Ability to select recipients for event announcements 
For my nationwide webcasts, I LOVE being able to have the event announcements and reminders automatically go out on certain dates. It saves me so much time and effort. Thank you for this feature.
However, for my regional events I'm not able to use this feature since it will send the announcements and reminders to all my members, instead of just members in Boston or the Bay Area for example. Isn't there a way to set the announcements to only send to members with keywords - the way you can set keywords for events you should be able to set keywords for members or have the ability to select states and/or cities that the announcements go to. Please, please, please help me find a way to do this as I do an event in many states nearly every month and it is a huge time killer keeping up with it all.
Released in 5.3
Christopher, no updates for now, it's waiting its turn until we can schedule it into one of the releases.
Chief Dzoggie commented
Is there any update on this feature? I can't see anything recent in the thread.
The sooner we can send automatic event announcements to all contacts, the better. At this stage, I send a separate email to all contacts to announce events. The event description, including pictures, has to be copied into the email. This does not make sense, Wild Apricot being supposed to make things easier (and it does, in most cases).
Please consider adding this function: it is very high on my wish-list!
Mike Davison commented
Just adding my vote for this feature. I'd like to be able to send event announcements to membership groups. I have special interest groups in my organization and they meet on a regular basis (which means recurring events would be a real help), so the announcements can't go out to the entire membership.
Any chance this can get into the next release?
Anton Ferreira commented
We also would like to use WA as an all-encompasing communication solution for all administrators to all members.
That requires being able to send any / all email communication from a specified administrator (rather than the system admin.) and targeting any / all email communication to all contacts or a subset of contacts using membership type, selecting a group they belong to and / or using a saved query.
You have all the features required (administrators, members, groups, events, email blasts, queries, etc.) but the features are not quite available where we most need them to send targeted email communication.
We have a similar need for customization of recipients, but for event registration confirmation emails.
Ideally, we would like to customize the admin event registration confirmation email to add custom fields. Until that is available, we're hoping to simply find a way to add our admin email address as a cc to the custom registration email we created for the attendees.
We have a custom attendee confirmation email setup, but we can't figure out how to get a copy of that sent automatically to our admin. Perhaps this could be rolled into this project?
Allowing us to select additional admin recipients for those confirmations would be most helpful to help us distribute these confirmations to various admins, based upon location info etc. we have added to the custom attendee email.
Events with offline (manual) payment
* Paid confirmed registrations http://www.kelarpacific.com/Admin/Settings/EmailCustomization/EmailCustomization.aspx?EmailType=EventRegistration_OfflinePayment_PaidLevelConfirmationEmail
Event Attendee: receives this email after a paid registration is submitted and attendee status is set to Confirmed by administrator
Administrator/selected recipients: receives no email
* Paid pending registrations http://www.kelarpacific.com/Admin/Settings/EmailCustomization/EmailCustomization.aspx?EmailType=EventRegistration_OfflinePayment_PaidLevelPendingEmail
Event Attendee: receives this email after a paid registration is submitted (e.g. to provide a confirmation and instructions how to pay)
Administrator/selected recipients: receives automatically generated payment notification (not customizable at the moment)
It is on our roadmap for 2010, I will join this thread to that one.
I now have events in multiple cities and want to have the option to announce events for specific groups or member levels... Not everyone wants event announcements for different cities.
Is this an option coming soon? Thanks!
I would like to have more options/check boxes for Announcement E-mails for events. Just like when I send e-mail blasts, I would like to have the option to send the announcements to specific membership levels, specific groups, or saved searches.
We would like to use Wild Apricot as an all-encompassing communication solution for our organization. We have normal members who are interested in all of our events, but we also have contacts in our database who would only be interested in our special events that occur once or twice a year. Currently I have these contacts separated out into a different membership level than my normal members... but when I create an event, there is no way to differentiate who gets these announcement e-mail, because Wild Apricot assumes all users in your database are Members, which is not the case for us.
The more we use Wild Apricot, the more frustrating this issue becomes. I suppose two work-arounds are to label all my non-members as "Donors" and deal with it that way, or to manually send out e-mail blasts. The second option seems the most logical, but...the whole point of having these automatic announcements is so that I don't have to manually send out any reminders.
One other possible solution is to have a "Target Group" for each event. The "Target Group" could be a membership level, group, or a saved search. The event would/could still appear to everyone, but the "Target Group" would be the ones who would receive announcements about the e-mail. Also, if the "Target Group" is displayed/public, it would help answer a lot of our contact's questions about events. The "Target Group" could also be a macro in event e-mails.
I would really appreciate your consideration in working this into your system.
This item is in our Top 50 - the fifty items we plan to develop over the next 12 months.
We will keep you in the loop regarding our analysis and when we have a release date.
We'd love to see the granularity for automated event notices include membership level and membership group.
Jim Harrison, Consulting Alliance
This is in analysis/design now and is considered for one of the next few releases.
Exactly! That's what I do now, but manually.
So it sounds like what you need is more fine-grained ability to specify recipients for automatic event reminders (Current selection: Members/Donors/Event attendees)
I think ability to use 'saved searches' would solve your need, what do you think? (Just thinkinig about possible solutions for now)