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By host on 12/6/2012 4:26 PM
John is involved with the local Marine Corps League.  This time of year they are putting in many hours to make sure that needy kids in our area have a merry Christmas through the Toys for Tots program.  John was helping sort toys a few days ago and his picture appeared as the lead for the story about the League’s activities.  I was so proud of my handsome elf!

But it got me to thinking about the importance that the media plays for clubs. Getting media coverage for your club event or project is an awesome way to get the word out about it. 


By host on 8/30/2011 1:59 PM

We develop a lot of websites for a lot of different kinds of clubs, all over the United States.  We’re like proud parents when we’ve worked with a club’s designated webmaster or a group of folks from a club and their new website is finally launched.  It’s an exciting time and we strive to create a website where all of the club members are proud of their club’s presence on Web. 

We’ve found that people with the like-minded predominant passion of our clubs will often search club websites looking for other groups (same like-minded passion) in a particular area.  Thus, we encourage all of our clubs to have some sort of links page that showcases sister clubs, not only for the camaraderie that it creates but also because it’s beneficial for the search ability (search engine optimization) for both sites.

Here’s an overview about links and why your site needs them.

By host on 8/19/2011 9:42 AM

Okay, I’m going to show my age a bit here.  When I was growing up it was almost a holiday when the new Sears & Roebuck catalog was delivered to our doorstep…especially the Christmas edition!  My brother and I had our Big Chief tablets and pencils handy to make our lists to Santa and practically tackled the postman when the wondrous book finally arrived.  We always fought over who got to look at it first.  It was a really big deal for us.  Sears stopped printing their “Wish Books” in 1993, but they sure provided me a lot of fond “wishful” times and memories.

Your club newsletter, if done right, has the ability to give your members that same level of excitement.  Okay, maybe not “Wish Book” exhilaration, but a well-thought-out newsletter does a lot to:

•    keep everybody on the same page as far as events, meetings, and fundraisers,
•    spotlight individual members and past events, and,
•    keep club members excited about being a part of the club.

By host on 8/9/2011 9:47 AM

Joining a club has helped many members realize what is possible with their particular interest, learn more about it, and make new friends with similar interests. In fact, for many, membership in the club is as important the hobby itself. So, it makes sense for someone that is new to a particular hobby or interest to find and at least meet up with their local like-minded club or association.

But trying to find the clubs can sometimes be a hassle. 

There are many online club directories, but based on what we’ve observed, often visitors go away frustrated and disappointed - many club lists have as many broken links and bad contacts as they have good ones!

So, in May, 2011, we took the plunge and started a list of known clubs called Connect 2 Clubs Directory (www.connect2clubsdirectory.com).  I use the word "known" because we wanted to filter out clubs that have dissolved, clubs that never were, and clubs for whom the contact information is no longer valid.


By host on 6/18/2011 6:58 AM

Anel writes:

An online forum is a terrific way to rally your club members together for events and educational purposes, as well as to develop a community revolving around your passion (club) and your website.  Your club forum is a great place for members to discuss specific topics ranging from how-to questions and answers, surveys, club events and technical assistance.  One of our motorcycle clubs uses their forum to schedule member rides. The use of a club forum can technically be utilized for everything and anything under the sun.

 

By host on 1/24/2011 3:02 PM

John writes:

When you have large files or a large collection of files to send to someone, what do you do?   You can send any file as an attachment to anyone, anywhere via email. Any file, you ask?  Yes, as long as it meets the size restrictions of your email provider, as well as your recipient’s email provider restrictions for incoming email.  Some of us even set restrictions on incoming email because when these large files are coming through, all of the other computer’s resources are being hogged by this incoming file.  This creates a less than desirable work environment, on the computers on both ends, when your other resources are needed to complete a time-sensitive task.

By host on 1/19/2011 11:17 AM
Redesigning a website can be a very involved process, but just like anything, thought and planning before the process begins, will pay off in a smoother transition.   Here is a quick look at some points to consider before diving into the redesign process.
By host on 1/13/2011 6:13 AM
Okay, it’s a new year--Hooray!  January is the time for new beginnings and fresh starts.  We’re all back to the gym, back to school, and back to work with resolutions to make this year the best ever.  So how about giving your website the same kind of “new attitude” attention?  Have you really looked at your website lately?

If your website is outdated, or has elements that are incomplete, it immediately turns your visitors off.  We look at scads of websites every day and there are many outdated and dysfunctional websites that are begging for a re-design.  I do not say this to be mean!  I say it because the reality is, you only get one chance to make a first impression for your business or club.
By host on 12/14/2010 11:15 AM

Okay, I have to admit, this may not be the most exciting topic we’ve ever written about.  It’s not like you stay up at night thinking about what you’re going to name the electronic files that you use on your website.  In fact, you probably don’t give it any thought at all until you run into a problem trying to upload or find any given file.  Just so you’ll never have a file fiasco, here are a few “best practice” tips to help.

 

Think of the File Manager on your website as a big filing cabinet with drawers and folders within each drawer to house each individual file.  Just like paper files, electronic files need to be well-organized and labeled correctly so that they are identifiable and accessible on the web.  An electronic record is machine-readable, which means it requires hardware and software to be accessed and read. Electronic records include documents, spreadsheets, databases, images, video and audio.

 

By host on 12/4/2010 10:31 AM

Remember the 90’s TV show, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’?  It was about a group of teens in an affluent area of Beverly Hills.  In fact, the area was so “affluent” that those who didn’t live in the 90210 zip code region was not considered part of the “in” crowd.  It’s a perfect example of how we judge people by where they live.  Who ever heard of naming a television show after a postal code?  Sheesh!

Well unfortunately, the same thing is true about your email address.  Yep, that’s what I said, you are judged professionally, as well as by your friends and peers by your email address.  And since the Internet is a semi-passive form of communicating, perception is reality online.  Because we hand out email addresses so liberally, in professional and social situations, it’s worth taking the time to assess what your email address really says about you.

 

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