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Check Out Our New Fall Look
Posted by: Angel Rutledge on 8/28/14 08:18 AM EST
With all of the fun fall fashions coming out, we couldn’t resist donning a NEW STYLE of our own just for you. It’s clean. It’s simple. It’s designed with your busy lifestyle in mind. Find all of the tools and info you need to plan any fall event quickly. We can’t wait to help you look like a fabulous group organizer!
In a hurry? Here’s a SNAPSHOT of the feature ensembles we’ve put together.
Stocking Up on the Basics (Available for free in SignUpGenius Basic)
Look Like a Pro (Available in affordable SignUpGenius Pro Subscriptions)
Attachments on Sign Ups and Emails
Curious to learn more? KEEP READING!
NEW! 75 Sign Up Themes
NEW! Advanced Email Sending Options
NEW! Intro to SignUpGenius Flyers
NEW! Email Reporting
NEW! Increased Server Capacity
New! Attachments on Sign Ups and Emails
NEW! GeniusDrive Cloud Storage
NEW! Volunteer Hours Report
NEW! Themed Email Invites
NEW! Email Open and Click Through Tracking
Sometimes knowing an email was delivered isn't all of the information you need. You can view the open and click through rates for all email invites that you send for the times when you want to know who has seen your sign up and how often they've viewed it.
All this and we’re just getting started. With a sleek and sassy new site design, SignUpGenius Mobile is feeling a bit frumpy. Watch for changes to Mobile early this fall. Didn’t see another new feature you were hoping for? Stay tuned for more upgrades in coming months.
Through September 15th, SignUpGenius is offering upgrades from individual accounts to a Pro version for as little as $99.99 a year. SignUpGenius Pro provides an advanced suite of features for power users that includes multiple administrator access, removal of ads, scheduled start and stop dates on sign ups, and more. UPGRADE NOW! Have a question? Be sure to drop us a line and we will be happy to help. Let the fall organizing begin!
Stanford University Museum Raises $250000 with the Help of SignUpGenius
Posted by: Todd Bruss on 8/25/14 03:08 PM EST
The Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University’s only museum, is a vital and dynamic institution that was founded in 1891 with the university. In the 1950’s, the need to raise funds for the museum’s collections prompted volunteers to launch Treasure Market. This renowned event is an opportunity for individuals and collectors to purchase fine furniture, china, crystal, silver, books, art works and more.
This year Volunteer Ticket Sales Chair Janet Tang chose to simplify scheduling with the use of SignUpGenius Pro. We recently chatted with Janet to see how the process went:
How has utilizing the site affected your life as an organizer? It has saved me so much time! I just set up the schedule on the site and did not have to do much of anything. I did have to help some people sign up (ones without computers or problems with computers), change time slots, or cancel sign up. All those special attention requests were less than 10, out of 350. I was happy.
Which features of the site have been most useful to you? I was able to easily create a complicated schedule and most importantly, I can have the volunteers e-mail addresses for future contact.
How did using SignUpGenius.com have an impact on the people/group with whom you work? All the department chairs thought that I was such a techy person because everything they requested I was able to say yes, I can do it. Your site was so easy to manage.
The Treasure Market will net $250,000 this year alone. Find out more about how SignUpGenius can help you with your next fundraiser HERE.
And, if you need an advanced suite of features be sure to check out SignUpGenius Pro like Tang did. You won't regret it!
Coming Soon...A Whole New SignUpGenius!
Posted by: Angel Rutledge on 8/20/14 01:07 PM EST
Wouldn't it be nice to have a little less stress this fall? We want you to enjoy the events in your life, not spend so much time organizing them. Visit SignUpGenius on August 28th to see how we're about to make group organizing even easier!
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Posted by Teresa Clark on Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:36 AM EST
Thank you for the feedback, Serena. We will keep you updated as new features are added. To track attendance, the custom report option may be a better option for you rather than using the hidden field. If you have questions about how to use the custom reports, please check in with the support desk and they will be happy to help!
Posted by Teresa Clark on Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:39 AM EST
No worries at all, Travis! New features will be available for any sign ups already created and existing sign ups will not be negatively impacted at all. No need to wait on creating your sign ups until the new features are implemented. :-)
Look Who's Talking about SignUpGenius!
