Your little group finally has a name.
You want to attract more folks to your project.
You have no money.
To the rescue! Here are two technical support programs you're going to love.
They are easy to use.
They are FREE.
You can't beat that with a stick.
Free website anyone?
Weebly.com is for you!
This very website was built by moi using Weebly. It's remarkably easy to use. I am the least literate digital person on this planet. Yet, by viewing the very easy to follow tutorials and a few emails to tech support I was able to build this website including a few bells and whistles!
STRONGLY recommend watching the tutorials. In just one hour you will learn enough of the basics to launch into building your site.
Tech support via email is free. The free version of Weebly does have some limiting features which you can see on their comparison chart for the various subscription levels. However, for a beginning group these limitations are minor.
What is it and WHY is everyone using Mail Chimp?
Mail Chimp is a web-based program that allows you to collect email addresses from folks who subscribe via your website (see above!) as well as Facebook, Twitter and other digital platforms. You can send subscribers newsletters or emails about your project keeping them up-to-date on important news. The single best marketing and outreach tool a group has after face-to-face contact is a well-constructed email or newsletter campaign. So start collecting and retaining contact information from the beginning of your outreach campaign.
Why use Mail Chimp? It's fairly easy to use and it's FREE for up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month. Safe to say it's unlikely your group will hit this limit early on. After that, it's a graduated payment plan.
The biggest difficulty I have with Mail Chimp is navigating the site. An example: when I'm using the Knowledge Base (which has tons of information!) I often get stuck trying to get back to the working section of the website where one construct forms, design email campaigns, etc. I figure I'll master this within a few more tries. If a Chimp can do it ...
Ann Zabaldo is a passionate promoter of cohousing. She was on the develoment team for Eastern Village in Silver Spring, MD and Takoma Village in Washington, DC where she lives. She serves on the Board for MAC.
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