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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!



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!

Summer Continues!

So July was another busy one! There was a newsletter, but never have found time for a video! Recorded one which had glitches – so re-thinking my recording setup, to get a cleaner video/audio etc. – may use my cell phone this week to record a quick one for August but that’s a story for another day! But onto the June/July Re-Cap + Looking forward to August fun, and some final plans are being laid and put into motion for September’s Customer Appreciation Month!  So take a minute and read thru if you can! Some things coming up here really soon!


Well I wish I could ay that the months of June and July’s various promotions and giveaways went over well, but in all honesty I think you were all busy too! But some folks did take advantage of the Summer Time Promo – saving 25% for the life of their account, and some new folks making use of the free Church Hosting! So here’s the breakdown:

Fitbit Challenge

The two lucky winners are:

  • Chris V.
  • Matt H.

I’ll be in touch by week’s end to confirm your addresses are correct in the billing system & get you color preference (Plum or Blue) – and should have those to you guys by month’s end!

T-Shirt Contest

My good friend (and long time customer) Katie sent in the only design which was a cute little sheep which I made into a shirt:

So while she does seem to win a lot – She gets the first prize – and her cute design was even liked by my mom on the Facebook Page – so at least two shirts are being made off the bat, but a limited edition print will be offered in a month or two via the blog, and I will be donating all 3 $50 donations to Love-Water in her name! Thanks for the design!

The Nexus 7 Giveaway

Sadly this one did not even have 1 valid entry 🙁 but stay tuned later in this post for how this will be making a comeback!

More Fun This Month… Read on!


August Promo Code

So savings for this month are here! While Customer Appreciation Month is just around the corner, what a better time than now to become a customer! Previous years provide free storage and various upgrades – so what better time to get started and get even more in a month! 😀 The code is “SCHOOLISCOOL” it provides 15% off your account for the life of your account (similar to last months promotion! So a great time for some savings, and you’ll be in line for next month’s fun!

New Server Coming!

I am a firm believer in not overselling a server – in most cases while folks run off to “UNLIMITED!” hosting, they quickly find that they are on crowded servers and sometimes resources are not as freely available as they had hoped – Not something I do here! So since some servers have been filling up to my thresholds (45% capacity) it’s time to turn on a new server! So deploying this week a fresh server, it will be a new location too in San Jose, CA – will have some of the latest build outs from FlockHosting’s test server – and you can move in next week!

Some customers will be getting notifications of required move, sites that have grown large in their several years with FlockHosting will be migrated to the less crowded server, freeing up resources to other customers on the old server they were on, so keep an eye on your email, notes will be coming out over the next few weeks, but if you feel like you could benefit from the move, let me know!  Requested moves will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


Customer Appreciation Month!

So I mentioned the Nexus 7 giveaway would be coming back and here it is! As a early lead-in to Customer Appreciation Month, I am continuing the contest, and removing the 2 sign-up minimum – Customer Appreciation, like the 10 Year Celebration is one of my favorite times! I get to highlight customers, give out upgrades, going to add in prizes this year too! Not to mention another big surprise like had in the 10 Year Celebration!

But back to the Nexus 7 (sorry I am excited again for another fun filled Customer Appreciation Month!) its all about getting the word out, and being involved. Like other giveaways this requires a little leg work from you – but instead of a play by play of “CHUCK I POSTED THIS!” Document it. Simply open up Notepad (Windows)/gEdit (Linux)/TextEdit (Mac) – and if you post on twitter, save the link from the post, if you post to a forum, save the link and note it, same goes for Facebook, Twitter! Sign-ups if they give your name in comments or use your affiliate link = 10 entries – so getting folks to sign-up does wonders!

Lists have two check-in points, one August 31st – this will allow me to tally up and get a inital count and leader board setup – the second list you can create is due September 30th – just email it into me or open a ticket, your pick!


Lastly Server Maintenance

Wrapping up here as already at 800+ words and I know this is a lot of information so going to do my best to keep it short – maintenance windows are going to be approaching – in an effort to upgrade services and functionality for customers, some upgrade windows similar to the emergency windows recently will be scheduled 2 weeks in advance – Downtime will vary and as posted it will give a rough ETA as to whats being done, may be upgrades to servers or software. So stay tuned!

So long… farewell…

THANK YOU for taking the time to read thru this, I appreciate customers involvement and I hope you can take part in the promo code or have fun with the Nexus 7 giveaway, I am VERY excited about the upcoming Customer Appreciation Month! You may be featured as a weekly customer appreciated, so be sure to stay tuned! If your not already be sure to check out the Facebook Page, Twitter Page or Sign-up for the newsletter! If you have another way you’d like contact, check the communicate page and catch me online and let me know how I can better communicate with you the changes here @ Flockhosting!

