Using Group Landing Pages adds a group directory to your calendar homepage so that users can search via a particular group or as a quick way to obtain extra information. Groups are used to bring disparate members of your audience together by highlighting events that happen at different places, but share a common host.
In this article you’ll find:
- Benefits of Groups
- Adding a Group Landing Page
- Group Landing Page Fields
- Assigning an Event to a Group
- Related Articles
Benefits of Groups
Beyond just serving as another means to filter events, here are some benefits of using group landing pages:
- Users can see both upcoming and recent events on one page.
- Group officers can upload a group description, group logo and a link to the group’s website to be displayed on the page.
- Users can upload group photos and add comments to the group page.
- Users can follow a group so that all events/upcoming events are added to their Localist calendar. Group officers can decide whether or not to require follow requests by selecting skip officer approval in the group’s edit page.
- Connect and display an RSS feed for group related news and blog posts.
- Finally, simply get more eyes on your diverse list of groups and their culture. Group landing pages also add another layer to how effectively your calendar can showcase your campus’ active community.
Bonus: Huge SEO boost for your calendar!
Adding a Group Landing Page
In your admin dashboard, navigate to Groups > +Add Group
Group Landing Page Fields
- Name: This will be displayed as the group’s name in the directory listing and on the event list and details pages.
- Description: No character limit, but only around 150 characters will be displayed before being truncated on the main listing.
- Group Website: This website will be linked under the group’s name on the landing page as View Group Website.
- Twitter Username: This will be linked in a Twitter icon on the right side of the landing page.
- Facebook Page: This will be linked in the Facebook icon on the right side of the landing page.
- Vanity URL: This will give the group landing page a custom URL. For example “The Fine Arts Cooperative” will be .edu/the_fine_arts_cooperative, but it can be changed to .edu/fac, etc.
- News Feed RSS URL: This feed will be displayed under Upcoming Events on the group landing page.
- Photo: This photo will be displayed on the listing and landing page for the group and may be used as a part of the Fallback Chain when an event does not have a unique photo.
- Skip Officer Approval: When checked, users who select Follow Group will automatically be added as a follower. Note: This does not equate to official group membership.
Live Group Landing Page Example:
Assigning an Event to a Group
When in an event’s edit/create form, you will see a section titled Filters. Groups is listed with a corresponding drop-down.
Note: You can only assign one group to an event.
Note: The Upcoming Events section of the group landing page displays the five closest future events, starting with the closest.
Other Uses for Group Landing Pages
Traditionally, a group is a literal group of people and/or a host organization, such as a student group or a community club. However, we’ve adapted groups in several ways to to fit customer’s unique needs.While these organizations could have used filters, they decided to use landing pages to showcase a complete picture with a website link, description, etc. Here are a few examples:
- Festivals: A tourism organization is using group landing pages to list various festivals and series.
- Brands: A professional salon distributor is using group landing pages to highlight the various brands they are partnered with and conduct educational classes around.
If you’d like to change the Groups language or would like to discuss and brainstorm how your organization can adapt group landing pages, please email firstname.lastname@example.org!