QUICK TIPS TO GET YOUR EVENT POSTING STARTED RIGHT
YOUR TITLE MAY BE UP TO 150 CHARACTERS ~ USE IT ALL! Besides the event name and presenter's name, here are some other things you can include in the Title: 6-wk Class, Drop-in, 3-day Workshop, Concert, Movie, On-going Tuesdays, Pre-Reg Deadline... [more info]
DON'T START OUT YOUR DESCRIPTION BY REPEATING WHAT WAS IN THE TITLE! The first few lines of your Description will be visible as a 'snippet' under your title in all of the event browse pages so start out with a 'sound bite' that will catch people's attention. [more info]
~ RECURRENCE INFO: (found at the bottom of the Date and Time section)
CAN PEOPLE ATTEND ANY DATE ON A 'DROP-IN' BASIS? Creating a 'Recurring Event' is great for ongoing, open events. It's helpful to include 'Drop-in' in the Title of open, recurring events.
DO NOT set up recurring dates for events that have multiple dates but that are 'CLOSED' to new people joining. For 'CLOSED' classes or groups just enter the event by the start date, include "6-wk class" in the Title and list the subsequent dates for the class in the description. [more info]
~ RECURS UNTIL:
BE CAREFUL ABOUT HOW FAR INTO THE FUTURE YOU WANT THIS EVENT TO BE LISTED.
The most common problem of people showing up on the wrong date, wrong time or wrong place are when the event organizer schedules an ongoing event and then forgets to let us know of any changes.
IF YOU CHANGE YOUR SCHEDULE, OR ARE DARK FOR A HOLIDAY, YOU WILL NEED TO LET US KNOW SO WE CAN REFLECT THAT CHANGE IN THE CALENDAR. [more info]
IMAGES ARE ONLY INCLUDED IN FEATURED EVENTS. Upgrading to a 'Featured Event' is easy and affordable...
1) Submit your event as usual.
2) Go to the Upgrade Event page and purchase upgrade using PayPal buttons.
3) Then email the jpg image file to calendar(at)spiritpathnow.com.
4) We will insert the image into your event listing and set it as a Featured Event once we receive payment. [more info]
You MUST enter something in the NAME field of the Location Information section. It will not let you submit the event with that NAME field blank. If you do not want to list a specific location, then here are some examples of what to put in the NAME field. [more info]
~ See description for location.
~ Private home. Call 541-xxx-xxxx for directions.
~ Location info sent upon registration.
~ EVENT CONTACT INFO:
BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE "http://" AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR URL. Without it you will get an error message when you click 'Submit'. [more info]____________________________________________________
FIND STEP-BY-STEP TIPS FOR SUBMITTING EVENTS:
- Event Details
- - Title/Description
- - Images
- Date & Time
- Event Categories
- Recurrence Info - optional
- Event Registration- optional
- Location Information- optional
- Event Contact Info- optional
- Message for Administrator- optional
(Full details on each topic are listed below.)
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This contact info is not published in your listing but is used so we can contact you if we have questions about your event listing and to confirm your event posting.
Be sure to put contact info for your event (phone, email, website) directly in the description.
2) EVENT DETAILS - required (Copy/Paste works great!)
Information you can include in the title:
~ Name of the event?
~Who is the presenter or sponsoring group?
~Is it a Concert, Movie, Class, Retreat, Workshop?
~Is it a 6 week or 8 week class?
~Every Tuesday ongoing?
~Out of town location?
~3-day retreat or workshop?
~ Description: Don't repeat info from the Title in the first lines of the Description! The first few lines of your Description will be shown as a 'snippet' under your title in our event browse pages. Use your first paragraph to give readers a teaser about your event to pique their interest beyond just the title.
Copy and paste your regular event info into the 'Description' field. Length is almost unlimited since it will pop-up in a new window, but the 'snippet' opening is very important!
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- Formatting: There is an easy to use, full-featured menu bar. Use the 'T' icon or 'W' icon to paste in info as plain text or as a Word document. Keep it simple or make it fancy. It's all up to you.- TOP -
In the 'Target' drop down menu field, be sure to chose
'Open in New Window (_blank).'
- Images: Upgrading to a 'Featured Event' will allow you to include an image with your event listing. (Images are not available for the basic free listings.)
It's easy and affordable to upgrade with several payment options.
~ Submit your event as usual.
~ Go to the Upgrade Event page and purchase upgrade using PayPal buttons.
~ Then email the jpg image file to calendar(at)spiritpathnow.com.
