November 10, 2015 - We've heard you loud and clear. Although email and social media are the most popular methods to connect with our members, the overall consensus is that chapter members want to receive information and updates about Fraternity matters directly to their mobile device. Given the variety of deadlines and projects that require your attention, we have a solution that allows us to send minute-by-minute updates with ease.
The PhiPsi Mobile App is a powerful new tool for chapters and alumni associations to centralize functions and communications. Features of the app include group chats, important contact information, alerts, and a digital calendar. This provides enormous benefits for planning chapter events and communicating with all members who need critical details in a moment's notice. With so many options out there for communication between Google, Facebook groups/events, the internet, and various communication platforms built by outside companies, this Fraternity-branded solution gives you important Phi Psi contacts at your fingertips with social and website links throughout the app. And it's FREE!
As of December 7th, the National Fraternity will begin utilizing the PhiPsi Mobile App to deliver messages about upcoming events, dates and deadlines. The only way you can ensure you receive these updates is to download the app. We will send an invitation email to all chapter officers who are not currently using the App on Tuesday evening. If you have questions about how to use the technology, email our team at MobileApp@phikappapsi.com.
The chat feature can be used to facilitate communication between meetings. The chats can include all brothers or only a specific group, allowing chapters to discuss things within a committee or among chapter leadership. The chat function is also private to only those included in each individual chat group.
The contacts feature holds contact information for all members in your chapter. This provides easy access to contact brothers when you may not have their information on hand. Separately, the profile section also allows one-click access to the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Headquarters staff, making it simple to answer your questions.
Last-minute changes can derail plans that have been in the works for weeks. The alert feature allows you to send notifications directly to members' phones, ensuring they receive updates as they occur.
The Phi Psi app provides a digital calendar for use by your members. It can be used to keep track of all important updates in one location.
We were fortunate to have three early adopters (chapters) who have utilized the App for their members and have given us steady and consistent feedback. What are their thoughts after a few months of use?
Adam Parker Goldberg (Iowa State University, '13), Vice President:
"Our members are thrilled to have a centralized platform for sharing important chapter information. We are especially fond of both the ability to easily broadcast our chapter calendar and quickly update members via alerts. We're thinking about how we can further embrace and adopt the app. We just recently added our new members, making communication more universal. Committee chairs can now reach out to their committees in the message feature. Furthermore, we started reaching out to sign on alumni and we're exploring how we can engage alumni with current undergrad happenings."
Nathan McDonald (University of Minnesota, Duluth, '14), Messenger:
"The app has completely redefined how we communicate as a chapter, creating a communication network that is second to none. We have incorporated the app in scheduling all our chapter events, group chat communications, and alerts to bring important news to the attention of members. Our alumni have also been incorporated to offer greater communication with the chapter."
Jon Bell (IUPUI, '13), President:
"Essentially, brothers in Phi Psi go through many stages of involvement in the fraternity, and this app would seek to develop a connection between them all. As president, I have a pretty busy agenda, and prior to using the app, our chapter had no digital calendar. As for the alerts, this has been really helpful if I want to get a quick message out to the chapter. For example, if we have a room change for chapter meetings (we use the IUPUI Campus Center), I can simply make an alert that goes out, informing all my members of the change. Why would you not want your own personalized app for your chapter?"
Introduction of the Polling Feature
As with any other app, the Phi Psi Mobile App will continue improving with additional features to become an even better tool for your chapter. These updates are in response to specific requests from chapters. The big update around the corner is the introduction of the polling feature. Polling will allow chapters to quickly and easily vote using their mobile phones. It can also be used to take a quick survey between meetings. The polling can also be segmented to poll only brothers on a certain committee or only in a particular group. Be on the lookout for that update.
Join us as we revolutionize the chapter communication process. The PhiPsi Mobile App is ready to help you function at your highest level possible!
The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a 501(c)(7) association of men of integrity who strive to develop the individual in his intellect, in his involvement in the community and in his faith. The Fraternity was founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore. It currently has 100 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.