Last, night, I attended the Webby Awards (11th annual) at Cipriani Wall Street on behalf of WSJ.
The WSJ.com received and award for Financial Services, beating out CNNMoney, American Express Red, MoveOutMoveUp, and the Vanguard Liberty Campaign. CNNMoney also won an award….the People’s Choice Award.
The evening had an Oscar-esque aire…with a red carpet, swirlling paparrazi, candle lit tables and a multi media extravaganze. The event was quite long…..4+ hours in total…but the mandatory five word speaches were amusing (and often risque) at times. It was not a crowd I anticipated attending….very corporate..alot of suits and a formal affair…but then again, NYC always seems to be stiff when I am visiting. Probably spent too much time in SF.
The WSJ team hosted a table which included two of our esteemed bloggers, Gordon McLeod – the president of DJO, Raanan Bar-Cohen – Director of Product Strategy, Jane Kratochvil – Asst Director of Investment Newsletters, and Rich Knopke from Ad Sales. Wine was poured, desserts were delicious and a few of us cracked smiles with the various short films and clips shown overhead.
The gala was hosted by Rob Corddry of Fox’s The Winner and former correspondent of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. There were awards for David Bowie, Meg Whitman, president of Ebay and an award to the Beastie Boys and the founders of YouTube.
Overall….i thought it lacked a certain “internet” flair…none of the award recipients web sites or creatives were shown? Odd for an internet event? Where was the social media? The UGC? The “voice from the crowds”?