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Partner Benefits

AGENCY QUALITY WORK. WITHOUT THE AGENCY PRICES.

Open Y is free to use. But your YMCA association may not be lucky enough to have an IT / Website Developer on staff. That’s where the digital partner comes in. There are really great partners available for Open Y.  Each partner brings their own strengths that will match specific needs & requirements of different Y teams.  So do yourself a favor and check in with multiple partners on your project.

Here are some of the the ways I can help.

COST

As a small developer, there’s no footing the bill for project overhead or agency costs.  Need an agency-size digital partner? I’m likely not a good fit. Need quality work, an experienced developer & an affordable path to Open Y?  We should talk.

EXPERIENCE

I have worked with YMCAs on websites for the past 7 years.  Cachet fonts, correct spacing on the Areas of Focus, Group Ex classes, Programs, Daxko – we’re not starting from scratch.  Let’s start with the basics already covered.

NETWORK

Let’s put a value on collaboration.  Not only through the Open Y platform, but between Ys that share the same development partner.  We can learn from each other, share ideas and always have an example to point toward.

FOCUSED SUPPORT

As a smaller development operation, the goal is not to help as many people as possible.  Quality over quantity is the mantra here.  Fast replies, help when it’s needed and direct lines of communication. And for goodness sake, no support ticket waiting lines.

PERSONAL PROFESSIONAL

I take pride in having a good relationship with all the Y staff I work with.  Your YMCA team is not just a “client” any more than I am just a “developer.”  We have lives, stories and we want to be good at what we do.  Let’s form a working relationship based on that.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Websites are awesome, but it’s not just about web pages.  Migrating your existing content, Daxko, Active, Playerspace, Google Ads (utilizing your $10k monthly grant), Google Analytics, Facebook Ads, Conversion tracking, Hotjar … let’s take your YMCA website to the next level.

YMCA SPOTLIGHT

HAVE A LOOK AT A FEW OPEN Y WEBSITE EXAMPLES.

YMCA of South Palm Beach County

[ ymcaspbc.org ]

The YMCA of South Palm Beach is based in the Boca Raton, Florida area.  Working with their team was a great privilege, as they were the very first partner association I helped move to Open Y.  We learned a ton together and they are a special partner for that reason.  Their team was ready to fully take on the project of updating their old website to what it is now:  A modern, responsive and scalable website that’s fully in their control.  All their hard work is paying off in measurable improvements – increased visitors, longer average times per page and significantly decreased bounce rates.

  • Program Registration

  • Membership Integration

  • Group Exercise Class Search

  • Daxko Integration

  • Content Migration

  • SEO & Analytics

  • Google Analytics

  • Google Ads Management

  • Design Customizations

  • Cloud Hosting

  • Open Y Updates

  • On-going Website Maintenance

YMCA of Central Kentucky

[ ymcacky.org ]

The YMCA of Central Kentucky is based in the Lexington, Kentucky area. We are still in the development stages of this project, but should be launching in the near future. It’s been a pleasure to help their team with the challenge of updating their old website where they had very little control, and now transitioning into a brand new platform where they have full control in Open Y. With 6 full service branches, an overnight camp, and another Learning Center facility, this medium-sized Y has gotten the needed buy-in from their team and are ready to take the next step online.

  • Daxko Integration

  • Online Giving

  • SEO & Analytics

  • Google Analytics

  • Cloud Hosting

  • Membership Integration

  • Open Y Updates

  • Program Registration

  • Design Customizations

  • Group Exercise Class Search

  • On-going Website Maintenance

Duluth Area Family YMCA

[ duluthymca.org ]

The Duluth Area Family YMCA is based in the Duluth, Minnesota area.  We’re still early in the development process, but this is a special project worth mentioning.  As a single branch Y, this association simply didn’t have a ton of resources to invest into digital solutions, much less to move off their old website platforms to Open Y.  I heard about Duluth Area Family YMCA through a member of the Open Y team, and I mentioned that we may be able to help each other.  So we came upon an agreement, that for minimal financial cost to their association, we can move them to Open Y and document the entire process with the Open Y team, with the goal of minimizing pain points and obstacles to other small Ys during the on-boarding process.  We’re still early … but this project is adding real value to the Y movement by lowering the barrier of entry for future YMCAs.

