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Executive Director's Report for September 10, 2009

Applied for fee waiver:  

Membership Changes/Additional Fees:

  • (+ 500) Added Gillam & Zetzl CPA's as a Sponsoring Member, 20% discount (from Summersault)
  • (-  60) Removed Agee Design as a Basic Member
  • (-  60) Removed Compassionate Hearts, Inc. as a Not-for-Profit Member
  • (- 500) Removed Greens Fork Animal Hospital as a Sponsoring Member
  • (- 500) Removed Eaton Computer as a Sponsoring Member
  • (-  60) Removed Adam Tidrow as a Basic Member
  • (+  60) Added Blind Ambition Gallery and Boutique
  • (+ 300) Added Renaissance Properties Management, LLC
  • Total Change: (-$320)

Advertising/Marketing/Community Relations

  • Wayne County Connections TV Show (Mentioned as "Producer"/Page)
  • Ad in the 2009 Richmond/Wayne County map.  We receive 50 maps to hand out, but more importantly, 3,500 to 4,000 are sent/given to area visitors at the Tourism Bureau, Police Dept., etc.
  • Twittering - we now have 149 followers - up from 125 followers at July meeting.

Issues & Projects for July/August/September

  • Set up a child calendar for the EDC
  • Complete the re-do of the Rose Garden page.
  • Ecard Section:
    • Summersault has completed the new ecard program, donation value = ~$3,680.00
    • Program works great - but there is an html bug that is not allowing the images to show up in I.E. and Opera.
    • 71% of our visitors still use I.E., so this needs to be worked out before we begin using this.
    • Removed old program as it was a target for spammers.
  • Continued working on ICNA dissolution.  Balance as of 12/31/2009: $42,887.49 - approximately 5-8 organizations still involved.
  • Added/Removed members as required.
  • Off for a two week vacation and a long Labor Day weekend.
  • Website Maintenance:  
    • Added four new members to site and removed non-paying members.
    • Added an "Add This" button to the home page.
    • Add two new "How To" articles.
    • Update Restaurant listing - Add & Remove as required
    • Take photos/videos at State Fair Band Day, archive on site, Flickr and YouTube.
    • Review and update page links & calendar events, as necessary. Take photos.

My To-Do List:

  • Debug HTML for Ecard system.
  • Continue ICNA shutdown process
  • Vision and Blueprint in preparation for site redevelopment.
  • Make calls on members/potential members
  • Review & update members email addresses - send "Member's Only" info.
  • Continue to review & update web pages.

Log Analysis (as of August 31, 2009)
These figures were created by the AWStats program offered online by our web host.  We also track usage with Google Analytics.

Monthly figures are now being posted on the Top Twenty page.  Current average is 63,011  user sessions per month.  Web page views are averaging 221,795.   Users sessions increased 3% in August after a 16% dip in July.  Page views increased by 1% in August after a 9% decrease in July.  These decreases are normal for the active summer months and can also be somewhat attributed to the decrease in use of spammer traffic with the removal of the old e-card script.

2nd Quarter 2009 - Quarterly figures for user sessions increased 14% from 1st Quarter.  Page views increased 40% in the second quarter following a small 4% increase in the 1st Quarter of 2009.

2008 Yearly Figures show a 17% increase to 780,140 users requesting 1,960,314 pages as compared to 668,203 users requesting 1,772,590 pages in 2007.  This is a 17% increase in users and a 14% increase in page views over 2007

2008 = 780,140  2009 = 504,086

2008 = 1,960,314  2009 = 1,774,358

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