|PGA Website Quick Start Guide|
Welcome to the new Producers Guild of America website. We have finally brought a simple-to-use, yet highly effective and robust membership service solution to you. We are proud to walk you through some of the tools and components of our new online destination.
In keeping up with the needs of our members, we have partnered with Yourmembership.com, a flagship, full service, back-end service provider. For more than a decade, YourMembership.com has been a leading global provider of online member communities and web-based membership management software. Their customers span all seven continents and range from associations to schools to multi-national corporations. Together with Dewey Digital, our website vendor partner, we have developed a custom solution using the plethora of toolsets available from YourMembership.com's web 2.0 communities and membership software solutions.
Below is a listing of some of the new website’s key features and toolsets. Please note that not every single feature is available at the present time—we’re still working on online dues payments, for instance—most of these features are ready to roll, and the "stragglers” will be available very soon.
The lack of a functional job site has really hurt our ability to connect people to employment. Now, with our new career center, the Employment Committee can leverage a fully-functional set of tools to help keep producers working:
Now we can actually find each other’s profiles online:
Updating one’s credits listing and profile information is no longer an online puzzle. Paying dues online is not a pipe dream, but soon to be a reality. While folks can still pay by check if they wish, for those new-media-inclined bill-payers, online dues payment will make staying current a snap. Features include:
Our old site often froze up and did not allow online processing of new applicants. Now, new applicants can simply apply online and be sent into a holding queue until the Membership Committee has vetted their qualifications. Once approved, they can simply be flagged from the admin back-end and brought on board, or sent a rejection email with an explanation of denial. This simple process will make joining the PGA faster and easier and eliminate the "it’s hard to get my application in” excuse. Features include:
Kyle’s e-mail newsletter has been the single source of information for most regular Guild communications. Now, the website can be just as informative and provide details and media along with any news or announcement. Features include:
Many have opted for third-party calendar systems like Eventbrite. Now, similar features are all on our site and can provide everything needed to get the word out about your next PGA event:
While we do not intend to compete with Facebook or Twitter, certain basic community features are critical to ensure a strong and well-connected producer community throughout the PGA. Some of these critical feature sets are:
Voting is a critical part of our efforts at the PGA. With the new tools, the main office and various boards and committees can quickly and effectively arrange for any voting initiative. Surveys and quizzes are also available making it easy to sample the opinions of our members. Features include:
As we continue to evolve our website into an industry resource and new business for the PGA, we will be asking members to provide their insights, expertise and wisdom by submitting articles, information and media. The new Wiki and media capabilities of our site make this a reality: