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Executive Directors Report for January 11, 2000

Applied for fee waiver:

New Not-for-Profit Members

New Basic Members:
Goss, Doug, REALTOR®
Bailey, Bob, REALTOR®

Existing Basic Members Invoiced:
David Fulton

New Expanded Members:

Existing Expanded Members Invoiced:

New Sponsoring Members -

Existing Sponsoring Members Renewed Their Membership:

Existing Sponsoring Members Invoiced:
Tom Raper, Inc.  - Spoke with David Bane, he said he would run it past the Advertising Manager (in Florida).  My feeling is if we don't have a check by the end of January, we remove them.
- We're scheduled for the next check run at the end of this week per Dave Strycker.

GOLD Members 

Services Invoiced:

Created ad for the Chamber's Community Profile insert.
Worked with the Pal-Item on a weekly ad run (1" x 1 column, twice a week) and a business card ad for the Chamber insert.
Ran a "Thank you" type ad on 101.3 and WKBV on Christmas Eve/Christmas.
Set up ad for 101.3/WKBV for January & February (twice a day, twice a week)
Running "WEATHER mentions" once a week, 6 times a day on KICKS96.
Reviewed article written by John Weber for inclusion in the Chamber's upcoming Pal-Item insert in January.

Log Analysis for December, 4th Quarter, and 1999 Year
Ran weekly and posted on the Members Only page.  Weekly averages for the past 4 weeks are 2,868 visitors and 7,954 hits, a small increase in usage from the past reported month, encouraging as two weeks of that were busy  holiday times.  December figures reflect a 206% increase over the same time last year.

Fourth quarter figures rose 32% from 3rd Quarter '99 figures, reflecting a positive response to our redesigned web site.   I expect another jump as the cold, dark evenings of January descend upon us, although less than last year's percentage as we have a greater depth of penetration than last year at this time. 

1999 Yearly Figures show an outstanding 100,426 users requesting 310,586 pages.  It's difficult to do a true comparison as we did not purchase the logging software until mid-February '99, but a rough estimate is that we nearly tripled our visitors/hits from the previous year. 

Achievements for December/January

  • Ran invoices and followed up on late payments.
  • Researched software, downloaded and installed necessary updates to be Y2K compatible.
  • Purchased, installed, and debugged and updated version of WebTrends, our logging software. (a $50 savings by doing so prior to the 1st of the year.)
  • Created new "suggestion box" form feature to encourage feedback from our visitors.
  • Ran weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly log analysis.  Yearly log was run on a Pentium III, 500 Mhz system and took more than 12 hours. 
  • Changed the "featured link" and welcome message regularly.
  • Researched way to archive current discussion list, due to other concerns, switched to researching new discussion software.
  • Took pictures around the community to keep the photo fresh.
  • Followed up on web site outage over the Christmas holiday.  Was in touch daily with Infocom regarding on-going concerns.

On-Going Projects for the coming month

  • Work on IRS designation with committee.
  • Continue to look at alternative funding sources.
  • Further investigate streaming video needs and partnership possibilities.
  • Continue to update older pages to reflect the newer design/font/sidebars of updated design.
  • Sales calls
  • Prepare letter for distribution to restaurants and motels touting benefits of our Commerce package.

Web Page Ideas

  • more recreation pages
  • work with Jim Waecher at the Museum to create pages on Richmond manufactured automobiles and local Tiffany Windows, and the history of the Railroad in Wayne Co.
  • An FAQ for the city and county, i.e. where do I purchase a dog license? etc.
  • Review hyperlinks and make corrections as necessary.
  • Continue to promote participation in our "Welcome" feature.
  • Keep the "featured link" fresh, aiming for a change every two days, minimum.

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