GospelMusicChannel.com Becomes Fastest-Growing Gospel/Christian Music Web Site, Triples Growth YTD; Launches New Site, GmcMobile
ATLANTA, GA – Sept. 24, 2008 – Gospel Music Channel's (GMC) accelerated distribution growth has made the nation's first and only 24/7 all gospel/Christian music channel the fastest-growing network in television. Today the network announced that its web site, GospelMusicChannel.com, has become the fastest-growing site and a leader among all gospel/Christian music web sites, according to independent web analytics firm Compete.com.
GospelMusicChannel.com has posted a whopping 300% gain in usage and more than doubled unique visitors, year-to-date (Source: Google). This growth is unmatched among other gospel/Christian web sites (Source: compete.com).
GospelMusicChannel.com has also joined with uVuMobile to create and launch a new mobile web (WAP) site specially optimized to deliver content to mobile phones. This new service, available by going to www.gmcmobile.tv from any web/WAP capable mobile phone, provides many of the features from gospelmusicchannel.com, including news, reviews, exclusive articles, and daily programming schedules. In addition, users with phones that support video streaming can access exclusive news and music videos right from their handset.
The rapid acceleration of GospelMusicChannel.com growth can be attributed to its new industry-leading editorial team and recent new features and additions to the site such as: a high-definition video player for exclusive HD viewing of streamed videos from gospel/Christian artists and programming from GMC; more extensive video, including GMC Insider news segments, behind-the-scenes footage, exclusive interviews, music videos, and special on-location reports; a free, weekly opt-in e-mail newsletter with news, programming updates and free MP3 downloads; reviews of the top gospel and Christian albums before they hit the streets; extensive bonus material from GMC programming, including videos, blogs, photos and other content not seen on television, and more.
GospelMusicChannel.com has assembled an editorial staff that ranks as the most experienced and plugged-in team of journalists covering the gospel/Christian music scene. The editorial team's members have played key roles in launching music and entertainment web sites; worked with companies including CCM Magazine, Gaylord Entertainment, Warner Brothers, EMI, Universal and all the major Christian music labels; and covered gospel/Christian music for publications such as Billboard, Country Weekly, CMA Close Up, Christian Single, BMI Music World, Radio & Records, the Chicago Tribune and others.
Philip Manwaring, GMC's vice president of digital media commented, "The recent enhancements to our digital offerings are a key component of our ongoing commitment to be the leading source for gospel/Christian music fans online and now from their mobile phones. We're excited by and thankful for the strong reception they've given us and the resulting growth in our audience. We have an incredible roadmap of new features coming in the months ahead and are looking forward to continuing to earn the right to serve our audience as their one-stop gospel/Christian music source each day."
Gospel Music Channel is the fastest-growing network in television and can be seen in more than 40 million homes on various cable systems around the country and on DIRECTV, channel 338. For more information, visit www.gospelmusicchannel.com.
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