Coaches: Send Invitations for Recurring Events!

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Coaches: The moment you’ve been waiting for! We’ve listened to your feedback and we’re happy to announce a new feature for coaches using the Demosphere TeamNet app to communicate with their teams.

Coaches can now send invitations for recurring events. This is a great option for events like regular weekly practices.

Additionally, your members can now update their availability status for all events, including recurring events, on behalf of themselves and their child.

Now, when you are creating or editing a recurring event, you’ll see the familiar “Invitees” field to invite any/all members of the team to the event:

 

Selected invitees will get an invitation email and a push notification on their device upon saving the event. Invited members can then set their availability for all or each individual event from the team view after signing in to Demosphere TeamNet app. Parents can also update the availability for their child from their own dashboard.

NOTE: Remember to update your TeamNet mobile app via the App Store or Google Play to ensure you and your members can take advantage of this new feature!

We value your feedback! Please comment below with any feedback you have about this feature, or any additional features you’d like to see added!

Social Media: Supercharge Your Sites Part 1

If you manage a website or blog, then it can be challenging to consistently create engaging content through writing articles; however, social media posting has become pretty natural.  Luckily, we can leverage all the work put into your social media channels by embedding that content on your Demosphere website.  This two-part guide will show you all you need to know to integrate your Facebook page and Twitter account with your website. Let’s get started!

Social Media Tip 1: Facebook Pages

You can share all kinds of social media content between Facebook and your website including: timelines, messages, and events. Embedding your Facebook page on your site is an easy way increase your online presence. This section will cover how to connect different pieces of your Facebook page with your site.

1) Navigate to the Facebook Developer Page Plugin page.

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2) Scroll down until you see an input for, “Facebook Page URL,” and enter the url for the page from where you want to use content. In this guide we will be using Demosphere’s Facebook page as an example.

3) Choose the tabs you want to include in the input labeled, “Tabs”. Available options are: timeline, messages, and events. You may include as many tabs as you wish by separating each tab with a comma (example input “timeline, events”). In our example, we’ll use all 3.

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4) Configure the appearance of your page plugin. The nice people at Facebook have made this process very simple by exposing common configurations as checkboxes and text inputs. You can experiment with the look and feel of your plugin by previewing the content underneath the configuration settings. It is best to leave width and height empty, as well as leaving the checkbox for “Adapt to plugin container width” checked to ensure your plugin looks great on all device screens. For the guide’s example we are going to use the settings below:

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5) Get the code. You can get all of the code to put on your site by clicking the “Get Code” button beneath the plugin preview. You will need to copy both snippets of code from the tab “Javascript SDK” and put them on your page in the order they appear. Our example’s code snippets are below:

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6) Add the code to your page. Add the snippets to your Demosphere website as “Rawcode” (shown below). If your site is not hosted by Demosphere, then you can add your code snippets to the source code of the page in the order shown above.

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7) Check your public page:

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Social Media Tip 2: Showcasing Specific Posts

Sometimes you will want to highlight a specific post from Facebook. You can accomplish this using Facebook’s Embedded Posts Plugin. We’ll walk through how to accomplish that below.

1) Start by logging into Facebook and navigating to the post that you would like everyone to see. In this example, we will use one of the posts from Demosphere’s Facebook page. Click the arrow at the top right of the post and choose the “Embed” option, then “Advanced Settings”.

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2) Configure the post plugin. Facebook Embedded Post Plugin page should look familiar to the Facebook Page Plugin page. Set the pixel width option to “auto” as shown below.

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3) Get the code. Click the button “Get Code”. If you’re following along from the last section and are not using the Demosphere platform, then you don’t need to copy the first snippet.

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4) Add the code to your page. Like the previous section, you can add the code to a Demosphere page using “Rawcode”. If you are not using the Demosphere platform, then you can add the code snippets to your page’s source code.

5) Check your public page

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What Next?

If you’ve been following along, then you have successfully integrated different elements from your organization’s Facebook page. Take some time to experiment with what you have learned in Part 1 of this guide and explore the various plugins that Facebook has to offer. Most of them can be implemented by simply embedding the code they provide into your site.

Having trouble? Did you setup an awesome social media steam? Leave a comment below and be on the lookout for Social Media: Supercharge Your Sites Part 2, where we will go over how to integrate Twitter with your site.

 

Miles Baker Celebrates 20 Years at Demosphere!

Sunday, April 30th, 2017, marks the 20th work anniversary of Miles Baker, Senior Vice President of Product Development for Demosphere. Members of the Demosphere team gathered today for a celebratory lunch in honor of this amazing milestone.

