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    • #6105
      Julie Carlton
      Forum Participant

      Hi all
      Helena College uses SchoolZine for our newsletter and calendar but would be interested to know what other schools use for their newsletters and calendars… any feedback / pros / cons would be appreciated.
      Julie Carlton
      Community relations Manager (M,T,W)
      Helena College
      WA
      jcarlton@helena.wa.edu.au

    • #6327
      Di Lawrence
      Forum Participant

      Hi Julie
      We use Campaign Monitor for our newsletter and other EDMs. We have been really happy with it because it gives us good metrics for who reads what etc. Happy to talk.
      cheers
      Di Lawrence

    • #6622
      Admin
      Forum Moderator

      Hi Julie,

      For newsletters Newington College (http://newsletter.newington.nsw.edu.au/blackandwhite/) and Arden Anglican School (http://newsletter.arden.nsw.edu.au/) publish their newsletter in a digital format.

      For calendars, if your IT folks can create or generate an ICAL (.ICS) file that can be displayed on a website pretty easily these days. The good thing about an ICAL file is that once created it will update automatically as new events are added.

      Google Calendar is quite a popular method to create events which can be used to make an ICAL file if you don’t have one readily available.

    • #9926
      Ross Donnan
      Forum Participant

      Hi there, sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

      We use our custom wordpress site, which admins around the school collate and our comms manager checks before being sent out. We send out the email via Mailchimp which gives great analytics on how many open, what time and what users are clicking on.

      We back that up with google analytics to advise on data trends and also online software called hotjar which tracks users movements on the page in desktop, mobile and tablet formats.

      All in all, it’s been very successful and once developed, at almost zero cost going from month to month.

      Let me know if anyone is after more information.

      Cheers
      Ross

    • #12076
      Julie Scott
      Forum Participant

      Hi. We have just moved to a digital newsletter and use the software which comes with our website however each article is separate. We have had requests to rather have a page laid out with the pics etc all in place so it can be printed out to look like a normal newsletter – like a pdf version. Anyone got any suggestions for good software to do this option?

    • #12081
      Admin
      Forum Moderator

      Hi Julie,

      You could look at The Buzz Newsletter. It streamlines your publishing workflow and creates an Email and Print view automatically when an issue is published.

      Standard view: https://demo.thebuzz.net.au/demo1/newsletter/issue-26/
      Print view: https://demo.thebuzz.net.au/demo1/newsletter/issue-26/print/

      More info is available at thebuzz.net.au

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