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  • 1. Lost & Found
    Building Community
    Via
    BigTentGroupsite
  • 2. Issues
    Lost & Found is growing in size and need to enhance the participants ability to develop community and communicate.
    Participants do not have a method to allow cross-communication with each other
    Time constraints on Sunday prevent sufficient time for personal news and announcements
    All communication must be processed by the Lost & Found Leadership team
    Solution
    • Leverage a free “groupsite” on the internet.
    • 3. Majority of people have experience with a groupsite (e.g., Yahoo Groups, Google Groups, etc.).
    Overview
  • 4. Get the Word Out with Email Blasts
    When the message is urgent, you'll want to reach your whole group right away. BigTent group news allows you to do just that. Type your message, add a photo if you have time, and click a button to email your entire group.
    Help Members Help Themselves
    Use discussion forums to stir up conversation. Whether you have a question about preschools or block parties, chances are someone else in your group does, too. And when you post your question, a response is often only minutes away.
    Update Your Website in Seconds
    Stop waiting for your Web master to make updates. On BigTent, all you have to do is check a box to share an announcement or upcoming event. Plus, we give you a free Web page to house all your group's public information.
    Enjoy Unlimited File Storage
    Share as many files as you want, when you want. A lot of groups on BigTent have traded in paper updates for online newsletters. Instead of waiting a month to publish news, you can upload an online copy and share the link with members right away.
    Big Tent – Share Info Quickly
  • 5. Invite Feedback with Polls
    Wondering if members liked the last guest speaker at your meeting? Trying to figure out the best time to hold an event? Put up a quick poll and collect members' input.
    Ask Questions and Share Advice
    A tried and true element of online groups, discussion forums help your members connect with each other 24/7.
    Collect Trusted Reviews
    Using reviews, your group can chime in and decide what's hot (and what's not) in your area. Depending on your interests, your group might discuss the best strollers, playgrounds, plumbers, or dentists.
    Nurture Interests with Subgroups
    Everyone's got hobbies and affiliations. Make it easy for your members to share theirs. Parents groups can make playgroups, alumni groups can organize by class year, boards can share meeting minutes -- the sky's the limit!
    Big Tent – Engage The Group
  • 6. Group Communication
    Calendar & Event RSVP
    Photo & File Sharing
    Reviews & Classifieds
    Subgroups
    Private & Secure
    Big Tent – Feature Summary
    • Member Management
    • 7. Share Admin Access
    • 8. Payment Processing
    • 9. Free
  • Top Concerns
    People won’t get the concept.
    We can conduct training session and ask for volunteers to mentor those who are a bit “technically challenged”.
    Too Much Email/Unmoderated content
    Each participant can configure their settings to minimize/restrict the amount of email they receive (there is a “web only” option”).
    Each section can be set so content has to be approved by a moderator
    Some sections (e.g. news) can be restricted so only admins/moderators can post
  • 10. Can we still send an email to the group?
    Yes. The Admin will enter a news items and “blast” it to the group. The Admin can send it so everyone (including “web only” users) receive the email.
    How much time will we need to moderate the site/content?
    Depends on how frequently it is used. We can setup several moderators so the burden is not on one person.
    Once we see how people are using it, we can remove the moderation on a section by section basis.
    Top Concerns
  • 11. Do we need Church At Charlotte support?
    No financial assistance is required. Big Tent is free.
    It does require a CAC staff member to be part of the group (similar to their Facebook policy – per Chuck Jones).
    This will be a volunteer run site (e.g, Rich Sauser primary admin/trainer).
    Top Concerns
  • 12. Lost & Found - Buzz
    BUZZ
    This is the first tab and displays all the recent activity
  • 13. Participants can create discussion topics and post replies
    Lost & Found - Forums
  • 14. New
    Lost & Found - News
    • News posts can be restricted so only Admins can post items (they viewed by everyone)
    • 15. The Admin can choose to send the news as a email blast to all members
  • From: sender@lists.bigtent.com [mailto:sender@lists.bigtent.com] On Behalf Of Lost And FoundSent: Sunday, September 12, 2010 3:07 PMTo: AnnouncementsSubject: Lost and Found brief, very brief newsletter!
    Certainly everyone is back at school and/or back into their "school year routine" by now. We hope that means that we will see you back in Lost and Found as we continue our study in Acts. Amy Bertram is once again coordinating the Lost and Found "supper clubs". If you would like to be part of a supper group that meets two or three times before Christmas please contact Amy at abertram@carolina.rr.com. If you've been in supper clubs before, please let Amy know with whom. If you are an "individual" please let her know if you would like to be with all individuals, couples or only people with blue eyes (just kidding)!There are many in Lost and Found who would be honored to pray for you. Please do not forget or hesitate to use the LandFprayer@yahoo.com if you would like the Lost and Found prayer team to pray for you. All prayer requests are confidential unless permission to share is given.Marion Shields is organizing "food sign-ups" on signupgenius.com Please contact Marion at marionshields@aol.com if you have questions about signing up.We love seeing you in W2 and W3 starting at 10:45 for community time with teaching to follow around 11:10! Join us, won't you?Add your comments online.
    You received this email because you (rich.sauser@gmail.com) are a member of the BigTent group Lost And Found.Leave group
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    Lost & Found – NewsSample Email Blast
  • 16. All primary group events are listed on the calendar
    Subgroups have their own calendar
    Lost & Found - Events
  • 17. Lost & FoundEvent & Registration
    Event Coordinators can post events on the calendar and view people who have signed-up
  • 18. My Calendar lists the events of the main group and my subgroups
    Lost & Found – My Calendar
  • 19. Each person determines how much information they want to display for the group (e.g. if they want to display their email address)
    Lost & Found - Members
  • 20. Participants can write reviews of their favorite books, movies, restaurants, services, etc.
    Lost & Found - Reviews
  • 21. Lost & Found Sample Review Listing
  • 22. Lost & Found - Classifieds
    Participants can post their own classifieds
  • 23. Lost & Found - Subgroups
    When a new subgroup is created, people can choose to join or decline the invitation.
  • 24. Each subgroup has the following sections:
    Buzz
    News
    Events
    Members
    About
    Lost & Found – Subgroups
  • 25. Email: rich.sauser@gmail.com
    Questions/Comments?