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Video Blog – May 1 – Registration Form & Checkout

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Video Blog – May 1 – Registration Form & Checkout

This installment of Greg’s Video Blog talks about setting up the student registration forms and the importance of quick and concise check-out process.

For past video blogs click here – http://www.gosignmeup.com/video-blog/
If you have any questions, comments or requests for future video blog installments, contact Greg at greg@gosignmeup.com | (262) 347-3374

Video Blog – April 12 – Ways To Find Classes

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GoSignMeUp Video Blog – April 12 – Ways To Find Classes

This installment of Greg’s Video Blog talks about all the ways a student can search for classes on the GoSignMeUp public-side catalog.

For past video blogs click here – http://www.gosignmeup.com/video-blog/
If you have any questions, comments or requests for future video blog installments, contact Greg at greg@gosignmeup.com | (262) 347-3374

Access Your Data In Real Time With Web Services

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Access Your Data In Real Time With Web Services

Access Your Data In Real Time With Web Services

Do you need to Access Your Data In Real Time With Web Services?  GoSignMeUp offers “Web Services” as feature to compliment our registration system. “Web services” describes a standardized way of integrating Web-based applications using open standards over an Internet protocol backbone. Web services allow organizations to communicate data without intimate knowledge of each other’s IT systems behind the firewall. This means your company can request registration data over the internet and the GoSignMeUp servers will process and feed out the results in real-time. There is a secure layer to the request because it first must be authenticated, for increased security.
Using Web Services a customer can request student, roster, course and attendance information from the GoSignMeUp servers remotely. Web services allow a customer to process attendance, transcript, as well as send surveys and certificates. In addition you can add and update courses and course descriptions, as well as student information.  Access Your Data In Real Time With Web Services!
If you want to expand your capabilities in regards to accessing your user data, be sure to inquire about GoSignMeUp’s web services!

Visit www.GoSignMeUp.com, call 888-286-4826 or email, info@GoSignMeUp.com.

How to Avoid Your Email Being Labeled Spam

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Avoid Your Email Being Labeled Spam

Avoid Your Email Being Labeled Spam

Email notifications are a big part of the power behind using a registration system such as GoSignMeUp; students receive confirmation emails when they sign up, reminder emails as the course date approaches, and also a host of other communications the administrators might send out about course work, class cancellations, you name it.  These emails are often time sensitive and important – so how come they can end up in a Spam filter or the Junk folder?  With so much traffic now on the internet, and much of it from unscrupulous marketers or scammers, many systems now employ automated systems to identify and sort this ever-increasing deluge of email.  10-20% of emails getting lost in cyberspace is tragically the norm, mostly due to overzealous filters.  Here are some rules for creating a successful email that goes in to your recipients in-box, and not somewhere else!

 

1.  Keep Email Addresses Up-To-Date

If your contact list is riddled with dead emails, you are just asking for trouble.  6 month rule – clean out old/inactive accounts and remove inactive contacts.  Bounce-backs and undeliverable email could trigger you as a spammer.

Avoiding purchased email lists is generally not a problem for GoSignMeUp users, as students sign-up for courses using their own email addresses.  SpamTraps are email addresses that are strategically placed on web sites for scamming bots to find and use, which triggers a filter.  The problem is if one of your students was on a CC list with a spamtrap email, they too could trigger the spam filter.  An unsubscribe option is also a must-have for promotional emails to gain the stamp of approval; Simply provide an “unsubscribe’ link in the footer hyperlinked to an admin email address.  While you are at it, include the physical address of your institution.  These two items alone will markedly improve the deliverability of your email!

 

2. Avoid Spam Trigger Words and Phishing Phrases

Phishing is a type of spam to try and collect usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. These spam emails are a big problem because they masquerade as legitimate emails, which has made spam filters really aggressive.  So you need to make sure your emails don’t share traits with this or other types of spam.   While it might be true, a subject line such as “Once in a lifetime opportunity!” probably will just get tossed in to the spam folder!  Keep your subject line short and concise and avoid repeating it in the body copy.  Don’t use the word ‘test’ in the subject line – use ‘exam’ or ‘examination’.
Here is a list of common trigger words.  Another sorted by topic.

