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February 26, 2011

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UpToUs – Connecting Parents. Simplifying Lives.

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UpToUs is a free social communication solution for PTA’s and parents to organize their kids’ classrooms and other extra-curricular activities.

Target Audience: Parents, Schools, PTA’s, Classrooms, Sports Teams, Scouts Troops
Website URL: http://www.uptous.com


Feedback sought:

  • When you first visit the site, is it immediately clear what we do?
  • What does UpToUs do?
  • Please comment on various elements of the site. What do you like? What do you find bothersome?
  • Is it clear what kind of benefits UpToUs provides to parents?
  • How do you start a group on UpToUs? Is the process straightforward?
  • Please share any additional comment you may have.

About UpToUs:

UpToUs is a social communication solution for PTA’s and parents to organize their kids’ classrooms and other extra-curricular activities. UpToUs is currently used by tens of thousands of users. Try it at www.uptous.com or send us an email to contact@uptous.com to request a demo.

UpToUs is free and easy to use. We provide multiple tools for free including group directory, group and individual email messaging, sign-up sheets for volunteers, shared calendar, photo sharing, file sharing and more.

UpToUs also supports school fund-raising through selling local products and coupon books. A portion of each purchase goes back to school. Our fund-raising solution is simple and require very minimal effort from the school’s PTA.

       
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    emac2011
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    Feb 26 2011
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    When you first visit the site, is it immediately clear what we do? Actually, No. I could not tell if…
     

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    Feb 26 2011
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    When you first visit the site, is it immediately clear what we do? Yes What does UpToUs…
     

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    jessicafry
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    Feb 26 2011
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    * When you first visit the site, is it immediately clear what we do? It did take…
     

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    jessicafry
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    Stormie55
    Feb 26 2011
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    When you first visit the site, is it immediately clear what we do?

    The first few seconds after the page to the site loaded, I immediately thought of “school.”  After I read a little, I formed the impression that the site was all about letting parents be a part of their child’s activities.  It’s a neat idea.

    What does UpToUs do?

    From everything the site tells me, it’s about letting parents connect with the people who are in charge of their child’s extracurricular activities along with connecting with other parents of children with similar activities.  It also tells me that the site is free, simple to use, and safe, which is what overworked parents like.

    Please comment on various elements of the site. What do you like? What do you find bothersome?

    In my opinion, the site is very well put together.  The “Take Our Tour” is an excellent idea; it’s almost as good as speaking to a real person.
    Is the “Request a Demo” different than the “Take Our Tour?” is what I immediately thought when I saw the two tabs so close together.  After clicking on “Request a Demo,” I couldn’t get back to the home page, nor could I navigate away from it.
    I think it would be better to put the Welcome, About Us, and the Shop & Talk link box up at the top so the visitor wouldn’t have to scroll down to see what else the site has to offer.  Some visitors might not even see that down there, get frustrated at the lack of options, and navigate away from the site.
    It’s always good to include a Testimonials section to see what other visitors/users think so that is good.  And the Featured Group gives the visitor an idea of what kind of group your site is talking about.

    How does fundraising work on UpToUs? Is the process straightforward? Clear and understandable?

    This section is a little confusing, although a good idea.  After clicking on the “Can’t Find Your Organization” button, however, it does show me that I can add whatever organization I choose.  I suppose as more organizations are added, more will be listed in the drop down box; that’s what confused me.  So is the demo store what you use to add funds?  I’m not quite clear on this.

    Is it clear what kind of benefits UpToUs provides to parents? And kids?

    From looking at the home page, the benefits to me are in the “Why UpToUs?” links.  In that case, I think it makes it clear enough what the benefits of using this service are.

    How do you start a group on UpToUs? Is the process straightforward?

    Some people might be a little skeptical to just join UpToUs without going through the ins-and-outs of it first.  At the sign up page, I would have liked to see something like, “Skeptical about joining? Be sure to visit our Request a Demo, or Take Our Tour first.”  Sometimes people just read the homepage and go to the join-up page.  The obvious links can be there, but it takes a special message like that to grab their attention.
    When I clicked the signup button, what I went to was like being transported to an entirely different site.  It threw me off balance for awhile there.  It would be better to leave the site template on this page, too.

    Please share any additional comment you may have.

    In this busy world, parents do need help in keeping tabs on their kids and who are interacting with them.  This is a good website for that.  In addition to what you already have, there are other places to link with like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.

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    Feb 26 2011
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    When you first visit the site, is it immediately clear what we do? At first, no not…
     

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    Latasha
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    Feb 26 2011
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    When you first visit the site, is it immediately clear what we do? Yes after reading the text box…
     

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    Yuval Spector
    Feb 26 2011
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    Hi Jessica,

    Thanks much for the feedback. Just wanted to let you know that UpToUs is being used by many day care centers. Typically parents introduce us to the day care ceneter director and we help them establish UpToUs groups.

    Best, 
    Yuval 

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    Yuval Spector
    Feb 26 2011
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    Thanks everyone for the comments. We have not formally launched our fund-raising solution yet. Will happen soon and will include a page for each school. The page will offer local product and coupon sales. Schools will get about 5% of each transaction (less for Amazon store purchases).

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    Yuval Spector
    Feb 27 2011
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    Thanks much for the feedback. Re the fund-raising, we haven’t formally launched it yet so it is indeed confusing.

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    Yuval Spector
    Feb 27 2011
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    Thanks much for the feedback. As for Mobile, an iPhone application will be available in a few weeks.

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    Yuval Spector
    Feb 27 2011
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    Thanks for the feedback. As for the public pages, thanks for the note. It is a bug – probably introduced in the last few days. We do not have many groups that create a public page but at least 20-30.

    Will be fixed soon.

    Yuval

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    Yuval Spector
    Feb 27 2011
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    Thanks for the feedback. BTW: you can manage many groups in one page and also group hierarchies. This indeed not obvious when simply signing up.   

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    No problem. I did not notice that you could create multiple groups on one page, it was really not obvious,…
     

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    When you first visit the site, is it immediately clear what we do? No, not really.  I had some…
     

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    Yuval Spector
    Mar 1 2011
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    Thanks much for the feedback. Given your initial reviewm do you think you will try the website?

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