Toastmasters Club Software

Formerly MyTLog.tk

Toastmasters Club Software New Design — April 11, 2018

Toastmasters Club Software New Design

I have received quite some positive feedback from a few of the users of the Toastmasters Club Software originally hosted at http://www.mytlog.tk. It inspired me to spend some time in a complete redesign of the platform.

I changed the design from member first to club management first. Basic services are still completely free. If you are Toastmaster, go ahead and use the service to schedule your club meetings.

You can sign up and use the platform here: https://www.toastmastersclubsoftware.com/

Here is a list of some of the features:

  • Unlimited History
  • Attendance Confirmation Emails
  • Public Records Page
  • Email Support
  • Phone Support
  • Export Guestbook
  • Email Members
  • Public Club Meetings Page
  • Manage Multiple Clubs

Some screenshots of new design are below.

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Meetings
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Members
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Settings
Introducing ToastmastersClubSoftware.com — December 1, 2016

Introducing ToastmastersClubSoftware.com

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After about a year of no change or updates to http://www.mytlog.tk, and based on the interest and good feedback I received when the app was first developed in 2013, I decided to spend some more time on improving the platform and rebranding it.

MyTLog.tk is now Toastmasters Club Software. The new name is a better representation of what the platform could be. And I will be allocating more time to its development. My vision is to have a platform that makes managing the progress of clubs an easy and enjoyable experience.

As it is now, the platform is the Minimum Viable Product as of today, December 1st, 2016. Based on feedback within the next couple of months, I will decide what new features and options to prioritize and work on.

I am open to receiving feedback and suggestions for improvement are expected and always welcome.

Go ahead and send me an email to tell me how the platform is helping you manage your Toastmasters club: Lionnel@Yamentou.com

MyTLog.tk 2014 Traffic Analysis — February 2, 2015

MyTLog.tk 2014 Traffic Analysis

You are probably familiar with the saying: “What get measured gets managed.” Today I took a look at the log file for MyTLog.tk and was happy with the progress that is being made. A search for “Toastmasters club management” on Google returns the MyTLog.tk introductory video hosted on YouTube as the third organic result. That is encouraging.

Similarly, the traffic has been steadily increasing since September 2014 when the application went live. Included here is a chart with the growth in unique visitors. mytlog-2014-visitors-unique

The platform will really take off when signed up users start importing the list of their club members. That will show that they are making a commitment to going all out with MyTLog.tk. I thought about creating a Tour of the application to guide users when they first log in. Maybe that will encourage users to make that investment of time.

Here are some other interesting statistics about the traffic in 2014:

  • More than 90% of the entire traffic is from North America.
  • 93% of all website users use Google Chrome as their browser.
  • 90% of the website visitors got to the website through a direct link.

The above data is encouraging and I will continue to spend time as often as possible developing this platform. My own Toastmasters Club All Nations Toastmasters Club is making use of it and it feel good to be able to successfully scratch our own itch.

You can signup here: www.mytlog.tk/in/

Business Cards as Marketing Tool — January 16, 2015

Business Cards as Marketing Tool

Last week I attended the Founder’s District LACE event. The conference is held twice a year and usually sees attendance of well over 400 Toastmasters. That was a great opportunity to market the MyTLog.tk app. I took it. I prepared business cards which I placed on the appropriate table at the event.

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Since I was a presenter at the event, I also included a reference to MyTLog.tk in my presentation. I can confidently say that the MyTLog.tk service was exposed to between 50 and 100 people only on that day. I was expecting about 30 new member registrations from marketing that day, but only about 2 new registrations derived from that. That is less than 10% success rate.

What happened? It is not important what happened. What is important is what I will do different next time. I still have more than 300 MyTLog.tk business cards with me and I will distribute them differently this time. I will only give them out to people I have had a one-on-one conversation with, or groups I have clearly presented the benefits of the platform to. This will work when I go on the “30 Speeches in 30 Days” tour in March this year (2015). That way, it will increase the likelihood of new signups based on the business cards.

I won’t quickly dismiss business cards as a marketing tool for this service. It could be that the people who took the business card have not yet had time to check the service out and signup, maybe the signup process (requiring an invitation code – which is easy and free to get) discourages some users. I am not very sure on this. Until I have handed out all the business cards and tracked how effective they are, I cannot dismiss this channel. What I can do is start looking for a different tool and experiment with that one in parallel.

Maybe I will go for Facebook  or Google Adwords ads with a $25 budget? I will keep you posted! 😀

Why is MyTLog.tk Not Free For Toastmasters Clubs? — December 20, 2014

Why is MyTLog.tk Not Free For Toastmasters Clubs?

