Parents of Kids on Drugs can “Ask an Expert” or use “Meeting in a Box” Resources
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Our Parent Pathway website was launched in July 2011. We began with a “soft launch” to ensure we had time for early viewers to give feedback so we could make any adjustments necessary.
Our first priority has been to ensure that our processes associated with the website are working well. For example, in the “Ask the Expert” feature we needed to queue up our experts properly and make sure that all technical aspects were robust. We have been ensuring that all business processes are solid so that we can respond and interact successfully with our customers as our visitor load increases.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
We’ve now got the wind behind our sails and would like to report on recent developments with ParentPathway.com. We have had a soft launch and are now attracting new subscribers to the Parents Seeking Serenity blog; our Ask the Expert feature has received some submissions; and we’ve received very good feedback from users who have found our site.
Keeping the content fresh is a requirement and a challenge. We recently posted Part 1 of an interview with Joyce Mitchell, the producer of our Collision Course documentary. (You can watch Collision Course here), and we plan to conduct our next interview via videotape or audiotape. Once we have developed a good following, we plan to offer webinars by experts, such as an expert in the abuse of over-the-counter drugs.
We will soon develop the marketing plan for our site. Who can benefit from the information we provide? Parents, certainly. What about rehabs? Hospitals? Associations of counselors and physicians? We will be brainstorming soon about the best ways to reach these audiences.
Friday, September 09, 2011
It is a very exciting time for the Parent Pathway team! We have official launched our new website - www.parentpathway.com
We consider this phase a ‘soft launch’ which means it is live on the internet and fully functional but we are not going to advertise the site for the first couple of weeks. We will be going through the site and have identified parents who will use the site and give us feedback on issues. This way we will be able to make sure that any problems not caught in the pre-release phase testing are identified.
We have had many delays in our release of the website. Our main delay has been underestimating the amount of work on our project team’s side versus our web developer’s side. There have been many points along our timeline where the content has held up the development side. While this must seem obvious in a project of this sort, it still eluded us along the way. Our team is a group of very capable professionals with a mixture of skills and experience, yet each of us has responsibilities that have competed with the workload of our project.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
We are so close to the finish line that we can almost taste it now! Our web design is complete, we have finalized most of our content, and we are taking a final pass to make sure everything is working as planned. Along the way, we have found that things tend to take much longer than expected, which is frustrating because we are anxious to launch but want everything to be right. At the same time, we realize that our site is a work in progress and we will continue to fine-tune it over time.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
As we draw ever closer to launching our website, we have an exciting announcement: We are changing our name from “Parents Unite Against Addiction” to “Parent Pathway.” We found that our former name certainly conveyed our reason for being, but it was a mouthful, and it was not particularly memorable.
When we realized the name we chose was not quite right, we began researching website names. We found excellent resources that helped us understand why certain names worked and others didn’t, what to consider and how it might affect our website visibility. For instance, you can create a word that isn’t a word (such as Facebook or Yelp), but then you have to work hard to brand it and get visibility since search engines won’t easily find it. This is one of many elements to consider in selecting a successful website name.
Monday, June 06, 2011
We are continuing with our full court press to complete the web design and content so we can launch the Parent Pathway beta test site within the next month. One unexpected snag: we found that our original web page design lacked the vibrant and dynamic sense of “connection” we were looking for. Because we felt that the design would fail to create a “trusted advisor” relationship with our readers, we went back to the drawing board to some extent to infuse it with energy and connection. Our requested changes were more than cosmetic and required rework on the back end which ended up being very time-consuming. We are so fortunate to work with a web designer who shares our passion and our vision. While she is flexible and accommodating, the changes consumed an unexpected amount of time. We have been delighted to find that the rework has paid off—the revised web page creates a dynamic connection with the reader, and our team is excited about the results.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
It is an exciting time for our project! We are nearing our launch goal of May with many activities to complete in order to make it to the finish line. It is a wonderful place in the process when you get to view the full website and see your wireframe come to life. We’ve spent countless hours mocking up the wireframe and reviewing pages and graphics; seeing it in its full implementation is just magical!
Last week we had a meeting with our web developer to review where we are and what we need to complete to go live with our website. As we all know, there are multiple dimensions involved when developing an on-line social media environment. Our web developer has approximately 80% of the website complete, but our team has about 70% of content to create or finalize, along with processes to complete to manage the administration once in production. We have reviewed the areas where the content was complete and developed a plan to populate the remaining areas. This translates into actions ranging from formatting content that we have completed and sending it to the development team or creating some new content entirely.