New Website for Representative John Yarmuth

iConsttiuent is pleased to announce the launch of Representative John Yarmuth's  website.  The new site combines rich constituent-oriented content with a very clean contemporary design.

Visit Rep. Yarmuth's website at yarmuth.house.gov

New Web Site for Representative Solomon Ortiz Launched

iConsttiuent is pleased to announce the launch of Representative Solomon Ortiz's  web site.  The new site combines rich constituent-oriented content with a very clean contemporary design.

Visit Rep. Ortiz's web site at ortiz.house.gov

Advance sign-up needed for U.S. Rep. Baron Hill town hall meeting

View full article at Courier-Journal.com

By Lesley Stedman Weidenbener
Courier-Journal.com Reporter

INDIANAPOLIS U.S. Rep. Baron Hill will try to talk with thousands of his 9th District constituents on Monday in a town hall meeting.

But the event is via telephone, and residents who want to participate must first complete an online form (http://indiana09townhall.com/) or call (202) 225-5315 to sign up. That keeps the meeting in line with an Indiana law that prohibits most automated phone calls.

"We're actively trying to get as many folks to participate as we can," said Hill's press secretary, Katie Moreau. "We're using every means possible at our disposal to get the word out and hope that people can find time in their busy summer schedules to join the call and ask Baron a question."

The one-hour meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Those who have signed up should expect a call and can then be connected to the conference, where some participants will be able to ask questions.

The calls have become increasingly popular among members of Congress since the technology has improved and in-person town hall meetings have become more volatile.

"We see a lot of advantages to using the telephone format," Moreau said. "Folks can participate from the comfort of their own home, and that's particularly helpful given the large geographic area the 9th District encompasses. Plus, we aren't constrained by factors like room space size, etc."

In a similar call sponsored by the AARP last year, 5,100 of the group's 9th District members participated and 14 asked Hill questions. Participants did not have to sign up in advance for that meeting because the AARP called only its own members, making them exempt from the automated call law.

The questions on the AARP call were prescreened, but they were not all easy. Several members pressed Hill about his support for the federal heath care law.

Still, Kelly Khuri, an organizer of the Clark County Tea Party and a self-described Libertarian-leaning Republican, is skeptical about Monday's event, although she signed up right away to participate.

"It probably won't be any different than a town hall meeting at IUS (Indiana University Southeast) where Baron Hill calls on who he wants," she said. "I'm sure they know who they're going to call on."

Asked about how or whether questions will be screened, Moreau said only that, "We'll take the most questions we can in the time allotted."

Hill will use iConstituent to host his meeting. The company says on its website that the telephone town halls allow public officials to "reach thousands of constituents quickly and effectively."

To learn more about Telephone Town Hall
 

Using Website Analytics in Constituent Gateway

Did you know that you can now access your website’s analytics in Constituent Gateway? This information is a great way to determine how constituents are finding your site, which information is being accessed most often, and how many new and repeat visitors you have. To access your statistics, simply hover over the “Website” menu and select “Google Analytics”.

Your analytics includes several reports including Overview, Content Views, Traffic Sources, and Visitor Data. Below are some definitions of the statistics you will see on the reports, including some common uses for improving your website based on this data.

  • Visits – this represents the number of times your site has been visited. If a user were to visit your site one day, then return the next day, that would count as two visits (therefore, they are not unique visits). This can be used to monitor spikes in traffic that might come from things like e-newsletters, press releases, or town halls and other public appearances.
  • Pageviews – this represents the number of pages that have been viewed on your site. If a user were to visit a page, then navigate away, and then return, that would count as two pageviews of the initial page.
  • Pages per Visit – this represents the number of pages (see pageviews) per visit (see visits). This is helpful for determining the extent to which users are browsing your site. Seeing a low number here? Trying enticing users with teasers in your sidebar – use related content, updated buttons for hot topics, or links to videos or other immersive content.
  • Average Time on Site – similar to pages per visit, this statistic will indicate the length (in minutes and seconds), on average, each user spends on the site. If the information they are seeking is more lengthy, they may spend more time reviewing it while maintaining a lower number of pages per visit.
  • Bounce Rate – this indicates the percentage of single-page visits where the user left your site from the entrance (landing) page. This can often be on the homepage, but might also include landing pages that you link to from e-newsletters. By creating compelling content including teasers and cross-pollination of content from other sections, you can entice users to continue to browse your information after they’ve arrived.
  • New Visits – this is the percentage of visits that are coming from first-time visitors. A low number here means that you have many repeat visitors who continue to come back for more information. Keeping your site updated and compelling will increase the number of repeat visits (thereby decreasing the percentage here).
  • Traffic Sources – this information is shown in two forms: a breakdown of source type (by percentage) and a listing of specific sources (with number of visits and percentage of visits). This information will show you where your visitors are coming from – either direct traffic, using a search engine, or if they are being referred from another source.  
  • Top Request Pages – this chart displays lists the pages in the website, ordered by number of pageviews (most popular on top). You can also sort by unique pageviews, average time on page, bounce rate, and the percent of the time that this page is the last page visited before exit. Clicking on the header title at the top will sort the chart by that variable.
  • Top Landing Pages – this chart displays the pages of the website, ordered by how frequently the page is landed on first by a user. You can also sort by bounces and bounce rate (how often is it the only page they visit).
  • Top Exit Pages – this chart displays the pages of the website, ordered by how frequently the page is the last page visited by a user. You can also sort by pageviews and the percentage of views which result in an exit from the site.  
  • Keywords – this listing refers to words or phrases entered into search engines that result in a visitor being brought to your website.
  • Browser – this area lists the most popular web browsers being used to access your site.
  • Flash Version – this area lists the most popular versions of Flash being used to access your site.
  • Operating System – this area lists the most popular operating systems being used to access your site.
  • Connection Speed – this area lists the most common connection speeds being used to access your site.