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CLEVELAND, OH - A record 851,000 hits was recorded on the new Marble Institute of America (MIA) Web site in October, according to the fast-growing natural stone industry organization, a more than seven-fold increase over the number of visits during October 2004.
â€œThis tremendous outpouring of interest shows that our recent re-design of the Web site is providing the kinds of information that members, others in the stone industry and consumers desire,â€ said Gary Distelhorst, executive vice president of MIA. â€œUpgrading will be a continual process, with new features developed as opportunities arise.â€
The latest MIA hit report shows that successful hits averaged 21,479 a day, with the average visitor session length of 9 minutes, 36 seconds.
The site's â€œfind a memberâ€ feature was one of the most popular locations. Others favorites included common descriptions used in the industry and care and cleaning instructions.
â€œIt's obvious that the MIA site is rapidly becoming the major domestic source for information on natural stone,â€ said Distelhorst. â€œWe expect within the next several months to top a million hits a month.â€