NewReleaseTuesday.com (NRT), a Christian music and entertainment mega-site and part of the FrontGate Media family, has reached another milestone in its rapid ascension as the #1 Christian music website. The NRTeam, the largest crowdsourced interactive Christian music community online, recently welcomed its 50,000th member, immediately on the heels of record traffic posted in August 2011.
In the past three months, NewReleaseTuesday.com has consistently ranked #1 in Christian media sites on independent traffic aggregators Compete.com and QuantCast.com.
In just over six months, the site has added 10,000 members to its online community, averaging 1,650 new members a month, an increase of 28% over previous month to month growth in 2010.
In addition, August 2011 broke the previous site visitor record posted in March 2011 by 6.7%, welcoming 438,000 visitors who viewed over 858,000 pages.
NRT has now hosted over 3.1 million visitors in 2011, an increase of 86% over 2010 and an astounding 202% increase over 2009. The site has seen 6.5 million pages visited this year alone, an increase of 52% over last year. NRT is on target to see over 5 million visitors and just under 10 million pageviews this year.
A major contributor to recent growth has been the move to event partnerships. NewReleaseTuesday.com enjoyed a huge debut at both Creation Northeast and Northwest this summer, two of the country’s biggest Christian music festivals, which featured the NRT booth, on-stage announcements, program advertising and sponsorship of the festival’s first ever scavenger hunt.
NewReleaseTuesday.com is currently on the road with the Music With A Mission Tour (http://www.musicwithamissiontour.com), a 23-city traveling festival featuring 9 bands including headliners Hawk Nelson, Fireflight and Superchick as a major sponsor alongside Compassion International. The site is also looking forward to upcoming 2012 sponsorships with the Ammunition Conference in Modesto, CA and will soon be announcing a partnership with one of the largest annual Christian music tours.
“It’s exciting for us to begin reaching out to Christian music fans through event and tour sponsorship,” says NRT Founder, Kevin McNeese. “We’ve focused for years on building one of the most innovative and interactive music sites online, and have relied almost entirely on word-of-mouth. We’re so thankful God has opened up opportunities for us to partner with some of the largest events in Christian music and we’re looking forward to introducing tens of thousands of Christian music fans to NRT in the coming months.”
The remainder of the year looks bright for NRT:
A renewed focus on NRT Album Reviews will debut later this month. This will deliver better highlighting for the more than 15,000 album reviews written by the NRTeam community, NRTeam Featured Reviewers and the new NRT Staff Review team, which has quickly established NRT for quality, in-depth editorial reviews of new Christian releases.
NRT Radio, the site’s online 24/7 radio station, will be expanding its weekly syndicated line-up, adding The Sunday Morning Drive with Brenton Miles as the station continues to grow, now reaching listeners in 110 countries worldwide!
Future additions to the site will include greater integration with events, more mobile app development, exclusive video content and the recently announced Monday Night Chats at 8PM EST, which will allow Christian music fans an opportunity to interact with a new Christian artists every single week. (See http://www.frontgatemedia.com/news.php.)
“Our team is dedicated to continuing to provide the absolute best experience to Christian music fans,” concludes McNeese. “Our mission is never done, and it’s a blessing and honor to deliver on our God-given calling.”
(http://www.NewReleaseTuesday.com) was launched in August of 2002 and offers the most complete and up-to-date listing of upcoming releases online, exclusive artist interviews, commentary from a variety of columnists, weekly New Christian Music PodCasts and the latest in Christian music news. It is also the home to the NRTeam, an online music community that maintains one of the largest online databases of Christian artist profiles, album reviews and song lyrics. NewReleaseTuesday.com is part of the FrontGate Media group.
About FrontGate Media:
The advertising industry’s #1 Faith-based web site according to the Internet Advertising Competition, FrontGate Media (www.FrontGateMedia.com) is the largest culture-engaged media group & marketing service reaching the faith and family values audience which represents $4.6 billion worth of Christian products purchased by consumers annually (USA Today.) The firm is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2011.