Remember these guidelines - they will help you grow a strong school community both online and offline!
Never introduce PlanSocial to parents by saying you are ‘trialing’ it.
Why would they bother registering if it may not be around long?
There's not much worse than an empty events list! Parents would like to know what's coming up, so they can plan ahead. Make this a reliable port of call for them, and they will then start to rely on it.
Help them understand that the hub will be more convenient for parents, and will therefore lead to more volunteers, less paperwork and a more sustainable PTA.
Invite your regular supporters and assign them as event managers, so they can continue to lead their own events effectively using PlanSocial. They will enjoy the freedom it brings!
This will make sure that PlanSocial is easy to find and join or log in, even as new parents join the school later on.
Make sure you have published these groups so that when people join, they can find each other and get discussions and chats going in their group pages.
People resist change, so if you give them multiple ways to stay in the loop, you'll get a slower take-up. Give headline news elsewhere, but have people come to PlanSocial for the full details.
Let parents know it's how they will hear from the PTA from now on, and where they can easily connect with other parents. Volunteering is welcome, but optional!
Keep collecting names and email addresses at meetings and events. Ask your class/grade reps to collect details from parents so they can be added to the community and their class groups.
Sometimes people are worried it will be too technical for them, or they say 'put me down for something'.
Show them how easy it is to RSVP or volunteer themselves. Otherwise you will find yourself as busy as ever!