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.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Rotary Convention Day 3 Recap

Another great day, today we held multiple demo and training sessions going over all the tools that can help you improve your Public Relations.

The day began with a series of sessions on the Website Designer, where we showcased our Next-Generation website themes and went over all the best practices to remember when editing your website, such as:
  • Visualization: capture the attention of your visitors with imagery because as the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. Showcasing your club from a visual standpoint promotes your club much more effectively because you're able to give your visitors a better sense of what your club is about immediately. Use the built-in photo carousel as a banner to immediately create that visual effect.
  • Content is king: The fact is simple. An updated website will draw many more visitors than one that displays outdated information. Add content quickly using the custom widgets and stories.
  • Ease of navigation: Your website is the first place visitors come to learn more about your club, so if they can't navigate from one page to another easily to access the information they need, that impacts your bottom line. Categorize and sort your pages and link them directly to your navigation menu.
As the day progressed, we hosted a series of sessions related to Public Relations where we then went over integrating your social media channels with your ClubRunner site, building multiple bulletins for your segmented recipient groups and connecting with your club on the go through our mobile app.

We also got some great feedback on what you would like to see in ClubRunner. Thank you for taking the time to sit with us and give us your detailed suggestions.

If you haven't already, be sure to like our page on Facebook to view all the vlogs we're posting from the convention as well as photos throughout the day.

On to Day 4, stay tuned for more!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Rotary Convention Day 1 & 2 Recap

We've been looking forward to this convention all year and finally made it to Seoul, Korea, with some very exciting features to showcase. With more than 43,000 Rotarians attending, the RI convention hashtag for this year, #Rotary16, became a trending topic on both Facebook and Twitter hours before the official opening ceremony. Needless to say, there is a lot of exciting information to share.

Days 1 and 2

We started Day 1 by revealing our brand-new, soon to be released Bulletin Wizard module, and the reactions have been spectacular. If you haven't already caught a sneak preview, click here to view what's coming.

Over the past two days, a recurring challenge we've heard clubs are facing is engaging with their members and non-members and attracting younger members; both of which can be overcome with ClubRunner! In fact, the new Bulletin Wizard and the Contacts module work together to let your club create your message using a branded email template and send it to the right audience at the right time.

At our Next-Generation Website theme Upgrade Station, we've been helping clubs switch their website themes to the newest templates and have hosted some great sessions at our booth going over the importance of a modern looking up-to-date website and what to do to attract the younger generation.

Our team also set up multiple stations at our booth to present all of our latest features, including the Contacts module, Attendance 3.0 and even Volunteers, and have also been going over some of the updates coming soon, such as the RI Database Integration Update, which will offer more options for integration.

If you haven't already, be sure to like our page on Facebook to view all the vlogs we're posting from the convention as well as photos throughout the day.

On to Day 3, stay tuned for more!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Rotary International Upgrade

Official Rotary International Licensees can now offer even more options for data integration! 

Over the past few months, we've been working with Rotary International's Data division to upgrade the current data sync feature as part of our new Licensee agreement.

As an official licensee, with this new upgrade, we will be able to:

  • sync new member additions immediately
  • support change in member types between active and honorary
  • sync additional club info fields such as email, phone, fax
  • support additional membership fields such as birthday and spouse
We'll continue to add fields as and when they become available from RI.

Learn more by visiting Rotary International's list of licensed club management providers.


Advantages of RI Integration

There are many advantages of activating the data sync feature. As part of this update, you'll:
  • spend even less time on administrative tasks
  • will be able to easily send your club's info, member and officer information
  • eliminate countless hours of duplicate data entry
  • and more

Friday, May 13, 2016

Introducing Search

This week, we released the all-new search function which has been added to all ClubRunner websites. While clubs using one of our older website themes will see a search box above the menu navigation, those using one of our Next-Gen themes will see a magnifying glass appear on the top right of the website, near the member login.

Now you can find any story, article, file, photo album (and more) and easily go beyond what's displayed on the homepage. See it in action below!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It's here: search the website!

We get excited about all the features we release, and this time around, it's no different. You asked for it, and we made it happen. With the number of wishlist items being implemented, dare we say, we don't need to search for reasons to celebrate.

Search away!
We're pleased to present the new search function which has been added to all ClubRunner websites, allowing your visitors to search for any item published anywhere on your website.

Where is it? You will see a magnifying glass appear on the top right of your website, near the
member login. Clicking on it will expand the search box to open. The best part is that each search box matches the color and theme of the website template you've selected, which means it blends right in.

How does it work? When logged in, members can even search for items on private pages, making it easier for them to be aware of important details. If not logged in, the search bar will only display results from all stories, custom pages, site pages, photo albums and even events - all items that are meant for the public to see.

While the search will display all relevant results related to your query, you will always see your search term highlighted in yellow on the search results page making it easier to identify what you are looking for.

Now you can find any story or article that you might have missed or wanted to share and easily go beyond what's on the homepage. Give it a try and share your feedback!

Friday, May 6, 2016

New communication channels in your member profile

With all the updates we've been making to the system, it's only fair to say that we have a lot of news to share. That being said, we recognize that what might seem like real exciting news for us might not be what you're looking for. So, to help share the most relevant information, we've added three new communication channels that you can opt in or out of.

  • ClubRunner Service Updates
  • ClubRunner Product Announcements/News
  • ClubRunner Connect (newsletter)

Now, you and all of your club members can choose what type of communication you want to receive from us, whether that be our bi-weekly service updates notes, information about current and upcoming ClubRunner features or our membership newsletter. If you are a club executive, you have already been automatically opted into all three channels, but can very easily opt out.

Where do I find my communication preferences? Click on the Privacy tab in your member profile to view your club/district and ClubRunner communication preferences.