Last night, while I was settling into some evening work, I received a text message from one of our first customers (yep, that’s how we roll). He wondered if I had a few minutes to “chat MemberHub”. I said, sure! What resulted was an extremely productive and encouraging 1 1/2 hour discussion. Here are some things I learned from that call that I want to share with you:
More and more people are simply ignoring email all together these days. Considering we all use email (and email is not dead) that can be a pretty big problem. Yet we still send a ton of email and we need folks to reply. Anyone that’s managed a mass email campaign can attest to the fact that the biggest challenge is getting folks to just open the darn email. It’s all… read more →
Early childhood learning programs thrive when teachers and parents collaborate. Getting parents engaged and involved at your school is challenging and that’s why ECE leaders are coming together on Twitter Wednesday night at 9:00pm ET to discuss this topic. You should join the conversation. Here’s the deal.
In our last post we established that Early Childhood Learning programs can and should use the standards put forth in NAEYCs accreditation process as a benchmark for which to compare their communication efforts. At the end of that post we suggested that the type of communication channels you provide can be the difference between 1-way communication and real communication, two-way communication. So what are the strategies that you put into… read more →
Does your organization hold up effective communication as an important strategy to success? How do you measure how effective your communication efforts are? (Actually I really would love to know how you’re doing that, leave a comment). In many cases, leaders will look to successful organizations and mimic their communication efforts and styles. Well in the case of Early Childhood Education (ECE), you can strive to live up to the… read more →
We’ve introduced an enhancement to events in MemberHub. Events can now have a map associated with them. When someone clicks on the event link inside a MemberHub calendar if an address has been provided, there will be a link to a Google map. Clicking that link will open a new tab with a large Google map for someone to easily view and get directions. This link will also get included… read more →
In accordance with their 10-year commitment to the Pre-K Now campaign, Pew has just released their final report (PDF) which reveals significant increase in investment from state funding for Pre-k over the last 10 years and makes a very clear case for the support of a well-funded early eduction system in America.
We used to allow any user in MemberHub to edit their family members…but long story short, it became unwieldy. So we gave control over setting up families strictly to admins. However, we’ve had many customers (mainly churches) that have wanted to give the responsibility back to their members to configure their families and help setup the member directory. So, we’ve added it back.
Think about how much time you spend organizing your school communication efforts with parents and teachers. You’re likely maintaining email lists, sending home lots of forms and files, creating signup sheets, calling parents, sending one-off text messages, and more. Of course there is Facebook and Twitter now too. There really is a lot of communication that needs to take place and schools spend a LOT of time managing how they… read more →