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SMBTN Offers E-Newsletters to Chapters March 4, 2009

Posted by Jim Locke in Chapters.
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The SMB Technology Network recently completed beta testing on its e-newsletter service for affiliated SMBTN chapters. For years, SMBTN has attempted to find a good way to help our chapters distribute news and information about their chapter to their membership but we could never quite get it right. It looks like those days are gone.

Here is how the program works:

  • SMBTN will create a Chapter site on its Sharepoint portal for the affiliated chapter. The chapter can brand it with its own name and logo or use the default design. We will similarly customize the newsletter template for the chapter to include the chapter name, meeting details, links and other information.
  • Each Chapter Site will be integrated int the SMBTN Community Toolbar
  • The SMBTN Chapter Leader will be granted control over most elements of the site to permit customization, etc.
  • Each Chapter site comes with its own blog and wiki. Blog entries will atomatically be posted as articles in the chapter’s newsletter and e-mailed out on a weekly or monthly basis. If nothing new is posted then nothing will be mailed out. To view a sample newsletter, click here.

That’s all there is to it. Simple, efficient communication with your members at no cost to you. All you do is post to the blog and the system takes care of the rest. Chapter members may subscribe to the newsletter from the portal site and access newsletter archives. Note also that you do not need to be a member of SMBTN to sign up to receive these newsletters.

If you are an affiliated chapter that is interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please contact SMBTN Member Services, as we will be implementing these sites and newsletters on a first come, first served basis until all the sites are up and running.

We welcome your feedback.