Have a GREAT August! Keep an eye peeled too for a short video later this week!

Welcome to July! (or 2012, Part 2)

So a BUSY June! A lot going on behind the scenes with not only FlockHosting but too personal life! Birthdays, graduations, mini-vacations, kittens attacking toes, and a lot of colorful fun at Color Me Rad 5k Bakersfield (going again in Fresno!) – yes it had it all! But here we are on the other side into July and so far so good!

June’s fun will continue thru July, the Fitbit giveaway, T-Shirt Design Contest, and Promo code “SUMMERTIME” will still give you a savings so that’s all well and good, but what about July? What does July get? Well glad you asked. 🙂

As things head into the second half of the year and we push forward, I want to really keep the flow of giveaways going, and I know I could say “Free Year of Hosting” and for some, that’d be just peachy – but how can I kick it up a notch to really keep the momentum going for Customer Appreciation Month (Already being planned!), there have been kindles, iPod’s, etc. tons of give aways, but what next?

Nexus 7.

Google recently announced this badboy, and end of this month, 1 lucky customer (must have at least 1 active hosting account or domain) will have a chance to win this beautiful 7 inch tablet. Sure it’s no iPad, but it has some serious power behind it and access to Amazon, Google Play, Netflix, and more – plus the Google Chrome browser on mobile – super fast!

So how do you get your hands on this? How do you win this? Come on already Chuck SPILL IT! (LOL) Well its all about actual sign-ups – to have a chance to win, you must have at least 2 people sign-up for services and give your name in the comments section (Affiliate links work too – so if you don’t win, at least you get some $$$) – but for every 2 people, you get an entry! End of the month to be fair most entries win.

How do you get folks to sign-up? Not always a easy sell to folks right? Well Church Hosting counts too – its a 100% free service for churches! So if your church needs a site there’s an option — but please only if you have a need for the site, if your signing up to simply get an entry, please prayerfully consider that option as Church Hosting is a labor of love and space/resources are precious! If you plan to truly use it, then welcome aboard!

Other ideas, if you have a favorite website/blog thats having uptime issues, point them to FlockHosting! Just spread the word! Working on some promo materials and making packs to send out to folks who want em but things like Generic Business  Cards without my contact info, but good promo to give to someone that you can share by simply handing but too write your name on it so you can get some promo fun! T-Shirt contest too will help make more promo goodies to wear 🙂

So thats the July Promo to add to the list of fun from June that’s carried over, all things end August 5th (Sunday) and results will be posted and online for all goodies August 8th by 10pm – so to recap:

#1 – Fibit Giveaway to keep healthy! (Customer Only)

#2 – 25% off lifetime savings with promo code SUMMERTIME (Open to the Public)

#3 – T-Shirt Design Contest for some free hosting, spending money at Amazon, donation in your name and a free t-shirt you designed! (Open to the Public)

#4 – Nexus 7 Contest for most sign-ups thru August 5th! (Customer Only)


Go July Go!

So there you have it! That’s the re-cap, another post coming later this week about some new monthly maintenance windows and server changes upcoming so stay tuned for that, newsletter and video heading out this week too!  If your not on the newsletter for some reason, get signed up!

I hope folks can get involved in the fun! Hope your July is off to a great start!

June Promotional Fun!

So June is here! (Well officially tomorrow, but I’m anxious for its arrival!)

This month some fun promotions so getting straight to it:

#1 A Fit Summer!

This month every person you recommend to FlockHosting and signs up even for Church Hosting (a free service for churches!) gets you an entry (Have them give your name in notes at signup), every time you tag FlockHosting on Facebook or Twitter in suggesting it to someone for hosting their website gets you an entry, if you sign-up for the community and interact, each post gets you an entry!

Okay, lots of entry talk, but for what! Two lucky customers will pick up a FitBit (www.fitbit.com) – this is a great tool for keeping track of your steps, your distance, and for me has been a great motivator for getting healthier as I do spend a LARGE part of my day sitting still, but since getting mine early last month, I’ve logged 86.65 miles of walking! Lost 6lbs and has motivated me to keep busy even changing my office up to make it more standing and moving vs. sitting! So I want to share the fun with customers!

Now you may not be a health junkie but this makes a fun gift to give to someone in your life maybe that would benefit from the system & the site for getting into shape! This starts Today, and runs thru the end of June!


