Welcome to iGrOOps™! iGrOOps™ is a fresh new take on the “Internet communities” concept. It’s a web-based information sharing, communication, collaboration, and marketing tool for groups of any size. iGrOOps™ is ideal for local communities, large and small businesses, friends and families, non-profits, crowdfunding projects, and everyone in between.
This manual contains all you need to know about starting your own iGrOOp. Read the sections that interest you most, or use the "Print All" link to print out this entire document.
Latest Updates for iGrOOps 7.0
Please note this document and other items on this site are in the process of being updated - effective as of January 15, 2013.
About iGrOOps. iGrOOps was initially founded in January of 2007 by Bo Bennett. The initial programming began in October of 2006 with a ready product and service launched on February 16th, 2007. iGrOOps is unlike any other service out there today, with the major difference being the pay-per-membership model -- where administrators of "Groops" get compensated for their efforts by paid subscriptions rather than having sell advertising. It is an ideal place for groups of any type to collaborate since it uses start-of-the-art Web 2.0 tools that all share the same look, feel, and user login.
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Meet the Team
Bo Bennett, Founder.
Mr. Bennett entered the "web business" back in 1994, with one of the first commercial web hosting companies, Adgrafix. He developed one of the first affiliate program (launched in October of 1995) as well as created one the first web hosting control panels, that allowed the average business person to run a website. In March of 2001, Mr. Bennett sold his company to Allegiance Telecom.
Mr. Bennett has since started and ran several companies in the Internet space including purchasing a 20,000 sq. ft. datacenter in the heart of Boston, which was sold to Hosted Solutions in October 2006.
In 2004, Mr. Bennett wrote the book "Year To Success", a book Donald Trump calls, "an inspiration to anyone who reads it".
Scott Boyenger, President & CEO.
Mr. Boyenger was originally an IT engineer in the early 90's and later switched his career path to focus his efforts through internet advertising. By 2000 he was serving up 1.6 billion ad impressions per month while creating multiple eCommerce web sites. He coined the phrase "click fraud" and created a company called Click Defense which created a control measure in the pay per click industry world wide.
Scott was very impressed by Bo's efforts and began with his CTO and partner Fredrick to acquire iGr00ps which transpired by October of 2011. Scott lives in Raleigh, NC and continues to embrace new opportunities primarily in the internet space.
Mark Dabbs, Director of Sales & Operations
Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Mark has lived and worked throughout the United States, Middle East and Europe. His diverse background sports service with the US Army, Primestar Partners, Amazon.com and Lear Siegler. Equally active in numerous non-profit organizations, Mark cofounded CyberCraft Corp in 1996 with his partner Tina Ann Coutu, supporting a metaphysical search engine through 2003. He was an early bird in the electronic book scene, is an avid fan of Six Sigma and in his spare time is, as he says, "designing the largest and most detailed WWII wargame ever."
Brian McDonald, Technical Specialist. With 35+ years in the IT industry, Brian currently spends his time as an Internet Consultant, supporting websites and webservers. Brian is an active Toastmaster, and a member for the FreeToastHost support team.
Brian is one of the "behind the scenes" people at iGrOOps, keeping the server running healthy and strong, as well as assisting with new idea integration.
iGrOOps.com is the ultimate social website platform allowing groups of all types to create professional social websites (also known as membership sites or online groups) using web-based software that is simple enough for the technically-challenged, yet powerful enough for the most experienced web user. Customers of the iGrOOps "master" package can use our software to create an unlimited number of membership sites for both personal and business use.
