Eventility Becomes Joinin.com

cropped-coverpic.pngWe’ve changed! We’re now joinin.com and have some great new features, plus all the existing, fantastic free organizational tools you’ve come to expect.

What is joinin?

Joinin.com is a social network that helps people make the most of their free time with the things they love doing.

Our goal is to bring people together in the real world – To help everyone spend more time doing the things they’re interested in, with like-minded others!

You can use joinin to:

  • Joinin with, or become the founder member of a joinin community of something you love
  • Chat with people with shared interests
  • Meet people nearby with shared interests (mobile app only)
  • Discover things to do
  • Add events, clubs/groups or places so other people find them

joinin for organizers

If you organize people you’re in luck – so does, Robin, our founder, and for the last 5 years he’s thought about nothing apart from how to help you organize others.

  • Organize events, groups, clubs and customers
  • Chat and share privately in your own feed on the web or mobile
  • Send emails and texts and see who opens them
  • Sell tickets and collect payments
  • If it’s public – we really help you promote it! From connections to social networks, plugins and links to data partners – and we’re just getting started!
  • You can even get a free website and choose from a range of templates
  • Oh, and it’s free* to use! (see How We Make Money below)

Our mission

Last year the founder of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee said “People still mainly talk to their neighbours, or those with the same religion or culture. Can we develop systems on the web which will actually help solve that problem? I think the web can do more.”

We agree, and we launched Joinin.com to bring people together in the real world. We do this by helping everyone with a shared interest – Join, Chat, Meet, Do. And by giving organizers free tools to help them organize the things that we all love doing!

Simple really.

BTW – do you know that people who organize are mainly volunteers doing it for the love of it? We want to help them find you and you find them!

Our ethics

All of us at joinin believe that everyone’s personal information is important and private and should be treated that way. That’s why we’ve spent years working out the best way to respect your information and deliver a service that you can use freely and securely.

  1. You can’t be found on joinin – we don’t have a ‘people’ search and we don’t let search engines index you
  2. You can create a private club/group or event that’s invite only and no-one else can find it
  3. We never sell your data to third parties

joinin.com

What is Eventility? Our brand new video explains it all

Eventility New Home PageHere at Eventility we have just launched a brand new video which explains more about us, what we do and how using our website can help you. Those of you who would like to see the video can do so by clicking here or alternatively, if you don’t have time or can’t view it on your device, here is a roundup of the main points.

What is Eventility?

If you run a club, group, chapter or event, things can get complicated and confusing. With so much to organise it can be difficult enough just knowing where to start. It’s not just the organising that’s the difficult part however – promotion is just as important because without it, how are people going to know about you?

Eventility is an online platform that makes life easy for organisers and promoters because everything can be done quickly and easily via our website and even while on the go through our mobile app.

Why use Eventility?

We give you everything you could possibly need to help you organise your club, group, chapter or event and best of all, it’s free.

When you sign up to Eventility, all of our members get a communications hub to help manage members and it includes a number of fantastic features including:

  • Email Tracking
  • SMS
  • An events app which enables you to sell tickets or invite attendees to RSVP
  • A mobile app which allows you to manage everything on the move including scanning tickets
  • A live feed to share photos, documents and comments
  • Subscription collections
  • Everything you need for promotion including professional web pages, social networking and plug-ins that integrate with your existing website
  • The option for us to share your public information with our partners to make it even easier for people to find your club and events

Get started for free

If you aren’t already signed up to Eventility then you can get started today for free. Simply register on the website and you will be guided through the quick and easy process so you can start organising and promoting your club, group, chapter or event immediately. If you ever get stuck at any stage or have further questions, our support section contains everything you need to know including details of how to contact us directly.

Changes to Eventility.com and Why They Benefit You – Part 2

To coincide with the service update that we carried out a few weeks ago, we recently posted the first part of our guide to the changes that have been made and how they can benefit you. Part one detailed member management, subscriptions and enhanced repeating events. In this second instalment, we cover free texting and introduce the newest member of our team.

Free Texting

Improvements – To celebrate our latest release, we are giving away Bronze Pack bundles of 100 SMS credits to Eventility users. Simply login to your account and head over to My Account/Extras to start benefiting from this fantastic offer.

