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I Appreciate You!

canwetalkSo this year’s customer appreciation had a lot of plans in my head!  But sadly being sick, loss of a friend, and a surge in customers & work, I didn’t get to do everything I hoped. The month is wrapping up quickly and I haven’t had time to be promoter, support, and billing department all at once – so things didn’t get out like I had hoped! But I don’t give up! The Final 5!

#1. Saying it. Meaning it.

Some of you have been around mere days in reading this (Greetings New Church Hosters!) and some of you have been around over a decade! Thank you! FlockHosting has continued to grow, maybe not always a paid account to bring in revenue, but to get a Church online & message out there for the world to see? Awesome stuff! It’s growing daily, up to nearly 40 churches hosting sermons, email, events etc. all online at NO COST! That’s a blessing! Even talking to the associate pastor at my own church on Sunday he had a friend who could utilize the service and forwarded it on! God is good!

But I do mean it when I say I appreciate my customers, I don’t just type words, I have some of the best customers – sure there’s always the ones who feel they are too needy and are my “trouble” customer, but even those requests that come of “HELP! THE SKY IS FALLING!” I’m here and happy to help, and I am blessed even recently in rough days one customer reached out and made sure I was okay, another on the passing of Tim, let me know they were praying – FlockHosting is a blessing to me for sure, I mean it when I do say I appreciate you guys!

#2. Being a Resource!

Some of you know me, some of you do not – If you are the second who doesn’t, get to know me. I’m here to be a help and a resource to any and all FlockHosters – Not just the common “Hey Chuck My Email isn’t working! Help!” – That I can help with, but too helping with your website, if you need help in trying to accomplish something you’ve never done before. Just ask!

Secondly I’m a prayer junkie, if you need prayer for family, job, website, church, healing, you name it – I am here to help you when and where I can! Just open a ticket, check the communicate page or catch me on Live Chat and we’ll get you helped out!

 

big-heart#3. Fun Fun Fun

It’s true – I’m a junkie for promotions, I still want to have some fun here, and there is still some giveaways to go in this these final days of Customer Appreciation – so why not see who’s actually reading this and make a few little offers:

How do you enter? Well between now and month’s end, give a shout out to FlockHosting! How do you shout out? Simple – you can use hash tag #flockhosting or tag us on Twitter/Facebook using @flockhosting (on Facebook this will change into FlockHosting’s name) – You can too share our tweets, tell a friend about FlockHosting, spread the word and each day you get 2 entries counted – one for Twitter and One for Facebook – You can earn a 3rd by referrals to FlockHosting – but you have 7 days to get your name in the hat to win ONE of the various prizes listed above!

Each entry is your name in the hat, and randomly I’ll select winners for each of the above! But wait there’s more!

  • 7 – $5 Starbucks Gift Cards Still Up for Grabs (Blog Post)
  • 10 – $5 Hosting Credits Still Up for Grabs (Blog Post)

I am going to be working on some other fun FlockHosting goodies (Still need a t-shirt!) but stay tuned for more fun for the remainder of 2013, and too leading into 2014!

 

#4. CA-2014-p/b Package

This year I’m kicking in a package to all customers CA-2014-P (Personal) and CA2014-B (Business) – these are some special accounts, they take you off the standard packages, and double your hosting power!

Personal will see 2GB->4GB of storage, and a upgrade from 30GB->60GB of bandwidth, Business will see 3GB->6GB of storage and an upgrade from 40GB->80GB of bandwidth! Now these are special and will upgrade differently than what FlockHosting.com offers! So all current customers and any new customers through October will benefit from these upgrades – All at no additional cost, and no request! I’ll be done by month’s end with the upgrades!

 

#5. Being open to help!

One of the big things I’m going to wrap up this month with is accepting help. Some have said they want to help FlockHosting, and I’m going to put it out there, with your help we’re going to eliminate some hassles with FlockHosting, and begin to lay the groundwork for some new staffers to come on board in the 2014 business year! Marketing and Billing folks! I am looking to expand and get things even more streamlined to where I can work where I am most useful and bounce around if I need to!

