For a few years, I’ve been thinking of putting together a single webpage that would allow admins to see the health of their site from one place. This dashboard would contain stats showing the vital aspects of any site and would give a quick glance at how things are going. It’s now live and the dashboard provides an up-to-date glimpse into your site’s activity and data. Metrics are available on logins, registrations, updates, administrators, email blasts and more.
You can see all the profiles that have admin access. You can tell when other admins last logged in. You can see stats on your last email blasts. The dashboard is accessible from both the homepage and the Admin page.
CHERRY HILL, N.J. – Alumni Channel, a web provider of online alumni communities for schools and other non-profit organizations, announced today that Lacey Township High School in Lacey Township, New Jersey, is utilizing the company’s online community solution to develop closer relationships with its alumni. Continue reading →
CHERRY HILL, N.J. – Alumni Channel, a web provider of online alumni communities for schools and other non-profit organizations, announced today that the Lucy C. Laney High School Alumni Association of Augusta, Georgia, is relying on the company’s online community solution to develop closer relationships with its alumni. Continue reading →
3 Bad Habits in Alumni Relations and Engagement – posted by Gary Toyn of Alumni Access
Some bad habits are more troublesome than others. In my role as a consultant for many types of membership and constituent groups, I’m learning of a few bad habits that are increasingly common, and are negatively affecting engagement.
While this isn’t a comprehensive list, here are three bad habits worth mentioning:
BAD HABIT #1: IGNORING ALUMNI CHURN
BAD HABIT #2: IGNORING THE NEED TO OFFER ALUMNI BENEFITS
All of us in alumni engagement are charged with generating school spirit by helping alumni grow personally and professionally under the university flag. Although the eventual goal is to create goodwill resulting in gifts of time and dollars, most of us are trying to promote programs and initiatives for our alumni over the short term that will cause a connective spark.
Many institutions rely on reporting alumni news as a central tenant to their alumni constituency engagement strategy. Our communicators publish unbiased, journalistically sound, news articles that showcase professional achievements or unique philanthropic efforts. But this reporting doesn’t really drive alums to do anything.
For example: perhaps fictional alumnus, Steve Studly ’81 has been named to the Georgia State Lawyers “Best Lawyers of 2012” list, or alumnae Mary Matters ’07 recently traveled to the Sudan and volunteered for the Red Cross. These are both excellent professional achievements, but neither will likely help sell your alumni engagement initiatives.
When it comes to finding meaningful statistics that can help you make decisions about your alumni organization, you can find some helpful stats here or there, but (until now) there was no single repository of really good data that is also relevant. In the spirit of sharing information, here is my collection of relevant statistics from around the web that I have used to help my clients grow their programs and make important decisions. They are especially relevant to higher education, but have application to many types of membership organizations.
Post-event surveys accomplish a lot. On the surface, they are a way for you to gather feedback from your attendees. Beyond that, surveys give you an excellent opportunity to add an engagement touchpoint with your alumni, determine your event’s success, and improve your event strategy. Here are nine ways to get better results from your post-event survey: Continue reading →
Do you experience a momentary sense of panic before hitting “Post?”
Afraid no one will “Like” what you wrote? Not sure what comments, memories or photos will resonate most with your alumni?
Believe me, I totally understand. I had that feeling too, until I learned to follow these simple steps to a successful Facebook page.
Keep in mind that the goals of Facebook for any school community are to communicate upcoming events, tug at the heartstrings, foster nostalgia, and instantly get feedback from your community as to what means the most to them about your institution. Poster’s block can easily be cured by cruising around campus with an iPhone camera at the ready. Don’t overthink it!
By researching best practices from some of the most skilled alumni professionals out there, we’ve compiled this e-Guide entitled #Trending: Top 8 Trends in Alumni Relations. Enjoy!
Between reinventing Reunion weekend, recruiting Career Day panelists and exceeding ever-higher fundraising goals, it’s hard for Alumni Directors to even think about staying on top of the latest industry trends. Fortunately, that’s what we’re here for! KonnectAgain stays on the cutting edge of current strategies from Giving Days and class crowdfunding competitions to social networking and leveraging the power of alumni online.
By researching best practices from some of the most skilled alumni professionals out there, we’ve compiled this e-Guide entitled #Trending: Top 8 Trends in Alumni Relations. Enjoy! And then be sure to click here to find out how KonnectAgain can help you make these trends a reality for your program.