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    Sign-Up Forms

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      Introduction

      One of the ways to grow your supporter list is via a sign-up form. Sign-up Forms are web forms that you can embed or link to on your website, blog, or via social media sites so that a visitor can sign up to receive a newsletter or other email communications from your organization. Typically, successful Sign-up Forms require very few fields - often only Email. Most organizations choose to offer several opportunities for visitors to signup. One way is via a link on their website, another could be in an email communication, event invite, or blog post. (Check out Sign-up Form best practices for an interesting article on best practices.) Salsa Engage enables you to implement forms in the following ways:

      • Standalone Sign-up Form URL, Where the Page is Hosted by Salsa Engage
      • Widget Code Generated by Engage,  Which You Can Paste Into Your CMS
      • Widget for a Website Embedded Button

      We'll spend the rest of the intro looking at the pros and cons of these options.

      Stand-alone Sign-up Form URL

      This page would be hosted by Salsa Engage.

      Pros Cons
      • No website needed.
      • Form is secure.
      • Fully customizable layout/content.
      • Form is mobile-responsive.
      • URL can be customized for a fee.
      • URL will start with https://yourorgdomain.salsalabs.org, which while most organizations discover is not a problem, can be something to consider.
      • Look and feel is not identical to the website.

       

      Widget Code Generated by Engage

      You can paste this code into your own CMS (for example, Wordpress, Drupal, etc.)

      Pros Cons
      • Since signup form is integrated into an existing website, branding is retained.
      • Retains the URL of that web page.

       

       

      • Assumes client has access to edit her/his own CMS. If the client does not have the ability/access to their CMS, reliance on a contractor or other department can make this more challenging.
      • Responsiveness - If the site into which the code is pasted is not mobile responsive, the form could have challenges.
      • Lack of security - less of a concern for most visitors upon signup but this is a non-issue on Engage-hosted forms.

       

      Widget for a Website Embedded Button

      Pros

      Cons

      • Buttons are a widely-used design option.
      • Allows for click tracking
      • Directs to an external form on another web page.
      • Look and feel is not identical to the website.

       

      Step 1: Getting Started

      1. Click Activities from the left navigation menu.
      2. Select the Sign-Up Forms tab.
      3. Click the + Create a Sign-Up Form button to the right of the window.
      4. The Make Your Selection tab is selected by default. See Make Your Selection for more information.
      5. The Basics tab is selected by default. Fill out the fields. See Activity "Basics" for more information.
      6. Click the Next button at the bottom-right of the window. The compose window will open.

      Step 2: Compose

      1. Enable third-party analytics if you wish. Click here for more information about third-party analytics.
      2. In the form itself, add content, images, and additional Elements. (If you selected the Blank template you will have to add Elements before you can add or create content.) To add additional elements, click the Elements tab at the top right of the screen. See Visual Editor for Activities and Messaging for detailed information about Elements. Note, the form uses the Multi-step Form element by default. If you want a form that is only a single step, delete the Multi-step Form and drag the Form element onto the page.
        Pro Tip: The best way to learn what options are available for elements that are already on the form is to hover over an element you are interested in, click the pencil icon, and experiment with the various options.
      3. When you are finished, click Save Settings >>. If you cancel out (X) before saving your changes, not of your changes will be saved.

      Step 3: Set Up Autoresponders

      Select an autoresponder option. See the Autoresponders page for additional information.

      Step 4: Publish

      After you have it set up the way you want, publish your form. Click here for detailed information about Publish options. When you select Publish This Form, the page will be rendered, a URL hotlink will be generated, and widgets will be created. You can also see the available date, which shows when the page was published and made available for use. Most importantly, the form WILL BE LIVE.

      Widgets for External Web Pages

      After you publish, Salsa Engage generates widgets that enable you to add a donate button or your donation form to any web page that you own. Click here for more information.

      NOTE: You'll probably need admin level access to your website to use this widget code.

      Step 5: Analyze Results

      Once you have published a sign-up form, you will find a new tab in the page workflow: Results. To the right, you'll see a date filter. Updating these values will filter the data for every report on this page. See Performance Statistics for Actions and Messages for detailed information.

       

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