As of March 1st, 2020 we will no longer be able to enter your events from newsletters or posters sent to us. Why? Because data shows us that events entered by people connected to the event are the most successful. You can make sure the content is correct, edit your wording as you see best and quickly review your event once live. Want to make a change? You can go in and edit or update your event at any time because you own it!
Those of you who have already entered many events for 2020 and into 2021, please take a moment to go back and make sure you’ve filled in all the information laid out below. Attendance to your event will improve if your target audience has access to a location for their GPS, or an engaging image of your event that pops up on the Event Calendar.
Let’s get started!
Step One: Log In or Register
You can easily add events to our calendar by clicking the ADD EVENT button found at the top of the MyNorth calendar page https://mynorth.com/events/.
In order to add events to the calendar, you will first be prompted to register or login in as a user on mynorth.com. After you register once, you will be prompted to login whenever you enter or edit events, allowing you to manage and own your events.
Once logged in, you will be taken to the ADD EVENT page where there is a form that makes submitting your event easy. Events submitted through this form will be published immediately to our online calendar. Once published, you can manage your events easily through your user dashboard when you are logged in.
Whether you are entering or editing your location, organization or event, be sure to click Add New, or Update, or Publish where appropriate, or your information will not be entered.
Step Two: Add the Event Name & Dates
For repeating events, click the appropriate box to indicate it is repeating. Your event should start and end on the same day, repeating x number of days. For example, if your event is held every week for 12 weeks, then, not counting the original entry event, put 11 as the number of repeats.
Step Three: Add Photos
People love to see photos—and photos that represent your event make it unique, so don’t forget to complete that category. A blank blue dot is not very inviting!
There are three possible photos to enter for your event. For example if your event is a Halloween costume party at your local theater and put on by your organization, there should be:
- A photo of the Halloween costumes from last year’s party or a photo of something Halloween-ish uploaded along with your event entry. This photo you will enter for each new event.
- A photo of your organization (ie: your logo or photo of your building) which you may email to us for entry.
- A photo of the location the event is actually taking place (ie: your town theater) which you may also email to us for entry.
Once your event is submitted, you may email us separately at [email protected], if you want us to include an image for you.
You can only load photos that you have permission to use. If you do not have permission to use a photo, you may be responsible for any action regarding the photo’s copyright rules.
Step Four: Add Location/Venue
When you enter your Event Location for the first time, it is added to our system allowing you to use it over and over again as entered. If the event location does NOT already appear in the list of locations, you will know you need to create a new location.
Event Venue Name: This is the name of the venue where the event will actually take place. Note: The event location should always be the location of the event itself. The location should only be your organization’s address if that is where the actual event will take place.
Event Venue Address: Enter the address all on one line: Street address, city, state and zip.
Note: For garden or home tours, marathons, art fairs, or other similar events, just enter the location of the first stop, or point of entry. All the other details for the location should be in the body of your event text.
Note: If you have an organization such as a college or church, do not make a separate entry for the room within that college campus or church where the event will be held. For example, do not make a separate entry for the college auditorium or the church basement or the highschool cafeteria. That information should appear in the body of your text.
Event Venue Coordinates: Once done, copy & paste the entire address line into latlong.net to get the latitude and longitude. This means the location of your event will appear on everyone’s map app on their phones, making it easy for them to get directions and easily attend your event.
Event Venue Link: This is always a link to the website for the venue, not the website for your organization. The location link allows interested attendees to get more information about the venue, such as parking facilities, whether or not it is handicap accessible, and so on. Be sure to include the full URL, including https:// — or it may not link properly to your site.
If you need to make a change to the stored location (such as image, address, etc.), you will need to email your request to [email protected].
Step Five: Add Event Organizer
When you enter your Event Organizer for the first time, it is added to our system allowing you to use it over and over again as entered.
If the Event Organizer does NOT already appear in the list of locations, you will know you need to create a new organizer.
Event Organizer: When entering information for Event Organizer, do not put your (the user’s) name, but rather the name of the organization or business who is putting on or organizing/sponsoring the event.
Event Organizer Contact Information: This is the email or phone number an interested attendee would contact.
Event Organizer Address: Enter the address all on one line: Street address, city, state and zip.
Event Organizer Link: This is a link to the website or Facebook page of the organizer, not the website for the venue. This link allows interested attendees to get information about the organization or business putting on the event and potentially the event itself. Be sure to include the full URL, including https:// — or it may not link properly to your site.
Learn More: This is a link to specific information about the event—additional information about the event itself. Be sure to include the full URL including the https:// or the link may not work properly.
Note: Always click “open in new window”.
If you need to make a change to the stored organization (such as image, address, contact, etc.), you will need to email your request to [email protected].
Step Six: Selecting the County, Town and Category(ies)
Selecting the County, Town and category(ies) for your event allows us to show your event not only on our main event calendar, but also on specific category and town pages such as the Food & Drink page or the Traverse City page. Taking a moment to click these is what will allow your event to be seen across all relevant sections on mynorth.com.
Step Seven: Publish or Review Your Event
Review your event information in the calendar, and if it is not correct or you need to add information, click the MANAGE EVENTS button to make your changes.
If you run into challenges along the way in either entering or managing your event, please email us at [email protected]. We are happy to help!