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Unite your community with the Events application

Bringing your community together with both online and in-person events is one of the most powerful ways to create meaningful connections, long-lasting relationships and one-of-a-kind experiences. 

The pandemic put a stop to many in-person events, but now that the dust is settling and people are beginning to return to some sense of normalcy, physical events are becoming commonplace. However, we can’t ignore the recent surge in online events now that COVID inspired a new norm. 

Previously, the Calendar application acted as more of a personal planner, focusing on daily, weekly, monthly and yearly happenings. That functionality still exists, but we’ll leave it to Google Calendar and the likes to handle your standard appointments. 

Instead, we’re shifting focus to community-driven events with our appropriately named app, Events, available for all Invision Community clients. 

Our Events app features a beautiful overview page that showcases community events.

Let’s take a closer look: 
 

Featured Events


Community leaders can now promote member-driven events with the “Feature” option. This highlights the event on the main overview page for all to see. It includes the event’s cover photo, date, title and description.
 

Search Events


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Search for community events that are located near you. 

Tapping the “use my location” prompt allows your browser to identify your physical location, then shows a list of events that are in close proximity to you. 

Get granular with your search. Filter by general  location, date and/or whether the event is an in-person or online event. 


Maps

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When searching, a map is also available for you to see in an instant what community events are happening.


Happening Near You

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This section shows a list of events happening near you. It includes a snap shot of the events happening near your physical location, as well as a map of where the event is taking place.

This tailor-made page displays events based on geo-location, so communities with members from all over the world will view and experience the Events page differently. 

If there aren’t any events happening, a message block is displayed instead that says: 

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“We couldn't find any events happening soon near you. Check back later!”

 

Happening Today
 

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On the day of, your event will include a badge to show the entire community the special event is happening.


Online Events


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This section displays a list of virtual events within your community. Events are shown in chronological order by date and time.


Browse by month


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We extended the search functionality to automatically show both in-person and online events categorized by the month. 

This is particularly useful to plan what events you’d like to attend and also see what’s in the pipeline. 

 

Event Page

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Here's an example of what an Event's page looks like. It includes the event details, a map if it's an in-person event and an “Open Event” linked button for the online events. Optionally members can RSVP or confirm they attended when you request that per event.


Integrations

A particularly useful addition to our new Events application is the inclusion of popular, third-party video streaming platforms. When creating a virtual event in your Events application, you may include a link to your event and the platform will advertise it with the vendor’s logo so your community knows what to expect. When your members are ready to join, choosing the “Open Event” button will set them on their way.

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Below is a complete list of platforms that Invision Community’s Events app can showcase (see examples in the screen shots above):

  • Zoom
  • YouTube
  • EventBrite
  • On24
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Webex
  • Slack
  • Discord
  • Microsoft Teams


Here are a few examples of how your community can leverage our Events with in-person events:

Team building meeting
Unite your team with a collaborative event celebrating the company’s wins and victories. Sometimes in-person meetings spark new ideas in ways that a virtual environment can’t. 

Donation drive
Round up your local community and raise money for those in need with an in-person fundraiser. 

Training programs
Gather a group of community moderators and/or employees together and teach them how to innovate, strategize and lead with a physical training event. 

Flash sale
Make Black Friday, Boxing Day and other major retail sales an event within your community. Encourage your community to show up to a limited-time flash sale where in-person purchases are the only route to obtain an exclusive item. 

 

Let's check out some examples for online events:

Virtual happy hour
Let loose with a few of your community buddies at a virtual happy hour. Schedule something once a week or month and make a few extra friends no matter where they live (a cold brew at 5 a.m. your time when it’s 5 p.m. their time might be a tad awkward, but hey, it’s 5 p.m. somewhere). 

Holiday party
If your company is remote-based, an online holiday party is the perfect solution to spread the good time vibes. 

Interviews
Invite fans of an artist to watch a virtual live stream or music video where they can actively engage and contribute.

Fan gatherings
Speaking of fans or an artist or brand, unite people who share common interests together with a fan-fueled event. Conduct a Q&A, share inside information and create a space for them to celebrate their collective passions.

 

Our Events application is a welcomed addition designed to bring an enhanced presentation of the events happening in your space both on and offline. Community users can enjoy this interactive overview as an add-on to the traditional view. As a site admin, the overview page can be set as the new default in your AdminCP.

