Group Management Software vs. Groups Software – What’s the Difference?

Organized closet groupsWe’ve had several people tell us recently that they haven’t found a system that approaches group software quite like MemberHub. Everytime I hear this it makes me smile. Of course it’s uplifting to learn that someone finds our product unique, but what’s more encouraging is that it continues to validate our approach towards our “group software”. So what’s the difference?

In a nutshell, we help organizations provide and manage lots of online groups, not just one big group with “sub-groups”. It’s obvious that the concept of groups in any collaboration or social software is important. All the popular social platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Posterous (just to name a few) have a groups solution. Of course there’s Google Groups and Yahoo! Groups and a slew of other web-based offerings that allow an organization to manage their group. The approach is all the same among these platforms…they give you a place to manage “the group”. But member-driven organizations like churches, nonprofits, schools and YMCAs have LOTS of groups. Each group is essential to organization.

Churches have multiple  ministries, community groups, teams and committees. Nonprofits have committees and boards. Schools have classrooms and Y’s have a vast amount of programs with teams and groups. Each group is important. Each group needs a private space to get organized. They have their own calendar of events, files, members, and collaboration needs. Does your current communication software help you easily manage all these groups or are you just blasting your members with emails?

Are You Giving Your Groups What They Need to Succeed?

How quickly can you spin off a new collaboration/communication space and put members in it? How easily can you tell what’s happening in all of those groups? Who is doing the most work? What about the committees in your nonprofit that aren’t very organized right now? If you gave them a private online hub to get organized and assigned the group leader as an admin, do you think it would increase the chances of them getting their act together?

Our approach to group management software is to focus on giving organizations the ability to provide a private online collaboration space for each group; each “hub” of influence. Sure you need communication channels for the entire organization, but the success of many nonprofits depends on the ability of the leaders to get their volunteer groups organized. This is what group management software should really be about.


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