Nominate SA's top e-commerce sites
Nominations close at the end of November for the first South African E-Commerce Awards. Members of the public are invited to nominate their favourite South African e-commerce websites.
Jump Shopping, a comparative shopping search engine focused on South Africa, took the opportunity to launch this event as part of their goal to boost e-commerce in South Africa and raise public awareness of online shopping.
These awards have been designed to recognise and reward companies and organisations that have demonstrated excellence in their use of the Internet, with specific emphasis on e-commerce.
The awards are currently open for nominations, and voting begins on December 1 once the nominations have been shortlisted to three or four per category. The awards are open to South African businesses that are e-commerce enabled and place emphasis on online shopping. Nominations and voting can be done on the Jump Shopping website at www.jump.co.za/awards/2006/
“This being the first year for the event, it was important for us to establish a knowledgeable panel of judges and to involve the consumer on a nomination and voting level,” says Albert Bredenhann of Jump Shopping.
Nominations have been open for two weeks, following its announcement on an email sent to Jump Shopping’s database of 15 000 people. Although press releases were late to go out, Bredenhann said that the response has been better than he anticipated.
Awards will be made in 19 categories, including an award for Best E-Commerce Store in South Africa and Best E-Commerce Enabler.
Bredenhann explained that the event is not a beauty contest. The quality of the service as a whole will be deemed more important than the aesthetic appeal of the site.
The panel of judges will include:
Albert Bredenhann – www.jump.co.za
Arthur Goldstuck â€“ www.theworx.biz
Leon Lategan – www.purplecow.co.za
Vinny Lingham – www.vinnylingham.com
Louise Marsland – www.bizcommunity.com
Rudolph Muller – www.myadsl.co.za
Jaco Roux – www.jump.co.za
Natalie Thayer – www.mweb.co.za
The winners of the awards will be announced on 15 January 2007.