~ We will insert the image into your event listing and set it as a Featured Event once we receive payment.
~ Cost: (optional)
You can type anything in here, but you don't have to.
Love offering, donations appreciated, $5-$15 sliding scale, FREE!, $5 one class or $25 for full 6 weeks, $255 before 1/1, $350 after... you get the picture!
If you already put costs in your description, leave it blank.
3) DATE & TIME: - required
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~ Date: - required
Use the convenient calender icon to be sure you are chosing the right DAY & right DATE.
~ Start Time: - required
This will list your event in chronological order by time for that date. Double check this because it will fill-in a time of its own choice if you don't select one!
~ End time: (optional)
Great if you have one, but you can just click on the "NO END TIME" box to save time or if that info can easily just be included in your event description.
~ All Day Event:
Click the Override Times and it allows you to choose the All Day Event option.
4) RECURRENCE INFO
Great for ongoing, open events that people can join at any time.
(DO NOT set Recurring Dates for classes or groups that have multiple dates but that are 'CLOSED' to new people joining. Instead, include "6-wk class" in the Title and only enter the FIRST meeting date in the calendar. Include all the subsequent dates for the class in the description.)
Examples of settings for recurring events that are open to new attendees: (Click images to enlarge.)
A three day event =
Create Recurring Event
__X__ Daily __X__ Every __1__ day
A weekly event =
Create Recurring Event
___ Weekly Every _____ week(s) on: ____
Check individual boxes for day(s)
TIP: You can check more than one day a week for those Tues/Thurs or M-W-F classes!
A monthly event =
You can chose by "Day #_11_ if it's something like the Interfaith Prayer Service that happens on the 11th every month.
Or, if it's something that recurs on a specific day on the first, second, third, fourth, or last week of the month, you can easily indicate that too.
For a 2x a month event on different weeks* =
For example if the group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday's of the month...
Enter your event info for the first occurance, the 2nd Wednesday of the month by clicking
___ Creat Recurring Event
__X__ Monthly, (this will bring up more options)
__X__ Second __X__ Wednesday of every __1__ months
IMPORTANT: IF YOU CHANGE YOUR SCHEDULE, OR ARE DARK FOR A HOLIDAY, YOU WILL NEED TO LET US KNOW SO WE CAN REFLECT THAT CHANGE IN THE CALENDAR.- TOP -
5) EVENT & CATEGORIES - - required
INDICATE WHERE THE EVENT IS BEING HELD not who you want to outreach to. Weekly Newsletters will be emailed to subscribers who want to hear about events in that particular area. Add *ALL OREGON* or *ALL WASHINGTON* if you feel your event will be of interest to a wider audience. It will then also be sent out to subscribers who have selected that wider geographic category.
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- Area: OR - *ALL OREGON*
- Area: WA - *ALL WASHTN*
6) LOCATION INFORMATION -
Do not leave the 'NAME' field blank!*
NAME SEARCH FIELD...
First, use the Name Search option at the top of the Location Information section to automatically pull in all the details for some of the most common events venues i.e. "Unity", "Just Breathe", "Kindred Spirits".
If doing a search in the first part of the Location section does not turn up your event location, then fill in the Name field and the location and zip code info.
You MUST enter something in the NAME field of this Location Information section. Even if you have already included the address or directions in the body of the Description, you must fill out at least the NAME field here. It will not let you submit the event with that NAME field blank.
*If you do not want to list a specific location, then we suggest the following options be entered in the NAME field:
- "See description for location."
- "Private home. Call 541-xxx-xxxx for directions."
- "Location info sent upon registration."
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7) EVENT CONTACT INFO -
It is best to include your name or the name of the presenter in the Title and in the body of the Description because names included there are 'searchable' allowing your followers to find you. These fields are a good reminder to make sure people do have multiple ways of contacting you for more information.- TOP -
8) MESSAGE FOR ADMINISTRATOR - optional (private)
Click on the "Include Message" box, then type in anything you need to communicate to us about this event submission.
Tell us here if this is an UPGRADED EVENT.
Have you have purchased a FEATURED EVENT UPDATE, or are you an SPN SUPPORTER or a SPIRIT SPONSOR.
We need this info included when we receive your event submission so we know how to process your listing.
CLICK HERE for more details on Upgrading your events.
Are you ready to SUBMIT YOUR EVENT NOW?
Open up a second browser window to the SPN calendar's SUBMIT EVENT page.
Then use this page as a step-by-step tutorial where you have questions.
Need assistance? Contact us about additional services:
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