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Are You A Social Media Guru? Do You Have Some Time To Share?

May 25, 2015 Leave a comment

We are looking for someone who is passionate about social media and keen to jump into action to help us engage with others. He/she will use social media outlets to promote IAP2 USA events, engage the public and increase our online presence.  Social media volunteers will work with other volunteers to:

  • Develop a social media strategy to support IAP2 USA and establish targets for increasing online reach
  • Post regular updates to IAP2’s social media outlets, including news articles, blog posts, press releases, upcoming educational opportunities, member recruitment and more
  • Monitor activity and user interactions for all social media outlets

Volunteer hours are approximately 2-4 hours per week with regular scheduled check-ins with other volunteers and the IAP2 Communications Committee.

Are you interested?  Do you want to learn more?  Please contact us at info@iap2usa.org

IAP2 USA Website Launch Announcement

October 5, 2014 Leave a comment

It’s official.  

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You asked for it and we have delivered! 

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You have been asking for a new look and feel to our IAP2 USA website: please take some time to see how we’ve revised and updated it and let us know what you think. We want to make sure that we meet your needs by making events and materials more accessible and adding new elements, like a job posting section, a resource bank and more.

This is YOUR site– so let us know how we did and where you would recommend additions or improvements.  

We would like to extend our thanks to Paulina and Michelangelo Sosa and the IAP2 USA Communications Committee for all of their assistance in making this happen.

Contact Us With Your Thoughts!

Visit our new and improved website! 

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Communications Team: Meeting Calendar Q4/2013

October 28, 2013 Leave a comment

We had to move last week’s call to this week. Here’s the latest calendar:

  • 2013/11/01 at 9am Pacific (12pm Eastern)
  • 2013/11/15 at 9am Pacific (12pm Eastern)
  • 2013/11/29 at 9am Pacific (12pm Eastern)
  • 2013/12/13 at 9am Pacific (12pm Eastern)

If you’d like to join us, please complete the volunteer sign-up form. Thanks!

Communications Team: Call Notes 10/11, Next Call 10/25

October 11, 2013 1 comment

Since our call for volunteers last week, the Communications team has more than doubled in size.

Here’s the list of big-picture work areas we discussed today:

  1. Technology access content team: Need to make sure everyone has the necessary access to any of our publishing channels.
  2. Strategic communications plan: This was established earlier this year. It’s a living document, and we’ll continue to update it as needed.
  3. Content sourcing and publishing process: There are lots of interesting content sources we haven’t fully tapped into yet that are worth exploring, e.g. member-created content, crowdsourcing, curation, strategic content partnerships.
  4. Editorial calendar: We continue to develop this further as a tool to guide our publishing activities and facilitate long-term content planning.
  5. Website clean-up
  6. Email newsletter strategy
  7. Event marketing
  8. PR & media relations: We definitely want to strengthen our external communications efforts (PR/press/media). Would be great to add a couple of people with experience in this area to our team!
  9. Recruitment: We envision a core team of 5-10 people and a possibly even larger group of content volunteers working on specific tasks or programs.
  10. Resource needs

Our next call is scheduled for Friday, October 25 at 9am Pacific (12pm Eastern).

Please use the volunteer form to sign up, and we’ll let you know how to dial in.

Join the Communications Team: Next Call October 11

October 7, 2013 1 comment

From our latest member newsletter:

Join the Communications Committee

Calling all communicators! The IAP2 USA Communications Committee is looking for help from members with a communications, public relations, marketing or journalism background to help “tell our collective story.” If you are interested in helping to research, write, curate, edit or produce

  • best-practices articles,
  • chapter news briefs,
  • member profiles,
  • industry news and
  • other content for the e-newsletter and the web site,

we’d love to hear from you and get you involved. Experience with web audio and video welcome! […]

There are many different ways to contribute: you can join the core team, lead a specific program (e.g. monthly member spotlight, Core Value Awards marketing) or help out by taking on occasional or one-off tasks. We know people are busy, so we’ll make sure things work for your schedule.

Our next call is Friday, October 11, 2013 at 9am Pacific Time. Please complete the volunteer sign-up form and let us know your skills, interests and availability. We’ll send you the call-in details. Thanks!

Content Collector: Share P2 News, Events & Resources With the IAP2 USA Network

July 2, 2013 1 comment

The Communications team today is launching the first version of the new IAP2 USA Content Collector, a simple web form that allows members and non-members to submit content suggestions for distribution via our various channels.

You can add your contact information, pick one or more content categories (e.g. events, training, industry news) and add the piece of content you’d like to share plus usage instructions.

Check it out: IAP2 USA Content Collector

We will look at each contribution and decide which channels will be most appropriate. Our email newsletter goes out about once a month but our website, blog and social media sites are available for items that may require a quicker turn-around.

Please give it a try next time you come across a piece of information that’s worth sharing with your P2 colleagues. Thanks!

IAP2 Global Branding Review Update

In the February edition of our monthly member newsletter, we mentioned IAP2’s global branding review:

Branding survey deadline 2/22/12

Our global member survey closes tomorrow, 22nd February. Click here to complete now.

The five- minute survey is your chance to tell us what’s important about IAP2 and your connection with our brand. Your input will form the basis of IAP2’s first global branding review with the aim of creating a new brand and visual identity that better reflects the modern organization, its members and the practice.

