4 Ways to Update Your Website - Easily

On a hot day, nothing refreshes like a swim. Maybe it's time to refresh your website too. Is your website a little outdated and you don't know where to start? 

If you have 15-30 minutes, you can easily make a few changes that will provide updates and give your public website a quick refresh.

Here are 4 ways that your can quickly update your website:

  1. Change the look of your club website. Sometimes a simple change can make all the difference in the world. Changing the template takes just a couple clicks. Take a look at some of the new templates. The process is the same as when you originally set your public website template
     
  2. Share something interesting. Add news or an announcement to the news column. Is there an upcoming club event or picnic? Who's birthday is coming up? Did your group just do something noteworthy? Add a short news blurb and a recent photo (smart device photos work just fine!) to show that your club is active. This type of quick update also helps with SEO (Search Engine Optimization). The News module on the Portalbuzz website was created to make it easy to manage news
     
  3. Add events or meetings to the member portal. When meetings or events are added to the member portal in association with a public website control, events and meeting will also show on the club website. If you are already using the member portal to schedule meetings and events, this is an easy way to also keep your club website updated.
     
  4. Add a photo to your club website homepage. A picture is worth a thousand words. What has your club done this summer? Add photos - Add photos of your group working together, serving together or just plain having fun. People love to see photos, don't they?

Once you refresh the club website, keep it up-to-date easily. Add an entry to your calendar to spend 15 minutes making some updates to your website once a month. At a minimum, those 15 minutes will keep your website looking fresh! #PBTip1

If you don't have a website for your club, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial at portalbuzz.com. With your trial you'll have access to club website templates and a private member portal to help your club organize and tackle just about everything your club does. Come see what great clubs are buzzing about!

Questions? Just email us at support@portalbuzz.com or message up through the Portalbuzz help area; We're happy to help!

 

Got Facebook? Is it all your club needs?

Minions talking about service clubs, technology and Facebook. 

Minions talking about service clubs, technology and Facebook. 

I've recently had conversations with a couple of clubs that went something like this:

Club: Ya, we're all set. We've got Facebook and we're getting all we need. 

Me/Portalbuzz: That's great. So you don't have a website?

Club: We've got Facebook; it's all we need.

Me/Portalbuzz: So, you don't need a website for your club?

Club: Nope...all set.

Me/Portalbuzz: So ...how do volunteers and participants find out about your events?

How do you share your club story, advertise events and brag about club accomplishments?

How do potential members and volunteers find out about your club?

Where do you make club flyers or forms available?

How do people contact your club to attend meetings or events?

When someone is looking for YOUR CLUB and they do a search, who do they find?

If someone wants to donate to your club, can they do that from your Facebook account?

Club: Can we sign up?

Me:   :-)

A few other thing about Facebook and your club website:

  • A website provides your club with a little real estate on the web. It gives your club a professional cyber place to call home .
  • You can link to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, photo accounts or whatever other social media modes you like from your website.
  • You can post volunteer positions and sign ups on your website.
  • Collect money or sell items through a simple storefront. 
  • Add pages for special events like golf outings, wood-splitting events and pancake breakfasts. 
  • Facebook is the perfect compliment to your club website.

Don't have a club website yet? Try out Portalbuzz. Sign up for a free 30-day trial of the Portalbuzz Club Management program which includes a website + a member portal at Portalbuzz.com.

Come see what great clubs are buzzing about!

Still Wondering About Portalbuzz?

October always seems to be the busiest time of year here at Portalbuzz. We've been working with new secretaries and boards; new webmasters and members.  It's so exciting to see how clubs are using the Member Portal and their Public Websites to run their clubs better and reach out to members and their communities!  

New Portalbuzz Introduction Video

So many new clubs and groups are signing up to test drive Portalbuzz. They are asking what Portalbuzz is all about and so we answered the call. Ta-da!  

Click below to watch our new 5 minute video. You'll hear about the Portalbuzz story and get a high level view of the features and and benefits of the Portalbuzz website creator + club/member management program. 

You'll also find this video on our website at Portalbuzz.com at the bottom of the homepage and in the support area under "Getting Started".  Share it with others - The video provides a good overview for club members, officers or anyone else that might be interested in hearing how the Portalbuzz website + club management system can help with communication, club tasks, running events, billing and more. 

