What are events?

Table of Contents

Viewing events

Adding events

Syncing events to an external calendar

Events calendar

Managing events

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.


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Viewing events

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 by default in a holistic, monthly calendar view. You can disable this view in favor of a list view as well.
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Adding events

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.

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Add your event details:

  1. Add a title for your event.
  2. 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
  3. Enter the start date/time and end date/time.
  4. Add a location. This could be a physical address or a URL of an online meeting. 
  5. Add directions (if applicable) and an online map URL, like a Google map URL of the event location. More on this below.
  6. 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.
  7. Enter event content. 
    • 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. 
  8. Add files, which can be from local drive, Intranet, or a file storage integration. Files will appear as attachments below the event content.
  9. Add organizers (when you start typing, you should see a list of users that match the names for you to select).
  10. Add relevant topics to make your event easily searchable.
  11. Select to publish immediately or from a specific date.
  12. 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.
  13. Add a summary. The summary appears below the title on the Events tab.
  14. Check or uncheck Allow feed posts. Allowing feed posts will add a feed at the bottom of the event for users to add comments.
  15. 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.


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Syncing events to an external calendar

As of the 23.09 release, users can sync details from an intranet event to their externally connected Google Calendar. Click this link to learn more information on how syncing works, but in short, the event organizer can enable syncing when publishing an event, meaning any time a change is made to the event in Simpplr (an RSVP addition for example) the sync will reflect the change in real time with users' Google Calendar invite, allowing them to RSVP to the event directly from Google Calendar.

Events calendar

All users have a global events calendar in their user menu. Use this Events screen to bring up a daily/monthly calendar highlighting events. Regardless of whether it is a one-day or multi-day event, the event's start/end times and heading are displayed. Users can easily navigate through different dates and months to view upcoming and past events. 

If your org has the Google Calendar integration enabled, you're also able to view Google events here.

Click the Filter by button to see events from:

  • All public sites on the intranet
  • Sites you are a member of
  • Sites you follow

Then, for both Simpplr events and Google Calendar events, you can filter by RSVP type:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Maybe
  • Pending
  • Not required

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Event details

When you click on a specific event, the event detail popup appears. This modal will display information such as the title, date & time, location (if appropriate), RSVP options, etc.

When you click on View details, depending on whether the event is a Simpplr event or a Google event, you'll be directed to the appropriate events details page (Google events will open a new tab with your Google Calendar open).
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Calendar hints 


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The Calendar hints modal will appear when the hint icon is clicked in the top right corner. This modal provides users with helpful information related to the calendar feature. 

The modal is primarily divided into two sections:

  • Event lists that display the various RSVP options available for an event
  • Color codes used for various calendar providers

Search for events

From the calendar screen, you can search for events using the top search bar. The results are displayed accordingly.

You can search characters or words (there is no minimum character restriction to enable a search), and the results (if available) will be presented in the list view. 

Results are returned for occurrences occurring after the current day.
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Managing events

Managers and admins have a host of capabilities for controlling their users' events. 

Attendee list

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. 

Event notifications

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

 

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  • Will the calendar view by month be made available to sites as well in the future? This is primarily how our users view events, versus looking at all of what's happening across the intranet. Especially for teams who offer training, their events are centralized. 

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  • How do we disable the new events calendar available through the profile drop down menu? 

     

    Thanks

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  • Thanks, Matthew. Good to know, I appreciate it. 

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  • Hi Mary. I spoke with the Product Manager on our Events feature, and as of now recurring events are expected for an early 2025 release.

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  • Are you any closer to having a recurring events option? It would be a game-changer for us! Thank you. 

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  • Hi Megan. Great questions. For the first, when the RSVP limit is reached, the option simply disappears, and the user is told the event has reached capacity. I've linked an image of what it'll look like here. https://imgur.com/1JBmdr4

    For your second question, unfortunately you can only ask one question. But that is a great use case that I'll bring back to our Product team! Just as a workaround, you could make a disclaimer or note in the event's content body that explains not to RSVP if you haven't completed the training. While not a guarantee of authenticity, your users would at least be aware.

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  • I have two questions about managing events.

    1). If we sent a capacity for an Event and a user tried to RSVP but capacity has been reached, what happens? Is there a pop-up that tells the user they can't attend, are event organizers notified that someone has expressed interest in attending but can't due to the event being full? 

    2. When RSVP is enabled, we have the option to ask a question (the example given is about T-shirt color). Is there any way for us to ask more than one question based on how someone answers the first question. Or, can we prevent a user from being able to RSVP Yes an event based on how they've answered the RSVP question? For example, "Did you complete X training?" If the answer is no, the user can't RSVP yes to the event.

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  • Hi Laura. This is on the long-term roadmap. I will verify with our team on the exact expected rollout date. 

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  • Hey Rob. You should see a toggle in the main Events view page that will disable or enable the calendar view. Let me know if you don't see this.

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  • 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?

    Thank you!

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  • 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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  • 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? 

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  • 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.

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  • Is it possible to create a recurring event? We have monthly meetings that we'd like to add. 

     

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  • Understood. Thank you!

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  • 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.

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  • Just double checking, event organizers and authors CANNOT go into edit mode for an event, right?

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  • 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.

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