Thursday, May 28, 2009

How to make your external links open in a new browser window

Follow these simple steps if you would like to make the hyperlinks you create in your events and/or site content open in a new browser window.

Note: This is easiest done if you create the hyperlinks before creating the majority of the body of your event/content, as it will be simpler to locate your link in the code.
  1. Once you have entered your text and created the hyperlink, click on in the Design/HTMLview button in the lower left corner of the editor window.

  2. Now looking at the HTML code, locate your hyperlink url.

  3. Place your cursor between the last quotation mark at the end of your URL, and the> symbol, hit the space bar once and then enter target=new

  4. You can now click the Aa on the Design/HTML view button and finish creating your content.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

June Training Sessions for AngelPoints Clients

Are you just getting started with AngelPoints, or could you use some tips for advanced users?

AngelPoints Customer Support is offering free scheduled online training sessions twice per month to clients. The first session each month is intended for those just starting out with AngelPoints (or who need a refresher), and the second will offer a more advanced look at the functionality as well as a training on new features. Trainings will be an hour in length, including time for questions.

AngelPoints Training: Session 1

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. PDT

Description: In this session, you will receive an overview of the AngelPoints site, including features and functions on the Home page, My Page, and the About page. In addition, the purpose and use of each AngelPoints report will be discussed. Finally, you will learn about the different event types supported by AngelPoints, and how to:

Create events and flexible opportunitiesManage eventsUse the monthly calendarUse the File ManagerValidate hours
To sign up for Session 1, visit:

AngelPoints Training: Session 2

Date/Time: Wednesday,June 17, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. PDT

Description: Topics covered in this session include:

Advanced training on creating and managing eventsBest practices for adding and editing contentAdvanced training on AngelPoints reports, including running each report, how to interpret results, and tips for using filtersTraining on new features

Friday, May 22, 2009

The power of video and music

I recently saw a commercial that reminded me why we do what we do at AngelPoints. It was a series of clips depicting people in the act of helping others set to the Jackson Five song, "I'll be there." My wife and I got choked up watching it.

We at AngelPoints work tirelessly to build the best technology platform we can so that our clients can more easily engage their employees and customers in good deeds -- activities that strengthen communities, build a better corporate culture and improve lives. Unfortunately, sometimes we lose sight of the magic -- the emotion and power that results when people give of themselves to others. The AngelPoints platform enables and keeps track of hundreds of thousands of selfless acts around the globe every day. And yet those of us who work here and, quite frankly, those who control budgets for employee community engagement, too often only see these acts as so many data points, a handful of charts and graphs devoid of human emotion.

What we need, perhaps, is a healthy dose of Hollywood, a roaming film crew that travels from town to town capturing employees in the act, producing short films like the State Farm commercial. How great it would be to see the looks on peoples' faces, to be reminded before we go home at the end of the day of the powerful emotions and pride community engagement creates. We could even send these videos to CEOs and EVPs of HR, who would never again cut volunteer programs from their budgets for risk of extinguishing the very heart and soul of their company.

So, here's an open invitation to all aspiring photographers and film makers out there to send us your footage. We want to see and hear what you're doing. We may even launch a competition if people are interested...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

AngelPoints Simplifies Its Look

Sometimes, it's the subtle enhancements that make a difference. If you've logged into your AngelPoints site recently, you may have noticed a cleaner look around the site, including better placement of the Log Out and Help links in the upper right and changes to the design of the boxes on the right. We are always looking for ways to make our user interface simpler and more engaging and these are the just the latest improvements toward that goal.