Test drive Portalbuzz for your group or club with a  free 30-day trial by clicking here

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Clubs run better on Portalbuzz

Clubs run better on Portalbuzz

No club website? Still coordinating events using email? Tracking attendance and handling billing with spreadsheets? 

Website creator

Portalbuzz can make you club life easier. We've got a great website creator that allows you to update information whenever needed. No programming skills required, plenty of fresh new mobile-ready templates to choose from. Controls that save you time by syncing with your member portal. 

Member and admin portal 

Happy, engaged and productive members start with Portalbuzz too! Members have access to the information they need when they need it, all in one place.

New members onboard more quickly with information and who's who in the club, right at their finger tips. 

Got travelers or snowbirds in your club? The portal helps keep members that are not able to attend every meeting or event connected and involved in your club. 

Got awesome club leaders that could use some help? Really, who couldn't?  All the information that they need, including tools for scheduling meetings, volunteers, task, managing documents are all included in the tool.

Our online club management tools, including website creator + member portal provide one stop for every kind of  member! Clubs just run better on Portalbuzz.

Try us out for 30 days for free at Portalbuzz.com!

 

10 Tips for getting members started with Portalbuzz

So you built it...now get them to come.

From the inspirational Field of Dreams movie from the late '80s

From the inspirational Field of Dreams movie from the late '80s

You spent time getting the member portal set with members and adding in meetings and events. You've got a good start on the website. It's time to let your club or group members in on the great tools too! 

As with any change there with be those who embrace it, and those who are less enthusiastic. What we hear from clubs whose members embrace Portalbuzz is that it transforms the way the club operates, and that they could not imagine going back to how they ran the club before Portalbuzz. We have gathered some tips and best practices below that will help get members using Portalbuzz.

Tips:

  1. Communicate about the new tools available to them and how they can help the club. The more this is communicated the better!

  2. Provide a link to the Getting Started Guide for Members

  3. Encourage club members to log in to the Portal and explore

  4. Ask members to log in and add a photo of their choice to their profile page

  5. Encourage them to update their profiles

  6. If you have the capability, at a meeting walk members through the site demonstrating the capabilities

  7. Host a question and answer time regarding the portal at one of the meetings

  8. At club meetings give a Portalbuzz tip of the week

  9. Communicate with members through the portal and encourage them to use the portal for club communication

  10. Teach your members to find the answers by using the red Help button at the top of every portal page

The more comfortable your members are with Portalbuzz, the more they will use it and the more effective they can be as members.

You know your members. Some people will want this much information; others will prefer just the basics. 

If you have any questions about the website or portal, just let us know. We have a Pinterest board with examples of sites that other clubs have created using the tools, if you need ideas.

Refresh your public website - easily!

Fall is in the air and for me that means rustling in the leaves, pumpkins, and baked apple pie!

It also means getting organized, planning events and giving everything a little refresh. Does your club public website need something new? We've just added a new template to the your public website options:

New template features include:

  • Clean updated look
  • Choose from three preset 'across-the-page' banner photos, or add your own
  • Kiwanis branding.

    Not a Kiwanis club?
    Use the 2015 Fall Blue-Gold Mobile template and add in your own logo and
    header image. 
     
  • Add text in the middle of the banner photo, if you like
  • Sleek new upper right menu
  • Mobile ready site. Looks great on mobile devices
  • Free for Portalbuzz subscribers
  • Change the look of your website with just a couple clicks, really!

... and while you are updating your website, don't forget to add in your fall events! It's a time of new opportunities, a time to hit the 'refresh' button.

Do you need a website for your group or club?
Check out Portalbuzz here and sign up for a free 30-day trial. 

Something new

The time has come for Portalbuzz to step into the blogging arena.  Portalbuzz has been so busy creating new features, creating new templates, working with new market segments, beefing up the knowledge base, working with old and new clubs and groups, that we have so much to talk about and share with you. We are 'buzzing' with tips and best practices, enhancements, how-tos, examples and more. 

A couple weeks ago, we revamped our Pinterest page so we could share things like great examples of how clubs and groups are using Portalbuzz. We love to see how creative clubs and groups are and we love to share what we find with others. 

Come along as we build something great!

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