Group of the Week: Kari and James Tie the Knot

Even when she’s not coming up with creative marketing campaigns as a BigTent Account Executive, Allison Talamantez is busy figuring out other innovative ways to use BigTent. To Allison, it made perfect sense to plan a friend’s wedding through the site.

We thought this was such a cool application of our group service, we had to ask her for more details:

Q: Why did you choose BigTent?

A: We are a group of 10 bridesmaids for our dear friend Kari. We love Kari lots! However, we are working all across the country and have limited time. It was tough digging through all the emails we were sending back and forth to make plans. Plus, we needed to collect funds. Using BigTent’s built-in event payment system has helped us distribute financial responsibilities evenly.

Q: How else is your group using BigTent?

A: We are using it to figure out all the special details for the bride-to-be. We can’t wait to watch two of our dear friends join their lives together!

Q: When you’re not helping plan a wedding, what else are you up to?

A: I am your typical American mom. I work, I love my kid, and I try to do things on the side. Not to mention I try to do it all well.

Q: We also hear you’re into marathons right now.

A: Yeah, for some reason, I pledged to run 12 marathons in 12 months. Right now I’m on number 7.

That’s quite a lot to juggle! We’re glad that BigTent can spare Allison some more time to spend with her family (and out on the track, too).

How to Organize Your School Online: Recording and slides now live

School leaders from 15 different states signed up to hear words of wisdom from Croce PTA leader, Monica Baucke, in our BigTent webinar, How to Organize Your School Online.

As promised, we have posted Monica’s 10 tips for improving your communications and increasing parent involvement, as well as a recorded version of the webinar.

If you have any questions or ideas, you may wish to join Monica’s online discussion group, PTA/PTSA/PTO Parent Groups.

Please feel free to share these resources with your leadership teams. We welcome any questions or feedback you may have.


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Slides and audio available: Flying with BigTent webinar

BigTent’s webinar, “Flying with BigTent,” was lots of fun this week! It was great getting to share some tips with FlyBabies on how to get the most out of BigTent.

In case you missed the session, a copy of the slides and the webinar recording are now available.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at a future webinar.

-The BigTent Team

Grow your BigTent group by inviting Facebook friends

We’ve just released an easy way for you to grow your BigTent groups. We’ve upgraded our Tell a Friend feature so you can invite friends directly through Facebook.

Just select the friends you’d like to invite, your friends will see a request on their Facebook Home pages.

For this feature to work, your BigTent group must be set up to allow members to invite their friends. If you’re an admin of your group, visit manage > invite members > new invitation settings and make sure this is the case.

We hope you’ll enjoy this increased ability to grow your group. Stay tuned for more cool integrations with Facebook, and let us know if you have any questions or feedback.


MaryAnn and the BigTent team

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BigTent Blink gets a makeover

New BigTent Blink

Featuring a fun new design, and an overhaul of content, the new Blink delivers recent activity from all your groups in a single, easy-to-read glance. Now you can:

– See alerts for new tentmail, gifts, and admin and moderator tasks.
– Use the new index to jump to content for any of your groups (perfect for busy leaders with many groups).
– View group updates of new forum posts, group news, events, members, photos, v-gifts and more, all neatly organized by group.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments about this new design.


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Tweet with BigTent and win a $300 SpaFinder gift certificate

January is always jam-packed with resolutions — work out more, eat healthier, keep the digs tidier, and so on. We at BigTent are in full support of these self-betterment initiatives. And if there’s any chance that these newfound routines have you a tiny bit stressed, we’re here to help!

You can win a $300 SpaFinder gift certificate from BigTent. SpaFinder gift certificates are accepted at over 4,400 spas in North America, plus hundreds more around the world.

Entering to win is easy, just head over to Twitter and tweet between January 19 (12:01 am PST) and January 31 (11:59 pm PST). There are only a couple of rules:

  • Follow @BigTentGroups
  • Add #BigTentGroups OR @BigTentGroups to your tweets
  • Look out for our tweets on how to earn bonus points. Bonus tweets are worth 5 points instead of the usual 1.

The more you tweet, the better your chances of winning! We’ll be tracking your participation with the help of TweetBeep. If you’d like to be extra sure that we’ve cataloged your tweets, send us an email to letting us know what you’ve been up to on Twitter. Looking forward to seeing your tweets!


Mia & the BigTent team

BigTent expert Monica Baucke hosts school webinar

Hello school community leaders,

Happy New Year! The free webinar BigTent and I hosted last year, “How to Organize Your School Online,” was a huge success, so we’re bringing it back in 2010 to continue spreading the word about Web 2.0 technology and how it can benefit school communities.  This session is geared towards PTAs, PTOs, preschool groups, and all other school communities.

Get your questions ready and sign up today! Here are the details:

How to Organize Your School Online
Thursday, January 28 @ 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern
Register for FREE at

During this webinar, I’ll share 10 tips and tricks on how to combine online and in-person activities to strengthen your school community. Tips include:

-How to improve communications

-How to delegate responsibilities

-How to get more parents involved

I have used these tips in my own school community. I am an active volunteer for Leo R. Croce Elementary PTA (, and I’m proud to say that we have enrolled over 200 members in our BigTent group.

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like more information. I hope you can attend.



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