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NOTE: This article originally ran on OmegaFi.com and is written by Training Coordinator Hannah Wade. OmegaFi is a partner of Sigma Pi for long-term operational success.

Several weeks ago, OmegaFi launched Vault, our enhanced user interface. If you have not met Vault, allow me to introduce you.

Vault is the premier financial and membership management tool available to fraternities and sororities through OmegaFi. It is the only one in the industry that is device-responsive and works great on a desktop, tablet or mobile phone. While this remarkable tool looks new, it is actually the enhanced and modernized version of the Chapter Desktop. We were confident in the capabilities of the Chapter Desktop, but Vault is so much more – we took something great and made it spectacular. Our users can now input and produce their chapter and member information easier and faster.

“Our intent with the development of Vault was to increase efficiency so our chapter officers can spend less time on the administration of running a chapter and more time face-to-face with their membership while they enjoy and promote Greek life”, explained OmegaFi’s Director of Chapter Services, Jennifer Hadden.

“Vault has a more intuitive navigation. We’ve simplified how we present information. To further increase efficiency, we implemented a new user access structure that affords the ability to customize user rights and management functions for every single officer and advisor associated with the chapter. I’m happy to say we received a great deal of positive feedback from our users, which underscores the importance of continuous innovation. We are fortunate to have our own in house I.T. department, who dedicate themselves to designing and building tools like Vault for fraternities and sororities. Their skills, knowledge and commitment enable them to produce products that look good, are easy to navigate and our customers actually enjoy using.”

Vault – a system that not only looks good, but also makes chapter officers and advisors look good. With a few simple clicks, a fraternity/sorority leader with the appropriate access rights can answer questions from an officer, alumni advisor, director, etc. about the chapter’s members, finances, communication, fundraising and other operational activities critical to running a fraternity or sorority today. Visit the OmegaFi site today and try it out. Better yet, call your dedicated OmegaFi Account Manager to schedule a Vault Webinar and let us show you around!

Hannah Wade, Training Coordinator

Periscope

Periscope, which is owned by Twitter, is taking the social media world by storm. In the first few months of its inception, Periscope has gained two million users and will soon be competing for time alongside your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts. The aforementioned social media applications all provide a window into our daily lives. While these apps can show blasts from the recent past, none of them give quite an up-to-the-second view like Periscope can.

Periscope is a “live video streaming platform”, which basically means you can transmit a live broadcast from your device on the platform. Similar to Facetime or Skype, Periscope uses live video, but instead of just talking to one person, your Periscope and Twitter followers can easily see exactly what you are broadcasting, as well as comment and “like” your broadcast.

Follow Sigma Pi Fraternity on Periscope @sigmapi1897

 

This article originally ran on CNN Money at this link: http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/21/technology/google-mobilegeddon/index.html

Mobilegeddon is upon us.

Google released sweeping changes to its search algorithm on Tuesday, giving mobile-friendly websites a boost on smartphones. In its mobile search results, Google (GOOGL, Tech30) now favors websites that adjust for smaller screens.

It seems like an obvious tweak, but it has website operators scrambling to keep their sites listed high up in the search rankings. As with all Google algorithm tweaks, some will benefit, and others will lose out.

Here's everything you need to know about Google's changes, which some have labeled "Mobilegeddon."

1. Only smartphones impacted. Google's search results on desktop and tablets will be unaffected by the new algorithm. But it's still a big impact. Mobile makes up about half of all Google searches.

2. Website operators had two months to prepare. Usually, Google doesn't pre-announce algorithm tweaks. But Mobilegeddon could have such a dramatic impact on mobile search results that Google opted to give businesses time to get ready.

In February, the search company released a "mobile-friendly" test, which allows websites to see whether their sites are ready for the algorithm tweak. Mobile websites with unplayable videos, slow mobile pages and blocked image files will get knocked down a peg.

3. Algorithm changes can be nasty. Many businesses rely heavily on Google to send traffic to their websites. Google controls two-thirds of the U.S. search market, and when Google changes its code, companies have to scramble to relearn how to optimize their sites for Google's search.

The stakes are high. The top spot on a search page typically attracts 20% to 30% of the page's clicks, according to Adam Bunn, SEO director of digital marketing agency Greenlight. After that comes an enormous tail-off: Positions two to three generate 5% to 10% of the clicks, and links below that receive less than 1% of users' attention.

In 2011, a major Google algorithm change designed to promote high-quality content sent some companies into financial ruin. Two weeks after the changes, Mahalo.com laid off 10% of its workforce thanks to what CEO Jason Calacanis called "a significant dip in our traffic and revenue."

4. Websites can adjust on the fly. Unlike previous algorithm tweaks, websites can upgrade their "mobile-friendliness" at any time to appear higher in Google's search results -- it doesn't have to be done on Tuesday.
Google also said that the algorithm tweaks will be rolled out over the course of a few weeks, so the changes might not immediately be noticeable anyway.

5. Some mobile-unfriendly sites could still get favorable search placement. Google's algorithm judges sites based on numerous criteria, of which mobile-friendlness is just one. The company's aim is to provide the most relevant results, even if it's to a site that isn't optimized for mobile.

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About Chris Carter

Chris CarterChris Carter serves as Director of Communications of Sigma Pi Fraternity, International. Founded in 1897, Sigma Pi Fraternity is the leading, international men's collegiate fraternal organization which provides training, guidance and innovative opportunities for Leadership Development, Social and Personal Development, Academic Achievement, Community Service and Heightened Moral Awareness for its brothers throughout their lives.

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