 

3. Quality Content

Filters search your email content for things that are typical for spam, and how you rate depends on your content.  Examples –

  • Talks about lots of money (.193 points)
  • Describes some sort of breakthrough (.232 points)
  • Looks like mortgage pitch (.297 points)
  • Contains urgent matter (.288 points)
  • Money back guarantee (2.051 points)

While most of these points are moot for typical GoSignMeUp applications, it is helpful to understand the type of content that triggers the filters.  Other things to avoid are excessive use of exclamation points!!!!!!!!!, USING ALL CAPS, T_e_x_t_w_i_t_h_g_a_p_s, bright red or green colored fonts, and lots of images (try to use as few images as possible).   Never include Javascript, form code, or video within your email, and make sure your HTML (if any) is good.

Avoid copying anything directly from Microsoft Word, Excel, or Powerpoint. These programs often have a lot of unseen formatting behind the text that results in horrible HTML code when you paste out of them.  Copy/Paste in to a text editor such as Notepad to strip out all the special characters and CSS code.  There is also a feature in GoSignMeUp on the text editor to fix HTML from word – select the offending text and click it!  (see below)Fixit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


4. Attachments

Sending emails with attachments is normal, but can also trigger a boot out of the in-box.  Consider using a link instead. Push your document up to Google Docs and get a shareable link, and put that in the email body instead of an attachment.  Also use full links – if you use a link-shortening service like TinyURL or Bitly your email will immediately become more ‘suspicious’.   Keep attachments as small as possible if you must include them at all.  Click here for a help guide on how to convert your documents in to a link using either Google Drive or the GoSignMeUp Document Upload feature.

 

5. Break Up Large Lists

Whenever possible, if you can break a gigantic mailing list in to multiple, smaller lists that is a far better strategy for staying off of spam-lists.  Instead of sending out to your entire list at once, sort the recipients by something like date-enrolled or other value that can reliably divide your email list in to smaller and more manageable chunks.  The spam monitors are always triggered by large lists being sent out at once, as statistically these will also have the most errors, rejects and bounces that raise red flags.  You can sort and export you data from the Course Grid (see image below).   You can also use the Ad-Hoc Reporting/Export tool to export your GoSignMeUP data for use in other mail programs or third-party eblast services such as Mail Chimp.  (more info below)

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6. Use A Third-Party Bulk Email Service

The problem of sending bulk emails directly from GoSignMeUp is that it can flag your web site’s domain (i.e. yoursite.gosignmeup.com) as a spammer and get it black listed!  It is a far better practice to limit your GoSignMeUp site to the automated course confirmation emails and such and use an external site to handle promotional emails.  Third party, high-volume email senders such as MailChimp will ‘trickle’ send email campaigns slowly, over a longer period of time, to avoid the ‘one big list’ issues.  We strongly suggest using MailChimp for large email blasts when possible.
For a step-by-step guide on how to pull email addresses from GoSignMeUp for use in Mail Chimp, click here.

 

GoSignMeUp’s  automatic email confirmations and reminders keep everyone involved up-to-date.   Teachers and administrators can easily email individuals or create custom lists of course attendees, teachers and admins.  While the landscape of electronic communication is forever changing, you can do your part to ensure your email communications from GoSignMeUp reach their destination!

If you have any questions about your GoSignMeUp system, please visit www.GoSignMeUp.com, call 888-286-4826 or email, info@GoSignMeUp.com.

