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Gear Up for Fall Now - Webmaster Newsletter - July 2010

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:09 pm    Post subject: Gear Up for Fall Now - Webmaster Newsletter - July 2010 Reply with quote

View this newsletter in your browser:
http://www.ourchurch.com/news/webmaster-2010-07.php

Hello OurChurch.Com webmasters,

For many organizations, summer is the slow season. School is out, church attendance is lower, and business is lighter. For many people it's a time to take vacation, rest, and reconnect with family and friends.

Slow seasons are also the best times to make the upgrades and improvements that will help your organization make the most of the next busy season. That's the topic of this newsletter's feature article.

In addition to that we've got 2 great new NE1 templates, a coupon, a very funny video spoofing the E*Trade baby commercials, and our latest "Bug of the Month" contest winner.

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck
OurChurch.Com


IN THIS ISSUE
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1) Now Is the Time to Get Ready for Fall
2) Win $50 in the Bug of the Month Contest
3) Blog Update: Study Finds Most Church Websites Ineffective
4) Support for Free Beacon Websites Ending
5) Funny Video: E-Baby on Giving
6) New Music Guitar and Rock Concert Templates
7) Save $10 on Any OCC Services

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1) NOW IS THE TIME TO GET READY FOR FALL
You may be experiencing a bit of a summer slow down right now, but in a month or so things are going to be busy again. Kids go back to school, people start looking for churches, and shoppers start buying again. If you’re website looks poor, can't do what you want it to, or isn't optimized for search engines, you're going to miss out on many of those opportunities.

If you act now, OurChurch.Com can create a new, great-looking website custom designed with all the functionality you need by September. If you act now, we can get your site showing up on the first page of Google's search results within the next month. Request your free, no-obligation phone consultation today.

http://www.ourchurch.com/design/free-web-design-consulting.php

2) WIN $50 THE BUG OF THE MONTH CONTEST
To make everyone's experience on the OurChurch.Com website even better, we've giving away $50 every month to someone who reports a misspelling, grammatical error, dead link, or other problem in a "Bug of the Month" contest. Each bug you report will give you an entry into a monthly drawing we'll do for $50 towards OCC services. The more bugs you report, the better your chances to win. Congrats to Terry R Wilson who won this month's $50.

http://www.ourchurch.com/news/news-2010-06-17.php

3) BLOG UPDATE - STUDY FINDS MOST CHURCH WEBSITES INEFFECTIVE
The Associated Baptist Press published an article concluding, “Churches, by and large, still haven’t entered the digital age when it comes to evangelism — but those who have are reaping huge rewards, according to a new survey.”

The survey was done by Christian technology company Endis. They polled 1,600 churches asking questions about church size, the website’s target readership, the number of Christians and non-Christians coming to events, and the influence of the website on their decision to attend.

The study revealed some important findings.

http://blog.ourchurch.com/2010/07/22/study-finds-most-church-websites-ineffective/

Other recent articles:

- 7 Secrets of Running a Wildly Popular Blog
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2010/07/21/7-secrets-of-running-a-wildly-popular-blog/

- Must-Read Church Communications Book on the Way
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2010/07/20/must-read-church-communications-book-on-the-way/

- AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church ONLINE
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2010/07/13/and-the-gathered-and-scattered-church-online/

4) SUPPORT FOR FREE BEACON SITES ENDING
Beginning August 1, 2010 we will no longer be providing technical support to members with free Beacon sites.

Beacon was the original web builder we launched OurChurch.Com with back in 1996. But in January of 2008, we introduced its successor - the NE1 Web Builder.

Since then we've been gently encouraging Beacon uses to migrate to NE1. We created an automated migration tool that copies all the content in your Beacon site into an NE1 version of your. And we created a simple 3-step process that allows you to view and edit the new NE1 version of your site before making it live.

For more information about migrating from Beacon to NE1 or upgrading your free Beacon site, read the full announcement.

http://forums.ourchurch.com/viewtopic.php?t=6309

5) FUNNY VIDEO: E-Baby on Giving
You've seen the E*Trade commercials with the talking babies. Worship House Media spoofed those commercials with this video of a baby talking about tithing.

http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/13368/Ebaby-On-Giving

6) NEW MUSIC GUITAR AND ROCK CONCERT TEMPLATES
We've got two brand new NE1 templates this month. The first, Music Guitar, is a cool modern template with a blue color scheme that includes a guitar and 1 Samuel 6:5 in the header. The second called, Rock Concert, is a bright mix of oranges, blues, and greens.

http://forums.ourchurch.com/viewtopic.php?t=6329

7) SAVE $10 ON ANY OCC SERVICES
Click on the coupon below to "claim" it. After claiming the coupon, it will appear in the order form for all of your OCC websites until it expires. It can be used once per site. If you have any problems clicking on the coupon, you can also claim it by going to your order form and entering coupon code july.
http://www.ourchurch.com/edit/order2.php?couponClaim=Submit&couponCode=july

Thanks for hosting your website at OurChurch.Com. Post your comments and questions concerning this newsletter here in our forums.

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OCC Quick Links
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- OurChurch.Com homepage - http://www.ourchurch.com
- Website hosting - http://www.ourchurch.com/hosting/
- Custom website designs - http://www.ourchurch.com/design/
- Marketing services - http://marketing.ourchurch.com
- Advertising - http://www.ourchurch.com/advertising/

OVERHEARD...
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"Years ago, Haden Planetarium ran an add asking the public a question, 'If you were ready and able to serve on the crew of a space ship going to another planet, what would be your reason for going?' They received over 18,000 replies..." - PhillipLaSpino

Sound off on our message boards - http://forums.ourchurch.com/viewtopic.php?t=6327

NEWSLETTER POLL
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Is there a summer lull this time of year in your ministry or business?

- Yes, and we`re using it to rest & renew.
- Yes, but we`re using it to gear up for the busy season.
- Nope, no lull here.
- No, this is our busy season.

Vote: http://www.ourchurch.com/edit/NE1survey4.php

NE1 TIP O' THE MONTH
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If your website has had the same template for more than a year, maybe it`s time to try one of the 200+ other templates available.

WEBSITE SPOTLIGHT: Christ Community Church – http://www.ccc-si.com
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Christ Community Church is a community of believers in Southern Illinois calling people to experience God’s power and equipping them to walk in His holiness. They hired OurChurch.Com to build their Custom CMS website (http://www.ourchurch.com/design/) and recently launched their site a couple of months ago. Their site has a custom Flash header, image rotator, staff directory, media gallery and events calendar. They also showed the flexibility of our CMS package by creating their very own Sermon Download page. Make sure to check out their newest page all about their trip to Kenya last month.

AWARD-WINNING WEBSITES
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- First Mennonite Church - http://www.fmcprettyprairie.org/
- Circle G Tractor Sales, Inc. - http://www.circlegtractors.com/
- Spirit Truth & Liberty Ministries - http://www.spirittruth.com/
- Aspen Hill Quarters - http://www.aspenhillqtrs.com/

Info on PowerPoints Challenge - http://www.ourchurch.com/help/help-powerpoints.php
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