SOURCE: Advanced Solutions International

August 18, 2008 08:30 ET

ASI and GoLightly Launch Not-for-Profit Social Media Tool Set

Social Networking for iMIS Drives Online Community Collaboration and Participant Communications

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - August 18, 2008) - Advanced Solutions International (ASI), the leading global provider of web-based solutions for associations and non-profits, today announced a partnership with GoLightly, Inc., a leader in Web 2.0 software, to launch Social Networking for iMIS, a fully integrated, online community platform containing advanced collaboration and communications capabilities. The new solution enables not-for-profit organizations to create online communities, giving members, donors and other constituents the ability to deepen their interactions with fellow participants and the organization itself.

By fostering powerful real-time communications and collaboration with Social Networking for iMIS, organizations can garner and apply constituent feedback, boost participant retention and acquisition, appeal to younger audiences, and extend the value and reach of conferences and meetings. The new tool integrates fully with iMIS, so information within existing databases can be easily retrieved and shared. Through the partnership, existing GoLightly customers can also integrate seamlessly with the iMIS platform.

Social Media Tool Set

Not-for-profits have a driving need to mobilize their constituents and strengthen their organizations. Online communities are proving to be an effective mechanism, providing innovative ways for members, donors and other constituents to connect and work together. A robust suite of Web 2.0 tools to unleash the power of the community, Social Networking for iMIS includes:

--  Groups and Listservs -- Participants can easily create, categorize and
    lead workgroups or interest groups, and as well as use group email lists,
    resource libraries and wiki notepads.
--  Tagging and Tag Clouds -- Tagging allows individuals to highlight and
    search for community content.
--  Social Networking and Network Visibility -- Organizations can give
    users the ability to find participants with similar interests or concerns,
    and effectively network within the not-for-profit environment.
--  Personal and Group Blogs -- The feature provides community
    participants with an online voice to express themselves, deliver feedback
    and communicate about relevant issues.
--  Bulletin Boards/Forums -- Users can support each other by providing a
    place for answers to common questions on a wide variety of topics, as well
    as tapping the knowledge, expertise and ideas of the whole community.
--  Library, including Photos and Videos -- Shared libraries enable the
    community with a space to upload and easily find and download files, links,
    photos, stories, book reviews, etc. Users can rate library items and browse
    the latest submissions.  Store and make available for download training,
    informational or other videos relevant to community participants.
    

The new solution can be used and administered easily over the web, and also features the ability to brand your community site to look like it's part of your website, advanced search, archived email, a wide variety of configuration capabilities, security, administrative reporting tools and single sign on integration. For more information about ASI or Social Networking for iMIS, please visit www.advsol.com.

About ASI

Advanced Solutions International (ASI) is the leading global provider of software for non-profits, serving the industry since 1991. The company's premier product, iMIS, is the only complete, upgradeable, web-based, not-for-profit business software system. iMIS has served nearly 3,000 customers worldwide. ASI distributes its solutions through a direct sales force and a global network of local solution providers backed by award-winning technical support. The company employs more than 200, with offices in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia. To learn more, visit www.advsol.com.

About GoLightly

GoLightly, Inc. powers effective and easy-to-use online community solutions for corporate enterprises, associations, and non-profits. GoLightly's services are delivered as an integrated suite, including groups, email lists, forums, libraries, blogs, member directories and wikis, help associations and other organizations acquire and retain members, and extend the effectiveness of their conferences and meetings. The GoLightly platform also enables corporations to utilize and manage employees' knowledge more efficiently and securely, and build brand loyalty through customer communities. Through marketing and word of mouth, GoLightly has become one of the premier providers of custom branded and integrated online community collaboration tools for enterprise and associations. GoLightly is based in Mill Valley, California and offers community software and services worldwide. To learn more, visit www.golightly.com.

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