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PGA Website Quick Start Guide

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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, a flagship, full service, back-end service provider. For more than a decade, 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'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:
  • Browse career categories
  • Search and view available career openings
  • Apply directly online for openings
  • Post and manage your career opportunities
  • View and export applicant information and résumés/CVs
  • Search the résumé/CV database of available candidates
  • Subscribe to receive email notifications of new openings
  • Subscribe to RSS career feeds

Now we can actually find each other’s profiles online:
  • Search by name, location, groups, profession, employer and custom data
  • Search members and non-members
  • Invite members to your connection lists
  • Quick-link to member profiles
  • View maps of member addresses
  • Email and message members directly from the site
  • Cross-reference on maiden names (if applicable)

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:
  • Maintain personal, professional contact information
  • Select from multiple membership dues levels
  • Pay dues online via credit card or "bill me" options
  • View payment transaction history
  • Manage recurring dues payment options

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:
  • Lost password reset option
  • Membership dues payment
  • Recurring payment options
  • Username and personalized URL management

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:
  • Browse blog-style news releases
  • View categorized news releases
  • Post and view comments on news items
  • Subscribe to RSS news feeds
  • Add social bookmarks to news items

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:
  • Register for events online
  • Purchase event tickets and items via credit card or invoice
  • View event registration attendee lists and comments
  • Read comprehensive event information and details
  • View event-specific photo galleries
  • Receive email registration confirmation
  • Receive reminder emails for registered events
  • View and print event location map
  • Read RSS event feeds
  • Add events to Microsoft Outlook
  • Send event Tell-a-Friend alerts

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:
  • Member Profiles
  • Networking Directory
  • Connections
  • Wall Features
  • Blogs
  • Forums
  • Photo Albums

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:
  • Provide active feedback
  • View optional live graphical results
  • Participate in optional/required surveys
  • Cast your vote and see real-time results
  • Take online quizzes and see your score

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:
  • Edit wiki-enabled pages and content
  • View previous versions of, and notes on, wiki-enabled content
  • Upload and embed rich media file types including audio, video, presentations, etc.
  • Collaborate on group or community files posted within the file library
  • Upload documents to a group or community file library
There are many more features that you will discover in time. Please consider this to be a quick start guide, and know that we will be rolling out more features as time goes by. While we all know that producers are behind every story, now you have a website behind you. Please enjoy the site. It’s yours.

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