Benefits – With the average person checking their mobile phone up to 150 times a day, texting has become a fantastic way to reach audiences. Whether you’re organising an event or running a club, group or society, keeping in touch with members via SMS really couldn’t be easier with Eventility.

If you are not familiar with using this service, there is plenty of information on the website that will guide you through the process. Here you can learn how our SMS service works and find out more about the bundles we offer.

New Account Manager

Improvements – As the number of people using the website expands, so does Eventility.com. We pride ourselves on providing the best possible experience and customer service to our users and as a result we are delighted to welcome our newest recruit, Adam Harris who is joining our rapidly expanding team as an Account Manager.

Benefits – With more people on board here at the Eventility headquarters, it enables us to offer a better quality service to our customers. With so many clever and creative individuals working with us, it also means that the products and services we offer you will continue to go from strength to strength. Adam has been brought in to show our clients exactly what our software can do for them and off course to make sure that they’re extremely happy with our product offerings.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy the changes that have been made to Eventility.com. We would love to know what you think so feel free to contact us via the website or if you prefer, why not get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn?

Updates to Eventility.com – member management, subscriptions and free texts

Here at Eventility, we love our users and are committed to making your experience on the site even more awesome. That’s why we’ve updated Eventility so you have the latest version – including performance improvements and bug fixes. Here’s what’s new:
 Member Management

When you add contacts to your club/group/community you can now include:

  • Gender and Date of Birth
  • Postcode
  • Label and Notes
Plus we’ve added a ‘List builder’ so you can easily select which members to add to your lists.
Subscriptions 

We’ve updated our member subscriptions service to include:

  • A simple 4-step set up (PayPal integrated)
  • Choice between ‘organiser view’ and ‘live view’
  • Notify members individually or choose from lists
  • Search for members when adding offline payments
  • Build revenue reports for dates you choose
Enhanced Repeating Events

It’s state of the art, we’ve completely reworked how you set up and manage repeating events:

  • Simple and powerful repetition scheduler includes end dates
  • Calendar view to navigate and edit exceptions
  • Fully flexible, includes ability to change ‘Place’ for individual occurrences

New Account Manager

We’re delighted to announce that Adam Harris has joined our rapidly expanding team as an Account Manager.

When Adam isn’t making sure all Eventility clients are extremely happy and showing them how cool our software is for them, he loves a bit of scuba diving and is actually a qualified deep and wreck specialty MSDT Instructor. He’s also been known to do a spot of hiking, martial arts, grabbing a round of golf, keeping fit or even cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Free Texts
 
Texts are a brilliant way to drive footfall and to celebrate this release we’re giving away Bronze pack bundles of 100 SMS credits*
So login and head over to MyAccount/Extras to get up and running with SMS.
We hope you enjoy the new changes, so why not have a look around on Eventility and try out the new features. We’d really love to hear what you think of the new changes or if you have any site requests, so feel free to contact us.

Updates to Eventility.com – New Live Feed, Scan App and Extras

We’ve released a new version of Eventility.com with some fantastic new additions to our service to help you organise and promote your clubs, groups and events with ease.
Live Feed   
Not only can you post messages and reach social networks with one click, but now the ‘live feed’ (formerly known as the message board) on your club and event pages means you can share more.
We’ve added support from embed.ly and Dropbox which means we turn almost any link you share into embedded images, videos, audio and rich media previews. So if you use Soundcloud, Spotify, YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, Instragram, Slideshare, dropbox plus many more, you can share them on your feed.
It’s a great way to get people involved before, during and after your event.
 
 Scan App   
 
Our latest mobile app, Eventility Scan, has been developed specially for organisers to simplify the process of validating event tickets at the door and vouchers at point of sale – It only takes seconds to check-in your customers with Eventility Scan.
The scan app lets you scan the barcode on Eventility tickets and vouchers. It confirms validity, records the check-in against your account and prevents the same ticket/voucher being used twice. The app supports multiple devices and managers so you can have more than one person working the doors.
Eventility Extras 
 
We’ve simplified purchasing SMS and email bundles and extended the feature so that you can send SMS and tracked email directly to your contacts from your club/group/event/offer.
Texts are a brilliant way to drive footfall and to celebrate this release we’re giving away Bronze pack bundles of 100 SMS credits*
So login and head over to MyAccount/Extras to get up and running with SMS.
We hope you enjoy the new changes, so why not have a look around on Eventility and try out the new features.
We’d really love to hear what you think of the new changes or if you have any site requests, so contact us.
 