Posted by: Kate White on 8/15/14 08:38 AM EST
At SignUpGenius it’s always so rewarding to hear from our users who have wonderful things to say about our sign up service! Check out what these users have to say:
“We started using (SignUpGenius) last year for our school fundraiser and other school activities. Volunteerism is up significantly...And it's so much easier to organize.”
“Been using your website for the past 6 months and what a time saver it has become!! I'm a Director of a non-profit charity (B.R.A.K.E.S.) and we have been using this tool to coordinate our volunteers, plus schedule a data base of 150 driving instructors from all over the country. THANK YOU for making my job easier - great website!”
“This is the most outstanding site I have found in my seven years as chairperson of our volunteers. Compared to using paper sign up sheets....NO COMPARISON! Not only did we get 20% more volunteers than in previous years, the whole process of scheduling, tracking and reporting was so much easier. Thank you!”
“I have never used an easier website or managed my Career Day speakers (all 185) any smoother than when I used Sign up Genius. I was skeptical about how it worked but every email I sent the support staff was answered quickly and with valuable suggestions on how to make my sign up exactly what I needed it to be. The spreadsheets are perfect. Now I tell everyone and use it for the PTSA meetings, my daughters Photography Booster and hope to use it soon with her soccer team. I love you guys for creating this amazing tool!”
Everyone Enjoys a New Back-to-School Look
Posted by: Kate White on 8/5/14 07:24 AM EST
Why let your kids have all the fun with the latest and greatest in school wear this fall? You deserve a fresh NEW LOOK for Back-to-School season, too! SignUpGenius has you “covered” with 75 brand new sign up themes to make your volunteer and event planning look easy, breezy, BEAUTIFUL this fall. Check them out below!
Click on the thumbnails below for a preview.
What? A whole year of SignUpGenius Pro for as little as $99? Bargain basement prices like this won’t last long. With new accessories, um, we mean, features being added all the time, you won’t want to miss a deal like this. Speaking of new features, how about Volunteer Hours Reports that let you track how much time your volunteers are serving across multiple events? Watch for it August 15th.
And what would your favorite school do with an extra $3000 this year? Find out in our Back-to-School Giveaway sponsored by Booster.com. We’ll even add an extra $250 for you if you win. Now excuse us while we continue working on a few stunning ensemble upgrades to make your fall organizing even easier!
Posted by Lisa Waller on Thu Aug 7, 2014 3:40 PM EST
Wishing there was a Spirit Cart theme for people to help sell high school spirit items for Booster Club
Posted by Amy Tidwell on Fri Aug 8, 2014 8:17 AM EST
Thanks for the feedback, Lisa. You can upload a custom image of your own school's spirit cart to use on your sign up as well.
Cru Collects Donations Via SignUpGenius
Posted by: Kate White on 7/23/14 08:38 AM EST
Over the years, Campus Crusade for Christ has made a huge impact on college campuses, both in the U.S. and internationally. The organization, referred to as simply “Cru” in the United States, is on a mission to reach young people and draw them closer to Jesus Christ.
Geralyn Strange, the Conference and Event Planner for the MidSouth Regional Ministry of Cru assists in planning the annual Fall Retreat for the organization on the University of Kentucky college campus. Strange credits SignUpGenius for helping her to organize food donations from local businesses. She shares, “I solicit donations from multiple churches and Christian groups who are interested in donating food to our annual Fall Retreat. On a typical year, we host about 150 – 200 students, and we have [about 75%] of our food provided through donations.” These necessary donations help Strange keep costs low for the students attending the retreat each year.
SignUpGenius gives Strange the ability to create a "wish list" with specific needs and email out the list to potential donors. Using the site has increased her efficiency and the donation success rate. Geralyn says, “[Last] year was the third year we used [SignUpGenius] to simplify the donation process for collecting food at our annual Fall Retreat. Many of our donors were familiar with the website and were the first to sign up for items. I was able to collect food faster and have people drop things off at my home because they had the option to sign up earlier.”
"It’s a great system that meets our needs most efficiently, and I plan to use this website in the future for many events,” says Strange.
We want to thank Geralyn for sharing with us. She is making a difference in young people's lives and SignUpGenius staff is encouraged by her story! Do YOU need to to organize a wish list or event of your own? Find out more about SignUpGenius HERE. Happy Planning!
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