Over the past decade, SlideRoom has grown into a platform used by institutions around the world to accept and review applications and multimedia portfolios. With this in mind, we are excited to announce the launch of SlideRoom in datacenters all over the world. Bearing in mind different legal requirements for data storage, privacy, and server operations, our new SlideRoom environments are the first step in a broad global expansion. Each new environment is dedicated to serving the particular needs of our clients in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region. From the user standpoint, nothing changes. Administrators, reviewers, and applicants all enjoy the same simple, beautiful experience they have grown to love. Institutions can still be confident that they are using a trusted process
The features SlideRoom customers most frequently request have to do with managing their larger relationships with applicants during and after the application process. Ultimately, their desire is to see a unified contact record that displays activity from every touchpoint. This might include email campaigns, help desk communications, or simply recording ad hoc interactions. Further, customers don't want to abandon the services they are already using; they simply want to bring that information together. So, rather than trying to build a CRM that competes with a range of top communication services, we've built an integration platform that brings data together from across the web to update information and activity for each of your contacts in an ongoing manner. You can now watch your data come alive through
With Salesforce's surging presence in the edtech sector, more SlideRoom customers will likely be using Salesforce for their SIS and CRM needs. With that in mind, we wanted to let you know that SlideRoom fully integrates with your Salesforce instance. This includes setting up automated exports from SlideRoom to send Salesforce designated data and files on a scheduled basis. We have put together an easy, step-by-step guide for how to set up that integration. But we are also happy to set it up for you, at no extra charge. Contact our client support team to get started.
Increasingly individuals are storing their creative work online, not on their personal computers. Sites like GitHub, YouTube, Medium, SketchFab, Etsy, and LinkedIn all operate as repositories for creative content. Today, SlideRoom will allow applicants to embed their creative content from almost anywhere across the Web into their SlideRoom application. They simply need to paste a link as a response to an application question or as part of their portfolio collection. When the media is available for display, like a video or a tweet, that item will fully display within the page. In cases like articles and blog posts, a rich preview will display and link directly to that content online. Here's an example of pasting a link to a video on Vimeo: Not only does this
Adding SlideRoom to your Google Analytics account is a recent feature that launched with SlideRoom's Standard Plan last year. It allows you to see how applicants are finding your application portal and when they are visiting most often. Do they arrive from your email campaigns, tweets, facebook posts, ads, or somewhere else? Tracking referral sources is the best way to discover which of your promotional initiatives are paying off. Since your organization probably already has a Google Analytics account, adding SlideRoom to that account is easy. To get started, sign into Google Analytics and click on the Admin Tab. Under the Property section, click Tracking Info then Tracking Code. You will see the page below. Copy that Tracking ID. Then, go into your SlideRoom account under
SlideRoom is now offering an Advanced plan for organizations that need to see more data and have everything integrated tightly with their larger ecosystem of databases and services. In addition to all of SlideRoom's Standard features, the Advanced plan includes the following: Content from In-Progress Applications In addition to seeing which applicants have started the process and reaching out to them, with Advanced you can see answers and media before applicants have submitted their final application. The intention of this feature is to enable adminstrators to communicate with applicants throughout the application process. You'll be able to provide more detailed guidance and see more completed submissions. API Data Import Often another database contains important information about applicants that need to be merged with their application. With
SlideRoom's new Standard pricing plan is a great fit for organizations who need more than a basic plan. The Standard plan offers unlimited programs, more powerful features, greater flexibility and better analytics. Here are a few highlights: New SlideRoom Analytics Seeing applicants with greater clarity at the aggregate level and program level will help you understand your various applicant pools. The image above shows a new program-level report with real-time data outlining top rated applicants in that program, evaluation breakdown, and a worldmap showing the location of applicants. The map is zoomable, so clicking on the US will show a distribution by state. Track Your Referrals With Google Analytics We understand that you work hard to promote your opportunities and want to track where your applicants
Do you have applicants in SlideRoom with important data located in another database? This might include official test scores, GPA, student IDs, and other attributes that live in a separate system. Now it's easy to consolidate that information mapped to the correct applicant in SlideRoom so everything can be present for your review process. SlideRoom's API is RESTful and uses an OAuth connection to import name/value pairs from another database and maps them onto specific applications for display. The picture below displays how this appears in the interface, within the sidebar of an application. Further, these attributes can be easily edited if new values need to be entered directly within SlideRoom. All of this is available within SlideRoom's Advanced Plan, which includes many features for
On September 1st, we'll be releasing the new front-end interface for reviewers and administrators in SlideRoom. We’ve been working all year to incorporate feedback and make everything even easier to use. The wide variety in types of people who use SlideRoom posed a unique challenge because we have small programs that only use the most basic features as well as immense institutions with complex feature and data needs. The same system has to work well for both. So, we've been working hard to present everything in a simple format, exposing more information and more options only when needed. A secondary driver of the redesign was driven by feedback for “less clicking” when evaluating submitted materials from thousands of applicants. The practical need to view &
SlideRoom has just launched the new Export Scheduler feature. Up until now, organizations had to manually download this information whenever they wanted it, or they had to use our API. While the API is a great solution for organizations that have technical help, we understand it may not be a perfect solution for everyone. With that in mind, we have made it easy to schedule chosen data and documents to be exported to an individual computer, a cloud storage service, or via SFTP (secure file transfer protocol) without the need of a developer. Organizations can decide what information to export (PDFs, Spreadsheets, or Files), the applicant pool from which to export this information, when the export will run, and where the the information will be sent.