When I started developing MyTLog.tk it was not my intention to make a product out of it. I was a weekend project to scratch my own itch and as I spent time working on it, it revealed to could have been more useful than I initially planned. not-free-01

If I had stopped on the features for members only (primarily keeping the progress towards the DTM), there was no way I could have possibly justified charging for usage. But when I started adding all the features that make it very useful for club operations and management, it felt right to set a minimal fee for usage.

Here are 3 reasons why there is a monthly fee:

  • Greater Perceived Value

Free is so ubiquitous almost in every industry that in most cases, the perceived value of free is very low. $3 per month is low enough to be a affordable for any club. From my experience, most online services that are free sell advertising. I have a few other online services I created and they are 100% free, but supported by advertising.

To be honest, unless you have a significant traffic (a few thousands a day), you will not be able to cover your costs of keeping a free service online. And the more traffic your service gets, the higher it costs to maintain the service.

  • Development & Maintenance Costs

I spend on average 4 hours per week working on MyTLog.tk. At the rate of $65 per hour, that is about $260 per week in spending for development. Hosting costs are currently less than $10 per month. It would be great when I am able to generate revenue from the application to cover those expenses.

It only makes sense to generate revenue from a good product you offer to the marketplace. I am building a great product. 😀 At $3 per club monthly, when there are 200 paying clubs in a couple of years, the monthly revenue will be around $1,300.00 ($1,500.00 – $200.00). $200 is the cost of credit card payment processing fees. I used the http://standtomake.com/ service to get the estimate.

  • Quality Customer Service & Job Creation

True, there are lots of free products that provide legendary customer service. But for a side project that I am turning into a business, in order to provide customer service of a very good quality, there needs to be a reward. Ultimately I want to be able to create jobs through my entrepreneurial ventures.

Last time I checked, there is no sustainable business model with employees that does not generate a revenue. You could mention a lot of start-ups that don’t have a revenue, but they are backed by investors who will at some point in time ask for revenues to get their moneys back. Like I read in the book Rework by Jason Fried of Barcamp (formerly 37 Signals), a start-up that does not start with a good product that generates revenue is a gamble (paraphrased).

Toastmasters International is a not-for-profit organization, and they do not endorse or support any product that is not free for membership, even if the product is very useful and helpful. It is my hope that in the future there will be a marketplace accessible through the Toastmasters International website where people like me display services like MyTLog.tk.

But that a conversation for a different day.

Change of Direction — October 1, 2014

Change of Direction

When I started working on MyTLog.tk, it was a side project to help me keep a better record of my progress with the Toastmasters International education program. After doing research and discovering that there is a need for a modern club management software for Toastmasters clubs, I progressively added club management features.

At this stage, I have not yet started marketing and promoting the product. However, I have found myself spending much more time working on club management features, rather than personal record management features. MyTLog will prove more useful to club as entities than individual members.

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Old Logo
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New Logo

The individual members will always have their features, which will forever be free.But moving forward, I won’t spend as much time working on individual member records features.

The tagline today changes from: “MyTLog.tk – Personal Log For Serious Toastmasters”
to “MyTLog.tk – Easy Toastmasters Club Management.” The logo has been updated to reflect that as well.

This re-branding will greatly help with organic visibility on major search engines.

Toastmasters Club Management Softwares — September 17, 2014

Toastmasters Club Management Softwares

After completing the development of MyTLog.tk – Personal Log For Serious Toastmasters, I decided to contact Toastmasters International and have them list the software on their Software page which is available here: http://www.toastmasters.org/software. I received a reply in which one of the club-management-software-page in charge informed me that they will not accept any new entry for that page, because the Toastmasters International website is being redesigned and that is not a feature that will be kept.

Even though the page above might be available on the Internet’s archive machine at http://www.archive.org, it is important that we have an alternate reference for that page. Below is the list of softwares as it appeared on the Toastmasters International software page as of September 17, 2014:

  • Build a Website

Interested in building a website for your club? This free site provides the tools you need to get the job done with a minimum of hassle or technical know-how.

  1. FreeToastHost 2.0
  2. WordPress and Joomla Templates
  • Manage your club
  1. Agenda Builder
    With a few clicks, you can assign all your club’s meeting roles weeks in advance.
  2. Club Magic for Toastmasters
    This website offers both free use of meeting agenda scheduling and the ability to sign up for a complete club management system that includes storage of club information, communication and leadership records and many other meeting and club management features.
  3. easy-Speak
    This software allows clubs to automate their meeting planning and to track member progress. It also works with the club’s website to deliver data management for the club.
  4. Scheduled Speaker
    Helps you schedule speakers for meetings and speaking events.
  5. TurboBase
    An easy-to-use Web-based service to help you manage your club.

Do you have any other software to add to the list? If not, have you tried any of the above, and which one would you recommend?