Over the years, Miles has been a part of many significant achievements, contributing immensely to the success of Demosphere. One of his most memorable experiences in the early years was his involvement with the FIFA technology task force during World Cup ’98 in France. Miles and team were responsible for attending World Cup matches and updating fifa.com with scores and media articles – what an amazing opportunity!

In those early years, Miles also worked on the design for the first Manchester United website and helped to take the Washington Soccer Net newspaper from print to online – one of the pioneering sources for soccer news in the U.S.!

Continuing into the next two decades, Miles contributed countless revolutionary ideas to the evolution of Demosphere’s products and services, which have been benefiting thousands of youth sports organizations for the last 20 years and counting. Initially responsible for creating all client website designs, Miles crafted beautiful graphics for many first-ever organizational websites, from internationally-known U.S. Soccer to local clubs like Arundel Soccer.

His initial work on Demosphere’s WebWriter® product delivered one of the first online content management systems available, providing an easy way for users to update their own site content on the web – something previously handled via fax requests and static content updates!

Baker also designed “elements”, the strategy and framework behind Demosphere’s integrated League and Tournament management solution that has been used by many organizations over the years including U.S. Soccer Development Academy, Elite Clubs National League, United Soccer League, and handfuls of other national and regional soccer leagues across the country.

However, when asked about his greatest accomplishment, Miles shared, “I’m most proud of what our team has created with our new platform. Building a visionary solution based on decades of experience and user feedback has been tremendously rewarding. I am very fortunate to work with such a pioneering team as we continue to broaden our extensive platform, and maintain our position as a provider of leading-edge solutions for youth sports organizations around the globe.”

The entire Demosphere team expresses thanks and congratulations to Miles Baker for his many accomplishments over the years, and we most certainly look forward to many, many more!

Custom Team Fees Are Here!

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Have you ever wanted to setup custom team fees for different teams within the same age group? Demosphere has listened to your feedback and we know that many competitive youth sports organizations often charge different fees for different teams based on several factors such as coaching expertise, number and cost of team events, region, and other options team managers and/or coaches elect.

As a result, we are excited to announce a new feature: the ability to attach custom team fees to any team in any season!

Demosphere Administrators can now create and bind these custom team fees to the teams directly to ensure the appropriate fees are charged to each player who is accepting a team invitation. You can setup a variety of fees including registration fees, coaching fees, uniform fees, late fees, or any other custom team fee you can dream up!

First, create the custom team fees in the fees and discounts area when managing your season. Next, create your teams for each grouping in your season structure. From there, you can turn ON the team invitation feature and add as many custom team fees as needed to each team. Once you invite the players to the team, those who accept their invitation will be charged all fees associated with the season, as well as any custom team fees that you have added to the team for which they’re registering!

The addition of this feature is just one more example of how Demosphere works to continuously improve our solutions to meet the evolving needs of our users.

We’re proud to deliver this important feature that has been requested by many of our clients – we care about your feedback, and your success! If you have additional feedback and/or feature requests, please pass them along to us at support@demosphere.com.

Have a great season!

Demosphere Propels St. Louis Scott Gallagher into the 2017-18 Season

Camille Cheatwood (Demosphere) and the SLSG Team
Camille Cheatwood (Demosphere) and the SLSG Team

Like many of our customers, St. Louis Scott Gallagher (SLSG) is feeling both a sense of excitement as well as the healthy bit of stress that goes along with preparing for the opening of a new season. The 2017-18 season is upon us and Demosphere is firing on all cylinders to help our clients kick it into high gear!

Senior Account Manager, Camille Cheatwood, recently visited the SLSG team and their amazing facility for a working session to review registration set-up of their club and team invitation programs for both their Missouri and Illinois locations. Managing an organization this large takes a great team, a lot of coordination, and a top-notch system to handle it all – the partnership between SLSG and Demosphere really hits the mark!

The SLSG team previously launched Demosphere’s integrated online registration system for some of their camps and ancillary programs. This recent working session focused on some of the more in-depth components of the system for their larger programs including:

Cheatwood and the SLSG group then discussed solutions for team formation using auto-roster tools via the team invitation process, as well as drag and drop team building with Demosphere’s powerful registration management solution.

Demosphere is really excited about our partnership with St. Louis Scott Gallagher and the opportunity to help them #GetIntegrated to streamline their administrative workflow so they can focus on what they do best: create and grow programs that develop our youth through sport.

Contact us today to find out how we can help your youth sports organization do the same!