Make the directory easily accessible to the users
There are multiple ways to publish a directory to be easily accessible
Publish the URL of the directory anywhere on the website's home page. It will clearly be visible to the users.
Create a page on the site with the directory widget. Link this page anywhere on the site, where it will be easily accessible to the users.
Use the embed code to publish the directory on your school's main website.
Enable users to share and publicize the content in their circle
Enable sharing so that users can effortlessly share the stories, jobs, businesses, etc. within their circle.
NOTE: The share option changes as it relies on the device and its operating system. It shows relevant share options that the user is already used to
Add a default cover image to make the listing page more lively
Under the Other settings, set up a default image to be picked for the card in case none is submitted.
Curate the content before publishing it
Review the submissions to avoid any irrelevant content from getting published.
Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for setting up the curating filter.
For private content set up Verifications
For the directories with private content, you might want it accessible only to selected users. Decide the group of the users that should be able to access and add it under Verifications.
In the example below the directory is set up to be accessible only to the users with affiliation "Alumni"
Anyone who visits the directory page will have to verify themselves as alumni by confirming their email for validation.
Reach out to email@example.com to enable Verifications for your site.
View and analyze how well your directory content is engaging users
Once the directory starts getting traction, you can view engagement activities under the Reports tab.
To get deeper insights into who is interacting with the content, go to engagement studio. You can easily view, when and how users are interacting with the content.
Set up filters and save reports to send out emails to those who engage with the directory regularly.
Similarly, you can create reports for those who are disengaged and reach out to them specifically, to check what kind of content they would like to see.
Feel free to let us know which practice worked best for you or followed something that isn't on the list. We'd be happy to hear about them; you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Intercom Chat 💬