BANDON - The Bandon Chamber of Commerce, which serves the business and community of Bandon, recently received its second award for its Bandon website.
The Chamber received top honors this month from the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce for their website – bandon.com.
"I'm just really excited that all of our hard work paid off and that a community the size of Bandon won a state award," said Bandon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Miller. "It's very exciting and gratifying and it's a big deal that we have won on both the tourism and business front."
The Chamber was presented with the first-place award in the "Web Site" category at the 2017 OSCC Conference in Florence. The site was chosen by the judging committee for exceeding expectations in the following areas:
• Overall Design - overall impression of the look and feel of the web site, graphics, ease of use and navigation. One judge stated: “the website was easy to navigate whether a member or visitor. Strong photos and easy navigation. Does a great job promoting local business.”
• Content - overall quality, timeliness and relevance of information, clear concise text, high quality photography, no typos or bad grammar, addresses primary audience. Judges noting that the site was easy to navigate, had a consistent message and engaging content.
• Search Engine Optimization - does the chamber web site appear on the first page listing of major search engines like Google, etc."
The new Bandon Chamber of Commerce website, bandon.com, launched in April 2016. But research and planning started almost three years earlier. Advanced planning included budgeting and support for the chamber board of directors and two year's worth of website visitor survey data. Anecdotal feedback and ideas came from a 10-person pre-development committee representing multiple South Coast businesses and a 10-person panel of beta reviewers.
The website features contributions from more than 20 local photographers.
The Bandon Chamber also won the 2016 Outstanding Oregon Website Award from the The Oregon Tourism Commission in May.
The commission’s annual Travel and Tourism Industry Achievement Awards recognize people and organizations across the state that go the extra mile to enhance the travel and tourism industry in Oregon.
Check out the Chamber's award-winning website here: www.bandon.com.