*To claim your free SMS bundle use the Promo Code: MemberList to receive a 100% Discount when you purchase a bronze pack of 100 SMS credits (RRP £10).

How to Promote Your Event, Club, Group or Community

Whether you’re organising an event, creating a community or putting together a club or group, once you’ve signed up to Eventility, there are lots of different ways to promote it. Below is a quick guide to some of the methods you can use to raise awareness, create excitement and encourage people to join your group.

Social Media

With billions of people using social media sites all over the world, they provide brilliant platforms for promoting and sharing your group or event. Here at Eventility, we’ve made it really simple to share on social media sites and you can even post updates directly to Facebook and Twitter from your Promote tab.

Your Website

Your own website is a great way to let people know about your activities and if someone has made the effort to visit your site in the first place, then chances are that they are more likely to be interested in joining any groups you have created. Adding an Eventility Events Plugin enables members and any visitors to your website to see a live feed of your up-to-date events. Use the Events Plugin builder in the Promote tab of your listing to easily create the features you want to show on your website. When you’ve finished, hit Get the Code, copy the code and just paste it into your website HTML. It’s that easy!

Emails

Email marketing has become an incredibly popular and effective way of reaching out to people. Since the introduction of smart phones, users now have the ability to check their inbox regardless of where they are or what time it is. Sending out emails is a great way to thank people for joining your group, keeping them updated with events and encouraging them to alert and invite others. Simply import your email list from Webmail or an Excel file and within minutes you can send out your notification to all your contacts directly from the Eventility site with a few clicks. You can see when emails are sent, opened and if any have bounced. With new member lists you can now separate your members into different lists e.g. beginners, intermediate, advanced, and email and SMS them separately with different messages.

SMS

A study by Nokia found that the average person checks their mobile phone 150 times per day. Sending out SMS messages to your group members is a sure fire way to promote your event and ensure that your community is kept up-to-date with all your latest news. Setting up auto-reminders means that Eventility will send out your SMS reminders at the time you have specified so it’s one less thing you have to worry about.

With everything you could possibly need to organise and promote your event or group in one easy to manage place, Eventility really couldn’t make it easier. If you need any help, why not use our support site which includes FAQs, access to our forums or email support@eventility.co.uk.

So, if you organise any event, club, group or community and aren’t using Eventility yet, why not give it a try, it’ll help make your give a little bit easier.

Eventility – Group Organisation and Promotion Made Easy.

The Web Can Do More – Sir Tim Berners-Lee at Davos

Yesterday at Davos, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, said of the behemoth that he helped create:

“World peace has not miraculously occurred. People still mainly talk to their neighbours, people still mainly talk to the people who have the same religion, and the same culture, so for all its breaking down geographical boundaries in principle it hasn’t really broken down cultural boundaries. Can we develop systems on the web which will actually help solve that sort of challenge?”

I couldn’t agree more with that. As powerful and as cool as Social Media is, on the whole it only really connects you to the people you know already.

Giving people the opportunity to connect with those around them who they’ve never met before is what I want Eventility.com to do, and it’s what the world still needs.  I have no idea if the person who lives five doors down from me has the same interests as I do, we could actually have loads in common, but I have no way of knowing and that’s something I want to change!

Someone recently fliered our area asking “are you interested in sewing, I’d like to create a sewing club”, and the CEO of a recently sold multi-million pound business told me that, even now, the best way for him to find out about what’s going on is still the basic Gumtree, or his local village noticeboard, newspaper or the Post Office.  Much local information is still found by some very un-technical means.

Many have tried, and are still trying, to solve the local information problem, but I believe that at Eventility we’ve created the platform that will help connect the world’s organisers with everyone else, because that’s where serendipity happens.

Sir Tim also pointed out that while the web is about openness, “each of these social network systems is a silo so there is a frustration that I’ve told it all my data but I don’t have access to that”.

I agree that you should be free to port data. If you create a platform and eco-system where data can flourish and spread, then you become powerful for people, you connect them to everyone and that’s really what they want. If you’re an organiser, it’s a service you should expect, and that’s why we built Eventility that way. It’s also why Sir Tim’s partner-in-crime on ‘Open Data’, Professor Nigel Shadbolt, agreed to join our advisory panel.

