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EBN Wins ‘Best of the Web’ Award

EBN today bagged one of min's “Best of the Web Awards” in the business-to-business category for sites relaunched in the last year. We beat other sites resurrected over the course of the last 12 months by competing media organizations.

The award was given out Thursday, April 7, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York by min online. The 2011 Best of the Web Award “winners and honorable mentions demonstrated how firmly publishers have learned not only to grasp but to lead digital innovation,” min announced in a special issue of its publication.

Other finalists in the category won by EBN include Crain Communications' InvestmentNews, Farm Journal Media's AgWeb.com, and NRN.com from Penton Media. The winning citation for EBN reads thusly:

    Most sites relaunch in order to refresh their look and feel or to add the latest Web innovations. But when Electronics Buyer's News emerged online as EBN.com last fall, its makeover was deeply informed by the evolving state of the industry it served.

    The objective of the new site was to help executives and senior managers solve the new problems of the supply chain, to consult with one another on issues of supply and demand imbalance, lead-time issues, volatile pricing and manufacturing bottlenecks. The site effectively moved from content to real conversation and led rather than followed the market into a solution-driven approach to b2b publishing.

Another award winner at the event today was Robert Faletra, CEO of Everything Channel, a division of United Business Media (EBN's parent company). Faletra was inducted into min's Digital Hall of Fame along with Vivek Shah, CEO of Ziff Davis; Brandon Holley, editor in chief of Lucky magazine; Sean Nolan, VP and GM of Rodale Digital; and Rachel Fishman Feddersen, editor in chief of Parenting.com.

Faletra was nominated for guiding Everything Channel through a necessary evolution that has positioned the company “where b2b is headed: data and research, custom-marketing efforts and even consulting and field-sales support,” according to min.

UBM Studios, another division of United Business Media, won in the Virtual Trade Show/Online Event for its “Everything Channel's COMDEXvirtual” event. The citation noted that “in reviving the event as a virtual show, UBM Studios and Everything Channel had a daunting legacy to fulfill. The final product demonstrated just how rich the virtual trade show experience had become.”

The award given to EBN was personally satisfying for me because it publicly recognized the efforts that went into reviving the EBN brand. As I walked up to the podium to accept the award on behalf of the team, I was humbly gratified by the professionalism and dedication of the folks behind EBN, from UBM Electronics CEO Paul Miller to the content, marketing, sales, and technology teams.

Many of these people and the managers leading each group aren't known to EBN readers, but I can assure you they are crucial to whatever the community site has so far achieved and whatever is ahead for us. As an example, not a word is published on EBN without being vetted by a team dedicated to making sure we get our facts correct and our syntax straight.

The award is also a testament to the vision of our sponsors, many of which threw their support behind the concept of EBN as a community site serving the high-tech supply chain well before the early page designs were drawn up. They continue to support EBN because they understand that the supply chain is constantly in flux, and they believe that EBN's editorial content (as well as the tools we plan to launch in the near future) is critical to better understanding business challenges and resolving problematic situations.

Each min award recipient was asked today to comment on one of two questions — the best or worst career advice they had received or the challenges ahead for their organization. I talked about the best career advice I received early in my profession as a journalist. It came from an editor who brusquely told me to dust myself off after being manhandled by soldiers during a reporting assignment.

I wanted to immediately tell that editor about the nasty experience, but after making sure I was fine, he politely told me to file my story first. “I'll take you to dinner, I'll be happy to commiserate with you, and I'll listen to whatever you have to say — after the story has been filed, edited and published,” he said. “But I need the story first. We don't publish excuses; we publish stories.”

The lesson stuck. At EBN, we promise to not give excuses but to do our best to get our readers the information and the tools they need to be better at their jobs.

23 comments on “EBN Wins ‘Best of the Web’ Award

  1. Anna Young
    April 7, 2011

    I am pleased to read that EBN site won the 'Best of the Web' awards. It clearly shows commitments, dedication and a job well done. It shows the site is helping to shape; transform and challenge the electronics supply chain industry. However, I think its not the time to sit back and relax, more is still required. A big CONGRATULATION to all the Team for a job well done! 

  2. itguyphil
    April 7, 2011

    Nice. I second that!

  3. tioluwa
    April 8, 2011

    A big congratulations to the EBN crew, it is really an awazing work that is being done here. and i think some thanks also goes to the Bloggers who through painstaking research, get great info to the board.

    congrats

  4. screenwriter
    April 8, 2011

    Well deserved! Your relaunch has been nothing short of phenomenal and your award is recognition of your intelligent, provocative and unpoaralleled reporting on The Supply Chain, Procurment and events that effect these arenas.

    Keep it Up! 

  5. Clairvoyant
    April 8, 2011

    Congratulations EBN!

  6. Ariella
    April 8, 2011

    Good work!

  7. Ashu001
    April 8, 2011

    Bolaji,

    Great-Great piece of Work!!!

    Congratulations on this amazing achievement on part of you and your entire team at EBN…

    Please keep this post online on the Coverpage for atleast a fortnight so all readers to the website can see and appreciate it for sure.

