Welcome to ClubRunner's BlogSpot

Welcome to ClubRunner's BlogSpot - the place to stay on the pulse of hot off the press news updates about product developments, service announcements, local events and so much more!

Also, you can initiate discussions and share information among fellow ClubRunner users.

Your feedback is always welcome and necessary to help us make ClubRunner better. We want to know what you like, what you don't and what's on your wish list. Please let us know how we can enhance our service.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Catch up with your club on the go

It's back and better than ever! The ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect with your club on the go! Completely, free to download and use, this app will let you access the key info you need while you're on the go. Password protected just like your website, it allows you to to view your member directory, contact your members and executives, read the latest articles posted to your website, and even learn more about your upcoming events and speakers, right from your smartphone or tablet! .

To download the app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, simply type in 'ClubRunner' in the search bar. Our mobile app is compatible with all versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch sets that have iOS 8.0 or later and with versions of Anrdoids that are 4.0.3 or better.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Visit ClubRunner's Booth at a PETS Near You!

It's officially PETS season and members of the ClubRunner team will be in attendance at various PETS throughout the next few weeks. If you or a member of your club is planning to attend, be sure to drop by our booth or attend a session so you can learn about all our recent product enhancements and new features! Get a live demonstration of the features soon to be released and share your experiences with ClubRunner.

This weekend, members of our team will be at SoCalNev PETS! If you're planning to attend, be sure to drop by our booth!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Fresh modern looks for your club

Since the release of our next-gen themes, more than 1,000 of you have made them your own. From adding custom carousel images and videos to advanced customization, such as uploading your own CSS stylesheet, the feedback we've received so far has been great.

There is nothing better than hearing that your refreshed and modern website helped you attract more members and boost your public image.

Looking for some inspiration for your own ClubRunner website? Check out a few websites using our Next-Gen themes!

Rotary District 9980
Rotary District 5010
Rotary Club of Chilliwack Fraser
Cosmopolitan International
Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown Breakfast
Rotary District 5180

Stay tuned for more website templates coming soon! If you haven't yet checked these themes out, head on over to the Theme Library to see what you're missing! Download our help guide to get started.

How do I update my site?
  1. Go to Website Designer and click on Themes on the left panel
  2. Select either Vision or Community from the library and check out the preview. Change the color scheme by clicking on the various buttons below the thumbnail
  3. Click on Publish to go live

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Revamp your website with our new Rotary approved website themes

Earlier this week, Rotary International launched their new website, and also released their updated visual identity guidelines for clubs and districts. Clubs are encouraged to adopt Rotary's new voice and visual identity, as part of an initiative to strengthen the brand.

As an Official Licensee, we're excited to help you incorporate this new brand into your club and district by releasing two new Rotary approved themes that consistently reflect the new colors, fonts and design elements.

Introducing our new official Rotary approved website themes

Working in conjunction with the Public Relations and Identity team at RI, we're proud be the first vendor to release two new website themes that are tightly integrated with Rotary's brand outlined in the updated visual and digital identity guidelines.

Introducing Vision and Community, two new Rotary approved mobile-responsive next-generation themes available in 7 different color variations each! Better showcase your work, the impact your club makes in the community, and engage with your audience like never before.

Ready to give your website a facelift?

Updating your website theme is simple, free, and doesn’t require you to rebuild your content:

  1. Go to Website Designer and click on Themes on the left panel
  2. Select either Vision or Community from the library and check out the preview. Change the color scheme by clicking on the various buttons below the thumbnail
  3. Click on Publish to go live!

But, this is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more templates, design elements including animation, pre-designed widgets, content pages and more.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Stay connected with your club from your phone or tablet

We're excited to announce that our mobile app is back and available for download. Released as Version 2, the app currently features the following modules:

Member Directory

Immediately view the most up to date member directory, upon login. You can browse your member profiles which give you the necessary contact information you need to connect with just one click. Make a call to any of their phone numbers, email them directly from your device, or even add them to your contacts list.

View Posts on Your Website

View the latest feed of home page stories that are on your website, directly on your phone, so you never miss any information.

To download the app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, simply type in 'ClubRunner' in the search bar. Compatible with all versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch sets that have iOS 8.0 and with versions of Androids that are 2.3.3 or better.

Please note that the Stories and Members features are only available to clubs that are direct subscribers of ClubRunner. 

Coming Soon

Take member engagement to the next level with ClubRunner mobile! Stay tuned for more details.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A year in review

From implementing over 600 of your suggestions so that you can continue to thrive to getting the chance to meet you at one of the many events we attended this year, 2016 was a great year.

As the year comes to an end, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and encouragement. From the ClubRunner family to yours, we wish you a happy and joyful holiday season.

Happy Holidays!

Click on the play button to watch our year in review video
Our holiday hours

Friday, December 23: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Monday, December 26: Closed
Tuesday, December 27: Closed
Friday, December 30: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Monday, January 2: Closed

Friday, December 16, 2016

Brighten up your website with this new color

Our focus has always been to help you with your public brand. What you portray as your image is exactly how people perceive your club to be, and it plays a huge role in your PR efforts. It starts with your website, a place to showcase your own uniqueness and clubs identity.

