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This website represents a new capability for IMC USA and significantly expands services to our members. IMC USA developed the site to bring collaboration, communication and community to our members. This blog describes site features. Initial posts describe the basic features; periodic posts announce new features. We strongly encourage your comments and suggestions for features or content.

 

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Member Profile

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Wednesday, October 14, 2009
We have enhanced your membership profile area to provide you greater access to information across the site and expand your visibility on the web. Your profile now has three tabs: My Feeds, My Wall, and My Bio. At login, you will be directed to the the My Feeds page of your profile, which shows you all recent site activity related to your areas of interests. Aggregating content of relevance to you makes it much easier to keep up with recent notices and site additions.

On the My Feeds tab, you can select to see all site activity, activity related just to your connections, or activity from just those groups, such as chapters, communities of practice, SIGs and committees, of which you are a member. The My Wall tab shows all of your recent activity (forum or blog posts, event registrations, groups joined) and comments added by others (similar to Facebook). The wall feature is turned off by default and may be activated by checking the appropriate box under My Preferences. You may delete entries on your wall and make comments on other’s walls. Your profile is now called My Bio.

The My Profile menu (renamed from Manage My Membership) located on the upper right side of any page (if you are logged in) has been reorganized and restructured to provide for streamlined navigation and simplified management of your profile details. Clicking Manage Profile accesses a consolidated, graphical listing of available features and settings. Beyond editing your bio and setting preferences, you can edit your profile content, manage your community groups, messaging and connections, and view your event registrations and membership status.

A new feature is the ability to add custom pages to your profile. You may add up to ten pages, the content of which is controlled by a WYSIWYG editor, is a great way to extend your practice description, add member products for sale (e.g., use a page to advertise a book or seminar), and expand the web visibility of your consulting service offerings. All member profiles are fully indexed by search engines.

Tags:  CV  event registration  member benefit  member profile  messaging 

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Forums

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Monday, June 8, 2009
IMC's new forum system is live and features the ability to create site-wide and group-level forums. The new system includes:
  • forum subscriptions
  • top poster list
  • topic posting
  • replies
  • sticky threads
  • announcements
  • image/file attachments
  • data export
  • tell-a-friends
  • locking of forums/topics and
  • per member type post/read security settings.

We can create publicly accessible forums, too but you must be a website member (IMC member or registered Guest, similar to almost every web discussion group - i.e., no anonymous postings) to post in a forum.

Group forums may be created within each group (e.g., chapter or Community of Practice) via the frontend group admin options. We have set up default a forum for each group labeled "general discussion" so each chapter already has a forum ready to go. You must be an administrator of the group to create/moderate forums within the group, so your chapter website administrator can assign these privileges to other members who want to moderate forums. 

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IMC USA Website Overview User Guide Video

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Sunday, January 4, 2009

This video is the first in a series describing the structure, content and features of the website.
(Note the new menu structure as of April 20 makes some of this video's content out of date but it will be replaced with new videos by summer 2010)



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Member Profiles

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Sunday, December 21, 2008
Updated: Sunday, December 21, 2008
Member profiles are the foundation of our networking, Find A Consultant and community interaction capability. A well crafted profile shows other consultants and prospective clients the range of your capabilities and your commitment to the profession through your involvement in chapter activities or communities of practice. Only Professional, Certified, Emeritus and Affiliate Members have profiles. Guests, Student and Lapsed Members are not eligible to post member profiles.

Through your profile, you can:
  • Maintain personal and professional information
  • Supply extended biographical information
  • Manage your external social/professional networks (e.., LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter)
  • Select what profile fields are visible to other members and the public
  • Maintain categorized colleague connection lists
  • Use name formats for "company name" or nick/screen name
  • Maintain multiple personal blogs with audio/video sharing
  • Manage group/community/member blog subscriptions
  • Post and update online resumé/CV
  • Manage your project postings (solicit teaming opportunities)
  • Manage your personal preferences and alerts
  • Upload to your personal photo albums
  • Create an affinity email address
You have control over how much information to make available to others and how much you would like to be contacted. However, you create greater professional and business development opportunities by your participation in more groups, balanced by your desire for privacy. The links in Manage My Profile are:

My Personal Page- how your personal profile appears to registered site users
My Public Profile - how your personal profile appears to unregistered users (your personal blogs and photo albums, if you chose to create them, and the section titled "More Information" are hidden)
Edit My Profile - update all parts of your profile and hide certain data fields (e.g., email address, home address, personal information)
My Groups - list of communities to which you have registered for (your chapter has already been assigned, but you may elect to change this), including communities of practice (consulting disciplines, industry specialty, organizational focus and client type), leadership positions, and committees.
My Networks - links to your profiles on other social network sites (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) , which extends your access to other professionals and lets others access yours (optional)
My Event Registrations - list of past and future events for which you have registered through the IMC USA website
My Blogs - list of your personal blogs (optional). Others can comment on your blogs, they are searchable, and others can subscribe to your blogs through RSS
My Subscriptions - these are blogs on the IMC USA website to which you have subscribed to be notified when new postings are made.
My Files & Links - your personal file libraries connected to your profile, most often to attach your company brochures, videos, etc.
My Preferences - this is how you choose to be notified of activities of those with whom you are connected. We suggest that you use these very sparingly, because turning them all on could generate a lot of messages. However, we suggest you turn on "Email me when new messages arrive" and "Email me when someone applies for an opening I have posted" as a minimum.
My Messages (XX New) - internal messages received from another member who wants to contact you (number indicates how many were received while you were offline). Click "My Messages" to go to your mailbox and click "(XX New)" to go directly to your Inbox.
My Connections (XX New) - you may choose to connect to selected members (similar to Facebook) that provides more messaging options (number indicates how many new requests you have received from people who want to connect with you).
My Photo Gallery - photos you have uploaded and want to share (optional)
My Resumé/CV - if you are interested in participating in automatic email notification of consulting opportunities in your specified areas of interest, we recommend you create a CV to supplement your profile. The CV is more searchable by prospective clients or teaming partners.
My Career Postings - if you have posted a request for a teaming partners or consultant subcontractor, you can track them here.
Membership Info - indicates your membership type and status of membership. This is where you would renew your membership.
Refer a Friend - share with colleagues the opportunity to participate in IMC professional, network, and business development activities. When you use this function to refer a friend to IMC and they register through the website as a guest or join IMC, this is tracked, along with those they refer, to a third level. IMC is offering incentives to member whose referrals result in new members.

