Despite the recent snow spells some brave daffodils are nodding merrily outside so it must be time to unlock the gates to the Organiser Area and declare registration for 2013 officially OPEN! And this year there’s more to discover behind those gates…
So what’s new?
Here in the Heritage Open Days office we’ve been beavering away on building a new database to power the registration system. This has enabled us to develop the Organiser Area, adding in some handy new features in response to your suggestions:
- Archive – your events are now stored in an archive section, making it easier to manage them and see what you have submitted for this year.
- Improved print & export options – there are now more ways for you to pull out the details of your events into spreadsheets or easily printed lists.
- Pre-completed forms – particularly useful for coordinators, you can print off the entries as pre-completed forms to send out to individual sites.
- Access to wider database – in the HODs Community section you are able to search for events across the whole database, not just the ones you have entered. You can find inspiration from looking at last year’s events or check what else is registered with us in your area for this year.
- Shorter form – yes, we have slimmed down the form this year! Instead of long text fields there are more tickboxes to ‘tag’ your entries. These either generate icons on the web directory highlighting for example that refreshments are available; or they provide options to help visitors search for types of venues or events – such as residential properties or open mics. When you complete the forms, try and think how you can entice visitors into visit your place or event, and to give you a better idea of what your entry will look like on the directory there’s a web-preview link.
Need a little inspiration?
If you’d like a little inspiration to help you make the most of your event directory entry, take a look at Nicola’s blog post from last year. Although we have updated the registration form, her handy hints on attracting visitors' attention and whetting their appetite are still very relevant!
We hope you like the new Organiser Area, this has just been a little overview to it. For more information about registering try the following:
- Find out more about becoming an organiser and putting on a Heritage Open Day event on our Get involved pages.
- Need a paper form, not all this technology? Not a problem, you can download one from our Register with us page OR contact us and we’ll post you a copy.
- Anything else? Then, as always, we are here to help, so please do contact us.