We're glad to announce the launch of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey. It's a social service agency that needed help reaching families in need and more donors via the web.
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey offers a wide range of mental health and social services to people of all ages. But the agency was having a hard time delivering its message online. They were worried about their low presence in search engine rankings, the site’s confusing navigation, a lack of new donors and a low number of new client intakes. What’s more, the in-house staff couldn’t edit – or even see – the old website.
We (Talance, Inc.), a Boston-area Web development and design firm that specializes in user-friendly websites for non-profits, created for them an easy-to-use website with high visibility and the ability to accept online payments.
The Drupal-based website—which includes optimized search engine capabilities, an online shopping cart for accepting donations and selling tribute cards, a calendar of events, a news updates section, a newsletter and more – is now manageable by a staff without any in-depth technical expertise. The site also effectively informs its constituency about upcoming events and community resources. The new platform has helped JFS MetroWest achieve its goal of having a lively website that’s easy to maintain, increase donations and publicize a rich selection of programs and services.
- Better design: the old black and white design was replaced by a vibrant site with color photos that represent the services offered by the agency.
- Expandable text-based menus: Given the extensive menu of services available to the community, Talance created a menu that allowed for many options that don’t look overwhelming.
- Shopping cart: The new shopping cart allows donors to purchase tribute cards, make donations and buy tickets for events.
- Calendar: The new and improved calendar brings the numerous events and programs onto the homepage while highlighting what’s available on the current day.
- JFS in the News: A list on the homepage allows the agency to highlight its most recent media coverage.
- Newsletter: A customizable newsletter can go out to the constituency while being archived on the website.
- Friendly URLs: As part of an overall search engine optimization (SEO) campaign, each page has a unique address that’s easy for visitors to read and that is easily catalogued in search engines.