But that does not even begin to do iGrOOps justice. iGrOOps can benefit you and/or your organizations in so many ways, it can be the solution to just about all of your online needs.
iGrOOps is a Website. iGrOOps can easily replace any website you currently have, allowing you to replace your static content with dynamic and interactive content that will keep your customers coming back.
iGrOOps cannot replace all websites. iGrOOps cannot run custom scripts. Nor does iGrOOp handle custom e-mail. It is suggested you keep your current website until you are familiar with what iGrOOps can and cannot do.
iGrOOps is a Social Network. iGrOOp provides tools and applications that allow for 21st century communication among groups of any kind. With software not available in other social networks, iGrOOps has a unique advantage in the social network space.
iGrOOps is Web 2.0. Web 2.0 is all about interactivity and content created by users. iGrOOps applications allow its members to build content by their contributions to the group. The webmaster/administrator still takes the lead, but the members have can have much to do with creating the content.
iGrOOps is Membership Website Software. Similar software applications for allowing the administrator to create a professional membership website costs thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars. iGrOOps include all one needs to create a membership/subscription website that can bring in tens of thousands of dollars in revenue a month!*
iGrOOps is a Turnkey Business Solution. With iGrOOps, you can be up and running with a website that generates membership-based income within an hour. iGrOOps includes the all scripts and forms needed to interact with your PayPal or AuthorizeNet account, where 100% of the revenues you collect go to you.*
iGrOOps is a Corporate Intranet. Large organizations can greatly benefit from the marketing, communication, and productivity tools used by iGrOOps. iGrOOps provides an ideal way for teams, departments, or entire businesses to communicate.
iGrOOps is a Fundraising Tool. iGrOOps can be used as a fundraiser, where content and communication is the product and member payments are responsible for raising the funds.* Forget car washes and bake sales!
iGrOOps is the Future of the Web. iGrOOps is unique because of the flexibility it provides to its administrators (group starters) and the centralized tools. The days of static, webmaster-driven websites are gone. People will watch TV, but they want to interact with a website. iGrOOps makes that possible.
What is a "Membership Site"?
A membership site, is an interactive website for people who share a common interest. Through this membership site, you provide your members with something of value, usually in the form of information. There are several ways you can make money from a membership site including charging membership fees, finding advertisers, using Google AdSense™, asking for PayPal donations, selling products, and more. As you experience firsthand the enjoyment and profitability of running membership sites, you can share the opportunity by referring others to iGrOOps.com, earning you a residual income of $50 per month for each new account started.
* PayPal or AuthorizeNet fees apply. Must have "business" package or above to collect membership fees
It takes more than just a good idea to create a great business – you need the proper tools that are easy to understand and easy to use. iGrOOps currently has 17 top quality applications included in addition to the three modules ("modules" are really just another name for very advanced applications). These applications were designed to aid communication, productivity, and marketing.
Since we developed iGrOOps software in October of 2006, thousands of customers have benefited from the power and simplicity of this revolutionary tool. Prior to iGrOOps, people wanting to run an online group would either have to build the software themselves, or use a combination of many different software packages which made integration and support a logistical nightmare. iGrOOps provides a complete integrated software solution with applications such as
These applications make iGrOOps unique. Many groups that charge a membership fee use these applications to add value and justify their membership fee.
Twitter Tools. The Twitter tools application is a tool designed for administrators to completely integrate their Twitter account with their membership site. It allows for easy management of your Twitter account through your iGrOOps interface, including features such as, send tweets, send direct messages, reply to tweets, reply to direct messages, one click favorites, one click retweets, include FAQs in tweets, direct message notification by e-mail (within 5 minutes), automatic URL shortening in long tweets, schedule tweets (accurate as 5 min intervals), recurring tweets (day, week, weekdays, month, 3 month), keyword notify via e-mail - up to 5 queries, keyword auto follow - up to 5 queries, auto unfollow based on time following and follow back status, automated direct message for new followers, @mentions notification via e-mail, and much more!
Audio/Video Postcard. The audio/video postcard allows the recipients to both read and listen to/watch your message. Unlike conventional e-mails or web pages, the audio/video postcard stands out and gets attention.
The postcard resembles a postal postcard with your custom text on the left-hand side and a “stamp” in the upper right corner. The stamp can be your iGrOOp image or your member photo.
Creating the postcard is done 100% through your web browser, including the recording of your message. This makes creating these postcards simple and fun.
