We’re feeling generous

Richards new arrival

We here at Bandman HQ are very proud to announce the arrival of our founder’s second child. We’re getting clucky, so to celebrate we’ve increased our referral bonus and added a reward for early subscribers!

We already knock $10 off your subscription when someone registers using your group’s username. We used to then also give the subscribing group 10 free credits, but as of today we’ve increased this ten-fold to 100! How great is that?

We’re also now offering a reward of 100 credits to groups who subscribe within the first 30 days of their 180-day trial. So if you use a referral code and then subscribe early, you’ll find yourself with 200 free text message credits.

And to show just how much we appreciate your support, we’re retrospectively updating existing referral bonuses and subscriptions. Plus if you’ve only recently registered, your 30-day countdown starts today!

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Update to notifications

As you set up a member in Bandman you can choose what information to include. Adding an email address and password for example lets them sign in and view their events. Adding a mobile phone number allows you send them text messages at our fantastic rates.

When it comes to sending event notifications, we take some of the grunt work out of filling in the text message and email screens for you by preselecting recipients and crafting a message for you. After posting a quick demonstration of this process on Facebook we received a great question; what happens to the text message if a member doesn’t have a mobile number recorded? Until now you would need to remember to separately contact that person.

We have just rolled out an update that notifies you when a recipient doesn’t have a mobile number saved, along with some other subtle changes. Consider the following list of artists:

Artists

You’ll see that neither Tim nor Jim have a mobile number. If we view our Events list and click the traffic light notification indicator, the messaging screen now includes the following:

Notifications

Both Tim and Jim appear in the red alert box with a message that reads, “The following artists don’t have a mobile number. Selecting them below will send your message as an email“.

And what if we remove Tim’s email address as well?

No email

Tim now includes a further warning that he cannot be contacted.

Finally, the email Jim receives includes a line telling him he’s received the email instead of a text message and that he can add a mobile number for future use by editing his profile:

No TXT email

We are just loving the feedback and support we are receiving and can’t wait to hear more about how you’re using Bandman and what you’d like to see included.

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Availability notifications

We have rolled out an update to Bandman today that we think is pretty darned neat! You can now choose how and when to be notified of your members’ availabilities. Plus, you can set default options for your groups and customise them per event.

If you’d simply like to know via email once everyone’s availabilities are in, cool. But if you have an urgent request out for availabilities, you might like to know once half your group has replied, or get a text message for every reply. It’s up to you.

You’ll find your defaults under your group’s setup page and similar options in the event editing screen. We hope this makes your life just a little easier!

Availability notifications

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You ask. We listen.

We really want to make Bandman as useful for you as possible. We have a presence on major social networks so you can easily get in touch, plus we have our own support forum on this site. And we’re listening!

The guys at Funk Buddies asked if it could be possible to add unconfirmed times to events. We provide the ability to add arrival, start and end times to events, but there might be the occasion where you just need general availabilities for the morning or afternoon.

So we’ve made it happen. Our event editing screen used to only include the following:

Times

Now we’ve added an option to include a “ballpark” time:

Ballpark times

This new field lets you select from:

  • To Be Confirmed
  • Morning
  • Afternoon
  • Evening and
  • Late

This update also impacts the various event lists around the site (on your Dashboard and for artists) and is picked up in the automated notification emails and text messages. If you switch between the two timing options you’ll notice that changing the ballpark also updates the exact times; this is to keep your events sorted correctly.

We hope this change helps everyone. If you have other suggestions, please send them through.

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