Oct. 26, 2007
Internet Consultant Keith Haggerty produces winning WSI Business Edge website for 2007 WSI Web Awards -
October, 2007 – Winter Park, Florida. Keith Haggerty, a certified Internet Consultant with WSI (We Simplify the Internet) has been honored at the second annual WSI Web Awards at WSI’s Excellence and Innovation Conference in Orlando, Florida. Keith and his brother and business partner Ron were responsible for developing the winning website in the category of Best WSI Business Edge site for the 2007 Web Awards, www.gulfislandswaterpark.com.
The Best Business Edge award was presented to Keith Haggerty and the WSI e-Marketplace Production Center, Aiyra Technologies. The site, built for Gulf Islands Water Park, was recognized for being the most creative and innovative website designed using the WSI Business Edge platform, a standardized solution within WSI’s trademarked Modular Development Technology™. With tasteful use of flash and imagery, Keith and Ron emphasize the fun-filled tone of the water park exceptionally well.
Keith Haggerty stated, “We were confident that we had a visually appealing site that hit a home run with our client and their visitors. However, with the expertise in the global WSI community we were less than optimistic about winning an award. To make it into the Top 5 was special, but to have our name called at the awards ceremony was a rewarding experience that I will never forget. What makes this award truly special is to be recognized by your peers, which are the best in the business!”
Serving businesses throughout Florida, Keith and Ron are helping local businesses develop an effective online presence by providing leading edge, robust, scalable and affordable Internet solutions. They assess clients’ business needs and opportunities by using WSI’s patent pending Internet Solutions Lifecycle™ System, an Internet solutions delivery framework. The client’s Internet Solution is then customized through personal consultation on design, functionality, hosting options, online traffic optimization, site registration and Internet marketing support - to both reduce business overhead and increase the customer’s return on investment. A WSI solution is designed to draw qualified traffic to a website leading to more customer conversions online.
The new www.gulfislandswaterpark.com site reflects the family-fun image of Gulf Islands Water Park and conveys their park info, ticket prices, calendar events and more in a very simple-to-understand and yet creative manner.
Betty Wallace, Director of Marketing at Gulf Islands Water Park, said, “Keith and Ron Haggerty have exceeded our expectation with regards to the design, functionality and most importantly our ROI. With our original site, we were receiving approximately 20,000 hits per day. Within a week of the launch of the WSI site, those numbers increased to over 100,000. Online tickets sales have doubled, and our email list for the newsletter has tripled and we are generating additional revenue through banner ads. Also, we have found it much easier to get corporate sponsors for the park now that we have the new website. Overall, we have been very pleased with our association with WSI.”
WSI introduced the WSI Web Awards to showcase the very best of thousands of the Internet solutions created each year by WSI Consultants in their local markets around the world. Several hundred sites were submitted by Consultants to be considered for the 2007 WSI Web Awards. Each site was scored and ranked by a team of WSI site auditors, who created a short list of the top sites, resulting in 38 nominations. Sites were then voted on by the global community of 1500 plus WSI Consultants to determine the winners of the 6 categories, including Best Industry Application, Best Product Showcase, Creative Excellence, Best Non-English Site, Best Business Edge Site and Best Overall Website.
Through its network of over 1500 offices in 87 countries, WSI delivers thousands of e-Business solutions to small and medium sized businesses annually. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, WSI provides affordable Internet related services and technologies that deliver maximum return on investment for businesses. As the world leader in providing profitable Internet solutions to SMEs, making information accessible for all via the Internet is an essential component of our offering.