#2 Promo Codes

One thing folks asked for were more promotions, sure $5 a month with no long-term contract is great, but money these days is tight and have to stretch that dollar a step further! So today the public code is as follows:

SUMMERTIME – What this gets you is 25% off when you pre-purchase for 3 months or more, up to 1 year, you can save 25% off, now this isn’t a one shot deal, this is reoccurring, so every 3 months you still save 25%  its your locked in price for the life of your account.

Share this with friends and family, however I did say codes, a second one is coming to the newsletter, and a third to the hidden customer area on the community forums, for you to share not on coupon sites, but with friends/family or yourself with discounts up to 50% on a year, so stay tuned on those, codes will be released in the newsletter tomorrow and on the forums later tonight.


#3 FlockHosting T-Shirt Contest!

Calling all designers! Calling all t-shirt lovers! FlockHosting needs a fun t-shirt designed! Something catchy too that when seen around town, folks will visit FlockHosting and join in the fun!

The Guidelines:

  • Can be Front or Back or Both – no limitations.
  • Designs must be 600DPI or greater in PNG/PDF/TIFF/AI/EPS formats
  • Full color is allowed.
  • Use of FlockHosting Logo/Site Allowed – PDF/EPS of Logo and  Helper Chuck will be posted on the forum
  • Up to 3 entries per person.
  • All Designs Submitted become property of FlockHosting

The Prize:

  • #1 Shirt Select
  • 2 Years of FlockHosting Service
  • $50 in Amazon Gift Cards
  • A print of your winning shirt
  • $50 Donation in Your Name to Love Water (www.love-water.org)
  • #2 Shirt
  • 1 Year of Flockhosting Service
  • $25 in Amazon Gift Cards
  • A print of your winning shirt
  • $50 Donation in Your Name to Love Water (www.love-water.org)
  • #3 Shirt
  • 3 Month of Flockhosting Service
  • $15 in Amazon Gift Cards
  • A print of your winning shirt
  • $50 Donation in Your Name to Love Water (www.love-water.org)


To submit your designs, submit them via email – chuck (at) flockhosting.com — entries deadline is June 30th — Voting will begin July 1st and end July 15th – these will be voted on publicly! This is not my pick, and your friends/family can vote too! So get to designing! If you need any additional resources from me please don’t hesitate to ask! I will share each requested item though publicly so that everyone has fair use of all resources.

Happy June! Hope everyone can join in the fun!

02-28-12 = 32! (Trust me it does!)

So you showed up, and are saying “So what’s this fun?” well for folks who have been waiting for that “DEAL” to come around today is the day, but the real question is “Why is Chuck bad at math?” I mean obviously its -38, or if adding 42 – so really – why is that math equate to 32?

It’s my age.  🙂 And thus to celebrate my 32nd birthday – 32% off of Personal and Business Hosting for all new accounts! An amazing savings! Works on all years of service, you want 3 Years? Save 32%! All you have to do is use the code BDAYBOY32!

Oh but wait, current customers there’s an option for you to get in on this too! A separate code of BDAYBOY32-25 will work for two secret plans for both the Personal and Business accounts that can be pre-purchased for your account at a 25% discount! I have setup the packages for 1 year of service for each package and you can order extra if you have a few hosting accounts (as some of you do) each qty you purchase is 1 year of pre-paid service, throw in the code and you get 25% off! Your account stays as-is, and your next due-date will be updated to reflect an additional year of service before your next billing!

Now if your not on the Personal/Business plans but on the legacy plans, you can still sign-up for this promo, but your accounts will simply receive a credit for the total amount you were billed – so if you do Personal x 2 it should roll out something like this:

  • Subtotal: $108.00 USD
  • 25% One Time Discount: $27.00 USD
  • Total Due Today: $81.00 USD

So you get a $81 credit applied to your hosting package, and even if your billed monthly, that $81 will slowly be used to pay your hosting bill! But there isn’t a limit to the savings you can have compared to new customers only able to go up to 3 years! So if you want to pre-pay for a few years you are more than welcome to, just put in a QTY you’d like, update the total, put in the promo code and your good to go! One warning, there are no refunds on this, it’s pre-paying so the amount will be applied to your account, so choose your amount wisely!

Other fine print? Limit 1 use per account, on either code – and only 16 uses per code – so don’t delay! New accounts will be created as they come in, current customers may have a 72hr window before credits are applied (I have to have time for cake!) and last but not least, this promo ends the 29th!

So the recap:

  1. New Customers – BDAYBOY32 – 32% off your new order!
  2. Current Customers – BDAYBOY32-25 – 25% off pre-purchase hosting time!
  3. Good for 16 uses per code
  4. Promo Ends 02/29/12


Not for you? Tell a friend! Great time to get hooked in! Hope you guys enjoy the birthday savings! They come around but once a year! Hope they are helpful!