Posts Tagged ‘planning’

The True Cost of Open Source

August 14, 2011
Is free always better? Tough to say. In his book Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions, researcher Dan Ariely cites fascinating studies on the power of "free". In one experiment, customers were somewhat more likely to purchase a piece of candy if the price were ...

5 Things to Do to Get Your Website Ready for Fall

July 18, 2011
A friend of mine who worked on the staff of a large church had a great saying.  He described the seemingly-endless treadmill of activity that consumes folks in the church office. It repeats each week: submitting bulletin announcements, worship planning, rehearsals, sterilizing baby toys, setting up cones in the parking ...

An RFP is a B-A-D Way to Find a Web Vendor

July 6, 2011
There are a lot of articles online discouraging the use of the Request for Proposal (RFP) to select a Website design (or any type of services) vendor. Many of these articles are written for businesses or large procurement departments, imploring them to find more effective and time-efficient ways to develop ...

Should You Use Your Church Core Values as Your Website Navigation?

June 29, 2011
Let's imagine that you are a mom, and your family just moved into a new town. You're hunting for a new church, and decide to check out the Website for a church someone recommended to you. So, you get on the Interwebs and head over to their site. So far, ...

Does Your Church Website Need a Search Box?

June 22, 2011
Things we hear almost on a daily basis from our new clients here at SiteOrganic: "Our old site is too cluttered, we want to streamline it." "People tell us how hard it is to find stuff on our old site." "Since our last site was built 4 years ago, our church has totally ...


June 8, 2011
A thing becomes obsolete for a few different reasons: Another thing comes along and causes us to think about our needs in a different way. Suddenly, the old thing just doesn't cut it. (See: iPhone) We get tired of the old thing for no good reason, and experience the urge to try something ...

Are you Creating Digital Disciples?

May 31, 2011
Businesses live and die by their two most critical metrics: profits and customer satisfaction. The latter will drive the former, so it's arguable that focusing on customers will make everything else fall into place. This can mean different things to different organizations; after all, focusing on customers might start by ...

Your Church Needs to Engage in Social Media!

May 17, 2011
Last week we sponsored the Dynamic Church Conference in Dallas, and I was fortunate to sit in on a couple of the sessions.  Much more than just a user or technical event, this conference brings together some of the best minds in ministry to discuss process, strategy, and best practices. One ...

Your Web Budget in 2012

May 13, 2011
As we enter the midpoint of 2011, many churches are gearing up for budget planning season (actually, when is it not budget season?).   For too many church Web staff and volunteers, it will be another round of begging for resources and help, but coming up short when all of the ...

10 Questions NOT to Ask Your Next Web Vendor

April 27, 2011
“The customer is always right.”  Heard that one before?  It sounds like a great truism, one that has been taught for years, to thousands of customer service reps everywhere.  It turns out that “always” is a strong word.  We’ve all witnessed a situation at an airport, restaurant, electronics store, etc. where ...
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