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|Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:12 pm Post subject: Move Up a Grade in Back to School Month
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Hi OCC News Subscriber,
For many people September marks the beginning of the new school year and a time to focus on school issues. That is the case here at OurChurch.Com where September is officially... Back to School Month.
This month we’ll be doing all we can to help schools sort through the website issues they face and provide examples of schools that are doing their website well. Plus we’ve got the design, hosting, and marketing services that will help your school communicate better and connect with prospective new students. We’ll even be leading a workshop and hosting an exhibit table at a conference for Christian school administrators and teachers.
Take a moment to check out all the things related to schools going on this month at OurChurch.Com.
In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck, CEO
Back to School Month Features
1) Get to the Top of Google and Get More Students
2) Custom Website, Top Search Rankings, and No Up-Front Cost
3) Teachers, Small Organizations - Save on Web Hosting
4) Featuring Innovative Schools and Teachers
5) More School-Related Templates
6) OCC Hits a Christian School Conference
1) GET TO THE TOP OF GOOGLE AND GET MORE STUDENTS
Is your school missing out on thousands of dollars of tuition because of unfilled class space? Many parents looking for a private school start their search in online search engines. OurChurch.Com can help you fill that class space for pennies on the dollar by getting your school to the top of the search rankings in Google, Yahoo, MSN, and more. Read more about our Top School Search Rankings service.
Not involved with a school? We provide similar top search ranking services for churches, businesses, and ministries.
2) CUSTOM WEBSITE, TOP SEARCH RANKINGS, AND NO UP-FRONT COST
Every school is unique and therefore every Christian school website should be custom designed to reflect the unique character and needs of the school. Here are 6 benefits to having OCC develop a custom website for your school:
A) Amazing Design. Your website is the first impression many prospective students and parents will get of your school. Make it a great one! OCC's custom websites are design to your specs to include school colors, logos, and photos of teachers and students.
B) Easily Updated by Multiple Administrators. With a custom site, your schools teachers and administrators can all update their own pages quickly and easily without any HTML skills necessary. Having up-to-date information on your site is the most important factor in getting teachers, parents, and students to use the website regularly.
C) Saves Time. As people come to see your new website is always up to date with the latest info on news, events, activities, and even homework assignments, students and parents will check the site rather than calling the school for info. Forms and permission slips can be made available on the site. You can even enable parents to pay for tuition and lunches online, saving everyone time.
D) Useful Features. Imagine the benefits to your staff, students, and teachers when you have a website that includes a calendar, eNewsletter, photo gallery, event registration for trips, staff directory, and private password-protected pages each parent can login to view info about their student posted by the teacher.
E) No Up-Front Cost. That's right! OurChurch.Com has 3 custom website packages that require no payment up-front. Just commit to 2 years of service that include affordable monthly payments.
F) Top School Search Rankings Included. Our Custom Pro Package includes our Top School Search Rankings service (a $99/mo value), a custom design, and the features listed above for no up-front cost and only $199/mo for a minimum of 2 years. That's a fantastic value!
All of this is brought you by a staff that understands the needs of schools, teachers, parents and students. That's because our staff includes a former teacher, a school board member, several parents of school-age children, and an experienced school website design team. Learn more about our custom-designed school websites.
3) TEACHERS, SMALL ORGANIZATIONS - SAVE ON WEB HOSTING
If you're a teacher and your school isn't giving you the website tools you need, or your small organization still operating with a free site, we've got a great opportunity for you this month. You can upgrade to the Starter Hosting Package and Ad-Free Option together for a year for only $98, a savings of $40. The Starter Package includes your own domain name and lots of space for graphics. And the Ad-Free Option will give your site a nice, clean look. Or just upgrade to the Starter Hosting package for $49, a $10 savings. These prices are only good through September 30, so order now!
4) FEATURING INNOVATIVE SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS
OurChurch.Com wants to see schools and teachers communicate more effectively using the Internet, so this month we're going to blog about those schools and teacher who are doing just that. If you or a school or teacher you know is doing something fascinating online, post it in the forum topic we've created (http://forums.ourchurch.com/viewtopic.php?t=5894). If we like what we see, we'll write about it our Christian Web Trends blog (http://blog.ourchurch.com), where we'll be posting articles related to education all month long.
5) MORE SCHOOL-RELATED TEMPLATES
OurChurch.Com's NE1 Web Builder has several school-related templates available. All of them can be customized using the NE1 template editor launched earlier this year. We have a couple more school-related templates under development, which we'll announce later this month in the webmaster newsletter.
6) OCC HITS A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CONFERENCE
OurChurch.Com will be back in Daytona Beach September 17-18 at the 2009 Florida Lutheran Educators Conference. CEO Paul Steinbrueck will be leading a workshop on how schools can communicate better with parent and students using their websites, and my Director of Marketing Services Kurt Steinbrueck will be leading a workshop explaining how search engine optimization can help bolster enrollment.
Additionally, we'll have an exhibitors booth to talk with teachers, principals, and administrators, and we'll be blogging, Facebooking, and Twittering live from the convocation so you can get a taste of what we experience.
Post your comments and questions concerning this announcement here in our forums.