Color has a significant impact on your branding. It has to resonate with your audience. Introducing our all-new Cranberry color variation for the Next-Generation Millennium theme. The bright hues are bound to brighten up your homepage resulting in a vibrant yet professional website. 

The Cranberry theme can be found in the website theme library, as an option under the Millennium theme. To switch to it: 

1) Go the Website Designer and then click on Themes
2) From the library, locate the Next Gen theme titled Millennium
3) Select this new color variation and click on publish

Best of all, this new color palette is in line with the Visual Identity guidelines for Rotaract clubs. You'll soon see the release of many new and modern themes to help get where you want your visual identity to be. Stay tuned!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Buttons on the menu

You asked us for a way to showcase a call to action from the navigation menu itself. A way to
make your menu item stand out from the rest, and that's exactly what we've done.

You can now add buttons directly onto your menu to easily draw attention to a link or secondary page.

To add a button on the menu:

1) Click on the Website Designer 3.0 link on the
Admin page
2) Click on Edit Menu
3) Either edit or add a menu item
4) Fill in the fields as required, and select your link type
5) Select either the Primary Button or Secondary Button option from the Link Style section
6) Save and publish the menu

There are two styles that you can add. The primary button style will apply your theme's primary color onto the button, whereas the secondary style option will apply the theme's secondary color. Please note that buttons only appear on the main level of the menu for Next-Gen themes only.

There are a lot of improvements coming soon to help you elevate the look of your website, stay tuned. In the mean time, please continue to share your feedback and suggestions with us and add your feature requests to our wishlist.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Top Search Terms in ClubRunner

As you may recall, we recently added a search function to all ClubRunner websites to give visitors the ability to search for what they were looking for. So we took a look across the board to see what the top search terms were, and found that irrespective of where your club is located in the world, people were looking for the same things. Here are the top 10 most popular keywords (from highest to lowest):

1) Scholarships
2) Speakers
3) Contact
4) Youth Exchange
5) Grants
7) Interact
8) Meeting Address
9) Membership
10) Club Executives

What does this mean?

We've always said that your website is the hub where visitors come to learn more and gather information. If they have to search for topics of interest, that could indicate that these items are difficult to find. So, what actions can you take?

Learn what's popular

First, begin by analyzing your website traffic reports. If you have not yet linked your Google Analytics account to your ClubRunner site, you can learn how by clicking here. These reports will tell you exactly where your visitors are going and how long they're staying on a page. It will also give you a good sense of whether the information you want found on your site is actually being accessed.

Making use of the navigation menu

Content is king, so it's important that it's accessible. If we look at the most popular search terms, we can immediately group many of them into one category - 'Programs'. Consider adding this as a menu item on your navigation bar. Under it, you can link to custom or site pages and even documents about your scholarship programs and Grants, and more. If your club has one main flagship program, consider just making that its own menu item.

How easy is it to get in touch with your club? Is there a Contact Us link prevalent on the home page? Did you know that you can easily link to the built-in Contact Us page or create your own custom page, complete with the club's mailing address, meeting address, venue map and more?

The wonderful world of widgets

There are so many things you can accomplish with both the built-in and custom widgets. From displaying upcoming events to showcasing your club sponsors; from displaying upcoming speakers to displaying a list of all your club executives and directors, widgets let you share important information throughout your website. For a brief overview of all the built-in widgets available, click here.

For important public documents such as those related to scholarship programs, did you know you can showcase them on the Download Files widget?

Next, make these widgets stand out by customizing their properties. Color plays a huge role in how people react to a call to action. We are naturally attracted to design aesthetics that stand out from the page. Add some flavor to any widgets that you believe should stand out. Learn how

Everything related to membership

One of the most important things to share with your website visitors is how to get in touch with your club, where you meet, who your executives are and how they can join.

We took a look at a handful of websites and found that this type of information was actually quite difficult to find. Does your club have a page on exactly what it takes to join your club? What it means to be a member? How to join? The costs associated with membership?

Create a custom page to share all of this information. Then, showcase it front and center through the Club Information widget on your home page. Did you know that you can add custom links to this widget? That means you can direct visitors to any internal or even external page easily.

There are many ways to share information with your visitors without cluttering your homepage which in turn becomes overwhelming for the reader. With a little bit of creativity and analysis, it's easy to design the optimal structure to make your website a great source of information for both members and non-members alike.

Club Information Widget - Tip of the Week!

Did you know you can customize the Club Information Widget with custom links?

Not many people are aware that you have the ability to add custom links within the Club Information widget to either link to any external website or your own site/custom pages.

Navigate to the Website Designer and then to the Club Info widget's property page. Towards the bottom of the page, under the Content Properties section, you will see two fields called "Custom link URL" and "Custom link Text". Simply add the link you want to direct visitors to and add the text you want displayed as the link within the widget.

This option is great for clubs to share to a site or custom page with directions to the club meeting location, instructions on how to join the club or even the club's Facebook or Twitter page, etc.