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National Guard Association of the United States

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Drupal Version 
This website looks great on mobile devices!
Brief Overview 

NGAUS, The National Guard Association of the United States, is the nation's oldest military association solely lobbying for the benefits of the National Guard of the United States and to inform the public of their role and history in the Armed Forces. The NGAUS website brings together integrations with Dataguard AMS for the members and Capwiz, allowing website visitors to use the popular Write to Congress tool. The state map created by Balance Interactive allows visitors to find information on state and territory National Guards, including major commands, state officials, and state association contacts. The needs of the site were found through an extensive Task Analysis by surveying over 2,800 members on their needs. All of this comes together in the clean and user friendly website that is also responsive. On a mobile device, the entire site is accessible, including the interactive map, where it changes to a clickable menu on a smaller mobile device.

Launch or Publication Date 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
National Guard Association of the United States
Key Modules, Theme, and Distribution Used 
Drupal 7.X, Drupal Commerce, Entity Registation, Commerce Registration, Features, Context, Views, Webform
Why these Modules, Theme, and Distribution were Chosen 

Drupal Commerce was chosen to handle registrations on the Drupal site with a custom payment processor module.

Owner's Name 
National Guard Association of the United States
Development Company 
Balance Interactive
Balance Interactive is a full service digital agency established in 1997. We are a Small Business Administration (SBA), Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and a State of Virginia certified woman-owned business. We work with associations, corporations, and government agencies strategically use online technologies and approaches to better communicate and engage with customers. Our approach to websites, email marketing, social media and mobile technology is designed to make all aspects of the online ecosystem work together to create impactful experience.
Why Drupal Was Chosen 
Drupal was chosen due to its ease for Single Sign On with a membership database, content editing.
Describe the Project (Goals, Requirements, and Outcome) 

The goals of the site were to bring the NGAUS website into this century. To be a resource for National Guard issues, to support advocacy to Capital Hill, to engage members, and to retain and grow membership.  

The new design is modern while appealing to their audiences, it engages members with Photo of the Week contests, integrates with Capwiz for advocacy, and with their membership database to allow members to update their information online. The website is responsive on mobile devices and allows visitors to easily see the information they're looking for no matter  how they come to the site.

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