Is it just me or does anyone else agree that it's high time that the club do some kind of update work on the club website? This is the first impression many get of our family and it sure isn't setting the world on fire providing what the website/club claims it does. Seems to me like we have a VERY valuable tool at the club's disposal that is being terribly neglected and wasted. I know we've got members that are highly skilled with web site construction and marketing types that are more than willing to assist in making suggestions for some kind of updated format that could help the club turn the tide with the loss of membership.
I hate to say it but the home page leaves ALOT to be desired compared to other national clubs' home pages.
2003-2005 Election details still up? What about 2004-2006?
A whopping TWO sanctioned/supported/affiliated club events this year? Our members supported more than this, didn't they?
And last, straight from the member services page:
1. Up to date (NOT), full dynamic
2. Member's car of the month (Where is it?)
3. Top quality photos and features
5. Mod evaluation area
Rebuild the home page to be packed with links to all the valuable information, picture sites and support the club can provide so when it is visited by potential members for the first time it conveys a sense of the vaste scope of our world and experience. Ya know. WOW factor.
(This might hurt a lil' for some, but why not take a quick look around and see what is possible, good, bad, etc.? Just some addresses I grabbed.
Do monthly updates featuring Impala activites from across the country (whether they are sanctioned or not!). There is no feeling like getting together with our cars, riding in caravans together, bench racing, etc. 'cause it is about the cars, right?
Build a permanent and regularly updated "Hall of B-Body Fame" car/owner feature.
Consider a true club-owned forum.
Build a "newbie" tech page that reviews the value of possible mods to our vehicles that is easy to navigate and will reduce the perennial "Do a search!" BS which turns off so many potential new members.
Make it easier for club members to find out what is actaully happening with the day-to-day operations of the club and to find the minutes of executive meeting minutes. This could make us, as memebrs, feel more involved in the club and increase participation / membership by proving this is a club "run by the members, for the members".
Find more ways to emphasize (and prove thru action and our web site) that the focus of the club IS about the cars (and not personalities or egos).
A monthly feature written by John Moss and/or other key people that have been instrumental in creating what we all love?
A monthly editorial from our President that would make us all feel more "connected".
A "behind the scenes" history of the car and the club.
Consider posting a magazine section with duplication of the magazine in "web format" with back issues.
Comments? Additional suggestions?
Please note that my ONLY intention in posting this thread here is to initiate some dialogue among
MEMBERS that may have ideas about how we can improve our club and its services, thereby growing paid membership and thus club support for activites and
NON-MEMBERS that will share what they want that would motivate them to join.