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Episerver announces finalists for UK & Ireland Website Awards 2013

Top B2C, B2B and Ecommerce websites shortlisted by expert panel of judges

London UK, 7th November 2013: Episerver, a global software provider for innovative ecommerce and digital marketing solutions, today announced the finalists for its Website Awards 2013, with brands in the travel and leisure sector featuring prominently.

The awards celebrate digital excellence and best-in-class websites built on the Episerver platform, covering three categories: Best B2B website, Best B2C website and Best Ecommerce website.

The finalists were selected by a panel of six industry expert judges, with extensive experience in digital marketing, brand development and e-commerce implementation: Adam Cranfield, CMO, Mynewsdesk; Doug Kessler, Co-founder and Creative Director, Velocity Partners; Jane Savage, Head of Digital at Johnson & Johnson; and Mark Lewis, CTO, Practicology.

Over 40 entries using the Episerver platform were judged based on evidence of customer centricity, multichannel and mobile innovation, business results, customer benefits and the overall experience to create the following shortlist of finalists:

Best B2C website

De'longhi Group by Netcel
Gatwick Airport by Auros and Merchant Marketing
Pizza Hut restaurants by Amaze
Williams F1 by Rufus Leonard

Best B2B website

Avery Weigh-Tronix by Auros
Edenred by ONCA
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors by POSSIBLE
TalkTalk Business by twentysix

Best E-commerce website

Arriva Bus by Freestyle Interactive
Irish Ferries by CDS

For the first time the awards have been opened up to the public to select their favourite website from the shortlist and vote for their winner- http://www.Episerver.com/Events/Episerver-Website-Awards-UK--Ireland-2013/Shortlist-for-Episerver-Website-Awards-2013/. The judging panel will take the public vote into consideration to determine the overall winners in each category.

The winners will be announced at Episerver's Customer and Partner Day on the 19th November where both the end customer and partner company will be presented with a prize.

Maria Wasing, VP Global Marketing of Episerver and judge on the panel commented: "Our Website Awards are designed to acknowledge and celebrate true excellence on the web. To get through our strict judging criteria companies have to demonstrate how their website delivers concrete business results as well as offering an outstanding overall visitor experience.

"The judging panel was extremely impressed by the high standard of entries this year, showing that companies are continuing to innovate when it comes to their digital strategies. We were particularly pleased to see the trend for data-driven personalisation becoming increasingly popular in both the B2B and B2C sectors."

About Optimizely (Episerver)

At Optimizely (Episerver), we're on a mission to help people unlock their digital potential. With our leading digital experience platform (DXP), we equip teams with the tools and insights they need to create and optimize in new and novel ways. Now, companies can operate with data-driven confidence to create hyper-personalized experiences. Building sophisticated solutions has never been simpler. Optimizely’s 900+ partners and 1100+ employees in offices around the globe are proud to help more than 9,000 brands, including Toyota, Santander, eBay, KLM and Mazda, enrich their customer lifetime value, increase revenue and grow their brands. Learn more at optimizely.com.

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