMP Worldwide, Wunderman / Y&R, and others.

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CHICAGO, September 15, 2014. Verve Marketing Group is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Standard of Excellence Award in the Financial Services category for the corporate website of CapTrust, an investment consulting firm located in Holland, Michigan.

The annual competition held by the Web Marketing Association the sets the standard of excellence for website development. Judging takes place in 96 industry categories. Each site goes head-to-head with other sites in their category. The best are recognized with a WebAward which helps interactive professionals promote themselves, their companies, and their best work to the outside world. Entries are judged on seven criteria – design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copywriting, and ease of use.

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Verve Marketing Group is pleased to announce it has been named a Gold Award winner in the 2014 International Hermes Creative Awards competition. The agency garnered the award in the Business to Consumer Website category for design and development of the Faithgirlz Website for client Zonderkidz, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing.
 
“We’re honored to be named a Gold Award recipient, said Joan Begitschke, Principal at Verve. “This was a wonderful opportunity to create a new brand experience for Faithgirlz. And fun to create a more complex and robust WordPress site,” said Begitschke.
 
“Verve captured the Faithgirlz brand experience and exceeded our expectations in creating a place where tween girls can enjoy the “beauty of believing,” said Chriscynethia Floyd, VP of Marketing at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “We are updating new content on this site on an almost weekly basis and our team has appreciated the ease of use of the backend.”
 
The Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of emerging and traditional media. The award is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). This year’s competition received about 5,500 entries from throughout the United States and several other countries.

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CHICAGO – Verve Marketing Group is pleased to announce it has been named a Gold Award winner in the 2012 International Marcom Awards competition. The agency garnered the award in the Specialty Web/Microsite category for ShareYourMark.com, a social sharing site created to help promote What’s Your Mark, a spring 2013 book release by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart’s.

Verve Marketing Group 2012 MarCom Gold Award“It’s the type of site we like being known for – great design and cool use of technology,” commented Joan Begitschke, Marketing and Brand Strategist at Verve.

The MarCom Awards is an international creative competition administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Over 6,000 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries were submitted for the 2012 competition. The Gold Award is presented to those entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry norm.

“I’m very pleased with how the site turned out,” says Jerri Helms, Senior Director of Digital Marketing Initiatives, Harper Collins Christian Publishing. “Seth (Guge) designed a beautiful site that totally delivered on the concept.” (more…)

Verve Hermes AwardVerve Marketing Group is pleased to announce it has been named a Gold Award winner in the 2012 international Hermes Creative Awards competition. The agency garnered the award in the Business to Consumer Website category for the Africa Study Bible website for client Oasis International Ltd.
 
“We are honored to win this award,” said Seth Guge, Creative Director at Verve. “Everyone did an incredible job, and it’s gratifying to know it’s helping make a difference for this very worthwhile project,” said Guge. The Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional and emerging media. The Award recognizes outstanding work in the industry while promoting the philanthropic nature of marketing and communications professionals.
 
“Verve understood our vision and created a site that brought the project to life both visually and in messaging,” commented Matthew Elliott, President at Oasis International. “We could not be more pleased with the result!”
 
The Hermes Creative Award competition is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. This year’s competition received 4,700 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries. See full story.

CHICAGO – Verve Marketing Group is pleased to announce it has been named a Gold Award winner in the 2011 international Hermes Creative Awards competition. The agency garnered the award in the microsite category for creation of the Minority Business Partnership site.
 
“We are thrilled to receive this honor,” said Joan Begitschke, Marketing and Brand Strategist at Verve. “The site was designed to help create awareness for the organization and their work in bringing potential business partners together in the Dayton region. One of the unique functionalities of the site is that it allows potential partners to input lots of information online and have it push directly into salesforce. We’re so pleased it’s helping them more easily identify opportunities to grow the region,” says Begitschke.
 
The Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional and emerging media. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies, web based innovators and freelancers. There were over 4,400 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries in the 2011 competition.
 
The competition is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals and judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.
 
Verve Marketing Group is a branding and communications agency known for strategically-infused creative designed with purpose. The agency assists organizations with communications strategy, big idea concepting, and well-executed digital and traditional media advertising.