CENTRAL INDIANA: Making Connections at ALC
SUMMARY: In 2017, the focus of the Indiana Chapter was to connect, learn, and grow. In staying true to its vision, the chapter wanted to ensure its new board members attending the ATD Chapter Leaders Conference (ALC) would take the opportunity to connect, learn, and grow from their peers. The president purchased stickers of the 50 states. The president provided each chapter leader with a set of stickers with directions to meet as many people as they could from different states and learn their names, roles, andtheir chapters’ focus. Following ALC, the chapter president awarded the leader with the most stickers distributed with a $5 Starbucks gift card. The Indiana Chapter walked away with new ideas and connections to help make the chapter’s vision a reality.
HOUSTON: Using a Mobile Mic to Capture Content
SUMMARY: To provide more meaningful, targeted marketing messages, the chapter purchased an iRig Mic that plugs into Apple and Android devices for on-the-go content development. This tool works with a cell phone to capture testimonials for the chapter’s website, YouTube channel, monthly events, weekly emails, and marketing for future events and sponsorship opportunities. Mobile Mic also allows the chapter to do voice-overs for their presentations, capture video better for presentations and other e-learning, or even provide live feeds for programs. The mic has increased the chapter’s social media presence through custom, super-short videos on their website.
CHATTANOOGA CHAPTER: #Slack
SUMMARY: After learning about Slack from another chapter, the Chattanooga Chapter adopted the platform to help maximize real-time communications and strategy planning. Having a communication tool that can be used through group channels, private messages, video conference, and sharing documents has allowed the board to visualize conversation and subsequently be more productive as a team. The platform allows for quicker responses from the group and people can easily search for key information. The board created topic-based channels such as finance, programming and marketing.
GREATER ATLANTA CHAPTER: Leveraging SLACK as a Leader Communication Alternative to E-mail
SUMMARY: The chapter utilized a free messaging tool called Slack to minimize the amount of emails board members received. The tool helped to keep everyone in the loop without feeling overwhelmed by information and created an archive of all past communication. Once the chapter figured out the tool was a more efficient system than emailing, each board member’s team was then added. The tool was originally implemented at the beginning of the new board’s term to start building out the channel framework, then opened the channels to their teams as the year went on.
CENTRAL INDIANA CHAPTER: Board Communication & Accountability with Basecamp
SUMMARY: The chapter implemented the collaborative work platform, Basecamp, to streamline the chapter’s internal communication and create transparency. Emails were reduced by over 75 percent, and the platform ensured that board members were receiving the information. The chapter leaders were able to spend less time focused on administrative tasks and more time strategizing and engaging with its membership.
SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS CHAPTER: Mobile App
SUMMARY: To streamline communication and provide a platform to engage its members, the chapter worked with AppyPie to create its own mobile app that hosts all the chapter’s online offerings. The app was created to offer a mobile version of the, “Member Rewards Card,” but the chapter soon realized the vast possibilities the application permitted. The mobile app allows for full access to the chapter’s Wild Apricot website, YouTube Channel, and social media platforms. The chapter also now has its own “Social Wall,” which functions much like Facebook allowing app users to engage with one another.
RESEARCH TRIANGLE CHAPTER: Creating and Implementing a Chapter Communications Strategy
SUMMARY: The chapter developed and implemented an email communications strategy that delineated an organized approach to the type and quantity of emails delivered to the members each month. Two big email communications were developed and branded: ASTD-RTA Happenings, sent at the beginning of each month listing upcoming chapter events and ASTD-RTA The SOURCE, sent around the 20th of the month focusing on educational links and news you can use.
- Research Triangle - SOS Submission Form
- Research Triangle - The Source: November 2013
- Research Triangle - The Source: December 2013
- Research Triangle - Happenings: November and December
NORTHERN NEW JERSEY CHAPTER: External Communication & Internal Calendar
SUMMARY: The Northern New Jersey Chapter bundled the communication/marketing efforts to avoid confusion, add structure, eliminate excessive messaging, and coordinate the activities of the chapter.
- Northern New Jersey - SOS Submission Form
- Northern New Jersey - Communication Plan 1
- Northern New Jersey - Communication Plan 2
- Northern New Jersey - Communication Plan 3
MID-NEW JERSEY CHAPTER: Chapter Program Communication Process
SUMMARY: The Mid-New Jersey Chapter created a Chapter Program Communication Process to enable its programming, communications, and program registration teams to work more effectively together in communicating upcoming program information to the chapter’s membership.