How do you create excitement for your next ticketed event like Grad? InviteRight will soon be offering you the opportunity to create your marketing & pre-sale social buzz with our upcoming Countdown feature! Ticket purchasers visiting the custom URL you’ve defined for your ticket sales page will be anxiously counting down to ticket sales by as though it were a big concert…which means more sold out shows for you.
With over 50 schools across western Canada participating last year, our seminars have become essential for any staff involved in planning activities from graduation to theatre productions.
Just ask some of our favourite schools,Ross Sheppard High School in Edmonton and West Kildonan in Winnipeg!
Last year schools shared organizing strategies, fundraising tips, and all the ways to cut down countless volunteer hours. And it paid off, big time!
Attend this year’s seminar and you’ll spend your afternoon networking with colleagues, gaining tips to lower your stress and most importantly, make your school year a major success!
Ok… in keeping with our electionbuddy.com traditions, here are some facts we found when searching google for 750,000
- Burgandy is the hex color for 750,000
- A pizza is worth $750,000 in bitcoin
- $750,000 is the lifetime capital gains exemption in Canada (for all the tax accountants who are electionbuddy users)
- Albainia has 750,000 cold war bunkers
- And in keeping with technology… The UK will need 750,000 workers by 2017
I have never completed a 10km run in my life. But I gave myself 3 weeks to prepare.
Over the summer, my wife and I started running together. In our community we have a fantastic park that has a 1km path that loops around a cute little duck pond and normally we polish off 3 or 4 laps once or twice a week. By no means would we consider ourselves serious marathonists – we would run as a way of unwinding and soaking in the sun. But at some point we decided that we needed a challenge for ourselves so we signed up to participate in this year’s Terry Fox Run.
Canada is some times accused of not waving our flag hard enough but if there was ever a day (outside of a Gold Medal hockey game) that I think we should stand tall as the True North, strong and free, it should be for the Terry Fox Run. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$500 million has been raised in his name. (via Wikipedia)
Terry has also become a source of great inspiration for millions across the world. What’s amazing is how elegant and simple Terry’s act of courage was, and how much his singular act of running across this vast country has been able to translate into a movement of encourage others for every year since. This is the kind of “trending” I can get behind.
As the day approached for our run, I came to think of the ideals that EventIQ aims for, and one word came to mind – “strive”. To strive is to continue and push forward. To strive is to never give up. To strive is to always work towards improvement.
With the help of our team, we came up with an acronym that has become the company’s Mission Statement:
Solutions – We create software solutions that are straightforward, elegant and amazing
Techno-Savvy – We love learning, discovering and working with technology
Resourcefulness – We pride ourselves in finding new ways to get things done
Integrity – We make and meet our commitments because we care about our customers, our team and our brand
Velocity – We set the tempo by working quickly and proficiently so we grow every single day
Enthusiasm – We radiate passion for what we do
As Terry has illustrated to all of us, it is not what you do, but it is how you carry yourself. It would be silly to draw any comparison to the kind of impact that Terry Fox made, but I can honestly say that I’m excited to be working with a tremendous team that holds true to these values, and for that reason, I will always strive.
We’re excited to introduce you to the groundbreaking InviteRight 5.0!
Our team has spent over 8 months re-engineering InviteRight from the ground up so that you’ll be able to accomplish nearly everything from a single screen. You’ll notice right away that we’ve done much more than a simple face lift, it’s a whole new experience!
Here are just five exciting examples of why InviteRight 5.0 changes everything:
1) Edit Your Live Events
The title says it all – we’ve created the ultimate “help me fix it” feature! You know the story, you push an event live and start taking registrations only to realize that you’ve forgotten one important question. Now you can add that question (or any other item) in at any time after your event is live.
2) One is all you need – complete everything from a single screen
Everything you need for setting up a form can now be done within the “Edit” stage (formerly known as “Review”). From adding brand new questions and text items (by the way, we’ve removed the limits so you can add as many items as you like!), changing the theme, to editing display conditions. You can even visually edit attendee level questions – that’s right, it can all be done with a drag and drop!
3) Seeing is believing – what you see is what you get editing
Plot lines – Dragging and dropping is even easier with InviteRight because we’ll show you exactly where you’re placing an object before you “drop” it with our plot lines.
New formatting options – with InviteRight 5.0 you can center align text, change the boarder colour and complete edits that were once impossible
In fact you can even…change the text on the Green Buttons!
4) Crash proof editing – every change is automatically saved
Every time you make a change, InviteRight saves it. Period. Even if your computer crashes you’ll never lose an edit!
