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Dealing with long newsletters in the mobile age
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Our monthly parents newsletter is usually 3+ pages of copy so when it's translated into email and viewed on a mobile device it scrolls forever.  Has anyone developed any solutions to this dilemma or…Continue

Tags: newsletter, mobile, email

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jason Slater Oct 14, 2013.

Photo Management Collaboration Tools
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We recently had our photo server wiped out and are considering other options for archival and search.  We were using a customized implementation of Gallery but the upload via ftp was difficult for…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Bashaw Jul 24, 2013.

Alumni CRM Portal Community Tools
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Hi,Anyone have recommendations for relation management suites for their alumni?  We use Harris right now primarily for email, giving and events and with the recent buyout we are considering other…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jason Slater Jul 22, 2013.

Video aggregator/portal solutions?
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Anyone know of any solutions to aggregate videos from a variety of youtube and vimeo sources?  We've tried Miro Community but are looking for something similar.Continue

Tags: portal, aggregator, youtube, mashup, video

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jason Slater Jun 28, 2013.

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Jason Slater replied to Jason Slater's discussion Dealing with long newsletters in the mobile age
"I was hoping Mailchimp would offer those options but so far no luck."
Oct 14, 2013
Erik Hagen replied to Jason Slater's discussion Dealing with long newsletters in the mobile age
"Maybe you can do that for iOS and other mobile webkit clients (a majority of people seem to be reading email on phones these days), and then clunky old desktop clients (Outlook) would ignore it and show the full text. I've been able to do some…"
Oct 9, 2013
Jason Slater replied to Jason Slater's discussion Dealing with long newsletters in the mobile age
"I'd love to try A/B, unfortunately convincing the writer to produce 2 copies and getting a blog setup to host the material is considered a larger endeavor than it should be given the audience. If only there were a means of hiding some lines…"
Oct 4, 2013
Erik Hagen replied to Jason Slater's discussion Dealing with long newsletters in the mobile age
"No, I wouldn't like to bounce back and forth between mail and browser, but I would be very surprised if your readers were reading everything in either situation. If the full text is in the email, they're probably just scanning for what…"
Oct 4, 2013
Jason Slater replied to Jason Slater's discussion Dealing with long newsletters in the mobile age
"We actually have a 45% open rate for the parents list which is opt-out.  It's the only communications about current happenings pushed to parents.  The parents website is kept very static and generic because it gets forgotten like most…"
Oct 4, 2013
Erik Hagen replied to Jason Slater's discussion Dealing with long newsletters in the mobile age
"I agree with Megg. Short snippets/summaries that link to the full story. I've struggled with the whole concept of a newsletter though. Do people really anticipate and read them anymore? Seems so old school. Unless people opt in and can choose…"
Oct 3, 2013
Megg Brown replied to Jason Slater's discussion Dealing with long newsletters in the mobile age
"We've gone for simple, monthly, linking to the full article but include a short description so folks can choose what to read.  Perhaps a balance of what is included in full and what should really be a link to a page with more…"
Oct 3, 2013
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Dealing with long newsletters in the mobile age

Our monthly parents newsletter is usually 3+ pages of copy so when it's translated into email and viewed on a mobile device it scrolls forever.  Has anyone developed any solutions to this dilemma or is it not really a problem?I've tried to limit the copy but am told it's necessary.I've contemplated setting up a blog and linking out to individual items but I'm personally frustrated when I have to go back and forth between my email and browser on a mobile device.See More
Oct 3, 2013
Dan Bashaw replied to Jason Slater's discussion Photo Management Collaboration Tools
"You might want to consider ResourceSpace (http://www.resourcespace.org/) We are currently testing a Bitnami install of it, and are considering adding it to our intranet as a DAM (Digital Asset Management) system, to replace our creaky…"
Jul 24, 2013
Jason Slater replied to Jason Slater's discussion Alumni CRM Portal Community Tools
"imodules is on the table since they purchased Harris.  Thanks for the tip on Netcommunity."
Jul 22, 2013
Jason Slater replied to Jason Slater's discussion Photo Management Collaboration Tools
"Not sure what version it was and the latest is still on the table.  Thanks for the suggestions.  Batch web uploads and larger thumbs in search results would be a big help."
Jul 22, 2013
Christina Balotescu replied to Jason Slater's discussion Alumni CRM Portal Community Tools
"Take a look at 360Alumni, Jason.  It's a really innovative approach with integrated crowdsourced fundraising.   Full Disclosure:  I'm the founder  :-)"
Jul 21, 2013
Erik Hagen replied to Jason Slater's discussion Photo Management Collaboration Tools
"What version of Gallery were you using? We've been using Gallery 3 for a while now and I quite like it. Uploading can be done via the web interface, even in batches, and is easy to use for most people. So not FTP needed. We customized the theme…"
Jul 21, 2013
Matt Herzberger replied to Jason Slater's discussion Alumni CRM Portal Community Tools
"I would take a look at iModules and Netcommunity from Blackbaud. I think they fit into the realm of what you are looking for"
Jul 19, 2013
Gordon Wright replied to Jason Slater's discussion Photo Management Collaboration Tools
"We've been using Adobe Lightroom and then publishing to a private Flickr account so it can be accessed remotely. The program can be a little tricky to learn, but it's fantastic for tagging and search, and the tags and captions carry over…"
Jul 19, 2013
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Union College
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Cascade
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Communications and Marketing
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Number of students at your institution
2200

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Conference Mobile App

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