Wild Apricot Monthly Newsletter

September 2014

Software News September 2014: iPhone App Launched!

by Evgeny Zaritovskiy (Head of Analysis and Design Team)

We’ve just launched our Wild Apricot iPhone app as a first step in our mobile roadmap. This app can be used by administrators with full access and admins who have both membership and event access rights. The first version is designed for iPhones, but iPad users can also download and use it.

You can use the app to check in your participants at your upcoming fall events, to search your contacts list or change member details – and much more – whenever and wherever you like.

For an overview of the features of the new app, details of our long-term mobile strategy, and a link to our “iOS App Video”, read Software News September 2014.



In Case You Missed These

Here is a sample of the resources available in our Blog and Membership Knowledge Hub:

1-On-1 With Greg Damron - Part 1:  If You Build It, They May Not Come

This is the first in a 3-part blog series offering highlights of our interview with Greg Damron, President, of ATD St. Louis. This series is full of great insight on building community and offering membership value. There are links to parts 2 and 3 at the end of the post.

Fall Planning Resource Round-up

Here's a round-up of resources to help with fall membership planning. From member and volunteer recruitment, to refreshing your website or communications – we've got you covered with helpful guides, articles and blog posts.

Choosing New Membership Management for your Association?

If your fall planning includes finding membership management software, here is a guide to help you determine your needs and evaluate your options.

The One Call We All Want To Receive

Are you making thank you calls to your donors or members? It's one of the few calls we all want to receive – and it can make a difference for donor retention and member engagement.

A Little Help From Our Membership Peers

Here are some thoughts on the tremendous value we get from connecting with our peers – and details on how to join our Small Membership Advisory Community.

Image source: Business-man-brainstorming - courtesy of BigStockPhoto.com

Upcoming Product Webinars

In October, we’re offering a live Q & A session in conjunction with our Getting Started With Your Wild Apricot Account webinar – Wednesday, October 1st at 3:00 PM

Pre-Recorded Webinars:

You can watch the pre-recorded sessions (or read the full transcripts) of all of our webinars at your convenience. Here’s a list and links:


NEW FREE WEBINAR – Mark your calendar:

We’re excited to be developing a series of webinars led by subject matter experts on topics specifically designed for the staff and volunteers of small membership organizations. The first in our series will be:

Mission-Driven Volunteering

Presented by Peggy Hoffman and Elizabeth Weaver Engel

Tuesday, November 4th at 1:00 PM Eastern

This webinar will explore Mission-driven volunteering, a new model that allows organizations and volunteers to focus their limited resources, measuring everything they do by how well it supports and contributes to the organization’s mission. You’ll hear examples from other small associations and learn about some tools (free ones too) to help your organization embrace adhocracy and micro-volunteering.

Limited registration coming soon, but mark the date and watch for details on our blog and via email.

Thank you for your awesome feedback! 

Every month we receive hundreds of surveys from our clients. We read each and every one – and reply to comments. Here’s a small selection of customer comments from our surveys last month.

"The membership functionality dramatically increased our member retention, and the events management functionality freed up staff time, decreased no-shows and unpaid fees, and virtually eliminated overbookings and lost reservations."

"I love that the membership, website, email marketing is all integrated into one platform."

"Wild Apricot works well for our club and keeping track of members information and allowingus to do things electronically instead of manually. We have been very pleased with a product that while "off the shelf" has a lot of flexibility in it and is easy to use. "

"I was impressed with how smoothly the transition to version 5 went, a lot of companies would have made their customers do all the heavy lifting or pay for support."

"Editing tools are similar to that of Microsoft Word so it makes it easy."

"The member notifications / renewals has saved us so much time, and I believe is the best reason to use the WA platform. I do like the new interface. I like how streamlined and easy it is to get where I need to be (not too many layers to drill down is good). Events are easy to set up and begin charging right away, easy to track participation."

"It's easy to build events and to edit various aspects of the site, which is great. The contact database and ease of invoicing and payment is also great."

"It's really nice to be able to group people together for emails & specific correspondence. I use the email tracking a lot as well when following up with people as well as seeing how much of our message is getting out to people.

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