Grandstand enables you to create and manage a website as a standalone offering but it is at its most powerful when you combine it with a mobile app that runs from the same shared content. Building both on Grandstand gives you:
Grandstand gives you an out-of-the-box solution that is ready to go with complex calendars, powerful list groupings that can be searched and filtered, news and blog entries, interactive maps, and much more! All of this is done without having to manage updates, plugins, widgets and more, and none of it requires any code knowledge. It is as simple as using a Word Processing solution.
Grandstand Sites can be used to build a powerful website for any type of business, group, or cause but built-in features for these markets makes it industry-leading:
Create simple pages with one content type, like a schedule, or a map, or combine them into more powerful pages that might feature a schedule, a big image, a map, a survey, AND anything else you can think of. All on one page. This allows you to not only create extremely custom home pages but also create powerful landing pages with all the content you need.
The Grandstand Content Management System gives you round-the-clock ability to change every design and content element on your website. Depending on your package, multiple administrators on your team may have access to keep your website up to date and perfectly match your brand.
You do not have to be a designer to design a beautiful website with Grandstand. While we place an emphasis on a no-code philosophy, our power users always have the ability to setup custom html through our powerful custom pages feature.
Control your website's content with the Grandstand CMS and push changes live to the website once you are ready. Whether we build the website for you or you build it yourself you can use our CMS to keep your website updated daily. If you are using Grandstand for an app your content can serve double-duty without requiring you to do any extra effort. Setup an event calendar once and have it displayed in both your app and website. Now apply this same philosophy to all pieces of content and you discover the power of Grandstand.
It is vital to understand how your website is being used, and our analytics tools make it easy to see these trends. Analytics are available to view after launch and are pre-made to be easily shown in Powerpoint slides.
Grandstand offers multiple ways to showcase schedules in your website. Have just a few events a month? We offer a month-at-a-glance view or a day-by-day schedule for events or groups with multiple events per day. We even offer batch upload to make it easy to get your schedule into your app.
Each schedule item can be linked to venue information, the actual location on a map, websites, phone numbers or more. And best of all, all of this is controlled from Grandstand Build.
In addition, attendees can create their own list of can't miss events by favoriting select items and viewing them in their own custom list. This gives you valuable insight into which events your attendees find most valuable and which ones they view as can't-miss.
Events can be displayed on a monthly calendar or the event-favorite multi-day calendar that shows all the days of the event at the top. Creating events using our admin tool couldn't be easier with the latest addition that gives you the ability to setup recurring events that might occur, daily, weekly or even monthly.
Enhance a traditional inset Google Map with your own interactive content. Using Grandstand Build you can create a layer on top of these maps with groups of pins all representing different types of venues or locations. Even better, these locations all tie back to specific events or vendors.
Users can also search for a specific location right on the map page or filter by a pin group. App administrators control the pin color and can even control the look-and-feel of each pin to match branding. Grandstand also offers the ability to embed your own graphics on top of the native maps in some packages, giving your users the ability to navigate on top of your illustrated maps.
For many events, the native Google and Apple maps do not work well because they do not show tents or other non-permanent structures on either the street or satellite map view. In those cases you may want to use your own graphical map (PDF, PNG, or JPG). Just like with native maps you can add pins on top of the graphical maps and continue to use filters, search, and more.
Users can open your map and search for any word in your location titles or even in the description. This means they could search for 'Cotton Candy' on the map and show only the pins of places serving a 'Cotton Candy'.
One of our most powerful tools is our custom list builder that allows you to create and manage Food Vendor Lists, Commercial Vendors Lists, Sponsor Lists, Frequently Asked Questions, or anything else you might want to serve up in list form. Using the App Management System you control the order of the list, can set priority tiers to represent varying levels (donor levels, for example) and provide custom action items direct from each list item. For some lists you might want to send them to a webpage for each item. For some you might want to direct the user to a specific area on the map. Or you could mix and match.
With Grandstand, anything you want to display to your eventgoers is both easy to setup and manage.
Like many of the pages in Grandstand, all lists can be password-protected. This gives you the ability to deliver select content, including content for volunteers or staff, to a select audience.
Grandstand has made it possible to launch a graphical, beautiful site without any HTML coding. But we do realize some of our partners want to add some minor HTML to accomplish things outside the scope of Grandstand. By allowing for HTML structuring in your custom page setup you can make any page look exactly as you envision.
Here are a few other capabilities to enhance your website.
If you can get your results into an excel spreadsheet (up to 3 categories deep) you can upload the data directly into Grandstand Build to publish to the app. Attendees can then browse results by category, search by name, sort by ribbon types, and more. Don't have ShoWorks or a dedicated results-tracking software, all you need is an excel spreadsheet to get results into the website.
Find out what your attendees are thinking with custom surveys. Each survey can be tied to an individual coupon or reward to incentive the user to provide feedback. In addition, add custom forms to start registrations, collect demographic data, add to your email lists, or other data-collection needs.
Grandstand gives you the ability to control, sell, and manage your own advertising network on your website. Banner ads can be placed at the bottom of any page of your app and even midway through some pages. You can even add rotating ads to any page by putting your ads into an Ad Group. Click-throughs are tracked and shown in Grandstand Build.
Conduct a short-term poll of your website users and see the results immediately in Grandstand Build. You can even show the results of the live poll immediately to users after submission if it makes sense for the topic.
Start building your app now with our exclusive App Maker, available for free - no credit card required. Choose a template, enter some basic information and you will be on your way to launching an app. We are always available to help with development or content loading and have many packages and pricing options available.
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