Instantly Feature New Members on Your Website
The New Member Feed is a great tool for trade associations, chambers of commerce, professional associations and person based associations of all kinds. Share who has recently joined your organization by using our New Member Feed to automatically highlight the people or organizations who have joined your association. You could: Set up a feed on …
The New Member Feed is a great tool for trade associations, chambers of commerce, professional associations and person based associations of all kinds. Share who has recently joined your organization by using our New Member Feed to automatically highlight the people or organizations who have joined your association. You could:
- Set up a feed on your Facebook page that lists all of the new members who have joined in the last month.
- Use the RSS version to Tweet when a new member joins.
- Post a feed on your member’s only landing page to feature new members to your organizations
- Post a feed on your public pages to notify the public that new members have joined.
- Post a feed on your board member’s only page to keep board members up to date on membership drive activity.
- If the member has a directory listing then the member’s name is a link to a listing.
- No Listing? The new member’s website URL will be displayed as a link.
- No URL? Then the display is simply the member’s name.
Kudos to the folks at BC Landscape & Nursery Association (BCLNA) for finding and implementing the New Member Feed even before we officially announced its existence.
We spoke with Heidi Henderson, Membership Administrator / Special Events at BCLNA to get her take on this new feed.
You found the feed even before we had help documentation completed. Was it easy to implement?
Our web developer found it and implemented it before we even knew it!
Why do you feel that it is important to use the New Member Feed to post information about new members on your home page?
We did this in response to a request by one of our directors who wanted us to showcase our new members. Initially we were doing this manually but now with the new feed everything is automatic and we don’t have to think about it.
How do you think this benefits your new members?
As a new member I think that it makes you feel like you are part of the organization you just joined. It gets you noticed and others can see you.
We publish a printed directory annually but, if you join after that has been published, it can be a long while before people know that you are a member. The New Member Feed is a good interim measure to notify people that someone has joined.
Style the Feed
You can see that BCLNA changed the default link colors (blue) on the feed to match the rest of their site (green and grey). Each item on the feed has it’s own DIV and CLASS and that means you can choose how each of the items looks simply by changing the default styles for:
- Feed Title
- Member Name
- Directory Listing Snippet (if displayed)
- New Member’s URL (if displayed)
- the Join Date
- and the More links
The More Link
If the viewer of the link clicks on the MORE link they will be taken to a page that displays all of the new members.
The New Member Feed is a great way to let your membership know when someone new joins your organization.
- The New Member Feed uses the Join Date to decide who to include.
- You can specify how far back the feed should look: 15 days, 30 days, 45 days, 60 days, 75 days or 90 days.
- Sort the list in alphabetical order or by join date
You can find the article that tells you how to set up the feed here Set Up a New Member Feed. Remember to have your username and password ready.