If there's one thing on our site that all new groups should probably check, it's the newly spruced up custom member fields. Here's why...
Maybe you plan on taking advantage of the new Broadcast feature and you'd like to have members' cell phone numbers for text alerts, or you plan on distributing t-shirts and need t-shirt sizes. Whatever your group is planning to do in the future, we suggest grabbing the necessary info you know you'll need (or even might need) right up front - just trust us on this one. One really simple and effective way to do this is by utilizing Custom Fields.
Your new member forms include basic information as well as the option for Custom fields - additional questions you add to your new member forms. Members' answers will automatically populate to the member database so you won't need to manage a separate spreadsheet or survey. You can make any of these fields optional or mandatory to new members.
Capture info from 100% of members - guaranteed
Custom fields are integrated into the new-member forms, which means that members cannot join without encountering the form. If you make your fields mandatory members cannot join without filling them out.
Seamless data management
All member data will automatically appear on members' records in your database. This means you won't need to manually enter it or manage multiple spreadsheets for additional survey questions.
Easy Data Maintenance
You can issue profile update emails at any time inviting members to update their profile information. These emails take members directly to their profile editing pages in one click, bypassing all logins and other barriers. Any updates members make to their information is mirrored in the admin database in real-time. This eliminates the need for an administrator to manually update each member record each time a change is needed.
Learn more about custom fields here.
Learn how to make fields mandatory here.