Goodbye from the Web Team
Arrowmen, parents, and visitors,
After five incredible days, the 2018 National Order of the Arrow Conference has finally come to a close. We’ve made new connections, reaffirmed old friendships, and explored how the choices we make every day will ultimately decide our destiny.
Innovation was a major focus of this NOAC, and the conference staff worked hard to plan and deliver new programs and approaches—including in the realm of communications. For the first time, those who couldn’t make it to NOAC in person had the opportunity to log into the website, access training sessions and other content, and participate in the conference experience as remote delegates. This year’s NOAC website also featured an improved schedule, a photo gallery, and a number of other new features to enhance the conference experience.
It’s safe to say that this is the most advanced conference website the Order of the Arrow has ever had, and the reason behind that can be found in the NOAC website staff—Matthew, Tristan, Jacob, Eric, Cam, Adam, and John—seven of the finest Arrowmen I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. They put in countless hours to build the website and keep it updated throughout the conference, oftentimes working straight through lunch or supper to build a necessary component or post an article for the Navigator. A special thanks goes to my adviser, Eric Silva, who was an invaluable resource and support during the eight months it takes to prepare and run a NOAC website. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the year round web team, who also worked hard to support the construction of the NOAC website (and many of whom served on the NOAC web team as well).
To put this in perspective, during the conference we had over 13,800 unique users access the NOAC site, for a total of over 86,600 page views. Nearly a thousand on-site and remote delegates logged into the site to access exclusive content. After the home page, the most commonly viewed pages were NOAC TV, the NOAC Weeklong Menu, Remote Delegates, and the Schedule, respectively. Finally, 70% of website views were on mobile devices, 25% on desktops, and 5% on tablets.
Throughout this week, we’ve explored how the choices we make will decide our destiny. Together, we’ve navigated the maze that led us to NOAC 2018; together, we now look forward to the journey that leads on from the conference.
What will your journey be?
Yours in Service,
NOAC 2018 Website Lead