Member profiles are the core of your visibility to other members and to the public. Many characteristics are hotlinked so you can identify all members with those characteristics. for example, if you see in a profile that a member has an a Consulting Expertise in Strategy, click on that link to pull up a directory of all members with that area of expertise (perfect for teaming).

Tags:  connections  CV  event registration  groups  member profile  photo gallery  resume  subscriptions 

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Professional & Social Networking

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Sunday, December 21, 2008
Updated: Sunday, December 21, 2008
As a professional association, IMC USA is committed to supporting collaboration, communication and community among our members. The site provided a range of tools to help you know and be known to other members and the public. Most of these capabilities are under your control,and you can turn off those you do not want to participate in:
  • See which fellow members are "Online Now"
  • Chat in real-time with other online members
  • Share external social/professional networking profiles
  • Manage your connections to other members
  • Email members and connections from the site (if allowed for your member type and group)
  • Send and receive messages from members and groups
  • Create and manage message center folders
  • Manage received messages and attachments
  • Engage others via Tell-a-Friend system
  • Add/allow comments to photo galleries
  • Collaborate with others via blogs, wikis, groups and more
Control these features through the My Preferences link in the Manage my Membership menu.

Tags:  chat  collaboration  connections  messaging  tell a friend 

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Mobile Access to IMC USA Website

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Sunday, December 21, 2008
All IMC USA site capabilities are available from your phone.You may access all IMC USA website features from your PDA or smartphone. The simplified mobile homepage provides access to:
  • Use the Find A Consultant service
  • Find and register for events
  • Access IMC USA communities
  • View chapter pages, activities, events
  • Check your mail
  • Update your profile
  • Message your connections
  • Contact IMC
Once you log in, you can access your member profile and connections. At anytime, you can access the full site in browser ("non-mobile") mode.

Tags:  connections  mobile 

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Blogs and Discussion Forums

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Sunday, December 21, 2008
As part of our effort to foster greater community and collaboration we provide the ability to post blogs at the site wide community level, withing individual groups or chapters, and by individual members (only available to Professional, Certified and Emeritus members).  If permitted by the poster, members may comment on blogs  and yo may subscribe to blogs of particular interest:
  • Browse blogs and forums
  • Search blogs by tags and blog content
  • Post to open blogs
  • Add comments to specific blog posts
  • Embed video and audio within posts
  • Attach files and documents
  • Subscribe to blogs and comments
  • Receive email notification of new posts and comments
Be sure to review some of our community blogs:


Tags:  collaboration  communication  learning  subscriptions 

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Career and Job Opportunity Center

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Sunday, December 21, 2008
Our Career Center encompasses a range of ways for you to search for other consultants and be found by clients. By maintaining a member profile and CV, you can post opportunities for which you need consultants, browse posted opportunities, or even subscribe to be notified when someone posts an opportunity in a category you designate. 
  • Browse posted opportunities
  • Search and view available opportunities
  • Apply directly online for openings
  • Post and manage your offers of opportunities to others
  • View and export applicant information and resumés/CVs
  • Search the resumé/CV database of available candidates
  • Subscribe to receive email notifications of new openings
  • Subscribe to RSS career feeds
  • Read bios and view photos of candidates
  • Connect via online contact form
This is a powerful tool to find teaming partners.

Tags:  CV  Find A Consultant  member benefit  member profile  resume 

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Online Store & eCommerce

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Sunday, December 21, 2008
The IMC USA Online Store provides products for members and consultants:
  • Browse the store by category, each with featured products
  • Buy downloadable products in real-time (especially for IMC USA Academy items)
  • Select product attributes like color, size, quantity, etc.
  • Order IMC USA branded items
  • Purchase IMC member items
  • Receive pricing based on your membership level
  • Redeem coupons for online purchases
  • Select secure credit card or offline payment options
  • Choose shipping method
  • Receive email order and shipping confirmation
  • View past order history within your profile
  • Subscribe to RSS store feeds
We will sell member items in the IMC USA Online Store. Please use the Contact Us link above to propose your items for sale.

Tags:  IMC USA Academy  member benefit  online store 

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News and Announcements

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Sunday, December 21, 2008
Updated: Sunday, December 21, 2008
The site provides an outlet for new on individual members, chapters, the Institute and the consulting profession. These news items are available through RSS and will be promoted as a member benefit, leveraging your affiliation with IMC USA to make you more visible.
  • Browse blog-style news releases
  • View categorized news releases
  • Post and view comments on news items
  • Subscribe to RSS news feeds
  • Add social bookmarks to news items
  • Add news for posting with our convenient submittal form

Tags:  member benefit  news 

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