If you wish to host topic, group, or community orientated discussions for your members, there are a number of different options available to you.
The SilkStart 'Group Page' feature allows your members to join groups and collaborate though discussion posts, picture uploads and even polls! Take a look at this feature by navigating to http://yoursite.silkstart.com/groups and check out our FAQ 'How do I create a Group Page' for more information.
Listserv or Google Groups
Your association may already host a conventional listserv or Google Group mailing list. By using these services, a member can choose to become a subscriber to a group/list and post, receive, and respond by email to all members of that particular list/group. Google Groups is a free service and can be setup at groups.google.com
Once your Google Group is setup, you may import members from your SilkStart database to your Google Group.
- Create a report that displays only your member's email addresses ('How do I create a customized report?')
- Export the report in csv format
- Google Groups requires that the email addresses be separated with commas. To do this, simply enter a column of commas next to the column displaying the email addresses.
- Copy both columns into the Google Groups member invite tool (Manage > Invite Members)
Note: You may also setup your group so that your members may choose to subscribe.
To showcase your Google Group on your SilkStart site you may create a hyperlink to the Group URL, create a navigation bar tab, embed the group into a page, or create an html button. For help contact your SilkStart account manager.
Posting in a Google Group
Once your Google Group has subscribers, the following email addresses can be used to collaborate with others in the Group
Post a message to the list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Google Groups Help Center for more information on a creating a Google Group