Growing is a great thing, but it’s not without some bumps along the way.
January 13 and 14 saw the two busiest days for the Alumni Channel — over 100 verified registrations each day!
Over the last five days we have been experiencing some problems with getting the verification e-mails out to new sign-ups, and reminder e-mails out to those pending.
I recently attended two conferences on young alumni relations where we learned a great amount of information on how to connect to different generations of alumni. We also listened to several organizations who told us about their needs in online communities. Through these and other discussions the Alumni Channel is going be looking into some of these ideas in 2008:
- Event management (rsvp, participant lists, payment)
- Photo galleries
- Enhanced e-mail tracking (sent and opened statistics)
- Additional contact information data points
- Segmented reporting and e-mail blasts
- Online networking and mentoring
- More detailed reports
- Segmentation by affinity groups / student organizations
- Featured members
In early January we’ll be launching a brand new, streamlined design. The new design is easier on the eyes, more professional looking, and better accommodates those organizations with darker colors. Take a sneak peek!
This HTML text editor brings to the web much of the power of desktop editors like MS Word.
Two new features have been added to Alumni Channel member sites . . . add a second photo to your profile, and a ‘zoom’ feature has been added. If a larger photo has been uploaded, click the photo to see a larger version!
Today two new security features were added to Alumni Channel school sites. Site administrators now have the option to:
- Approve all new registrations
- Receive an alert to all new registrations
These options make it possible to keep a sharper eye on who is registering at your site.
Two new pieces of data are now available for you when completing your profile. The first is “Current Occupation” and is located at the bottom of the profile screen, under Optional Information. The other allows you to list your post-secondary education (college, tech school, etc.).
Both the “Admin Manual” and “Success Plan” have had minor updates. You can find the latest versions on the left navigation of your site once you are logged in as administrator.
The photos in your home page gallery appear on your computer after being saved to your computer’s browser cache. This means that a copy of the gallery is being displayed each time you visit your web site. The same is true for each of your visitors. Therefore, any changes you make to the gallery will not be visible until each person viewing the gallery clears the cache on his/her own computer. To get around this, the web site will force a refresh of the gallery every seven days to ensure all visitors see your latest changes.