Upon creation, you have the option of sending the postcard to one, or many e-mail addresses. The audio/video postcard can even be used as audio or video e-mail!
See Example (audio postcard)See Example (video postcard)
Audio / Visual Presentations. People learn in different ways. Some learn best by reading, some by images, and others by sounds. The audio visual (or a/v) presentations provides a way for you to create presentations using all words, pictures, and/or voice.
Unlike complex desktop software, these a/v presentations are viewable on the web, directly through the web-browser with no software to download, or no files needed to be opened.
The creation of the a/v presentations is intuitive – easy enough for just about anyone to create a powerful presentation that captures attention and gets a message across.
See Example A/V Presentation.
Multimedia Blog / Podcasting / Article Application. A blog is like a on-line "diary" or journal. An iGrOOp blog incorporates audio and video for a truly unique experience! It can be used for many purposes. From a personal perspective, blogs are used by individuals to share their ideas, thoughts, and feelings with others. From a professional perspective, blogs have many more uses such as meeting minutes, software updates, corporate updates, and more.
This application can also serve as a Podcasting tool, with live RSS feeds! Podcasting has never before been so simple!
iGrOOps allows iGrOOp administrators to choose whether or not they want to allow their members to create their own blogs. This adds great value to the iGrOOp from the member perspective. And unlike other blogs, iGrOOp blogs can be restricted to the members and select visitors, so blog information is more private.
See Example Blog
Calendar. The calendar application for iGrOOps can be used to publish events common to the group. The calendar can be displayed in month view, list view, or day view – showing all events on a particular day.
Each event has a reminder option where members can choose to be sent an e-mail and/or SMS reminder for the event at a specified time. The use of SMS (the sending of a short text message directly to your cell phone) allows this calendar to function much like popular desktop calendar software applications today.
See Example Calendar.
Communication System. The communication system is the core of iGrOOps communication. This application has four basic functionalities.
The mailing list acts as a “list-serve”, where members of the group can send e-mail to the list address, and the message will be distributed to all the members in the group. At the same time, the message is posted on the discussion board, or forum. This is the web-based interface to this mailing list. Members can also post directly on the forum utilizing some advanced options and formatting.
Then there is the private messaging. Private conversations can go on between members with e-mail (and optional SMS notification) going out only to the two parties involved in the conversation.
Let's not forget polls! With each post, the member can create an optional poll as part of this post. This poll collects multiple-choice responses from the members and tallies the data. Polls can also be displayed on the iGrOOp homepage for even more exposure.
See Example (forum with categories)See Example (post with poll)
Documentation Creator. The online documentation creator is a tool used to create on-line documentation much like the help files used by desktop applications. This tool makes creating documentation easy while automatically creating expanding menus and searchable documents.
See Example (this document is an example)
File Sharing. The file sharing application is the gateway into the iGrOOps server, where administrators and/or members can upload just about any kind of file from their local computer to the server. Members can then download the files from the iGrOOps server to their local computer.
Options can be set to allow the creation of folders, renaming of files, and deletion of files where the file sharing application can also be setup to limit members to download files only.
See Example File Sharing Application. (download permission only)
FAQs. One of the greatest benefits of the Web is the ability for users to find the answers to their questions immediately. Just about every good site that provides content has a section for the most frequently asked questions, the problem generally is maintaining this area. iGrOOps uses the FAQ Manager which allows the admin team, even the members (at the administrator’s option) to create and maintain FAQs for the group using a convenient web interface.
Members can also comment on the FAQs giving other members even more insight and helpful advice. The user interface allows for easy browsing and searching for entered FAQs.
See Example FAQ.
Live Broadcaster. The live broadcaster is a flash-based application that allows the broadcaster to conduct live audio and/or video events, where others (participants) could watch/listen live and give feedback and comments in real-time using a built-in text-based chat client. This is the ideal tool for webinars, podcasts, and other live events.
You can try out the live broadcaster and see it in action M-F at 1:00pm at EVcast.com.
