2016 marked a banner year for digital marketing and communications firm mStoner, Inc. with 25 awards from nine national award-granting organizations.

Notably, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts was universally praised for its visual storytelling and immersive design. Receiving an award from all nine organizations, was granted the following distinctions: 2016 Webby Finalist, CASE Circle of Excellence Awards Silver, W3 Awards Best in Show, UCDA Design Competition Gold, and more.

“People call our site ‘stunning’ and ‘beautiful,’ ” said Claire Machamer, chief technology officer for UNCSA. “Visual impact was one of our goals for the site and it was clearly accomplished. Social media referrals have skyrocketed because people are sharing the site; they’re proud of it.”

Most important, mStoner’s digital strategy and creative work drove meaningful results for clients:

  • Broader brand awareness.
  • Increased admission inquiries and applications.
  • Revamped and impactful content strategies.
  • Elevated institutional pride.

“In the first week alone, our college admissions reps had too many prospects coming in for staff to get back to them. It’s a good problem to have,” said Mark Donahue, managing web editor for Rush University. With 2,000 new inquiry form submissions a month, the new is generating leads at 10 times the rate of the old site.

Full list of 2016 recognition and awards

Webby Awards

CASE Circle of Excellence

  • Silver: University of North Carolina School of the Arts

UCDA Design Competition

  • Gold: University of North Carolina School of the Arts

W3 Awards

Communicator Awards

Web Awards 2016

  • Outstanding Website:
    • Loyola Marymount University
    • University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Interactive Media Awards

  • Best in Class:
    • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
    • Johns Hopkins University Homewood Student Affairs
    • Saint Louis University

EDU Digital Marketing Awards


  • Honorable Mention: University of North Carolina School of the Arts

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Mallory Wood

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I ride the line between ESTJ and ISTJ. What does that mean for mStoner, besides entertaining colleagues with my wit and charm? I'm a problem-solver and enjoy working through our potential client's challenges to identify solutions and how a partnership with mStoner will bring value. Find me on

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