  • Daxko Integration

  • SEO & Analytics

  • Google Analytics

  • Cloud Hosting

  • Open Y Updates

  • User Testing

  • On-going Website Maintenance

  • Staff Training & Feedback

  • Documentation & Feedback to the Open Y Community

VIEW ALL OTHER WORK

Jeremy was instrumental in helping the YMCA of Lincoln get it’s new Open Y site off the ground. His knowledge and ability to problem solve navigated us through the process with relative ease. He helped us come up with solutions to problems that were unique to our Association and always communicated in a manner that was productive and efficient. I can’t recommend JW Technology & Design enough for any website development project!

Mike Lefler (Chief Marketing Officer), YMCA of Lincoln, NE

We are a small YMCA with limited resources, and Jeremy made it easy for us to update our website with Open Y and get it launched. We’re thrilled with the update and look forward to ongoing improvements to keep us current!

Mark Smidt (CEO), Hoerner YMCA

Jeremy is extremely personable and knowledgeable. He’s terrific at explaining what could be complicated terms in an approachable manner and he did a wonderful job of on-boarding our team to both Drupal and Open Y.  Plus, Jeremy’s unfailingly positive, can-do attitude made this project a fun, exciting one for us!

Our site launched in October 2020 and we couldn’t be happier. It’s pushed our team to dream big around digital outreach. We feel empowered to customize our site to our needs and reassured knowing that Jeremy is just a quick email away.

Kat Franchino (Marketing Director), Missoula Family YMCA

We Love Our New Site, Period.  When I first made contact with Jeremy through an Open Y Summit, I knew he was the right fit for the redesign of our website. His patience and willingness to go above and beyond truly helped us get to where we are now.  He has been a great partner!

Brandi Doss (Marketing Director), YMCA of Central Kentucky

Even before we started the initial process of creating this new website, it’s something our association has been discussing (literally) for years. I’m so proud to have been a part of it – and working with you has been nothing but fantastic!

Tracy Sussman (Director of Marketing), YMCA of South Palm Beach County

It’s been an unbelievably pleasant experience working with you, your responsiveness and always going above and beyond have been a huge part in why we were happy with our decision…

Alysha (Marketing Director)

All I have heard from our guests and alumni is positive feedback on the website.

B.J. (Camp Director), YMCA Camp Ocoee

We have been extremely happy with our changeover to Open Y and our partnership with Jeremy Weedman and JW Technology & Design!  Being able to develop a personal relationship with our provider was important to us.  After speaking with Jeremy, our entire team, including our CEO, felt that this was the direction we should go.

The training and creation process was super clean and easy.  Jeremy is very knowledgeable along best practices but still offered options for us that may suit our needs best.  We couldn’t be more happy with this decision and wholeheartedly recommend any YMCA looking to upgrade their website to give Jeremy and his team at JW Technology & Design the opportunity to partner with you.

Alan Lambert (Associate Executive Director), Rowan-Cabarrus YMCA

Thanks to Jeremy and the team for the fantastic outcome produced for the Kentucky/West Virginia Regional Alliance of YMCAs.  The process in developing the website was quick and professional. And, the final version has exceeded our expectations!  The site is easy to maintain and it looks fantastic.  Our website is performing for us just as we hoped.

David Ozmore (Alliance Director), Kentucky & West Virginia Alliance of YMCAs

Get In Touch

SETUP A FREE DISCOVERY SESSION

If you’re ready to get started, or even if you’re still in the planning stages, I would be excited to hear your thoughts on an Open Y project.  We can go through your existing website, what needs improving and how Open Y can help.  Finally, I can ask some questions -I’m sure you’ll have questions of your own – and we can determine from there if it’s a good fit or not.  Let’s connect!