Custom Member Webpages. Each member can create their own custom webpage. These webpages are created with the online webpage creator - a tool that is very similar to popular word processing editors, making the creation of webpages both intuitive and fun.
(no example available - most member webpages are private to the group)
Gallery. No group site would be complete without photographs. iGrOOps is no different. iGrOOps includes a powerful and flexible gallery application that will display uploaded photographs or images in several different layouts, including an auto-forwarding “slide show” that allows viewers to just sit back and enjoy.
The uploading feature of this application allows you to select and upload unlimited images at one time, while automatically resizing your images to your choice of several sizes ideal for web viewing. Once the images are uploaded on the server, captions can be entered for each image.
See Example Photo Gallery.
Reviews. The reviews application is like the phone book for your group, but with many more features. The reviews application allows administrators and/or members to enter businesses, products, vendors – “listings”. These listings can include an image, a description, contact information, and more. Each member can then add comments to, and rate the listings just like popular e-commerce sites with one major difference – the listings are specific to the group and the ratings are from members of your own group.
Members can also leave private notes on each listing that are visible only to the owner of the notes.
With the reviews application, you can list and rate businesses, vendors, movies, books, restaurants, hiking trails, foods, places, ... just about anything.
(no example available - reviews private to groups)
Task Manager. The iGrOOps task manager organizes and details “tasks” or “things to do” for administrators and/or the members of the group. Using this tool, one can organize the tasks common to the group and assign tasks to different members, while monitoring the status of the tasks. The members can also enter their own tasks while choosing to share the task status with the group, or keep the task private. Each task that is not made private can be commented on by other members. This way, members can offer advice or information that can be used to complete the task.
Members can choose to be sent reminders of tasks when action is due. This is done daily by e-mail.
(no example available - tasks private to groups)
Teleconferencing. We offer reliable secure reservationless conferencing, using state of the art digital technology. Features include dedicated dial-in-number and access codes, free recording, up to 150 callers per conference, no reservations needed, one number and multiple access codes to group and organize conferences, and more!
Video/MP3 Gallery. Videos are one of the most effective ways to communicate a message to an audience. With today’s high-speed Internet access and advanced web browsers, viewing good-quality videos on a web page is not only possible, but common practice for many content providers. The iGrOOps video/MP3 gallery is a tool that allows members and/or just administration team members to easily upload videos and/or MP3 sound files using the provided web-based uploader. From there, the server converts just about any video format into the very efficient and universal Flash format for web display, and converts audio formats to the universal MP3 format. In addition to uploading, this application also allows the embedding of videos from other popular video websites. Once a media file is uploaded and converted, members can rate and leave comments on the video or audio file.
See Example Video.
Web Video Chat. iGrOOps uses a flash-based chat client for real-time voice and video chat. This means, there is no software to download and you have a chat client that is not limited to HTML or scripting languages.
The web video chat works much like other chat clients, where you can chat in real-time with one or many users anywhere in the world by typing text messages. However, the iGrOOps web video chat application takes this basic functionality steps further. You can have a voice conversations, just as if you were talking on the telephone – but without the need to give out phone numbers and without those long-distance charges! With the added benefit of live video.
If that weren’t enough, the iGrOOps web video chat allows for users to hold and participate in conferences – just like a teleconference -- but with video. One member can do all the talking while many others listen in and send questions/comments to the speaker via text chat, or the listeners can talk in the conference as well.
(no example available - chat private to groups)
All these applications use "permissions" meaning you can set the access level for each application. For example, you can allow guests to view your posts on the communication system, but only allow paying members the ability to post. Or you can allow free members the ability to view your videos, but only paying members the right to upload. It is a very flexible system!
The Affiliate Program Module
Affiliate Marketing is one of the hottest trends to reach the Internet. It is a way for your members (or affiliates) to recommend your online group to other people and get compensated for it. It is a revolutionary way of marketing that has made the Internet what it is today. With iGrOOps, you can be a part of this success.