 

Resources;
https://sendgrid.com/blog/10-tips-to-keep-email-out-of-the-spam-folder/

http://mailchimp.com/resources/guides/how-to-avoid-spam-filters/

https://blog.kissmetrics.com/avoid-the-spam-folder/

http://www.activecampaign.com/help/improving-delivery/

GoSignMeUp Now Allows Google Analytics to Track Conversions

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GoSignMeUp Now Allows Google Analytics

GoSignMeUp Now Allows Google Analytics

Now you can set up your GoSignMeUp to track ‘conversions’ using a new programming feature.  This has been impossible in the past due to security issues, because every user has a unique session variable in the page URL.  Google Analytics still tracks these activities, but because every session is unique, its virtually impossible to set a page to trigger a ‘goal’ in Google Analytics.  Now GoSignMeUp triggers a hidden static URL every time a student completes the registration process.  This allows administrators to set the tracking page as a ‘goal’, and very simply track conversions!  This was the missing link to close the conversion loop and track the cycle – now you can easily compare your web traffic vs. registrations – all within Google Analytics!

GoSignMeUp Now Allows Google Analytics to Track Conversions!

For more information on how to this works, check out the GoSignMeUp help guide on the topic.

Benefits of GoSignMeUp Hosting

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Benefits of GoSignMeUp Hosting

GoSignMeUp Registration Software can be hosted on your own company’s servers, or our own.  If you host your own registration site, you may not benefit from the maximum potential of your system.  There are many Benefits of GoSignMeUp Hosting!  When GoSignMeUp hosts your system, it frees up a ton of worry and resources on your end.  If your IT department wasn’t already overwhelmed, they might be if you add a complicated registration system to their servers!  Why do that at all?  GoSignMeUp can move your registration software solution to the cloud and relieve you of lots of hassles, as well as save you time and money!

Here are some of the main benefits to hosting your site on the GoSignMeUp servers:

Benefits of GoSignMeUp Hosting

Let GoSignMeUp Host Your Site

  • No Equipment or Setup Costs
  • No Hosting/Bandwidth Fees
  • No IT Staff Overhead
  • Domain Creation & SSL Management
  • Automatic Updates
  • Real-Time Access and Support
  • 14-Day Backup Retention
  • Load Balancing
  • Security
  • Easily Scalable
  • GSMU Tuned and Optimized Servers

Take advantage of GoSignMeUp hosting!  There are many Benefits of GoSignMeUp Hosting!
For more information, fill out our contact form.

If your organization offers classes, workshops, events, trainings or conferences for which participants need to register in advance, GoSignMeUp’s online event registration software can make you a hero. Why? Because this online class registration system will save your organization countless hours of administrative time, create a “green” and paperless event registration process, reduce costs and be available to take sign-ups 24/7. Everything from confirmation and reminder emails to payment management, transcripts, rosters and name badges, Blackboard integration and quite a bit more is all included – and automatically handled for you.

To learn why GoSignMeUp’s class management software is head and shoulders above anything else available, schedule a free online demo today.

 

Conquering the Content: A Blueprint for Online Course Design

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Conquering the Content

Online Course Design and Development

Interested in moving your curriculum on-line?  Cloud-based learning is the future!  Long time GoSignMeUp user and advocate Robin Smith shows you how in her new book Conquering the Content.

Conquering the Content:
A Blueprint for Online Course Design and Development.

Nearly one-third of all students in higher education are taking at least one online class, and online hybrid classes are becoming more widespread. Distance learning is becoming the norm, but creating an online class is more complex than just posting course content on a website. Conquering the Content demonstrates how instructors can best revamp their course content to suit the online learning environment, and provides the tools and resources instructors need to transfer their effectiveness from the classroom to the online environment.

This book primarily furnishes online instructors with the practical templates, learning guides, and sample files to construct and manage their course content. Never before has online course design and development been so critical than now.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Conquering the Content a Blueprint for Online Course Design and Development today!

For more on how GoSignMeUp integrates with Leaning Management Systems and how Online Course Design and Development can help you put a successful instructional plan together, click here.

