May’s Featured Vendor: Elgato Systems

elgato_65pxMany user group members know Elgato as a long-time supporter of User Group University and other community events. Others know their amazing products, including EyeTV, Eve and the Thunderbolt 2 Dock that connects everything with one cable. Maybe you have seen their newest product: Avea. If so, you know that Elgato creates app-powered lifestyle accessories that entertain and enlighten.

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How-To: Group Volunteers

In our January User Group How-To we discussed ways to revitalize your group. This How-To will expand on that article, focusing on volunteer involvement and management. Volunteering is key to a group’s success. Parts of this article were taken from a presentation given at User Group University held at Macworld in 2007. The focus of the presentation was on volunteers and community involvement. This how-to will look at volunteer types and roles, difficult volunteers, and most importantly recognizing your volunteers.  (more…)

Reminder: Are Your Group’s Records Up To date?

Ambassadors: Are your group’s Apple User Group Locator records up to date? This summer the Locator team will be updating the database, and groups with dead web links or non-functioning email addresses will be put on pending. Make sure your group stays on active status.

Update your group’s records today!

How? See complete instructions below. (more…)

Meeting Ideas: Cooking, Music and Photos on Your iPad

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Ask your group’s ambassador about Apple Sales Training Online (ASTO). From prepackaged demos to Apple materials that you can use to create customized presentations, ASTO has it all.

Why not focus on iPad this month? ASW offers two just-published features: Quick Training: Cooking with iPad (L540977A-en_US) and Quick Training: Explore the World of Music on iPad (L539983A-en_US), along with the popular: Quick Training: Shoot, Edit, and Share Your Photos with iPad (L538318A-en_US) and Quick Training: Discover New Ways to Use the Cameras on iPad (L538320A-en_US).

Ambassadors: May is a great month to check in with ASTO!

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Special Offer – From the makers of TechTool Pro: 20% discount

MicromatMicromat, leaders in diagnostic maintenance and repair for Mac, is offering a 20% discount to all Apple user group members. Use the coupon code during checkout at the Micromat Store to receive this special discount on all Micromat products.

See your Apple user group Ambassador for discount code.

https://www.micromat.com/store/

This worldwide offer is ongoing.

Special Offer – Elgato Products: 25% Off

elgatologoElgato creates app-powered lifestyle accessories that entertain and enlighten by combining elegant software with innovative hardware, designed and developed by Elgato engineering and product teams in Germany and California. Elgato has a variety of cutting-edge video products including the Thunderbolt 2 Dock, Avea, Smart Key, Game Capture HD/HD60 and Video Capture. For more information, visit www.elgato.com.

For a limited time, Elgato is offering very special 25% discount pricing on these products to Apple user group members, which is the same as Apple employees receive. The offer is for a maximum of one product per person. The products are not-for-resale (NFR) and are marked as such on the product and packaging.

See your Apple user group Ambassador for discount link.

This U.S./Canada-only offer valid until June 30, 2015.

Meeting Ideas: Final Cut Pro X, Macbook and More

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Ask your group’s ambassador about Apple Sales Training Online (ASTO). From prepackaged demos to Apple materials that you can use to create customized presentations, ASTO has it all.

For example, ASW offers many ready-to-go packages, including demos, presentation scripts and demo instructions. For new releases, they generally offer basic product tip sheets, demo ideas and presentations immediately after the product has been announced. On April 13, ASW added a ready-to-use presentation covering the new newest version of Final Cut Pro X (L519868A-en_US ) that can be paired with ASTO’s Final Cut Pro X Top Features – Demo Guide, for your group’s next meeting. A few days earlier ASW posted a presentation you can download covering the new MacBook (L539718A-en_US) if your group is interested in learning more about the MacBook. Want to cover in-depth technical information? There are technical training sections just waiting to be your group’s next meeting topic.

Ambassadors: April is a great month to check in with ASTO!

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Meeting Ideas: Attracting Youth by Sarah Friedlander Garcia

Over the years, some of the best ideas for user group leadership have come from the worldwide community of user group officers, the hard working folk who ensure that their groups survive and thrive.

One of this month’s topics comes from Sarah Friedlander Garcia, a past member of the Apple’s Campus Groups Advisory Board, who has gone on to great success with Mozilla and AIR802, and is now Marketing Manger for W-Systems Corp. In 2004, she was one of the featured speakers at User Group University during the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, offering ideas for welcoming young people into the user group community.

Thanks Sarah!

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Meeting Ideas: Planning Topics by Doan Stafford

Over the years, some of the best ideas for user group leadership have come from the worldwide community of user group officers, the hard working folk who ensure that their groups survive and thrive.

One of this month’s topics comes from Doan Stafford, long-time leader of QMUG and an active supporter of the user group community. In 2004, he was one of the featured speakers at User Group University during the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, offering ways to plan group meeting topics well in advance.

Thanks Doan!

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April Review: Vendor Offers for Members and Meetings

Every month officers and members write to ask about current user group discount offers. Two great resources for user group bargain seekers are the “All Offers on One Page” sections that UGAB Board member Elsa Travisano publishes each month for readers of the Apple User Group Bulletin. There is a page that describes the offers:

http://appleusergroupresources.com/category/special-offers-without-codes/

And a password-protected page that lists the discount codes or details needed to obtain the discounts:

http://appleusergroupresources.com/special-offers-with-codes/

How do you get the password? It is printed each month in the Apple User Group Bulletin or you can ask your group’s ambassador for the current password.

Check it out!

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