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DriahH
(Texas)

Posts:1


07/12/2007 7:33 PM  
Hi everyone,

I write the newsletter for our neighborhood, but it has become an increasing burden. Does anyone know where I could find a service that provides community newsletters (articles and such) that I could customize?

Thanks!

Driah
JeriD
(Florida)

Posts:37


07/16/2007 10:00 AM  
Can you get most e-mail address from your homeowners? I do almost everything on the AOl to reach my homeowners. Fast, easy.All You put them in your address book and click away. I send FYI's out about 3 times a week. Newsletters can be for those that do not have e-mail service.
GloriaM
(North Carolina)

Posts:829


07/16/2007 2:22 PM  
We do our newsletters in Publisher. Articles are customized according to the events for the association that have transpired.

Have a column for Welcoming new members, a column for Rules Reminders, another for Recipe of the Month, if you have a pool events for the pool etc.

A newletter is the board's way of informing the Owners of What's happening in the community.
EkremS
(Virginia)

Posts:7


07/23/2007 6:55 PM  
Hey there, I share your pain on the newsletters and we use a service called Illustratus which is intended for Apartment's but it can be changed to condos. Check it out: http://www.illustratus.com/
DavidR5


Posts:0


07/23/2007 7:10 PM  
Newsletters are so 1985. They are usually out of date by the time residents receive them. And they cost money to produce. And you have to mail them.

Put up a web site with a newsfeed. You can even use blog software as your news generator. Everyone has a computer, and email ends up in people's spam mailbox more often than not. Websites are available at the unit owner's convenience. Find someone in your community with technical skills so you can maintain it yourself if possible.
hoatalk
(California)

Posts:575


07/24/2007 6:50 AM  
Posted By DavidR5 on 07/23/2007 7:10 PM
Newsletters are so 1985. They are usually out of date by the time residents receive them. And they cost money to produce. And you have to mail them.

Put up a web site with a newsfeed. You can even use blog software as your news generator. Everyone has a computer, and email ends up in people's spam mailbox more often than not. Websites are available at the unit owner's convenience. Find someone in your community with technical skills so you can maintain it yourself if possible.




Being a website vendor, we obviously agree that a website is the way to go. However, we still recommend to our customers that the Website and email be part of an overall communication plan. It would be ideal if 100% of homeowners would register on the community website and use an RSS newsreader instead of email (to avoid the SPAM issue you mentioned). However, that doesn't happen in reality. Only part of the owners will register on a website or give an email address. I suspect less than 5% use an RSS newsreader on their PCs.

The good news: The people that use email or a website are able to get much more involved in the community. We have seen dramatic increases in overall community involvement with only 30-40% of the members using the website. It's a great tool even when an active subset of people gets involved.

The other facets of a communication plan should involve things like a paper newsletter, flyers, community signs, bulletin boards, etc. Each community will be different and each facet of the communication plan brings in a few more people. They are all important.

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JM2
(Oregon)

Posts:439


07/25/2007 9:36 PM  
Hi:

If you belong to CAI, there is a service they offer (free to members) of canned articles that can be customized. We do our own newsletter and pretty much write everything ourselves, to target particular problems, talk about what's going on and upcoming activities.

J. Patrick Moore, CMCA
JM2
(Oregon)

Posts:439


07/25/2007 9:37 PM  
One other source - articles you can rip off from other HOA newsletters. Ours is on the web at www.fhhoa.com, with an archive page. The really off-the-wall articles are mine.

JPM
BradP
(Kansas)

Posts:2640


07/26/2007 6:46 AM  
I think newsletters are a valuable tool to get information out. Honestly how many members are going to look at a website on a regular basis for information? Not many, I think you have a better chance getting something in their hands. We use publisher for our newsletters and have ads to defray the cost. We also have accumulated over 1/2 of the email addresses for our members so that reduces postage and printing costs as well.
RobertG
(Arizona)

Posts:505


07/26/2007 7:23 AM  
Posted By JM2 on 07/25/2007 9:37 PM
One other source - articles you can rip off from other HOA newsletters. Ours is on the web at www.fhhoa.com, with an archive page. The really off-the-wall articles are mine.

JPM



That is probably called copyright infringement.
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