"I had designed and maintained our site myself and knew that I needed help to make it more attractive and interactive," according to Sr. Mary Lou Simcoe, Communications Director of the member ministry of the international congregation of religious Catholic women.
While at an out-of-state conference, Sr. Mary Lou met a representative from a web design firm based in Minnesota, and considered hiring that company to re-design the Holy Union Sisters site. But after receiving advice from a peer "to work with someone local" she conducted research and realized that the answer to her web site needs lie almost literally around the corner...with Interactive Palette, headquartered in Fall River.
Impressed with the Interactive Palette web site and posted samples of its work, Sr. Mary Lou retained the firm to entirely re-design the Holy Union Sisters site, transitioning it from a fundamental and fairly static site to one that is now interactive and offers a wide range of features.
"Viewers can request information about sisters, sign up to learn about events related to our upcoming 125th anniversary, make online donations and so much more," said Sister Mary Lou."Completely positive" describes the feedback from viewers in the short time the new site has been active; in fact a significant number of inquiries from former students were received in the first month the site went live.
The comprehensive site has much to offer, according to Sr. Mary Lou, who concedes that she is still learning the ins and outs of the software installed by Interactive Palette to allow her and other members of the ministry to edit and update the site.
Sister Mary Lou credits Kevin McNally, owner and creative director of Interactive Palette and senior web designer Deniz Costa for being "very responsive to my cries for help - they explain things in such a way that I can understand, enabling me to maintain the site."
"My entire experience with Interactive Palette has been wonderful; our site is attractive, comprehensive and completely interactive now," said Sr. Mary Lou. "And it's important to note that from the very beginning, the Interactive Palette team stressed that while they designed the site, it is ours. We have control of all aspects of the site, but can be assured of their expert assistance if and when necessary."