We are excited to bring the Events application to all Invision Community plans in an upcoming release.

Let us know what you think in the comments. 

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Nice looking Event system!  I track dates for various events on my site and members always enjoy the countdown timers I set up for them.  Something I didn't notice above, but maybe a nice enhancement to get the visual appeal and engagement.  I use a custom Pages block to display mine.  Hopefully there's a similar Upcoming Events block or the like to add to a given page! 👍

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I'm very glad you have revisited the Calendar - this is so much better!

Please support Twitch, that's where we stream all our events - and I'm sure many others do. Not having that as an option is a bit silly these days!

PS: Those image scales are all over the place, making design for preview images rather difficult. Would it be possible to just rely on 16:9 as a default?

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Really pleased that Events is getting an uplift, the overview looks good. Need to see how it will work with our community in more detail but definitely will be a pleasing upgrade to see.

Initial thoughts/questions are:

- If we've added defined locations (because we use have changed the name of locations to be something connected to our community), I assume the search facility will be a drop down box allowing you to choose which one to filter on? Gaming as you can imagine isn't connected to IRL locations most of the time 😅 (so turning off 'use my location' would make sense too!)

- Events feature looks brilliant for ease, speed and sharing - is this enhanced with the block widget too for things like a homepage?

- Could you share any news on how recurring events work and if you've made updates to this please? I know its something that's needed updates to fall in line with other basic event calendar functions like end dates, RSVP to individual recurrences, etc, which is a huge element which can impact iCal feeds, notifications/achievements, etc

Overall, great to see the update for all customers on this, Thank You! 😄

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20 hours ago, Clover13 said:

Nice looking Event system!  I track dates for various events on my site and members always enjoy the countdown timers I set up for them.  Something I didn't notice above, but maybe a nice enhancement to get the visual appeal and engagement.  I use a custom Pages block to display mine.  Hopefully there's a similar Upcoming Events block or the like to add to a given page! 👍

Love the functionality! We'd love to see how clients and the community react to Events. If there's a lot of momentum, I imagine we'd further develop it 😀

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9 hours ago, GazzaGarratt said:

- If we've added defined locations (because we use have changed the name of locations to be something connected to our community), I assume the search facility will be a drop down box allowing you to choose which one to filter on? Gaming as you can imagine isn't connected to IRL locations most of the time 😅 (so turning off 'use my location' would make sense too!)

Yes, either the ability to define a virtual location (such as "The Hangout") or the ability to disable location searching entirely.  

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Very pleased that you are revamping the calendar. It’s been the weaker link in the suite. Of course, ‘upcoming release’ is a heck of a tease… one week, one month, one year? Hopefully, it is more like a month… 😇

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23 minutes ago, Ocean West said:

Are you truly renaming the app to Events? or is this just a label ( I believe commerce is still called Nexus )

Taking Commerce example, the app folder will still be calendar.  Daniel confirmed above that this is still Calendar app with a new name. Some features, like birthday, were removed though.

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2 minutes ago, Adriano Faria said:

Taking Commerce example, the app folder will still be calendar.  Daniel confirmed above that this is still Calendar app with a new name. Some features, like birthday, were removed though.

What's funny is that I had renamed "Calendar" to "Events" via language strings years ago.  I'm glad IPS has decided to come along for the ride.  🤣

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12 hours ago, Giray said:

Very pleased that you are revamping the calendar. It’s been the weaker link in the suite. Of course, ‘upcoming release’ is a heck of a tease… one week, one month, one year? Hopefully, it is more like a month… 😇

Glad to hear that feedback, thank you! I'm cautious when announcing a specific timeline, but if everything goes according to plan 🤞, it will be available within the next month, month-and-a-half. 

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Are there settings regarding what is shown on the event front page? Because what I see so far seems to assume a lot of things. Like that there are local events and events worth searching for by location. 

And most importantly, it assumes there are a lot of events. With my design communities, I always have the issue that there might just be a couple of conferences throughout the year, so the only layout that makes sense is a stream view of all upcoming events. Was that removed? Is that still possible? None of the monthly/weekly/daily options make sense for just a few events throughout the year. No one wants to click through empty weeks or months to see if something might appear later. 

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