The rise and fall of the weekly email.

Monday, we went out a short email by mailchimp that clearly indicated our meeting times.

Tuesday, I checked in as our UQAM account in the building we met in and tweeted what we were doing there. I immediately got a reply to my tweet from a student wondering “when!!? And where!?!?”. Sigh. We exchanged tweets, he said he’d come next week and this Thursday.

We’re still trying to figure out what’s the best way to get info out to our students in a way they’ll actually receive the info. I had seen on mailchimp that this student opened our email. Clearly he didn’t register the email mentally. This is not a jab at him personally, this is a problem we’ve been having at multiple campuses.

We’ve tried putting our info on Facebook and twitter, but still we haven’t found the perfect option. It feels tedious to update multiple things, but we’re reaching different kinds of students. For now, I’m happy trying to disseminate info through all of these venues. However, I am still looking for that silver information dispensing bullet that will enlighten all interested students equally.

Have you found something that works?

Tagged , , , , ,

3 thoughts on “The rise and fall of the weekly email.

  1. Joseph says:

    Text. Those not texting are more likely to care about email, Facebook and other old medias.

    • Jess V says:

      Texting is definitely a direct and quick link to students, but what about a lengthy message? It’s still a good option, but what if you have 20+ students you want to get the message out to?

      I wonder if there’s a service that will text a short message + a link to more complete information somewhere (like a mailchimp PDF or something)?

  2. Joseph says:

    I’ve been wondering about the same sort of thing with our ministry in New Zealand. I think the best way to get people to things is still through personal invitation, but then some people are more onto it in keeping up with emails, twitter, etc for these sorts of things.

    You may also be interested in a post of mine on a similar topic, “How Do We Better Engage Using Social Media?” (

    I’m interested in other thoughts you have on these sorts of topics.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: