Nashua, New Hampshire, USA, February 13, 2013 – Kentico Software, the Web Content and Customer Experience Management provider, today presented Great British Chefs with the Kentico Site of the Year 2012 Award.
“We are ecstatic to have been recognized by Kentico for launching the Kentico Site of the Year using the Kentico EMS platform,” said Ollie Lloyd, CEO at Great British Chefs. “We strive to provide anyone cooking in the UK with a place to go online where they can learn, share and talk about great food with other cooks and Britain’s finest chefs. With Kentico, we are able to provide a high-quality, multimedia experience with all kinds of sticky content, social media and highly active community engagement.”
The Kentico-powered Great British Chefs site is a premium brand providing food lovers with recipes, tips and how-to videos from the very best chefs in Britain. After launching a much simpler site in 2011, Great British Chefs realized they required a much more scalable and customizable solution. Since relaunching on Kentico EMS, site traffic increased from 50,000 to more than 350,000 in December—an increase of more than 600 percent. Additionally, organic site traffic has increased 1,878 percent, SEOmoz ranking has increased exponentially, and all social sharing and community building has grown considerably—including 42,000 new Facebook Likes and 190,000 new Google+ followers.
“We needed to make sure all our content was presented in a way that allowed our community of foodies to engage with chefs in as many ways possible,” added Martin Malloy, Senior UX/UI Developer at Great British Chefs. “Site speed was key, and with Kentico we were able to strike that fine balance of providing a very attractive, media-filled experience without frustrating users with excessive load times.”
Each year, the Kentico Site of the Year contest seeks out the best Kentico CMS and Kentico EMS website implementations worldwide using both public online voting as well as selection by Kentico executives.
“We commend Great British Chefs and all our winners in the way they were able to use Kentico CMS and Kentico EMS to create premium online experiences for their audiences,” said Petr Palas, CEO and founder of Kentico Software. “While we amazed by the great number of excellent Kentico-powered sites, we thought Great British Chefs went the extra mile in taking advantage of so many Kentico EMS features to create a truly immersive and community-building experience, and voters clearly agreed with us.”
The complete list of 2012 winners are:
Standard categories (selected by public voting):
o Best Site of the Year and Best Community/Social Media Site: Great British Chefs
o Best Corporate Site: Entertainment One Group
o Best E-commerce Site: The Watch Expert
o Best Education Site: Houston Baptist University
o Best Financial Services Site: Financial Reporting Council
o Best Food/Beverage Site: Bacardi
o Best Government and Municipal Site: Sacramento Public Library
o Best Healthcare Site: Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Center
o Best Nonprofit Organization Site: The Kids’ Cancer Project
o Best Travel/Events Site: Run to the Beat
o Best Mobile Site: Curve - The Industrial Design Magazine
o Best Intranet: Ageas Intranet
Special categories (selected by Kentico):
o Best Migration: Eastern Main Healthcare Systems
o Best Graphic Design: True Africa
o Best Kentico EMS Implementation: Freightliner Team Run Smart
o Best Cloud Deployment: Mapex MyDentity
o Largest Site: TUI.ru
o Best Integration: Sauder
For more on the Kentico Site of the Year Awards: http://www.kentico.com/Customers/Site-of-the-Year/Site-of-the-Year-2012
About Kentico CMS
Kentico CMS is an enterprise Web Content Management System and Customer Experience Management System that provides a complete set of features for building websites, intranets, community sites and e-commerce solutions on the Microsoft ASP.NET platform on premise or in the cloud. It supports mobile websites, SEO, document management, online marketing tools, multilingual websites, multisite management and it ships with 70 modules, 400 configurable Web parts and source code available.
Kentico CMS customers can expect a highly flexible platform with a uniquely easy-to-use user interface. It’s currently used by more than 16,000 websites in 90 countries. The clients include Microsoft, Guinness, Chiquita, Vodafone, O2, Orange, Brussels Airlines, Mazda, Ford, Subaru, Isuzu, Samsung, Gibson, ESPN, DKNY, Abbott Labs, Medibank, Ireland.ie and others.
About Kentico Software
Kentico Software (www.kentico.com) helps clients create successful dynamic websites, intranets, community sites and
e-commerce solutions using Kentico CMS for ASP.NET. It's committed to deliver a full-featured, enterprise-class, stable and scalable Web Content Management solution on the Microsoft .NET platform. Founded in 2004, Kentico is headquartered in the Czech Republic and has offices in the United States (Nashua, NH and Seattle, WA), United Kingdom (Reading) and Sydney (Australia). Since its inception, Kentico has continued to rapidly expand the Kentico CMS user base worldwide. Its partner network consists of 1,200 partners in 80+ countries. Kentico Software is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. In 2010, Kentico was named the fastest growing technology company in the Czech Republic in the Deloitte Technology FAST 50 awards. In 2012, Kentico Software was named global Microsoft Partner of the Year Finalist in the ISV/Software Solutions Industry category.
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