So stay tuned for start of November to have our own little kick starter to really push to build up FlockHosting’s offerings including Church Hosting and enhancing the servers even more! So stay tuned on how you can be a part and lend a hand, but never fear – there are going to be great rewards with each level of help including the return of the Founder’s Club!  So if you’re looking for great deals or a way to give back to the community of users at FlockHosting, stay tuned! I’m dropping my pride and looking for help!

 

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Wrap up!

Thanks for taking the time to read, hopefully you’ll join in these last bits of fun and giveaways, if not I’ll have a lot of multi-media devices 🙂 Thanks for being a customer, but do stay tuned – you know me, you never know what I have up my sleeve still! More to come – I’m still building a bigger and better FlockHosting!

FlockUpdate for September 2013

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Show Notes

  • Thanks for Engagement Congrats!
  • Varnish Cache Slowly Deployed – Blog update when completed!
  • Church Hosting growing!
  • Continued Prayers for FlockHosting & Me
  • Kickstarter? Crowdsourcing? Maybe.
  • Donations Welcome
  • Tim settling in!
  • Church Hosting Be Good Stewards!
  • Keep your scripts up-to-date!
  • Updated Knowledge Base (More soon!)
  • Get in touch! Communicate with Me!
  • Stay tuned for Customer Appreciation Month!

And the winners are…..

Customer Appreciation Month!

I love a good giveaway, don’t you? Well to not drag this out Ryan Seacrest style, no after the commercial breaks, without further delay, our 11 winners! (Emails will be going out later today to all winners!)

FlockHosting Mousepad, T-Shirt, and Pen (5 Winners)

  1. John S.
  2. Mark H.
  3. Brenten G.
  4. Matt H.
  5. Chris V.

These are still running slowly thru the printers, will be done and out to you before month’s end, please be sure your address on file is up to date!

$15 Amazon MP3 Card (3 Winners)

  1. Josh R.
  2. Mark K.
  3. David L.

These will be issued via Email, if you have an alternate email address you use for Amazon, please let me know so I can issue the digital code properly to your account.

1 Year of FlockHosting Service (2 Winners)

  1. JR M.
  2. Chris M.

A credit will be applied to your account for 1 year’s worth of service, this can be used to start up other accounts or simply leave it in place and at your future invoices it’ll deduct from your credits!

Amazon Kindle (Wifi/3G) + $25 Amazon Gift Card (1 Winner!)

  1. Victoria M.

I hope you’ll greatly enjoy it! Thanks for playing everyone!

There you have it!

It has been a big year for FlockHosting, busy, and some growing lately across the board, but I don’t want things to slow down! Thank you ALL for your participation this year in Customer Appreciation Month, I hope next year to try to out-do this year! Hopefully with even more great customers to appreciate!

Big congrats too for all the winners! Thanks to all customers for participating! Few of you who entered every day like clockwork! Thanks also to the services of Random.org for helping randomize the entires and select the winners!

I hope everyone has a great week, more news coming soon from FlockHosting, hope you’ll stop by and use Live Chat, Leave Feedback, or Join us on Facebook, Twitter and The Forums soon!

Customer Appreciation – Week Four.

Customer Appreciation Month!

So another year, and I’m wrapping it up – granted this week was supposed to start with a the final day on Monday, but with travel I pushed it back, then my sister decided to welcome my niece Amelia Joy into the world, so after travel -> baby, I am a blessed Man indeed (albeit a little tired!)

This week I had hoped to have customers give a set of ideas on how they’d like the final week to go, but some customers quite simply are happy with how things are with FlockHosting, and I am incredibly blessed to hear from customers and get some feedback, normally most folks only get feedback when things are BAD – with FlockHosting I’m blessed to have customers who are excited about the services here, and love to brag about Me, I am truly honored and blessed folks think so highly of the services here! Proud to call many customers Friend.

So for the last week, the sponsor, is Me — Chuck Brown (Website) (Personal Site), coming up on 10 years ago I remember finding a website that I enjoyed going to who had a screen come up every month “Site has reached bandwidth limits” or one time it was “Too many active connections” – I wanted to do things different, I wanted to bless fellow believers with personal, affordable, and more human hosting than anything out there, not a cookie cutter re-seller of HOST X, but something new, different, and with a mission to spread good things around the internet, and thus I am blessed with each and every customer who’s website have lived on any servers over the years! God has truly blessed Me with Amazing Customers! Your all amazing!

