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  Newsletter | July 2011


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The Greatest Asset:
finalsite University 2011

"I am so so impressed by the desire to learn and the effort our customers made coming to Avon Old Farms again this year. The feedback that we have received to date has been invaluable and uplifting to our team at finalsite.”

I'm listening to the summer rain here in Connecticut and reflecting on our recent finalsite University. Our eighth annual user conference, held at Avon Old Farms School in Avon, CT, attracted 320 attendees from 147 schools in 32 states and 8 countries. Rain showers and a bear sighting not withstanding, this year’s event was another resounding success for many reasons, among them:

  •  We heard how technology needs vision and strategy, not simply blind adoption, from TABS Executive Director and finalsite U keynote speaker Pete Upham.

  • We took a fresh look at sustainability, demographics, and technology as game-changers for schools as shared by NAIS President and conference keynote speaker Pat Bassett.

  • We heard case studies, best practices, and tips and tricks in over 70 breakout sessions.

But these are only half of the story.

You see, finalsite University is more than education. It’s a connection between you, our clients, and our finalsite employees. At the Help Center, in sessions, at meals, wherever, team members were enthusiastically ready and willing to help clients achieve their web goals or solve their web challenges. Then and now, our team truly wants to make your web presence the best it can be. As one conference participant commented, finalsite’s employees are indeed the company’s “greatest asset.” I would like to thank all the finalsite employees for their efforts over the past months getting ready for this event.

That said, we measure our success by yours. During finalsite U, your well-researched presentations, enthusiastic participation, and eagerness to learn made the conference what it was. Whether you were able to join us at the conference or not this year, we at finalsite value your partnership long-term. On behalf of the entire finalsite team, thank you for another successful conference and for your continued support. May your summer be stress-free and bear-free!

- Jon

In This Issue:

News You Can Use

Best Practices

Did You Know?

    News:

    NEW: Kells Academy
    Montreal, Canada
    NEW: Quebec Association of Independent Schools
    Quebec, Canada
    NEW: Christ the King Catholic High School
    Mooresville, NC
    NEW: St. Thomas School
    Median, WA
    NEW: Hartford Union High School
    Hartford, WI
    NEW: International School of Prague
    Prague, Czech Republic
    NEW: Hong Kong Academy
    Kennedy Town, Hong Kong SAR
    NEW: Mount Saint Mary Academy
    Watchung, NJ
    NEW: Rawson-Saunders School
    Austin, TX
     read more >

    News You Can Use


    Thanks for a Great finalsite University!

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    A big THANK YOU to all of you who attended this year’s finalsite University. Our event brought together attendees from across the world for 70+ sessions and lots of networking and good times. Please take a minute to complete our survey, access our resources (password: letmein), and view our photo gallery. We look forward to having you participate in an upcoming finalsite Web Tech Event, webinar or other happening! Stay tuned…

    Summer Releases Happening Now

     

    As you know from our recent Summer Release Announcement your site will receive or has recieved the summer release enhancements and additions. Administrators will receive an email with your school’s specific implementation date several days in advance of your upgrade. During the conversion process - which should require less than five minutes - your public website will remain available, while admin and portal login capability will be temporarily disabled. Administrators will receive a popup notification and an email when the process is complete. Please refer to the Summer Release Announcement for a full listing of what is included in the release as well as action items for you and your team!

    Be sure to register for our new Summer Release Webinars!

    Best Practices for Schools

    Online Auctions Using Forums

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    Looking for for a way to generate a little revenue, improve morale, and have fun in the process? Why not try an internal auction using finalsite’s Blogs and Forums feature? Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Florida uses this feature for a faculty/staff online auction for items not sold at their all-school auction. This gives the school a chance to gain revenue on especially time-sensitive items such as hotel stays.

    By using the Forums feature, Saint Andrew’s is able to password-secure the auction on the faculty/staff portal. This year’s event featured 10 items and many ended up with bids. Faculty and staff enjoy the chance to purchase items at great discount and the competition is fun (folks can see each other’s login names). The school is even considering a similar auction for parents in the future. For more, see finalsiteShare. And let us know what you’re up to at your school or organization with your website!

    Did You Know?

    What is a Dynamic Filter?
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    Dynamic filters can be used to sort and filter data in News Manager, Media Manager, eNotify, Page Manager and in Blogs. By using dynamic filters, you can create content that's available only to a specific subset of your constituents; any constituent who meets the filtering criteria you set up will be able to view that content, while all other constituents will not. Any data stored in Constituent Manager can serve as the basis for creating a dynamic filter. View these instructions on our website, with illustrated screenshots and list of fields from Constituent Manager which can be used to setup a dynamic filter.

    Dynamic filters can be used to add members to a group in Group Manager, and to select recipients for an eNotify message. You can apply a dynamic filter to an existing group, or create a brand-new group for the express purpose of setting up a dynamic filter, which can then be applied elsewhere in finalsite.

    We've posted step-by-step instructions on creating dynamic filters to our website. Take a minute to peruse these, then let us know how you’ll be using dynamic filters at your school or organization to personalize information to specific constituents.

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