Inserting Gadgets in eMails like upcoming events or recent blog posts
Very glad to see the gadget feature just introduced.
Is it possible to insert the gadgets into emails generated through WA? This would be great for newsletters etc. and would save us the need to use a separate service to read RSS feeds etc. We could then start to consolidate our mailing list into WA as contacts (more $$ for you guys!)
to answer some concerns with other commenters, the way the Upcoming Events gadget works for webpages is ok (for now) for a similar feature on Emails-- it only shows titles and can be limited to the next N events.
obviously for both the Upcoming Events gadget and the Macro being proposed here for emails, more configurability would be useful; for example, maybe allowing the admin a choice of:
- first N characters of the description
- photo thumbnail (but of course then a photo would have to be a real fields for an event, rather than just Rich Text Content)
This accommodates people/cultures where they prefer "PUSH" access to information (info sent to them) rather than "PULL" (where they have to proactively seek it out)
Basically, it would be great to support in dynamic Email content most of the same Gadgets you support for dynamic webpage content.
"newsletter email" == "newsletter webpage"
"upcoming events email" == "upcoming events webpage"
Judy Pfeiffer commented
Adding the upcoming events to emails is something that we include on all emails sent out. If there was a way to automatically insert the date and title of the event (with a link) in that specific block, that would be FANTASTIC!
Randall Rensch commented
More robust (and sensible) email processing, including automatic events newsletter. We have sometimes two and even three events in some weeks. Rather than sending out 9 emails per week, multiplied by another months' worth of events (resulting in a humongous number of announcements, and the reason that hundreds of people have opted out), we'd rather send one comprehensive weekly summary of all coming events. This would probably need a combination of macro text insertion and manual editing, as most events' webpage descriptions are WAY too long for this purpose. But it would be VERY helpful if we could start with an automatically populated newsletter, that we could then simply edit down.
Neil Norton commented
This would be a HUGE improvement.
Stephen P Brown commented
An email macro with similar functionality as the Upcoming Events gadget would be really useful, especially if one or more tags can be specified, and a limit such as time (next month) or number (next 10 events).
Ed W commented
Yes, want this. Having it based on tag would be important for us.
Green Tea commented
There's a big difference between seeing the gadget vs having the events on a newsletter displayed so that one can scroll down and see the actual event picture and information. The gadget isn't engaging. All of the information is loaded into the site, is there a way to make it look nice when we add it?
Compare how the event gadget looks: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ljsqgh6cics2449/2016.09.27%20Wild%20Apricot%20-%20how%20the%20upcoming%20events%20gadget%20looks.png?dl=0
To what the event could look like:
I have a significantly difficult time creating the newsletters. We always include upcoming events. Each time I need to manually copy and paste every event along with adding the picture of the event flyer and setting the settings for the picture. This is insanely time consuming for me as a volunteer and I fear that the difficulties I experience with this will prevent the next board member taking over this task from wanting to use Wild Apricot. I'm hoping you can help.
It would be great to have a feature that I can drop into a mailing to automatically add events with perhaps 3 visual options for how it will appear in the mailing. One can drop in the upcoming events, choose the visual look for these events from a few options, and choose an start and ending date to select a range of events to put in. For instance, my events page on my website might have events for the whole year but my newsletter may only want to add events for the upcoming month or 2.
Attached is an example of how I place the events into my newsletter:
In addition I'm including a link for 2 videos in dropbox for you to view showing some additional difficulties.
The first shows how I typically have to copy and paste text into the newsletter. This text often crumples up into a black blob. I've found that using the back arrow will fix this however it's an extra step and especially frustrating when you can't figure out a work around for it.
The next shows how the newsletter/mailing very often loses its formatting. VERY frustrating. When I hit delete to remove some extra space at the top of an item the font size and bold disappears. I then need to go back and fix this. Again, too time consuming.
There are other items I'd like to point out and get fixed but this is where I'll end it for today. Hopefully you can assist. Thank you.
Walt Bilofsky commented
Good feature. But how to specify the number of upcoming events to be listed?
And it would also be nice to specify a keyword and then only include events with that keyword.
Simon Byrne commented
A macro with the same functionality as the Upcoming Events gadget would be really useful.
It would mean we could easily drop in a list of upcoming events with links into our email newsletters.
Allow us to add recent posts and recent events gadgets into email blasts.
Susan Collins commented
Allow use of gadgets in designing blog posts and emails.
Rick, where did you see that the roadmap shows that? Here is the roadmap: http://help.wildapricot.com/display/DOC/Product+roadmap
Rick Dalven commented
The roadmap shows 2Q2016 for possible gadget capabilities in e-mails. Any updates or details you can share?
I would LOVE to be able to import Events into a newsletter!
Lisa Alcantar commented
Gadget field in email template to display upcoming events and allow members to click on the link to take to event registration
Automatically created events newsletter created by selecting events from your events page.
We have to manually copy paste every time we do a newsletter and it is a time investment we'd like to avoid.
Create a newsletter template that automatically imports a date range of events with their pictures and wording. We send a weekly eNewsletter to our members which contains all the events relative to that week and the next. It is incredibly time-consuming now, and it requires knowledge of HTML (of which I have just enough to be dangerous!)
It would also be FANTASTIC a newsletter that would automatically import events and their details according to a date range. So I could say import my events for Sep 1-15. What a life saver that would be.