    As for the Sponsors,Nothing gets done without them and its good to see that they support EBN's key message here,

    They continue to support EBN because they understand that the supply chain is constantly in flux, and they believe that EBN's editorial content (as well as the tools we plan to launch in the near future) is critical to better understanding business challenges and resolving problematic situations.”

    Congratulations and here's taking EBN from strength to strength.

    Regards

    Ashish.

  8. AnalyzeThis
    April 8, 2011

    Bolaji, just wanted to add to the congratulatory messages: so congratulations to you and the entire EBN team!

    I think it's rather amazing what the site has managed to accomplish in such a relatively short period of time. And despite the award, I very much doubt that you'll rest on your laurels.

    Looking forward to seeing continued progress, new features, and new tools in the future!

  9. Nemos
    April 8, 2011

    Congratulations to EBN community , continue the good work.

     

     

  10. Wale Bakare
    April 8, 2011

    Work that recieved a commendation and an award, it implies reflection of indepth of   committment and assidous work from the side of people piloting and managing it.

    Well done to all EBN community for this great achievement. Congratulations!!!

  11. mario8a
    April 8, 2011

    Kudos to everyone.

    keep up the good work

  12. prabhakar_deosthali
    April 9, 2011

    Congratulatios Bolaji for making EBN the Top Online Mgazine within a short span of time.  As a moderator for the last four months , I have enjoyed working with EBN community. I have liked the way all the contributors repond to each other's comments in a constructive way and take a topic to its logical conclusion, bring out all the sensitivities of an issue to the fore and share the concerns. 

    Keep it up!!

  13. t.alex
    April 9, 2011

    The decision to bring EBN communities (EETimes, EBN Online) online was the right choice.  Becoming more interactive, these have become great platforms for professionals all over the word to exchange ideas.

  14. Anand
    April 9, 2011

    Bolaji,

      This is great news. My heartly congratulations to you and the full EBN team. I feel really honoured to be part of this great community. Once again my heartly congratulations.

  15. Backorder
    April 9, 2011

    Congratulations to the entire team and contributors at EBN. You guys are doing an excellent job.. its time well spent with ebnonline.com everytime I log in. Thanks and lets build a more vibrant community of supply chain professionals.

  16. elctrnx_lyf
    April 10, 2011

    Congratulations … This ia really a big news for EBN. With in an year after the relaunch grabbing such a prestegious award is really a big achievement. It has to go big way in the future to help the companies handle their supply chain more efficiently.

  17. saranyatil
    April 11, 2011

    Wow !!!!!! its a great news, my hearty congratulations to all the members of the EBN team.

  18. Kunmi
    April 11, 2011

    Congratulations!!! EBN 'Best of the Web” award is measure of your heart of commitment and the genuity of your efficiency at EBN. Keep up the good work!

  19. electronics862
    April 11, 2011

    Thats Great.. Congratulations to EBN community ..

  20. DataCrunch
    April 11, 2011

    Bolaji, Congratulations and Way to go!  The EBN content and the online community both provide some of the best information I have had the pleasure to read and contribute to.  Everyone, continue to keep up the great content.

  21. Susan Fourtané
    April 11, 2011

     

    Bolaji, 

    Thanks for sharing the good news. And thanks for sharing your best career advice. From all, this that I quote below is the one that impressed me the most. It shows, in part, who is behind the editorial team at EBN and part of the EBN success. 

    Many journalists have a key editor behind. The editor who is going to say the words that will stick with you for the rest of your days as a journalist. I can only guess what would that editor say to you today after this accomplishment. 

    Congratulations! 

    -Susan

    “Each min award recipient was asked today to comment on one of two questions — the best or worst career advice they had received or the challenges ahead for their organization. I talked about the best career advice I received early in my profession as a journalist. It came from an editor who brusquely told me to dust myself off after being manhandled by soldiers during a reporting assignment.

    I wanted to immediately tell that editor about the nasty experience, but after making sure I was fine, he politely told me to file my story first. “I'll take you to dinner, I'll be happy to commiserate with you, and I'll listen to whatever you have to say — after the story has been filed, edited and published,” he said. “But I need the story first. We don't publish excuses; we publish stories.”

    The lesson stuck. At EBN, we promise to not give excuses but to do our best to get our readers the information and the tools they need to be better at their jobs.”

     

  22. Adeniji Kayode
    April 13, 2011

    Congratulations Bolaji, behind a success is a man and behind that man is a team.

    Congratulations to the entire EBN team and other contributors. The saying is true that it takes a team to fulfill a dream.

    Nice work! keep the good work.

  23. Ms. Daisy
    April 18, 2011

    Bolaji and the EBN Team:

    Hearty Congratulations on the “Best of Web Award”!

    It is good to know you are doing your best to get information out to readers in a user friendly format. It is better when the readers see this as tools to improve their work performance, but the best is when you are acknowledged for this great deed.

    Keep up the good work!!!!!

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