5) Improved Question features – Admin Only and additional instructions
Define a question as seen only by Admin – meaning your staff can fill out important information that the regular registrant would never see. Provide extra instructions to any question, even on the attendee level, so that your guests are never confused on how to answer a question.
We’re only skimming the surface on all the features in InviteRight 5.0. Please be sure to check the blog for more updates and feature profiles.
We look forward to your first experiences with the brand new InviteRight and we’d love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you like about the new features, layout and design – it’s a grand overhaul and we think you’re going to be absolutely floored by the jaw-dropping changes!
If there was ever a reason to exercise your right to vote, 92 year-old Rosa Nell Eaton provides the inspiration to us all.
Eaton is suing the state of North Carolina which passed a law recently requiring voters to show photo identification when they go to the polls in 2016. A voter ID provision, she says, will force her to obtain new paperwork even though she already has a driver’s license, birth certificate and voter registration card. The names on those documents vary slightly and under the new law those names must match. North Carolina is one of 13 states that has this law. And since a lot of seniors are in the same situation, it means those folks won’t be voting in the next election.
“I am fed up and fired up,” Eaton proclaimed at a rally at the North Carolina General Assembly in July.
Eaton has always been politically inclined, having marched with Martin Luther King, had crosses burned on her lawn and was arrested during a protest earlier this year.
She also pointed out during the rally how the law impacts college students who may not change their driver’s license when they attend school out-of-state. The measure also removes preregistration for high school students, cuts early voting time and eliminates same-day registration, which could lead to less college students voting.
“We need more, not less, public access to the ballot,” she said.
Watch Eaton’s full address to the rally in the video below and next time you get something in the mail about voting – open it, read it and vote!
Ok… so we have been
swearing at struggling with Microsoft Internet Explorer 10. It created issues for our customers when they try to use it with electionbuddy lightboxes (for adding candidate profiles, and the final review stage).
And because it was frustrating our customers, it caused our support team some extra work as we were flipping the switch and adding candidate profiles and reviewing elections.
But I am pleased to report that we we able to track down the issues and it’s all fixed!
And if there are any issues, or new features you would like to see, please comment or email us!
Whether it’s a stray cat terrorizing garbage cans, noisy and nosy neighbors or getting residents to pay monthly condo fees, being an elected member of a condominium board can be both exhilarating and exhausting.
If you sit on your condo board, give yourself a pat on the back. It’s a tough job when you have to be the bad guy or deliver bad news to your fellow residents.
Here are some tips we’ve taken from ElectionBuddy users that will make your job easier:
- Know the law: State and provincial laws limit how you can respond to issues and they differ from state-to-state and country-to-country. Research the laws dealing with condominium and homeowner associations here.
- Act fast and be decisive: There’s no best way to deal with problems of any kind other than to understand and strictly enforce the policies in your association’s agreement.
- Use professionals: Understand, that as volunteers, your experience is limited and going outside to a lawyer, accountant or collection agency is OK. Reader Paul McClintock suggests Professional Parliamentarians should be part of this list as they advise boards on procedural matters in their meetings and potential controversial matters (or members). “I have also provided one condo association board with training in Robert’s Rules of Order, after they lost a costly lawsuit due to lack of following proper procedures,” he says. See www.parliamentarians.org for more resources or to request help from the national assocation.
- Pay attention: Every board member should pay attention to the finances – be aware of what is in the reserve fund and where the money is being spent. Also review your policies to reduce the risk of fraud or negligence.
- Foster pride in your community: Events like yard sales, BBQs, movie nights and pool parties can have a lasting effect on how people view their community. When people have pride they want to do the right thing and do their part. Neglect the property and your residents will stop caring too.
Receiving customer feedback is a great way to find out what they like and don’t like about your product. Unfortunately, people are busier than ever these days and can’t always take the time to reply to every feedback request. But when they do it makes our jobs all the more enjoyable!
Recently we received outstanding feedback from the secretary-treasurer of a non-profit organization in the Mid West:
“I believe the ease of entering voter information is the biggest selling point for me,” says Carol F. “We have nearly 1,200 eligible voters in our district – creating a delineated list is a huge time commitment and PAIN (especially considering our organization is run by volunteers who also have “day jobs”).”
While Carol mentioned more than once our price was fair and in line with the service offered, she pointed out a few other features she enjoyed such as the ease of creating paper ballots; the ability to start your election as soon as information is entered & payment is made and the ability to add/change names during the voting window (good for email bounces).
Ease of use definitely makes Carol an ElectionBuddy champion, but she also loved…
“The fact that you care enough to ask for feedback!”
If you have feedback, we would love to hear from you! And if you need help with your election, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.