The end of this year is maybe a little less mighty than last years giveaways, but none the less its something I wanted to show my appreciation so the final run is 3 parts:

#1 – A promise, that I’ll continue to grow Support & Community Options of FlockHosting! The Community Forum will grow! Even if it’s just me posting a hodgepodge of goodies! The knowledge base will increase by 25% before the end of the year – and I’ll continue to monitor and actively support both Live Chat and the Feedback tab (on the left hand of the page), I am around if you need my help!

#2 – This one is to honor the birth of my niece Amelia Joy, as she was born on the 27th, thru the end of October the discount code, AMELIAJOY, will provide a 27% discount on all hosting packages & email – what can I say, I’m a proud uncle of  2 nieces and 1 nephew!

#3 – More Giving. I would like to see FlockHosting making a bigger effort into supporting ministries around the world, not just with free hosting! There are some great ministries out there who while hosting would benefit, I feel God has truly called me to in this business always give of my Time, Talent and Treasure – so to that end, each sale will give 10%, even if that’s a setup of a Church Hosting account, so for $5 accounts, $0.50, for $10 accounts $1, and for $0 accounts, $1, after its reached at least $50 I’ll take a list of suggested groups and pick one to give to! I want to give back! So your money now goes to support much more! I hope to challenge customers too to special giving opportunities with some goodies from me in return!

So there it is, a push for the future, I even have for the first time EVER… Business Cards:

If anyone would like some, please just drop me an email, and I’ll mail you some! Hopefully seeing it in PRINT folks will know I’m serious about Church Hosting for FREE! But I am pushing forward and hoping you’ll come along for the ride!

I am looking forward to October 5th’s big drawing, some folks have entered DAILY, others maybe 1-2 times total, but still plenty of time to enter for a few days  so why not enter a few times? May even be some surprise drawings… time will tell!

But thanks so much for joining me for another great year of Customer Appreciation Month – I really do hope your truly blessed by FlockHosting, and if I can be of service to you and your website in any way, please feel free to pick my brain!

Till next year! God Bless!


Chuck Brown
FlockHosting (www.flockhosting.com)

Customer Appreciation – Week Two.

What a week last week! Started off peachy, and ended with some server issues on Praise, but that’s behind us now and moving forward into a 2nd week, with some scattered surprises and mini-contests thru the week on Twitter, Facebook and the Forum (Still 2 -$5 credits on the forum… just waiting! Sign-up and post on the thread, one could be yours!)

This week’s sponsor is an old friend of FlockHosting, Mr. Chris Vacher [Website] – Chris has always been an uplifting supporter of FlockHosting – even while offline this past week due to outage, he sent a thanks for keeping him updated on the status of things! I enjoy reading his blog now and again as a music man myself, he has some great resources! So if you’re a worship leader, or want yours to have a good resource, Check out his site!

So todays two parter on behalf of Chris is the following:

#1 Unlimited Databases & Unlimited Email – All accounts will be moved up to our standard, no need to hold you back in the past packages, all packages will get full use of their storage and will be able to create as many Databases or Email accounts for your package.

– AND –

#2 A discount code “CAMWEEK2” – This is for customers pre-purchasing for 1-3 years – it’s a 10% discount, plus it is for 3 years of the account not just a one shot deal, so for 3 billing cycles you’ll enjoy a 10% discount from your account! Great if you have a fresh site idea in the works or a friend needing a deal on their business/personal website! This one is good for 30 people, but is valid thru month’s end.

So there’s week two! If you haven’t been be sure to enter for the big giveaway at month’s end! Also all discount codes floating around are still valid thru the month’s end, so if a discount looks good to you, it’s still valid! Also be sure to check out the community forums, that link will work once your signed up, come join the community!  (And be one of the lucky 2 remaining people to earn a $5 credit on their account!) 😀

Lastly if you haven’t seen your upgrades yet, don’t worry, they are still rolling out slowly but surely, should have a few more batches done tonight!