GoSignMeUp Online Registration and Class Management System – Bookend Model

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GoSignMeUp Online Registration and Class Management System

GoSignMeUp is a powerful online registration and class management system. If you need to deliver any sort of professional development, continuing education, or class instruction, we can provide:

  • An Easy-to-use course registration system that simplifies the enrollment process.
  • Automated administrative features such as email confirmations and reminders that save you time and money.
  • Extensive reporting and analytics to help develop effective professional development learning cycles.

To help visualize how GoSignMeUp works – imagine a book shelf;  the books are the instructional content you deliver and the bookends that hold everything together are GoSignMeUp!

The left book end provides a customizable website where the attendees can search, sign-up and pay for courses very quickly and easily. The automatic email confirmations and reminders will save you lots of time!

The books deliver the instructional content which is provided by you. This instruction can be distributed via Face to Face classes, online or blended classes.

GoSignMeUp also integrates with Leaning Management Systems such as Blackboard Learn, Canvas, or Haiku.

Once the classes are completed, the right bookend takes over providing extensive reporting and analytics to help develop effective learning cycles. Certificates of completion can be emailed out automatically, and students can also view their completed classes any time on line.

The bottom line is that GoSignMeUp is a powerful tool that facilitates student registration and payment on the front end – and manages the data on the back – like bookends!

GoSignMeUp registration software handles the minutia of administration detail – such a sign-in sheets, attendance, transcript reporting, grades, certifications, email notifications, and more!

This gives you more time to focus on delivering effective instruction and extensive reporting tools to analyze trends, and examine profitability, to fine-tune and modify classes and course pathways.

GoSignMeUp has a lot of experience when it comes to Professional Development – Let GoSignMeUp help you put a successful instructional plan together.
GoSignMeUp Online Registration and Class Management System!
Call or schedule a demo today! (Download Brochure)

GoSignMeUp and Citrix GoToWebinar Integrate for Registration and Content Delivery

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GoSignMeUp and Citrix GoToWebinar Integrate

GoSignMeUp and Citrix

GoSignMeUp and Citrix GoToWebinar Integrate

If you are looking for a way for students to browse and register for web-based training, GoSignMeUp is your answer!  GoSignMeUp and Citrix GoToWebinar Integrate! GoSignMeUp integrates with GoToWebinar by Citrix to streamline the registration and content delivery process.   A student can search and browse through current Webinar offerings via the GoSignMeUp catalog, sign-up and pay for a course.  Then the GoSignMeUp system will send students confirmation emails which also include links to the on-line content.  Now whenever they desire students can click the link and attend the Webinar!  The Citrix GoToWebinar system will serve out the cloud-based content, and also will track if and when the students have completed the on-line training.   The Citrix system automatically connects with the GoSignMeUp database, to update the attendance records and document what training students have completed.  Students can see their transcripts on line, and can even receive completion certificates once their training is finished!  Administrators can review the data using a variety of reporting tools  for student and class history, enrollment statistics and data-mining.
Combining GoSignMeUp with GoToWebinar is just one way to deliver content to your students, so you can also have face-to-face in addition to on-line and hybrid classes.  GoSignMeUp also integrates with true Learning Management Systems such as Blackboard Learn, Haiku,  or Canvas, to further expand your content-delivery options.  Streamline the registration and content delivery process with GoSignMeUp! GoSignMeUp and Citrix GoToWebinar Integrate!

GoSignMeUp is the leading provider of online class registration and professional development management software. Used by organizations of all sizes and types–including corporations, health care, government agencies, and education–it is the preferred registration tool for professional development, continuing education, client education, and student enrichment.

GoSignMeUp’s online class registration software lets you focus on the course content, not the course paperwork.  Save time, save money and make the entire process easier and more convenient for everyone involved – instructors, administrators and enrollees.  Call or schedule a demo today!  
How does GoSignMeUp work? Click here for more.
To discover more, please visit www.GoSignMeUp.com, call 888-286-4826 or email, info@GoSignMeUp.com.