Thanks so much for this! I had no idea about the plain text campaign
options... have started to dig a bit deeper this morning!!!
I think our outreach committee probably varies on opinion regarding the
look of our emails, but I think there's a balance there in terms of having
something look like a professional campaign vs an email from a community
I really love the Belfast Flying Shoes notices... ... simple emails with
very short text that really get to the point. :)
Ottawa Contra Dance
On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 6:02 PM Keith Holmes <holmes.keith(a)runbox.com>
> One of the reasons that we started using MailChimp in Houston is because,
> compared to the program we were using before, MC makes it easier to create
> a better-looking 'campaign'. Rather than use one of their fancy templates,
> I modified a simple one for our use. Usually the only image is the group
> But if you want a plain text campaign, you can do that:
> - Keith Holmes
Here in Ottawa we use mailchimp. It seems to work pretty well. However, I
don't like how the format is so constricted. For instance, you can't make
it look like a regular text email ---> it has to remain in the 'newsletter'
looking format. I'm not a huge fan as this makes our organization look
more like a business than a community of volunteers working together.
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> The Houston Area Traditional Dance Society uses Mail Chimp and is happy
> with it.
> The subgroup of ECD dancers with about 40 people on the email list is
> managed via Gmail.
If your group sends out email announcements about your dances, how do you
manage the email list? Over the years we’ve built up quite a long list and
we’ve been using Gmail to send announcements. Google only lets us send out
messages to about 90 people at a time, so we’ve had to separate the list
into groups of fewer than 90 people and send to each group. Is there a more
efficient way to do this?
Hello fellow organizers!
Instead of writing with my usual Ottawa contra dance volunteer hat on, I'm
wearing my CDSS hat as I wanted to share some really exciting announcements
that have just come out of CDSS all of which relate to dance organizing.
(Note -- the announcements also apply to trad song and music organizers.)
If you are willing, please share this info with local organizers in your
network who might not be on shared weight. We'd like to let as many people
know about these resources as possible and word-of-mouth is so powerful in
the trad dance, music, and song world.
- *US organizers survey report out now! *CDSS has just released the
report outlining the results the US organizers survey conducted this past
spring. I'm guessing a few of you participated in that survey... here's
the link to the report:
- *New e-blast for traditional dance music and song organizers: *The
goal of this free quarterly e-blast is to support, inspire, and connect
organizers. Shared weight already does this so well but this is another
avenue of support if you are interested!
Check out the first Shop Talk e-blast here: https://conta.cc/2PlKAEr
You can sign up to receive the e-blast at the bottom of the first Shop
- *Online Organizer Resources Portal:* This is a very exciting initiative
from CDSS that will hopefully add to the set of tools available to us all!
The goal of the Portal is to hold as many of the best resources as can be
found that will support local traditional dance, music, and song organizers
in their planning and decision making. While we do this well within the
Shared Weight community, the Portal is more of a permanent location where
you can go look for subject-specific resources.... see here for the list of
(Shared Weight is listed as an online resources and soon the Portal will
have permanent links to subject searches from Shared Weight.)
BTW - As one of the individuals working on the Portal, I know that it
will only be as good as the resources it holds. ANNNND I laos know that us
local organizers have so many of the best practices and ideas already
figured out. So we'll be reaching out from CDSS, asking for organizers to
share resources on particular subjects over the next number of months. If
you're super excited about the initiative and want to start sharing your
local resources now, you can fill out this easy form:
- *CDSS's next online web chat - "Creating a Thriving Open Band": *CDSS
held it's first web chat back in June which had to be capped because of the
high number of people wanting to register! The next web chat is September
20th and is focused on Creating a Thriving Open Band. More information on
the workshop and the registration form is located in the e-blast:
Note: I am sending this from my personal email account as I'm yet not
connect to shared weight through my CDSS account. However, if you'd like
to discuss Shop Talk (the eblast) or the Portal, please email me at
emily(a)cdss.org. If you have specific requests or want advice from CDSS,
please contact Linda Henry at linda(a)cdss.org.
Consultant @ CDSS working on organizer supports
PS - I will also post this on the musician and caller Shared Weight lists
as well as the ECD list as I'm guessing there will likely be interest there
as well. Thus, if you're on more than one list, apologies!