Click here for background information on the branding review.

Here’s an update we just received via the IAP2 USA Facebook page:

UPDATE on BRANDING SURVEY
Thank you to everyone around the world for participating in the branding survey. Your support and input will help shape the future visual identity of IAP2.

178 people completed the survey with respondents coming from Australasia (58%), Canada (13%), South Africa (8%), UK & Ireland (3%), USA (15%) and a few (3%) from members in countries outside of these locations. Most of the respondents were members of more than 5 years (70%).

The top 3 unique values cited by all respondents:
– Professional development and certification
– Being a premier organization and best in class with a focus on quality, excellence in practice, standards, innovation, leaders in the practice itself, credibility and recognition for excellence
– Networking opportunities internationally and locally, supporting practitioners, collaboration, and a sense of community

These values are reflected in the 2012 – 2014 Strategic Plan and the survey results will support the next steps in developing a renewal visual identity.

The top thoughts on IAP2’s brand promise from the survey were:
– Promoting excellence, standards, quality and being a ‘best-in-class’, premier organization
– Commitment to the professional practice of P2 – ethically, with values
– The community, networking, support for professionals in the practice
– Innovation in P2
– Helping educate and develop practitioners
– Credibility, reputation, and trust – as peers, as an organization and as a practice

For further information please contact iap2hq@iap2.org or your Affiliate. The branding working group are preparing their final responses and advice to the international Board. Thanks again for everyone’s support and input.

Thanks to everyone from the US who participated in the survey. We’ll keep you posted. As a member of the Communications Committee, I’m eager to see the final results, based on which IAP2 USA can finally proceed to review its own branding strategy and, subsequently, begin work on the much-anticipated relaunch of our website.

Content Team: Please Join Our Next Call, November 30

November 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Following our kick-off back in August, the content team is doing another conference call:

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
at 1pm Pacific Time
Duration: up to 60 minutes

On the agenda:

  1. Complete the process of getting everyone set up on their preferred platforms (Wild Apricot, WordPress, various social media sites)
  2. Discuss everyone’s content interests and availability
  3. Develop work plan through early 2012

Details are still emerging, but based on our discussions at the Board meeting in Wisconsin, it looks like we’ll start to differentiate between the following three or four committees/teams:

  • P2 content: Responsible for the development and curation of high-quality, durable content such as case studies, checklists, best practices etc.
  • Strategic communications: In charge of developing and managing a communications plan for the organization, including PR efforts (e.g. press releases).
  • Web publishing: This team would take all incoming content (from the Board, committees, chapters and third parties) and make sure it gets pushed out at the right time to the right audiences via the appropriate channels (website, blog, social media).
  • Email newsletters: We have already established our monthly monthly member newsletter as a key part to our communications strategy but want to make it a lot better. This team would oversee the production and delivery of the monthly member newsletter and — provided there is enough bandwidth — start exploring opportunities for a new public newsletter in 2012.

If you are interested in contributing in any of these areas, please let us know, and we’ll make sure to invite you to the call.

It’s been a bit of a challenge to really kick things into gear but with more concrete ideas for the kind of support we need it should be much easier now to match your skills, interests and availability in the best possible way. Whether you can commit to some level of ongoing support or whether you prefer working on a project-by-project basis, we have plenty of opportunities to get you involved.

Tonight! Changes to Online Membership Directory Profiles

November 3, 2011 1 comment

As we announced back in August, we will be making a couple of changes later tonight to the way we expose member profile information on our website.

All current members of IAP2 USA with access to the private (members-only) member directory on the IAP2 USA website will be affected. No action is required.

For all member records imported from the old IAP2 database earlier this year, we will retroactively check the “Allow to show profile” box. This will ensure that these member profiles are visible in the private (members-only) member directory, which is the default setting for new profiles. For all member records, basic profile information (first name, last name, organization) will be visible in the public member directory. The default settings for new profiles will be adjusted accordingly. Our goal is a more useful directory for our members and the public they serve.

Once these changes have been implemented, members will receive another email notification. Members can then re-adjust their personal settings by logging into our website and updating their profile.

Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you!

Content Team Kick-Off: August 30, 2011

August 24, 2011 3 comments

We just scheduled the inaugural conference call for our content and social media team:

Tuesday, August 30
At 12pm Pacific
(webinar and dial-in information upon request)

As a relatively small but growing organization, our goals with regard to web strategy are as follows:

  • To build a thriving web presence for members and the public,
  • to support and inspire our community,
  • and to establish IAP2 USA as one of the leading voices and go-to destinations for public participation in the United States and beyond.

On this call, we’ll discuss our plans for the next few months leading into early 2012 and try to come up with a good process that ensures content greatness while keeping individual workload to a minimum (between 1-3 hours per month).

Our team will depend on the diverse skill sets of its members, including but not limited to:

  • Copy writing
  • Marketing/PR
  • Journalism
  • Social media
  • Online community management
  • Graphic design
  • Technology (e.g web video)
If you would like to support us in any of these areas, please get in touch or leave a comment below. We’d love to have you on board! There are many ways you can contribute, and we’re especially eager to cater to volunteers who don’t have a lot of free time available. Whatever your level of commitment, we’ll gladly invite you to this call and keep you in the loop going forward.