Lesson 3: Add content
Compose an announcement
Now that you have your own group, click Compose to get started by sending an email or text announcement to your group members.
Announcements are created only by group leaders and appear on the feed along with comments. Unlike simple comments, announcements have a title and may have richly formatted text content, documents, and images. In addition, announcements may contain action items or events with tasks that members of the group are expected to complete or things for which members may signup to do or bring.
Click the paperclip to attach a document. This will allow your members to download the document to view on their device.
Click the photo icon to add photos. Photos will show as a thumbnail image in the announcement, but once clicked will expand to full size, or the size of the screen in the case of an image that is larger than the available area.
Click the calendar icon to insert an existing event or create a new one. Events will show with the title, date and time, location, and any RSVP or signup that has been created for the event so members can reply with just a click directly from their email.
Allow members to respond
Want your members to respond to you? Use one of the interactive features of an announcement to have your members complete an action item on the right side of the announcement.
- Poll your members to find out what book to read next.
- Add a signup to make potlucks a breeze.
- Use a form to gather feedback from each member.
- Events can also include RSVP and signups, which allow you to know who is coming to your event and what they are bringing or doing!
Send to members
Once you are done creating the announcement, you can preview what members will see once you send it. Once received, members will be able to read and respond to the contents of the announcement. Members can then reply to the email or text, which will post the response as a comment, or click to open the announcement on the feed where they can complete action items.