Affiliate Marketing is just one of the many ways to build your online group membership. Activating this program in your group can have a significant impact on membership growth.
How the Affiliate Program Works
This is a program for YOUR iGrOOp that allows your members to refer other members to your group using a unique URL assigned to them, and get paid as a result. You set the affiliate commissions, the payment cycle, and the terms and conditions. You, as the site admin, also pay the affiliates. iGrOOps takes care of the tracking and the reporting.
Benefits - More Paid Members which equals more revenue!
The Smart Autoresponder Module
How many times have you signed up for a newsletter, or membership site, and began receiving regular, quality information? Did you ever think, "How can someone keep coming up with this stuff on a regular basis?" The chances are, there was not someone creating and sending out the messages on a daily basis. The messages were probably created a while ago, and just sent to you on a schedule based on your membership date or the day of the year. These are what we call, "Smart Autoresponders".
Smart, or scheduled autoresponders are perhaps a marketer's favorite tool. It is way to ensure that each member gets all the information the marketer wants to give them, on the schedule the marketer wants to give it to the member. Best of all, it is all automated!
Features and Benefits
Some Examples of The Smart Autoresponders
Think of the smart autoresponders as an extension of your communication system. You can use these ONLY to send messages to your full or limited group members, and/or your newsletter subscribers. They cannot be used to send to any other lists. There are many circumstances where these would be very useful. Here are some examples:
Example #1: You want to send regular mailings to your newsletter subscribers. You do not want to have to keep writing messages every few days, and you want to make sure that each subscriber get all your message -- you may even want them to get the messages in order. This is where smart autoresponders come in. You create and upload your autoresponders in advance, associate each responder with a membership day. So for example, Bill who signed up today (day 1) will get the responder associated with day 1. Phil, who signed up last week, is on day 7 and will get day 7's message -- even though Bill got day 1's message. And you can sit back and let automation sell for you!
When messages are being sent to your newsletter subscribers, the custom and standard footers are appended to the messages being sent. This will always give the subscribers the opportunity to unsubscribe and give you the opportunity to up sell with your custom footer!
Example #2: You want to send regular mailings to your members. Let's say you run a group where you want your members to receive the same messages all at the same time, no matter when they joined. You can use the communication system and manually send your members a new message each day, or you can use the smart autoresponders and create all 365 messages in advance, and schedule them to go out one day at a time throughout the year, while you site back and focus on other parts of your business!
The possibilities are endless. Smart autoresponders keep your name and website in the eyes and minds of your subscribers/members.
The E-commerce Module
Holy Shnikies! It is finally here.. the long awaited e-commerce module! We have incorporated about 95% of all the features you've asked for, plus added more. We have created what we believe to be the ideal membership site e-commerce solution that is full integrated with iGrOOps, and works wonderfully with the affiliate and autoresponder modules.
Features & Benefits List
There are many ways you can incorporate the e-commerce system into your iGrOOp. Here are some ideas with some examples:
(Updated January 16, 2013)
Traditional "social networks" are quite limited with access control. For example, if you put your videos on YouTube, the world can access them. If you start a YAHOO group, others will need to be a member of your group to access any of the group content. This black and white approach to access control may have worked years ago, but the online communities demanded more -- and iGrOOps listened.
Multi-Layered Access Control
iGrOOps offers what is called "multi-layered access control". As the name suggests, there are many "layers" to the access you as the group administrator can set for your group. These layers are defined below.
Membership-Based Access. Each area, feature, and application in your group is secured with membership-based access. There are three levels of this kind of access. They are:
You can give your membership levels your own custom names that work best for your membership... like "Bronze", "Silver", and "Gold" -- or hopefully something more creative :)
You can select the membership-based access for each of your applications. Other areas of your group are automatically secured based on use and information.
