Sending text messages/reminders
The ability to send out a text message to your membership and/or contacts through the system. A push for members to renew, event reminders, the ability to include a link if they need to vote on a matter.
It is my pleasure to announce the "Member Signal," a text messaging service for Wild Apricot.
Member Signal helps to:
- Send text messages to your members
- Reach those contacts, who do not open emails
- Use saved searches, membership levels and groups to target audience
- Send notification to event attendees
The service integrates with Wild Apricot, so you do not need to transfer data between systems manually.
Learn more and start using it at https://membersignal.com
This has been one of the largest asked for features for our members. This generation seems to look at text messages far better than email messages.
Robin Sapiro commented
If you are looking for direct member to member chat type messaging I actually think that requiring that a member be on the WA site is a disadvantage.
Consider setting up a Slack account for your organization (both free and $$ versions are available - their site will give you the differences).
Then you simply invite all your members to join Slack (those who are interested in using this chat feature). Within Slack you can set up multiple channels, eg complete organization, just the executive team, various committees and so on. Access to these channels can be managed. Slack also supports 1/1 (private) chats and adhoc group chats.
You can use Slack with any of the following:
Through your web browser
A Windows desktop client
A smartphone App
Slack has integration with Integromat (as does WA), so you could easily use that integration to add/invite members to Slack, automatically send Slack messages based on event activities etc
Sending text messages should be enabled like e-mail: automated (e.g. 3 days before event) as well as manual text messages (e.g. "Campground temporarily closed during tree removal")
Robin Taylor commented
There is another thread / wish related to this. This is a must have for users trying to communicate / remind members about meetings, etc... Yes, there are email reminders (which we use), but have found less and less members checking their emails on a daily basis.
Under the event tab, there is event list and event emails.
You can set up a number of reminders for each upcoming event.
Event reminders would be great! We are trying to move away from MeetUp because MeetUp members are not accessible to us since they are not our members. Event management in WA is pretty good but needs to be able to send out automatic reminders for upcoming events.
Robin Sapiro commented
For what it is worth - I am now using Integromat to pick up events from my GMail calendar and then pulling applicable list of members from WA and integrating with MessageBird to send the desired SMS message.