The Webby Talks: How the Internet Fueled the Demand for Simple, Seamless Service

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The Webby Awards, one of the great institutions recognizing excellence on the Internet, is currently calling for entries for their 19th annual awards show. In addition to the awards, they also announced the beginning of this year’s series of talks, with an “At Your Service” theme.

The Webby Talks are a series of presentations with the world’s leading technology and media companies. This year, hosts for the talks include Microsoft France, Apple, Tinder and Google.

The talks will focus on how the instant nature of Internet service has changed the way users view service in all sectors. One of the key focus points for the talks is “a future where brands use technology to provide near magical services for a consumer that expects everything to be available, on demand, all the time, from anywhere,” according to a press release.

“It might be hard to believe, but consumers have already normalized to the seamlessness and simplicity of services like Uber, Seamless, Pandora and Amazon Prime,” said David-Michel Davies, the Webbys’ executive director. “Our research reveals that today’s customers expect everything — online or off — to be like the Internet: available at a moment’s notice, wherever they are, and totally customized to their tastes.”

The research in question includes a national survey of consumer behavior, conducted by The Webby Awards. Automation, on-demand services and personally-tailored results are becoming increasingly important.

The talks themselves will take place in 11 U.S. cities and 14 cities abroad including Sao Paolo and Melbourne. View the full tour schedule and get more information on the talks here.

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Cast Your Vote for the 18th Annual Webby Awards

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The 18th annual Webby Awards honoring excellence on the Internet is just around the corner. The nominees are in and there’s just a week left to cast your vote for the best of the Web.

“This year’s Nominees really start to show the promise of a connected society where our social interactions help shape and enable so much of our daily life,” David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards, said in a statement. “We are excited to share these outstanding works with the world and see which ones the public will choose as Webby Winners.”

Website nominees include: The New York Times, Medium, Tumblr, National Film Board of Canada, and The Guardian‘s NSA Files Decoded.

Nominees for the Interactive Media and Advertising include: Dodge Durango spot featuring Will Ferrell’s “Ron Burgundy” (Wieden & Kennedy); Volvo’s “The Epic Split” featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme’s amazing feat (Forsman & Bodenfors); Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” (Ogilvy Brasil); and Chipotle’s”The Scarecrow” (Creative Artists Agency).

Nominees for overall social presence include: GoPro, The Ellen Degeneres Show, BuzzFeed, The New York Times and the Human Rights Project.

Other categories include Most Talked About Celebrity, Best Writing (editorial), Best Individual Performance, Best User Experience, Best Online Film & Best Writing, Best Use of Interactive Video and Weird.

The New York Times, Google, Funny or Die, Vice Media, NPR, PBS and BBC have all be nominated in multiple categories.

To cast your influence on the Webby Awards, visit the People’s Voice page, pick a category and sign up to vote. Voting ends April 24 at 11:59 PST. The winners will be announced at the Webby Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 19, 2014, and the show will be available online the following day.

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