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Adding directions and maps to events
Events are one of the three types of site content, along with pages and albums. Events can be celebrations, meetings, anniversaries, and more.
Go to the Content tab of a site for information on upcoming and popular events (if event content type is enabled for that site).
To view all events in the intranet, go to the Events option from your user profile drop-down. If Google Calendar is integrated, users can click on Google Calendar to see all Google Calendar events. Events are listed chronologically, starting with this week.
There are several ways to add an Event:
- The global + button on the navigation bar, right next to your profile icon.
- Go into a site and click the + button in the site header.
Add your event details:
- Add a title for your event.
- Upload a cover image (Recommended size: at least 1080 pixels wide)
- Crop it appropriately for the cover and carousel and click Next
- Crop it appropriately for thumbnail and click Save
- Select one of the cover image layout options. The layout allows you to choose different sizes of the cover image to show up on the page. Click on each layout to see a preview
- Enter the start date/time and end date/time.
- Add a location. This could be a physical address or a URL of an online meeting.
- Add directions (if applicable) and an online map URL, like a Google map URL of the event location. More on this below.
- If you want people to RSVP, click RSVP required. You'll see all RSVP options including a 'Maybe' option, event capacity an RSVP note prompt and an option to have users RSVP before a certain date.
- Enter event content.
- If you want to enter HTML code, click on the first icon </> to access the HTML editor.
- You can insert images from local drive, intranet, or by URL.
- You can insert videos by URL or with an embedded code.
Note:If you have Simpplr Video enabled, you can upload click the camera icon in the toolbar to add it to the content body, or upload the video as an attachment. If you'd like to enable Simpplr Video, talk to your Simpplr CSM.
- You can insert emojis.
- Add files, which can be from local drive, Intranet, or a file storage integration. Files will appear as attachments below the event content.
- Add organizers (when you start typing, you should see a list of users that match the names for you to select).
- Add relevant topics to make your event easily searchable.
- Select to publish immediately or from a specific date.
- Select how long you would like to publish the event. You can select Indefinitely, which will leave the page active until manually unpublished, or to publish for 3 months, 6 months or until a specified date.
- Add a summary. The summary appears below the title on the Events tab.
- Check or uncheck Allow feed posts. Allowing feed posts will add a feed at the bottom of the event for users to add comments.
- Click Create. If you are the Site manager, your content will appear right away. If you are not the Site manager or Site owner, you will be notified of the approval status once the Site manager reviews and approves the content.
Note:You can also click Save draft and continue to work on the draft later.
Managers and admins have a host of capabilities for controlling their users' events.
For events that are open for RSVP, Site managers and event authors/organizers can remove people who RSVP'd. This gives them full control on managing attendees list and allows them to take actions when necessary. Event capacity is displayed on the event detail page, just like everywhere else.
Author/organizers/attendees will receive email and in-app notifications by default. They can turn off these notifications in their settings, or the App manager can override the setting:
When event is deleted
When event that's yet to end is unpublished
When event title/date/time/location/direction/map/description/files and attachments is updated
Whoever edits the event can choose to send an email notification
When someone is removed from an event RSVP list, they will receive email and in-app notifications by default
When someone is invited to an event, they will receive email and in-app notifications by default
When someone RSVPs or update their RSVP response to an event, event authors/organizers will receive daily email and in-app notification by default
When someone RSVPs 'yes' to an event, he will now receive a confirmation email
Adding directions and maps to events
As stated above, you're able to add directions and maps to your event. This is especially useful for parking instructions if your event is at an unfamiliar location to users. One practice we've seen users implement before is creating a custom Google Map and adding it as a URL to their events. With a Google My Map, you can pinpoint and highlight specific locations (like parking garages), add descriptions of places, icons, walking paths and more! Check out this article for more info on creating a custom Google Map.
Hi! I'm a sys admin and app manager. We haven't had much opportunity to use the events feature until now due to COVID restrictions, but we have several events coming up in the next few weeks, and I have a couple of questions:
1. Are event organizers able to download the CSV of attendees and their RSVPs even if they aren't site or content managers?
2. If you require RSVPs for an event, are people who have not responded sent reminders to RSVP? If so, are these reminders sent via email or are they in-app, and with what frequency are they sent?
Hi Nicole! Great questions. For the first, the End user cannot download a CSV list of RSVPs or attendees, even if they created the event. Only the Site owners/managers and above can do this.
For the second, the event organizer can choose to send an RSVP email to the invited users. If they don't choose to send via email, the notifications will only be sent via the platform. In-app invites will be sent regardless. The frequency at which these notifications are sent are determined by the Application manager when they set up the Defaults options. This can differ depending on what types of notifications they choose to have sent out and when. Check out the "App Management: Defaults (Notificaitons)" article for a deep dive into notification management.
Just double checking, event organizers and authors CANNOT go into edit mode for an event, right?
Hi Aileen. If you have edit permissions like Content managers do, you can edit an event. Only End users without content edit permissions are blocked from editing any content they submit.
Understood. Thank you!
Is it possible to create a recurring event? We have monthly meetings that we'd like to add.
Hi Nancy. Recurring events currently aren't possible in the platform, but there is a product enhancement request open for this idea to be added in the future.
What happens if an end user downloads the event to their Outlook calendar, and then the event organizer/site managers change the event. Will that event on the outlook calendar get updated automatically? Or would the end user have to remove the event from their Outlook calendar and re-save it by selecting "Add to Office 365" again?
Hi Francine. There is no auto-sync with the Outlook integration. If the event is changed in Simpplr, the user will need to remove the event from their calendar and re-add it to see the changes in their calendar.
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