MemberPlanet publicly launches end-to-end group management platform

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

MemberPlanet, a revolutionary new concept in group management, today announced its public launch after more than a year of building and beta testing its group management platform. For the first time, groups of any size or type have access to a “functional network” that seamlessly handles all communication, finance and group management processes. The MemberPlanet platform gives group leaders the ability to manage one or multiple groups from a single user interface, and gives members a centralized place to stay abreast of group activities, pay membership dues, make donations, RSVP for events, and more.

MemberPlanet is a “freemium” model, allowing groups of any size access to the platform at no cost, and providing advanced features more cost effectively than other online group management solutions.

“After raising $2.5 million in funding, we conducted a very successful year-long beta period which attracted more than 4,000 groups with over 1.3M members,” said Rob Hammond, MemberPlanet founder and CEO. “All of these groups have something in common: they wanted to simplify and make the management processes more efficient. Now with everything they need in one place, they’re able to ease the administrative burdens and focus on engaging their members. We are excited about today’s launch and look forward to helping the rest of the world discover the benefits of our platform.”

MemberPlanet was built from the ground up in 2012 to create the perfect complement to the social network – the functional network. This functional network provides all the tools necessary to ensure a group runs smoothly: email campaigns, surveys, payment processing, database management, event registration, group text messaging and calendaring, discussion boards and event-based photo sharing. Empowering its customers with the ability to singlehandedly run every group management task, MemberPlanet reduces the frustrations associated with group management and enables group leaders to accomplish their tasks, delegate within the group, and ensure a smooth transition of leadership.

Early adopter users have already discovered the advantages MemberPlanet offers groups. Said Dawn Lenzie, PTA President at Rancho Vista Elementary in Rolling Hills Estates, CA: “MemberPlanet reduced our back-to-school registration from 26 pieces of paper to one confirmation page and increased our donations with simple payment processing, MemberPlanet puts everything we need in one place. Additionally, we were spending a fortune on copies and countless hours sorting paper and creating spreadsheets. Our parents didn’t know what was happening at the school and recruiting volunteers was daunting. MemberPlanet lets us create and send professional-quality newsletters, gather an enormous amount of data that can be exported into a spreadsheet and easily track our events – making everything more efficient."

With the explosion of social media, people are able to participate and affiliate with more groups than ever before. From school organizations, sports teams, church groups, alumni associations, nonprofits and a wide variety of businesses, there are groups being created, joined and managed online for nearly everyone’s area of interest. Until now, no single platform has been able to facilitate all of the needs of both large and small groups alike.

MemberPlanet’s basic services are free for groups of any size and integrate with Facebook and Twitter to ensure groups can leverage social media. For groups that conduct transactions such as dues payment/collection, fundraising or event tickets, MemberPlanet’s integrated payment processing function offers a simpler and cost-effective alternative to outside payment processing tools like PayPal, making transactions accessible and simple for all groups. The platform appeals to groups of all sizes in multiple market segments, including large membership-based organizations, public and private schools, churches, non-profits and individuals conducting fundraising.

About MemberPlanet:

MemberPlanet is the first and only cloud-based group management platform that offers an organically built, comprehensive set of group management tools in a single functional network. Designed to get groups set up and running easily and efficiently, MemberPlanet eases group administration burdens by handling every group management task, including email campaigns, surveys, payment processing, database management, event registration, group text messaging and calendaring, discussion boards, and event-based photo sharing. Unlike disparate tools that each have a learning curve or online group management offerings that allow leaders to manage only one group at a time, MemberPlanet enables oversight of multiple groups from a single platform, similar to how Facebook allows one admin to manage multiple pages. Free for groups of any size, MemberPlanet currently works with more than 4,000 groups that include school organizations, sports teams, church groups, university clubs, alumni associations and a wide variety of nonprofits. Member Planet is privately funded and headquartered in Los Angeles. To learn more, visit www.memberplanet.com or follow us on Twitter @MemberPlanet.