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A Best Practices Guide for Adding Images to CommuniBee
As a CommuniBee administrator, you’ll likely be uploading images through our dashboard at some point. Whether they’re your community logo or related to a specific event, we’ve compiled a best practices guide so you can ensure they’re optimized for display.
Community logos display on the home screen at the top of the CommuniBee app, and act as the focal point of branding for your community. Based on existing communities, they render best and use up the maximum amount space when their dimensions are approximately 1000 pixels wide x 250 pixels tall (or a size with an aspect ratio of 4:1).
Below is a community logo placeholder with the recommended dimensions:
Sponsors, Amenities, and Events
In terms of sponsors, amenities, and events, a more ‘landscape’ format tends to render better. The cover image for these features is restricted to a maximum height of 400 pixels on these pages.
Say the typical screen renders as 600 pixels wide. If you have a square image with dimensions 400 x 400 pixels, then you’ll end up with 100 pixels of white space on each side (600 minus 400 = 200, divided by 2 = 100 pixels) .
So, the ideal size for cover images on sponsors, amenities, and events is 600 pixels wide x 400 pixels tall (or a size with an aspect ratio of 3:2).
Below is a cover image placeholder with the recommended dimensions:
CommuniBee’s built-in resizing code will automatically downsize any image with a width or height of 1024 pixels, and try to optimize it so the image file size isn’t too huge. Huge files will cause slow rendering, and make the app feel more like a website than an app. That’s why we recommend you edit and optimize your images for display.
One last tip: for images that have just a handful of solid colours (like in logos), saving them as 8-bit PNGs leads to the best quality and smallest file size. For photographs with many colours, saving them as JPEGs is the way to go, with a quality setting around 65%.
These specific image settings can be set in any image editing software, such as Photoshop. An easy-to-use free image editing tool we sometimes use on Windows is Paint.NET, which you can download here.
Ensuring that your images are optimized for CommuniBee will improve your residents’ experience and make your community look that much better!
- The CommuniBee Team
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The Importance of Building Successful Communities
We discuss why connecting with the people around us will become increasingly crucial in years to come
Since the beginning of the information age, human beings have become more and more dependent on the internet, and as a result, the ways we interact with one another have shifted.
In fact, 62 percent of Generation Y and 64 percent of Generation X prefer to text rather than speak on the phone.
Statistics like these show just how much people are turning to their devices to connect with the people around them. Unfortunately, these numbers also demonstrate how real, face-to-face interactions are becoming less frequent.
To emphasize this point, it’s worthwhile to consider the fact that 60 percent of people admit to feeling disconnected from others when they are on their phone, and 88 percent of people have felt disconnected at dinner because of people they are eating with using their phone.
Numbers like these can be surprising, especially since the Internet should (in theory) be bringing people together and making them feel closer to other whom they would not be able to communicate with if not for the world wide web.
Additional surprising facts about the current state of connectedness in our world include:
The number who say they have no one outside of their immediate family to discuss important matters with has more than doubled, reaching a shocking 53.4 percent — up 17 percent since the dawn of the Internet and social media.
So, how exactly does community building address these concerns? And what are some proven methods for establishing stronger ties with the people around us?
These are the hard-hitting questions we’ll be addressing in today’s blog.
Here Are 3 Benefits of Belonging to a Community:
1. Improved Overall Health
Part of why strong communities are important directly relates to how they make us feel, not just emotionally but physically as well.
In fact, a strong sense of belonging has been proven to:
Lower the prevalence of mental health issues
Lower the risk of cardiovascular disease
Lower the rates of unhealthy behaviours such as smoking, not exercising, and drinking too much alcohol
Additionally, another study has shown that people with adequate social relationships have a 50 percent greater survival rate compared with individuals with poor social relationships.
Thus, the quality and longevity of our lives truly do depend on the depth and strength of our human connections.
2. More Opportunities For Personal Growth
One of the best aspects of building communities where members support one another and are bonded by a set of common goals is how each individual can benefit.
When people look out for each other’s best interests, individuals feel more capable and motivated to chase their personal ambitions.
One great example of this is communities that make free public libraries available to their citizens. It has been shown that among young adults (14–24 years of age) in households below the federal poverty line, 61 percent used public library computers and Internet for educational purposes, while 54 percent of seniors living in poverty do the same.
Thus, it’s no wonder that almost two-thirds of adult Americans say that closing their local library would have a major impact on their community.
The more communities come together to offer programs, services, and support, the more likely it is that their citizens will success professionally, educationally, and personally.
These programs, services, and supports come in a range of forms, from sports programs, to local food banks, to adequate health services.
3. Highlighted Inclusivity
Inclusivity is one of the most essential keys to building a successful community. When properly provided, inclusivity makes it possible for the basic needs of all individuals to be met – regardless of race, age, income, disability, or other differentiating factors.
This is critical when you consider the fact that 53 percent of kids with disabilities reporting feeling as though they have no friends, or that 42 percent of Muslims with children in K–12 schools report that their child has experienced bullying.
Thankfully, though, according to a report by Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, communities that are committed to promoting inclusion and equity and reducing racism and discrimination, experience an increased sense of cohesiveness and belonging. They also experience enhanced safety and security, and there is greater and more diverse involvement with the institutions and processes of community life.
