Communicating with Chamber Members

As my term as Greater Hall Chamber Chairman starts winding down, I remain committed to our original theme this year – Connecting, Communicating, Promoting – and am determined to be a part of our Chamber’s forward movement in this digital age.

Chamber Vice Chair of Marketing & Communications Melissa Tymchuk of Northeast Georgia Health System gave a powerful report at the Chamber Board of Directors meeting a couple of weeks ago. The Greater Hall Chamber’s website – – hosts an Online Membership Directory. Melissa reports that from July 2011 through December 2011 (six months), the Online Membership Directory received 156,000 views, over 20,000 URL clicks (to Chamber businesses), almost 17,000 clicks to access maps to individual businesses, and 440 direct links to online emails listed for Chamber members. If you are a Chamber Member, make sure your business is listed in the directory with your website and email. If you are not a member, this is ONE of MANY reasons to join.

The Chamber’s newsletter, Business Link, is a partnership with The Times. The monthly issues are circulated in The Times on the first Tuesday of each month. In addition, Business Link can be accessed online on the Chamber’s homepage ( or The Time’s homepage ( Between February 2011 and February 2012, the electronic version of Business Link was viewed some 13,000 times. Advertisers in the newsletter have the opportunity to provide a “live” link directly to their business. This is ONE of MANY good reasons to consider advertising in Business Link.

To better serve our members and provide the most up-to-date means of communications, we are conducting a Membership Survey. We are urging Chamber Members to take just a few minutes to complete the online survey. It contains only a few simple questions and will help us make sure we are getting the news out to you in a timely and effective manner. To take part in the survey, scan the QR Code below. You can link directly to the survey on the Chamber’s website as well.

The Greater Hall Chamber’s basic mission remains the same – being a voice for business. Our means for communicating our mission has changed drastically. We seek to stay on the cutting edge in ways to communicate and connect with members. I hope that you are currently a Chamber Member, and if not, will consider joining.

Also, join us for a Board of Directors meeting and see first-hand what we are up to. The next meeting is Thursday, April 26 at 12 p.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center. Call Joy, 770-532-6206, to reserve a seat. We are working to make Gainesville-Hall County an even greater place to do business, raise a family and enjoy a unique quality of life. Your continued support and investment is appreciated.