Open data is something that often sounds scary to people – “what about my privacy?!” – they shout.

Right from the moment I started building Eventility, I looked at the other businesses around the world and felt they were too open with my personal data. I don’t want everyone to know what I like or what groups I’ve joined, and the fact that those same businesses won’t let me have my data despite publishing it on the web for their own financial gain is pretty ironic.  I felt then, and still do now, that people deserve to have their privacy respected as the default, not the opt-in. That way you can build an eco-system that is safe for children and CEO’s and open for those that need and want it to be.

“The web can do more”, said Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, today at Davos and I couldn’t agree more.

Robin Brattel, Eventility Founder.

Honourable Intentions – New Year Resolutions and How to Keep Them

New Year resolutions have been made since the beginning of time.  The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. In the Medieval times, the knights took the ‘peacock vow’ at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.

It’s now getting close to the end of January, and the New Year and any resolutions we may have made seem like such a long time ago. We might have promised ourselves go to the gym more often, get up-to-date with the DIY, drink less, join a club, learn a new language or even fall in love.

So, did you make a resolution and keep it, or did you, like so many other people give up after a couple of weeks?

It’s pretty common at this time of year to find people breaking their New Year resolutions.  A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman at the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people found that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions failed, despite the fact that 52% were confident of success at the beginning.

Last year, an Interflora New Year resolution survey found that just 33% said they expected to keep their resolutions for the whole year, 56% were unsure and 11% said that they expected not to keep their resolution. Those sceptical ones were proven right, of the 39% who said they made a resolution in 2011, just 5% managed to keep theirs for 9-12 months. Over a third of last year’s resolvers lasted less than three months with their New Year aims.

What kind of resolutions do people make and break?

Year on year, the top resolutions don’t really change very much and according to the University of Scranton, USA, the top resolutions for 2012 were:

  • Lose weight
  • Getting organized
  • Spend less, save more
  • Enjoy life to the fullest
  • Staying fit and healthy
  • Learn something exciting
  • Quit smoking
  • Help others
  • Fall in love
  • Spend more time with family

Why are we so bad at keeping resolutions?

According to Forbes.com, some of the reasons New Year resolutions didn’t stick were:

1. Didn’t make a plan for itA lot of people forget that a resolution is really just a goal and it requires structure, otherwise, it’s just a wish.

2. Forgot the reasons why you were doing itMotivation matters and if you don’t know why the goal is important, it’s easy to drop.

3. Didn’t plan for setbacksNo one is perfect, we all fall off the wagon at some point. You need a plan for what to do when this happens and how you’ll get back on that horse.

4. Didn’t have a strong support network – Support is important with any goal, it’s important to surround yourself with people who believe in what you’re doing and want to see you succeed.

5. Took on too much too fastMany of us get a little over-keen around the New Year, we want to make huge leaps of progress overnight, but real growth is a slow and steady journey.

6. Weren’t accountable to anyoneit’s easy to get persuaded by that nagging negative voice inside your head that says you’re not cut out for this. An accountability partner helps keep you focused and on track, even when you think you’re ready to throw in the towel.

7. It wasn’t that important in the first placePerhaps you set a goal that others wanted you to set or one you felt you ‘should’ set. It’s easy to give up on something that never really mattered that much to you in the first place.

So, what are the hints for keeping your New Year resolutions?

1. Choose a goal that matters – Don’t do it for anyone else but you. If it’s not something you truly believe in, you’ll never succeed. Take some time out and reflect upon what you really want to achieve.

2. Avoid previous resolutions – Often re-visiting a past resolution sets you up for frustration and disappointment. Choose something new or approach an old problem in a new way. For example, instead of trying to lose 3 stone in weight, try exercising more.

3. Plan aheadLook for possible obstacles and prepare for how you’ll deal with them.

4. Take it one step at a time – Often people make the mistake of trying to achieve too much. The chances of success are greater when people channel their energy into changing just one aspect of their behaviour.

5. Recognize that things will get hard  – Unexpected obstacles will get the better of you but that’s no reason to give up completely, find ways to forgive yourself and keep motivated.