Read / Write Access
When you select the membership-based access for each application, you also decide which levels will have write access, and which will only be able to read content. This provides even more flexibility and control. For example, your communication system can be set so guests and all three levels of members can read posts, but only level 2 and level 3 members can post messages (see figure 1)
The administrator of the iGrOOp has what is called "administration" access. This is the person that can access all areas of the iGrOOp including the group's setup areas. The main administrator is the person who initially sets up the iGrOOp.
The main administrator can be changed by the iGrOOps administration staff only.
Administration Team Access
The main administrator can define an "administration team" -- one or more members of the group who will have administration rights to some, or all of the areas. These administrators are defined as follows:
With the exception of the "Co-Administrator", which has all the same privileges as the Administrator, the other roles all have regular member access. You can, however, grant admin access to individual members of your admin team on a per application basis.
Only the "master" package has full administration team assigning capabilities. However, all packages can define as many co-administrators as needed.
For each application, you can grant any member administration rights.
In the configuration area of each application, the administrator can assign admin rights to an administration team title in addition to a certain member. This is helpful because a) sometimes admin team members change and you do not want to change for each application every time a new member comes on or leaves and b) by giving admin access to say "Support Committee" you are giving admin access to all those members who you assigned to that position.
(Updated January 16, 2013)
Are you concerned that you are not “technical” enough to make this work? Or perhaps you think you do not have enough business experience to make this venture the success that it should be? Fear not. While you do need some basic skills such as filling out online forms, web navigation, basic understanding of the Internet, and some business experience would be helpful, we provide you with the training you need. With our program, you’ll have access to the state of the art, easy to use iGrOOps software to create and run your own social website. Thousands of people with only basic Internet experience, and no programming experience, have used this software to create attractive, professional looking membership sites. We provide you with access to our audio / video training program, which consists of the following topics:• The Basics of Starting Your Own Online Business• Choosing your Niche (what your social website will be about)• Setting Up Your Social Website• Your Domain Name: Choosing, Registering, Moving• Setting a Price for Membership• Accepting Credit Card and/or PayPal Payments• How to Make Money from Your Social Website• Design Tips• Driving Traffic to Your Social Website• Converting Traffic to Members• Keeping Members InvolvedOn top of all these, you will find many additional support documents that can help you master all that iGrOOps.com has to offer.
More than this, as an iGrOOps administrator you have free access to MembershipSiteBuilding.com offering over 30 podcasts, discussion forums, blog posts and articles to help you with marketing your site, improving membership activity, ecommerce tips, search engine optimization techniques, and more.
Once your web site is going, you will also get some additional free help in the way of web site review, social networking opportunities, possible interviews and other activities.
(Updated January 15, 2013)
You have MANY options when it comes to membership for your iGrOOp. iGrOOps offers perhaps the most flexibility available today for any social network/membership site when it comes to giving group admins the choice on how they want to run their membership. This flexibility makes iGrOOps the ideal solution for just about ANY kind of group you can think of!
The Big Question: Free to Members? or Charge Members?
For some groups this question may be easy to answer. For example, a corporation using iGrOOps as an Intranet site would obviously not charge its employees for membership. But for most groups, the question is not an easy one to answer.
You set the membership fee for your iGrOOp and you keep 100%* ! iGrOOps integrates with both PayPal and Authorizenet in seconds (see section below)
There are many aspects to consider such as the content you are providing, who is providing it, etc. Whatever your decision, your iGrOOp can support both paid and free memberships (at the same time too - see below).
iGrOOps provides additional documentation and advice on charging membership fees for your iGrOOp. Many successful paid membership sites are making millions of dollars today -- you can too with a good idea, the right execution, and iGrOOps.
Types of Membership
With iGrOOps, you can use one,two, or three types of membership. These are exclusive access, full access and limited access.
Why not use all three access levels? Charge a reasonable fee for your full access membership, then make your limited access free or very low cost and work on your upgrades!
Use the trial membership feature to give your members anywhere from a 1 day to a 6 month free trial! This system will require a credit card from the customer, but not charge the customer until the trial period has finished.
