This post is sponsored by Band. All opinions are our own.
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to organize a group function? I’m not talking family reunions or milestone anniversary parties…we already know those are challenging to pull off. I’m talking about the unexpectedly difficult things to organize. Simple things, like getting five of your child’s classmates together to go on a field trip to a museum. You’d think it would be as simple as making a few phone calls, coordinating a time, and circling a date on your calendar.
Think again, my friends, think again. Organizing small groups is sometimes harder than getting people together for a massive event! At least with those huge events, people feel almost obligated to RSVP via the method you gave them. Try to get five kids together and you’ll have one parent say “oh, just email the details!” Another will tell you to text her, the third to call her, the fourth to Facebook her, and the 5th won’t respond at all!
This is exactly why you need Band, an Android and iOS app that lets you coordinate with everyone in one convenient and fun spot. It has all the features that the Facebook-loving mom adores yet it’s easy enough for the text-messaging and “email me” mom to use.
Band App Review: Organize Your Groups in One Fun Spot!
Band is crazy easy to sign up for. You can use your existing Facebook account, your phone number, or your email. I used my email. Within second, I got my verification code and was on my way to creating my group. FYI, groups are also called “bands” in the app, but for now we’ll just call them groups because I don’t want this to get confusing.
My son is going to cyber school this year, so it’s up to me to make sure he still has a social life. His school has a directory filled with students and parents interested in meet ups. As luck would have it, one of his best friends from elementary school is also going to the same cyber school with him. I’d love to organize a few local field trips with her and some other kids from the “meet-up” groups. Let’s check out some of the features of Band that let me do this!
1- Posting to your group board: Gauge interest by posting a quick comment to your group wall! Other users can like or comment to give you an idea if you should move forward with your planning or come up with another idea.
2-Group or private chat: Get the whole group together to iron out the basics and start tossing out a few dates that might work for everyone. Got a co-planner? Start a private chat between the two of you to go over the finer points.
3- Set up a poll: Once you know enough people are interested, set up a poll to choose your date! If you allow it, your group members can add dates to the poll if none of yours works for them. That way, you’re not going back and forth with everyone to find out who is busy on what day.
4- Add your event to the calendar: Your group has its own calendar already filled with the major holidays. That’s super helpful for making sure you don’t plan a trip to a place that’s closed on government holidays. Once you pick your date, add it to your calendar so no one forgets it!
5- Share photos after your event! This is probably one of the coolest features. You know how everyone takes pictures of the kids all at once, and one parent inevitably has the best angle? Now they can upload their perfect picture to the group for everyone, instead of emailing or texting it one by one. Upload up to 100 pictures at a time!
Band is like having your own exclusive social media network without all the clutter and extra noise. You control everything from who gets in to what privileges each member has! Make another parent a co-admin, allow everyone to invite new members, or change everything to “admin only” and take full control if you want to. It’s your group in every way.
That’s not all you can do with Band! If you aren’t quite ready to start your own group, you can use it to connect with others who share your passions!
Connect with others who share your passions through Band
Joining other groups is as easy as signing up. Just head back to your home screen and touch “Discover.” From there, you can browse by location, interest, or just check out what’s popular. I’m an avid reader and love Young Adult novels. I found a very active group dedicated to YA books that allowed me to join with one click (some groups do require permission from the admin to join). I can’t wait to find out what others are saying and discover new books to read!
The great thing about joining other Bands is that you can learn from them and get tips on how to set up a successful Band for your group.
I’m probably just scratching the surface of everything you can do with Band! Seriously, it’s one of the most feature-rich group management apps I’ve ever used. Band is perfect for managing everything from huge sports teams to small book clubs. It’s easy to learn and super fun to use!