6. Gather your supporters  – Let them know what you’re doing and why and ask if you can count on them to help you reach your goal. Joining a club or group is a great way to get support from like-minded people and help spur you on when you feel like giving up.

So, if you want to improve your health consider doing classes – Aerobics, Zumba, Sh’bam and Pilates are popular ways to get fit and help lose weight. There’s also the group mentality, which is perfect for that extra ounce of moral support.

Want to meet new people and try something new? Then joining an existing activity group or club could be what you need.

Why not use Eventility.com, to set up your own sports or activity club or join an existing one – you can search for what’s on in your area. Eventility is free and really, really easy to use.

https://www.eventility.com/

New Year, New Look and Feel, Plus More Features and Improved Functionality

Eventility New Home Page

It’s the New Year so Eventility.com has a fresh new look as well as improved functionality and some fantastic new product features.

Here’s What’s New…

For Clubs, Groups and Communities
Member Lists – Get organised for 2013 with this powerful feature that lets you organise your members into any number of different lists so that you can communicate with them by email and SMS even more quickly and effectively. Learn more
Message Board – Replies are now sent via email to the group organiser and anyone else who replied to the post
Daily Digest Emails  – Roll up of the message board activity and is sent to all group members. A group/event organiser email includes additional activity e.g. new members joined today, number and type of RSVPs
Photo Upload  – Uploading to a group gallery has been improved and now allows multiple images to be uploaded at the same time
Facebook Posting – if you manage multiple Facebook accounts you can now select which ones to post your reminders to (See My Account > Facebook)
Email Controls – We’ve simplified the layout and clarity of the email controls (See My Account > Privacy)

For Places and Venues
Simplified Configuration  – Checkboxes now allow fine granular control of exactly what is displayed on your venue listing
Rooms Descriptions – For managed venues we support the addition of rooms with description, quantity, rate and image
Booking Solutions/Widgets – Other third party booking solutions/widgets can now be included
iLike – Your venues can now be ‘iLiked’ by anyone on the site allowing them to be added to your venue community

For Place and Venue Communities
New Offers Widget – We’ve enhanced our offers engine to work in a similar way to events with organiser and live views. Promote your offers on your site with the new offers widget
Offers Report – A report is now included to reflect the number of downloads, check-ins and the overall redemption rate. Promote your offers on your site with the new offers widget

Mobile App

Our mobile app is on the Android store  with fantastic augmented reality ‘on the horizon’ functionality

Eventility in the Google Chrome Store

Eventility is now available in the Google Chrome webstore. Click here to get a fab shortcut to Eventility whenever you open a new tab in Chrome and don’t forget to rate and review – we love 5 stars!

Eventility.com

We’ve moved to .com! – Don’t worry, all your events are still there on .co.uk

Plus, lots of other tweaks to the site and bug fixes!

We hope you love the new changes as much as we do, so why not go and have a look around on Eventility and try out the new features.

There’s also more information on these changes on our Eventility Support Site.

We’d really love to hear what you think of the new changes or if you have any site requests, so contact us.

Get Organised For 2013 With New Eventility Member Lists

Now that the new year has started in earnest we’ve released our first site update of 2013 –  Eventility introduces all new ‘Member Lists’.

This powerful feature lets you organise your club, group or community members into any number of lists so that you can communicate with them by email and SMS even more quickly and effectively. For example, if you run a team you might have lists of Managers, Players, Treasurers, Captains, Fans, etc. you can easily separate them into different list.

Member Lists

With your lists set-up it’s simple to add new members, or assign existing members to each list, then send texts or emails with a just a couple of clicks.

In addition, with you can also:

  • Add your contacts now, but send them a membership invitation later
  • Import, view and edit your contacts mobile numbers (until they become members, then it’s up to them!)
  • Send emails and texts to anyone in your lists, regardless of membership status
  • Filter your contacts by name, status or list

To celebrate this release we’re giving away Free SMS Bundles* to help you get your events straight into the pockets of your members.

This release has been eagerly awaited, and we’ll be rolling out more great features very soon.  We’d love to hear what you think of the new changes…

www.eventility.com

*To claim your free SMS bundle use the Promo Code: MemberList to receive a 100% Discount when you purchase a bronze pack of 100 SMS credits (RRP £10).