These benefits are felt by all members equally, which results in a more engaged, happy, and driven community as a whole.
How CommuniBee Can Help
CommuniBee is a community based app that has been specifically designed and developed to make building communities easier and more convenient.
Our app makes it easier for people to experience the benefits of belonging to a community, connecting them with an expansive local business directory, a real-time community event calendar, community-based discussion forums, and more.
Some of the Benefits of CommuniBee Include:
Keeping people aware of upcoming local events
An easy to use, integrated event system
Increased awareness of local amenities
Convenient and effective promotion of community businesses
Built-in eCommerce system for purchasing memberships and tickets
The Advantage of Apps for Community Building
When you compare community based apps to other, traditional methods of community building, the benefits become more and more evident.
We encourage you to read our “3 Compelling Reasons to Swap Your Community Bulletin Board for a Mobile App” post to gain a more in-depth understanding of what an app can add to your community building strategy.
Introducing CommuniBee: The Comprehensive Community App
Discover how our mobile app can help you create stronger connections with the people in your community
Around the world, communities often struggle to keep their residents engaged in the activities, events, and conversations that are happening around them.
In fact, one third of Americans say they’ve never interacted with their neighbours. And only 36 percent of Americans say they have joined or participated in a community group/activity in the last year.
These numbers show that many of us are disconnected from the communities we live in, resulting in fragmented networks of people and less cohesive support systems.
These disconnected community members are often referred to as “weak ties”, since they have not yet solidified their relationships with the people they are closest to (geographically).
And believe it or not, a lot of research has been conducted into the concept of “weak ties” and how they impact our social environments. In fact, it has been proventhat when people have stronger ties with the people in their communities, they are more likely to turn to their neighbours in the event of an emergency, more likely to develop friendships with people in their neighbourhood, and more likely to come together to form community groups based on common values.
But what makes a strong community, exactly?
There are many features that contribute to a strong community, but some of the most crucial include:
Working together towards a common goal
Frequent positive interaction between community members
Constructive decision-making that promotes the happiness of all members
The support and promotion of community-based initiatives
The support and promotion of local businesses
At CommuniBee, our primary objective is to assist communities in achieving more of these criteria with the help of a convenient, accessible, and highly-engaging mobile app.
We believe that an effective and professionally-built community app is a powerful tool, giving community members the ability to interact with one another and remain in-tune with the events and activities that are happening around them.
What makes CommuniBee an ideal online community platform?
We incorporate features into our app that promote the health, well-being, and kinship of the people that make up your community.
Additionally, we accomplish these goals by using the latest technology and cutting-edge design to create a mobile app that is truly seamless and enjoyable to use.
Are you ready to learn more about what CommuniBee has to offer?
Here Are Three Challenges The CommuniBee App Can Help You Address:
1. Uninformed Residents
One of the greatest obstacles communities face with regards to strengthening the connection between their members is keeping everyone in-the-loop about new developments and occurrences that may affect them.
Thankfully, real-time communication is one of the many benefits of using a community app.
With CommuniBee, you can keep your residents engaged and informed with an active, real-time newsfeed that people can access at any time, from where ever they are.
And to make this process even more effective, you can send push notifications through the app, informing your residents of any updates, even when they aren’t logged into the mobile app.
Push notifications are extremely beneficial, since 52 percent of smartphone users enable them on their devices.
That means if you have 10,000 residents who are using your online community platform, 5,200 of them will likely allow your push notifications to appear on their phones, significantly increasing the amount of exposure your updates will receive.
This is even more compelling when you note that email marketing campaigns have an average open rate of 24.79 percent.
If keeping your residents updated and informed is a top priority, considering an app for community building could be the perfect strategy for you.
2. Event Management
Organizing and managing community events can be a handful. Especially when you consider that most community event organizers also work during the day, are raising children, or simply have other regular obligations to attend to.
This is why we decided to build a dynamic and easy-to-use event system directly into our community app. It allows community event organizers to create events, monitor registrations, and even accept membership payments, all from a convenient mobile app.
Community members who log into the app are then able to navigate to their community calendar and see all of the scheduled upcoming events and activities. They can even register and pay for event tickets with just a few taps of their screen!
And since studies have shown that event organizers who use a mobile registration software spend 90 percent less time on event registration than they did before, you can be sure that our community based app will save you valuable time and energy.
3. Promoting Local
In today’s world, one of the greatest challenges facing communities is encouraging residents to support their local businesses, amenities, and facilities.
Too often, community members overlook the local gems that are available to them just beyond their front door, opting instead for giant box stores and nationally-known brand names.
But when communities support their local resources, they can generate 3.5 times more wealth for their local economies – a benefit that most communities need to capitalize on in order to continue to grow and advance.
Thankfully, one of the benefits of using a community app is the ability to promote these local businesses and organizations. With the CommuniBee app, local businesses can promote special pricing, upcoming sales, discounts, and other relevant information to the communities they serve, increasing the likelihood that residents will avail of these offers.
This is highly advantageous, since the more informed and aware your residents are, the more engaged and supportive they will be of local businesses.
We are proud to be offering a solution to these common challenges that communities often face. If you feel a community app could be the solution you’ve been looking for, CONTACT US TODAY.