Collecting Payment from Members
iGrOOps provides each group with a complete membership system that includes secure online forms fully integrated with both PayPal and Authorizenet.
Group administrators can choose to charge members yearly, monthly, or both. In combination with the access levels, this means you have a very powerful membership site tool! Here are some examples on how you can set up your membership:
Example 1) Full access membership is $10 per month or $99 for the whole year, limited access membership is free
Example 2) Full access membership is $29 per month or $199 for the whole year, limited access membership is $5 per month or $50 per year
You can choose not to use both monthly and yearly, and just choose one.
Getting Paid (or not)
You have five options when it comes to collecting payment (or not collecting payment) from your members. These are...
Inviting and Approving Members
Most admins choose to approve all members before they are given access to your group. You can, however, choose to automate the approval and just have all who pay successfully automatically approved.
Inviting members can be done using a very simple invite tool within your iGrOOp. Both members and admins can use this tool to invite prospective members to join.
* PayPal and/or Authorize net will, of course, take their share of processing fees -- usually about 3% and around .30 per transaction. See their sites and your merchant agreement for exact numbers and details.
Are you concerned that your iGrOOp will be a financial drain? Fear not! There are several ways your costs can be subsidized or eliminated using iGrOOps. Of course, if your iGrOOp is a for-profit group, you can use these techniques to make money -- a lot of money.
The benefits of an iGrOOp are well worth the very reasonable monthly fees. Making money with your group can take your group to a new level by adding compensation to the administrator(s) thus increasing the quality to the members.
SEVEN Great Ways to Start Making Money With Your iGrOOp
Some iGrOOps do not exist to make money. Some of the groups exist purely for the communication and networking benefits. Having said that, in order for a non-funded group to survive and prosper, it must bring in enough money to at least pay for itself. Here are some suggestions:
Once your members see what they are getting with iGrOOps versus other "free" group sites, they should be more than happy to make a small donation to keep the group alive and thriving.
iGrOOps offers several services including design, marketing, and management of your iGrOOp. We aim to be a full service company allowing you to focus on what you are best at, and let us do the rest!
We have a team of designers, programmers, artists, marketing professionals, copywriters, virtual assistants, and more, here to help your iGrOOp succeed! Use us!
Services Currently Offered
* These services can be ordered online at the time you purchase your iGrOOp service or by clicking the "Add Services" link in your header when logged in as admin. Other services can be arranged by private message, e-mail, or telephone.
For more information on these or other services, contact us at 978-440-9300 or salesteam at igroops dot com.
We often refer to an iGrOOp that is used to collect fees for membership as a "membership site".
You are probably curious to know how much money you can expect to make with iGrOOps.com. Through this unique opportunity, you have the potential to create a significant income, but unlike most other business opportunities, your relative investment is very small. iGrOOps sites also offer a solid alternative, and many advantages for crowdfunding projects, too!With iGrOOps you have the capacity to charge for three different levels of membership and still allow any content you designate to be available for public viewing. Additionally, you have the capacity to set up your own webstore and offer your own products - including digital downloads! Don't forget about online advertising and sponsors either - these can also be significant revenue streams. We will also be announcing our own affiliate program in the near future offering yet another revenue stream.
Not everyone uses iGrOOps to "make money". There are many uses for iGrOOps, so if earning a profit is not a goal of yours, you can skip this section. Also keep in mind that in order to charge for membership fees, you must have the "business" package or one higher.
Income From Your Own Membership Sites. For years, people have been earning significant income from running their own membership sites. While some membership sites never make any money, others do extremely well financially. While it is hard to give an average or exact number, we know of customers making just enough to pay for the group and others who do make a great living by running just a single membership site.We, too, have heard people claiming “millions per month” in income, but we have found these to be very unique circumstances, often with questionable products, marketed to a well-established list that takes several years and/or cost millions of dollars to build. While the sky is the limit when it comes to financial success of your group, we suggest aiming for a realistic and attainable goal, and then once achieved, building on that success.
iGrOOps can be used by just about any kind of group, club, community, family, or organization there is. Between the free option and the professional option, any group can benefit from an iGrOOp.
