Working on two things in the next couple weeks.
- Getting a better email client set up.
- Setting up a weekly newsletter
Better email client
Right now our adresses (treasurer, secretary, etc.) are receive only. Which makes it really awkward to reach out to people, since it’s always sent from a personal email, but CC an official.
Given that not everyone is quite tech-savvy enough to add/remove aliases from our current email infrastructure, I think we should opt for a hosted solution. That way it should be relatively easy for groups to create additional email addresses in the future if they want to reach out / advertise / apply to grants.
So I just emailed ProtonMail to see what business access they can give away for non-profits. Will keep you posted on what we can get for free. But either way, I think we should get this set up.
Setting up a weekly newsletter
Communication has been trickling off the past few months. As have donations.
Which makes sense. Hard to stay closed for six months and still maintain a ton of community involvement.
So I propose a nice weekly update to help people keep track of what’s going on at NB. Primarily consisting of the following:
- General update / call to volunteer. Open / closed status.
- One minute walkthrough video. Once a week someone needs to walk through 272 Capp St and upload the video to youtube.
- Upcoming events. Tuesday meeting.
- Brief financial update
- Donation link / shopify tshirt link
- [Additional info on discuss]
Getting this running
Starting off, I imagine this to be a fairly manual process.
I’ll probably just use a email marketing tool (free trials yo) to get things started. Then getting mailgun or something like that running for a basic batch email server.
Eventually I’d like to come up with a content management page where people can suggest things for the weekly emails (i.e. add pictures, events, etc) but for now I think I’ll just solicit those on discuss.
HELP NEEDED: The main thing I need to get started is the email addresses themselves.
Sources I can think of:
- old mailing list
- discuss emails (this forum)
- maybe emails from slack?
So any help on compiling these emails would be awesome.