When you create a new event, you have four different event types to choose from: local meetups, live chats, Google Hangouts and online meetings (where you can direct members to an external link of your choice).
To create a new event, navigate to Events and use the + button to create a new event. The event form gives you the same formatting options as an article, so that you can add rich text, images, embedded videos or attachments.
Once you choose your type of event, you can update the time, date and time zone. Time zone is important because it eliminates potential confusion for members who aren't in your same time zone. You also have the option to add an external link to your event if it's also listed on Facebook or Eventbrite, for example.
Once you've set up an event, you can share it out and folks can RSVP. As the Host of the network or organizer of an event, you can also message groups of members based on their reply when you're on the web by clicking on the number and section for Attending, Maybes and Not Attending and choosing the option to Message All Attendees.
When members see your published event, they will have the option to RSVP, export the event to their calendar and add comments.
All members who have RSVP'd "Attending" or "Maybe" will receive an email event reminder 24 hours before a local meetup or 30 minutes before a live chat event or Google Hangout event.
If, for any reason, you want to cap the number of people who can RSVP to a particular event or disable RSVPs, you can always choose to switch off RSVPs when you're creating or editing an event. This means that the option to RSVP will no longer be visible to any members.
Your members can add events as well, if you've enabled the option for members to also create events. If you want only you and other Hosts to add events, go for it. You can limit event creation to just Hosts from Host Management > Features > Event.
When you add an event, it's public to all members of your network or to members of the group you are in. Right now, there isn't a way to hold a private event that is visible only to invited members (unless you're creating the event within a private group). Nor is there a way yet to limit RSVPs or attendees to a certain number of people. However, events that exist within a group are only available to members of that group.
Live Chat Events
Live chats events offer you the opportunity to host a scheduled, real-time event with your members right in your Mighty Network.
While there isn't video or audio, folks can share text, images, video links and emojis in an All Member Chat area. All Member Chat is only available on the web right now, and you can turn on or off this chat area in Host Management > Features.
Here's a short video that outlines how a live chat works in a Mighty Network:
To organize a live chat, you'll want to first make sure that All Member Chat is enabled from Host Management > Features before the event starts. The all member chat area is turned on by default, but we have many Hosts who prefer to keep it off and only make it available during scheduled live chat events in their network.
When it's time for a live chat event, members who have RSVP'd will receive an event reminder via email 30 minutes before it starts.
We also show a network-wide banner alert on the web 30 minutes before and during the live chat so that members online can immediately click on the banner and open up the chat.
When the live chat is over, Hosts have the option of saving a full transcript of the live chat as a post that members can reference later. Create a live chat transcript by using the prompt in the lower right corner when you're in All Member Chat.
A Google Hangout is a live video chat service that supports up to 10 simultaneous members online and talking privately at the same time. If you want to schedule a Google Hangout in your Mighty Network so that attendees can easily access your Hangout from an automatically created link in your network, just choose the Google Hangout option when you're creating a new event.
When you're scheduling a Google Hangout event, keep in mind that this service operates entirely separately from Mighty Networks and it requires creating an account on Google to activate. Coordinating a Google Hangout can at times can get a bit tricky, but it's video, and video is nice. If something isn't working, we recommend taking a look at their instructions first.
When your event starts (based on the time and date you chose when you set it up), as the organizer you’ll see a link to Start the Google Hangout from the event page. Click on this link to launch the Google Hangout.
Then (and only then) will your members see a link on their event page prompts them to Join the Google Hangout.