Here are some live examples of iGrOOps in use.
iGrOOps are membership-based communities with most of the tools and content available to members only. Unless you are a member of these groups, you will not be able to see all the features.
The EVcast is an iGrOOp used as part of an "enhanced" podcast. It is for anyone interested in electric cars.
EVcast.com focuses on the podcasting capabilites of iGrOOps, simple audio blog entries automatically create the RSS feed that podcatchers need, including iTunes.
EVcast.com also uses the new "Live Broadcasting" application to allow listeners to listen in real time and comment using the built in chat.
The Year To Success iGrOOp is run by an author of a book who uses the group to communicate with readers and provide premium content to paid members.
He is using two membership levels -- the first level is free which gives readers access to forum and the second level is $19 per month, which gives readers direct access to author through private messages and live video chat sessions, as well as access to much video and audio information. Cost to author: $29 per month.
The Joel Barlow Class of 1990 iGrOOp is a site for the 172 alumni that make up that group. It is a pro option and asks for donations though the integrated PayPal donations feature.
The iGrOOp uses the FAQ as a "what ever happened to..." feature, where classmates can post what they know about other classmates.
Can we showcase your iGrOOp? If it adds variety to our list of examples, we can may use it (with your permission). Let us know!
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Ordering Your iGrOOp. You can start creating your first membership site today for free, with no credit card required! We offer all those new to iGrOOps a 30 day free trial of the fully featured iGrOOp ("master" package). Any time during the 30 days, you can choose to register your iGrOOps membership and choose the package that best suits your needs. It is a true turnkey solution that will both challenge you and stimulate your creative side. It is time to take action and create the future you deserve!Join us today by registering your membership site at http://www.igroops.com/Here at iGrOOps.com, our business is based on a month-to-month agreement, where customers can cancel at any time. We understand that our success depends on yours. We look forward to helping you attain personal and financial success. What Happens Next? Moments after you successfully place your order online, you will receive an e-mail with step by step instruction on how to proceed. You will also receive a daily e-mail each day for your first 30 days, sharing important information that will help you succeed in building and marketing your site (you can opt out of these if you like, but we suggest you don't!).You can also start the training portion at http://ids.igroops.com where you will find our videos and other support material.
Please take the time to read through the following information regarding iGrOOps.com. These are some of the details and “fine print”.IGROOPS, LLC. Our company name is iGrOOps, LLC. Registered at 11010 Lake Grove Blvd, Suite 100-237, Morrisville, NC 27560. You, as the customer, are doing business with iGrOOps, LLC. and will see that name appear on credit card statements and other communications.MULTIPLE MEMBERSHIP SITES. With iGrOOps, we provide customers with of the "ig4", "master", and "managed" packages the ability to create as many social websites as required. Customers can only start to create multiple sites after they have paid for their account. We have rules in place to prevent the creation of accounts simply for “name squatting”. The main administrator for the account must be the main administrator for all the accounts – there cannot be different main administrators for each of the accounts. Abuse of this (ie sharing a main login and giving away/selling sites) can result in termination of all groups - so please do not abuse this privilege. This is an ideal option for customers who want to create personal membership sites, or customers who want to create iGrOOps for prospects, charge them a fee for administration of the sites, then eventually turn them over to the prospect while earning a commission for the sale of an iGrOOp. With the ability to create unlimited iGrOOps, the possibilities are endless!ACCOUNT CANCELLATION. Accounts can be cancelled at any time, but charges gone through for the 30 day billing cycle cannot be refunded. So for example, if your card is charged on the first of the month, and you cancel your account on the second day of the month, you will have already paid for that month in advance. To cancel, either send a private message to “Mark” via http://ids.igroops.com or call 978-440-9300. For a cancellation to be valid, you MUST receive a cancellation number. This is proof that you communicated your cancellation with a member of the iGrOOps administration team.
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