National Heritage Corridors

Creating an Engine for Stewardship

The natural beauty and historical richness of our National Heritage Corridors is a public resource to be shared and preserved. Halagan Design Group promotes your National Heritage Corridor with these easy to use web management tools and processes.

The goal is to create wonderful experiences for visitors and an easy to use interface for the Corridor team. Clear goals for marketing, compelling user experience, and strategic planning and execution make our websites and marketing stand out.

“When people work together, amazing things can happen.”

Our Approach to Web Site Design & Business Management

I. Identifying the Corridor’s Goals

We start the consulting process meeting with your team to understand the short and long term goals. The optimized website can clarify these goals by curating content and creating a voice for your organization.

A NHC’s website and social media channels are opportunities for educating and engaging. Creating connections to your audience lets you build a longterm relationship. List building gives you the power to build that relationship. Landing pages are tools used to inform visitors about a specific programs, events or needs, using a compelling call to action to increase the opportunity for success.

Finding the best way to manage your content is key to the website’s success.

II. WordPress the CMS Platform

WordPress is an open source content managed system (CMS) supported by  developers worldwide. We blend custom development with some of the best plugins (software extension) available to build a robust website platform that becomes an important tool for managing your organization.

WordPress CMS is user-friendly. We integrate a front end editing system that makes it easy to manage your blog, update or add  pages.

WordPress is flexible and can be easily expanded. This lets your site grow with you. Thousands of plugins have been developed for the purpose of extending the functionality. We also build our own specialty plugins designed to specifically meet the needs of NHC’s.

III. Components

Here is an overview of what we build into our websites:

 

  • Content Managed System using WordPress
  • A mobile friendly website
  • Search Engine Optimization management
  • Photo and video libraries and galleries, photo of the week and calendar contests
  • Custom form development for events, membership, list building with complete data integration with email and CRM’s.
  • Online payment and custom shopping cart using WooCommerce for membership, donations, events and merchandise.
  • Private pages and content with access levels. i.e. members, board members.
  • Custom built Partner/business directory with google map integration
  • Event management, calendars, event registration, community event submission
  • Google map building and integration customized to spec
  • Social media integration – Facebook, Youtube, Google Plus, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter
  • Set up and integration of you website blog, email manager, and social media.
  • Email set-up and integration for list building and auto response campaigns.

VI. Training and Testing

We provide hands-on training and documentation to effectively use your new website. As your staff begins to populate the site we help with video and onsite training.

Additional training can be scheduled for the staff for using specialty plugins, event management, membership management, ecommerce, and search engine optimization.

The site is tested on all major browsers and devices.

V. Ongoing Support

Maintenance, Content Updates, Marketing Consultation and Design.

We provide ongoing maintenance, support and updates for your website. This includes maintaining licenses on premium plugins, website updates, security monitoring of website, and remote backup to our Amazon s3 server. Ongoing website design and page updates.

Marketing is important for seasonal events, fundraising, and developing member and partner support. We develop online marketing campaigns that help you reach your goals.

VI. Social Media Email and CRM’s

Connecting and involving your visitors in the corridor’s mission has a home on your website, but social media promotes involvement, exchange of ideas and discussion of important topics, and brings a wider audience into your organization. We help you with training your staff on how to excel in managing the art of social media and we develop and run social media campaigns designed to target special initiatives from fundraising, to membership building, to event marketing.

By combining social media, landing pages, list building, and email campaigns, you can create marketing results that can be tracked, tested, and optimized. If you use Constant contact, Mail Chimp or a dedicated CRM like Salesforce, Donor Perfect, or Salsa labs

Work with NHC’s

We work very closely with several National Heritage Corridors. Building a website is an ongoing processes. A website needs to constantly evolve to adapt to the needs of the communities it serves and to the need for efficient management.

The Last Green Valley

The Last Green Valley was redesigned using the WordPress framework and a customized theme. The site is a blend of a functional back-end for editing and managing content and an engagingly designed front end providing an engaging gateway to the Last Green Valley.  We are currently building a custom directory of places to go and things to do integrated into an interactive Google mapping system. Consultation, marketing, and site development is ongoing. We are constantly striving to improve how people interact with the site and to make the site a more valuable tool for the organization. We work on a monthly maintenance and consulting retainer with the Corridor.

The Blackstone Heritage Corridor

When we redesigned the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, we created a custom WordPress theme and several custom plugins. The first stage of the website was a 7 month process with the launch of a fully mobile friendly design. The next stage included a brand new release of an online store and a   Our ongoing work includes year-round  maintenance, planning and adding new website features and consulting to the Corridor working on a monthly retainer.

Freedoms Way Heritage Area

Halagan Design was hired as a consultant for the redesign of Freedom’s Way in-house website rebuild. We helped Freedom’s Way set up the project and acted as a consultant as the content for the site was created and added. As the site neared launch we added custom forms. Currently we are under contract for ongoing support and maintenance and we’re looking forward to building an interactive partner/location directory and google map system.

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Your new website is a tool that you can use to strengthen your organization. Our free consultation will explain what is possible.

  • Tell us a little about your organization. Who do you serve? What important challenge do you need to work on?