The 2009 Orchestra Website Review reader review page is open for business. Here, you’ll be able to rate each website included in the review using a similar 5-star rating system like the one used by Amazon.com and if you wish to offer more in-depth observations, you can leave a review comment. Links to each website are provided so you don’t have to track down any sites on your own and unless you have the time to sit down and go through 82 U.S. and 14 Canadian orchestra websites in one sitting, know that there are no minimum numbers of ratings/reviews required to participate and you can submit them using your own schedule…
If you aren’t sure where to start there’s a useful FAQ guide at the top of the reader review page to walk you through the entire process. I’m looking forward to seeing what readers think
Employees Not Eligible ARE ENCOURAGED To Participate
We’re all used to seeing obligatory “employees not eligible to participate” disclaimers attached to projects like this but in this case, employees are encouraged to participate. There is nothing wrong with showing pride or displeasure with your organization’s website so I hope orchestra stakeholders will actively participate in the reader reviews. The only caveat is if you are an orchestra employee and want to leave a comment based review for your ensemble’s website, that you disclose your employment status in the review.
Taking this idea one more step, I’m encouraging marketing professionals, volunteer groups, and player associations to contact patrons via emails, newsletters, and on their respective websites urging supporters to take part in the reader reviews. To that end, everyone can feel free to use any of the copy and graphics associated with the reviews. If you need higher resolution copies of any graphic or in specific dimensions just let me know, I’ll be happy to help out as needed.
To make things even easier, just use the social networking links located at the bottom of the reader review page that enable you post notices to your Facebook profile/page, tweet a notice at Twitter, submit to aggregators like Digg and StumbleUpon, and much more – all with a single click!