Sitecore Announces International Site of the Year Winners

Organizations From Around the World Use Web CMS and Online Marketing Solutions to Drive Digital Strategies 

San Francisco June 21, 2011 – Sitecore today recognized Site of the Year winners across several countries. This year’s overall winners from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland and Sweden are: Colliers International, Kährs, MICROS-FIDELIO, Royal Dutch Gazelle, and Ruukki.

The Sitecore Site of the Year winners were selected based on each company’s use of Sitecore’s Web and Online Marketing solutions to deliver more effective business processes that advance digital strategies. The Sitecore judges considered creativity, integration with applications, overall site visitor experience and the ability to educate, inform and motivate an action.

This year’s overall winners relied on Sitecore’s software to drive online campaigns and meet organizational goals, representing excellence across verticals and business applications.  

  • Colliers International : Working with Sitecore partner, BlueArc, Colliers implemented Sitecore’s Web platform to accelerate marketing goals and produce qualified leads. In addition, decentralized content authoring within Sitecore allows content editors across regional offices to publish information faster and more efficiently. New features of the website include automated digital marketing capabilities, property showcases, expert locator tool, social media integration and videos, podcasts and RSS feeds.
     
  • Kährs  : Sitecore partner, Estrix, worked with Kährs to implement Sitecore along with InRiver’s PIM. Another partner, Soft, desgined the site and the Flash application Virtual Showroom.  The site is now stunning and user-friendly, and the well-designed pages and content are compelling and beautiful.  In addition, the site is now available in almost 20 languages.
     
  • MICROS-Fidelio : MICROS-Fidelio a subsidiary of MICROS Systems, Inc. a global market leader in the hospitality, specialty retail, cruise and travel industry sectors, designed and built a lead generation portal in 15 languages to increase conversion rates and brand perception in EMEA. Sitecore’s Web CMS allowed the marketing team to launch new modules for online international campaigns faster and more efficiently.
     
  • Royal Dutch Gazelle : The largest, oldest and most well-known bicycle brand in the Netherlands has implemented Sitecore’s Web and Online Marketing solutions to power its new digital strategy. Gazelle is taking a phased approach with Sitecore’s digital platform that includes multi-lingual websites, GeoIP tracking, E-Commerce, social media and email campaign integration.
     
  • Ruukki : A supplier of metal-based products and services to the construction and mechanical engineering industries, Ruuki re-launched its website with Sitecore’s software to focus on delivering real-time product information. Recently, Ruukki.com won the B2B category in Finland’s most prestigious digital marketing competition, Grand One, for its innovative way of displaying product information.

In addition to the Sitecore Site of the Year overall winners, the winners in specific category are:   

Best Air Travel Site

Jetstar Airways
www.jetstar.com
Partners: Responsys Pty Ltd (Sitecore integration); VisualJazz Pty Ltd (Creative)

Best Association Site
WoningNet NV
www.woningnetregioamsterdam.nl
Partner: Colours

Best Automotive Site
Best Automotive Site
Kia
www.kia.de
www.kia.nl
Partner: Redhotminute

Best Banking Site
Heritage Building Society Ltd
www.heritage.com.au

Best Education Site
EF Education First
www.ef.com

Best Electronics Site
Panasonic
www.panasonic.com.au/Welcome
Partner: 5 Limes Pty Ltd.

Best Energy Site
Eneco
http://thuis.eneco.nl
Partner: Colours

Best Entertainment Site
Viage
www.viage.be
Partner: LBi

Best Financial Services Site
IAK Verzekeringen
www.iak.nl
Partner: Colours

Best Government Site
Landguiden
www.landguiden.se
Partner: Metamatrix AB

Best Healthcare Site
Westfriesgasthuis
www.westfriesgasthuis.nl
Partner: Evident

Best Hospitality Site
Miramar Group
www.themirahotel.com
Partner: Isobar Hong Kong   

Best Intranet
CSIRO
Partner: Next Digital

Best Local Government Site
Moonee Valley City Council
www.mvcc.vic.gov.au
Partner: NOW Media

Best Professional Services Site
Qurius
www.qurius.com
Partner: Virtual Affairs

Best Retail or eCommerce Site
MakroShop
www.makroshop.be
Partner: The Reference

Best Sports Association Site
KNGU
www.kngu-yourturn.nl
Partner: Remotion Group

Best Telecom Site
Vodafone
www.startsmartbusiness.nl
Partner: Estate Internet B.V.

Best Travel & Transportation Site
B-Europe
www.b-europe.com/Travel
Partner: Delaware Consulting

About Sitecore

Sitecore redefines how organizations engage with their customers online, powering experiences that can sense and adapt to a customer’s needs to increase revenue and customer lifetime value and satisfaction. Sitecore was the first Web Content Management system (WCM) to incorporate marketing automation, intranet portal, e-commerce, Web optimization, social media and campaign management technologies into a cohesive, integrated open platform. Sitecore’s software makes it easy for businesses to identify, serve, engage and convert new customers online.

Sitecore’s broad choice of capabilities enable marketing professionals, business stakeholders and information technology teams to rapidly implement, measure and manage a successful website and online business strategy.  Its powerful development platform, integrated marketing automation tools and intuitive editing workspace enables successful websites of all types.

Thousands of public and private organizations have created and now manage more than 27,000 dynamic websites with Sitecore including ATP World Tour, Austrian Airlines, CA Technologies, Ergo Insurance Group, Heineken, ISS, Lloyd’s of London, Microsoft, National Suisse, Nivea, Thomas Cook and Visa Europe.

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