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Wild Apricot Software News - July 2009

Dmitriy Buterin 29 July 2009 0 comments

About Wild Apricot Software

Wild Apricot web software helps small associations and non-profits to automate the 'boring stuff':

  • managing contact records
  • automating membership applications and renewals
  • handling website updates
  • tracking event registrations and sending out receipts and reminders

Wild Apricot starts at just $25 a month with free upgrades and support. There are no long-term contracts, and no setup or processing fees. Sign up for a free trial in 10 seconds and see for yourself!

Wild Apricot Development updates

Version 3.1 has just been released on Wednesday July 29th. See release history page for a list of key updates.

While the version 3.1 was undergoing several weeks of final testing and polishing, our product team has been analyzing and designing the enhancements for the subsequent release 3.2, with actual development starting next week.

Here's a quick preview of key enhancements we expect to include in 3.2:

  • More design themes/templates
  • Photo albums for members
  • Tracking email opens and click-throughs
  • Saved searches for contacts
  • 'Modules' - ability to include summaries/previews of data on web pages
  • Context-sensitive help (meaning when you click on Help link in your Wild Apricot account, instead of always going to homepage of our help website you will be taken to the appropriate help page)
  • Using custom fields in email template macros

Other news

Our first ever webinar about Wild Apricot was quite successful - with more than 20 people in attendance. Special thanks to Giuliano Valentino, aka Useful Apricot, for excellent preparation and delivery. We will be holding monthly webinars from now on and our next webinar is just around the corner on Thursday, August 6. Visit /webinars to register if you want to see an overview of Wild Apricot software, including key features of the recent update 3.1.

Wild Apricot will be at the ASAE and The Center Annual Meeting and Expo in Toronto, August 15-18, 2009.  We'll have a table in the "Canada Pavilion" on the Expo floor, so if you're there please come and say hello!  Or if you want to book some time to chat with us one-on-one, you can do so online at http://www.asaeannualmeeting.org/ - hope to see you there!

There's still time to register for the August 4th NTEN (Non-profit Technology Network) webinar on how to better integrate social media and your organization's website, presented by our very own Jay Moonah. Visit http://www.nten.org/ for details and to register.

We had excellent response to our customer satisfaction survey - 345 responses. The last few weeks I have spent reading and analyzing every survey reply, reconciling requests and criticisms with our product suggestions queue, and following up with clients. As of now my Outlook folder with survey follow-up correspondence already includes 515 email messages - and counting. This feedback is greatly appreciated and we have already made some adjustments to the next version 3.2 accordingly (for example, email tracking). We are now going through over 400 specific requests tracked in our suggestions queue and adjusting the priorities accordingly. Many of our clients should see their specific requests and questions addressed in the next few releases that we will be rolling out until the end of 2009.

Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot] Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot]

Posted by Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot]

Published Wednesday, 29 July 2009 at 1:53 PM
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