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St Helens Now 2016 Review
Published by Sthelensnow on 17/1/17 (742 reads)
St Helens Now 2016 Review

As we enter into our 10th year, 2016 has been a very prolific year for St Helens Now.

The Daily St Helens Now

At the end of the year we launched The Daily St Helens Now, an online free daily newspaper updated everyday at 6.00am. The Daily St Helens Now is a different kind of newspaper as anyone can share to the paper provided it is about or relevant to St Helens, Merseyside.

Sponsors of St Helens Town FC

We are proud to announce that we became official sponsors of St Helens Town AFC who will feature our advertisements on their pitch side boards at every home game at their new ground, Ruskin Park, St Helens for 2017. Our adverts will also appear in every official Match Day programme. We hope it will be a long association with a football team that has always been close to our hearts.

Developments in social media

We have made significant impacts in our social media presence, in particular on Twitter. We continue to develop our Facebook presence and have made some small forays into Instagram.

RSS feeds

We have totally revamped our RSS feeds to allow users to add news, sport, leisure, arts and entertainment feeds to their RSS readers.

Change of year end

Our year end has been changed from 30th June to 31st December to fall in line with our website statistics.

Policy/Statement Reviews

The following policies/statements were reviewed and updated:

Environmental Policy reviewed. No changes were made.

Privacy Policy reviewed. No changes were made.

Security update 1.4.0 produced.

Mission Statement reviewed. No changes were made.

Advertising opportunities improved

We have reviewed advertising opportunities on St Helens Now for local businesses. This is still a work in progress and further enhancements are due in 2017.

Licenses added

The ‘Standard YouTube Licence’ was added to the website which legally allows us to use any videos posted to YouTube.

Blogs added

St Helens Lens, Dave Henshaw, Jo’s Clothes, Pretty Things.

Site Statistics

After nine years of continued growth our site statistics fell in 2016 compared to 2015. Visits to the site fell by 6.5% to 148,981. Page views fell by 5.3% to 796,565.


St Helens Now did not make a profit in 2016.

The future

We continue to improve the St Helens Now network with added investment in advertising and social networking.

Barry Grady, Site Producer, St Helens Now, 17th January 2017

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