How to Chalk - sharing news, events, and files


1. Login to your Bridge.

2. Once you login, you will be automatically taken to your Chalkboard.  This is where you can add news, as well as scroll down and view news from your business friends.

3. To add a Chalk, enter your text in the field that says "What is your business up to?".

4. If you Chalk relates to a brand, select the brand to the right of the window.

5. If your Chalk relates to a pattern within that brand, select the pattern from the drop down below the brand. Note: the pattern choices will only appear if you select a brand.

6. Below your Chalk, there are two file upload options:

a. Load an image. This is to add pictures. We support these file types: .jpg, .png. or .gif.

b. Load a file. This is to load a file such as an Excel, Word, or PDF. The benefit of Bridge over other social networks is that you can load PDF files directly into Bridge.  Other networks don't allow this and you have to rely on a 3rd party file sharing service.

7. After you choose your image and/or non-image file, you'll then have choices with whom to share this Chalk. The choices include:
- Public
- Retailers
- Sales Reps
- Brands
- Organizations

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Public
When you check this box, your Chalk will appear on your public home page (which we call the Newsfeed) and on your public New & Events page.  A person will not need to be logged in to view your Chalk. As such, Chalk things that are meant to be public and shared. Do not check this box if the Chalk's information is meant to be private or only intended for retailers.

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Retailers
When you check this box, your Chalk will appear on your retail friend's private Chalkboard.  Just like you have a Chalkboard, they have a Chalkboard. They will see your news there. You can see how many retailers you are friends with by looking at the number in the parenthesis after the word "Retailers".  For example, your account may show "Retailers (19)". This means that you're friends with 19 retailers that use Bridge and they will see this on their private Chalkboard. 
If you wanted to share a Chalk with only your retailers, you could uncheck the "Public" box and leave the "Retailers" box checked. The result would be that the Chalk does not appear on your Bridge's public Newsfeed nor News page, but it will appear on your retailers' private Chalkboards.  The more retailers that you're friends with, the more your Chalk will be seen. 

Your Chalk will also be included in the weekly that is sent to retail members. Once a week, we email all retail members a summary of the news that is in their Newsfeed.   In this way, even if a retailer does not log in to its Newsfeed, your news will be seen.

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Sales Reps
When you check this box, your Chalk will appear on your sales reps friend's private Chalkboard  Just like you have a Chalkboard, they have a Chalkboard. They will see your news there.  You can see how many sales reps you are friends with by looking at the number in the parenthesis after the word "Sales Reps".  For example, your account may show "Sales Reps (22)". This means that you're friends with 22 sales reps that use Bridge and they will see this on their private Chalkboard. 
If you wanted to share a Chalk with only your sales reps, you could uncheck the "Public" box and leave the "Sales Reps" box checked. The result would be that the Chalk does not appear on your Bridge's public Newsfeed nor News page, but it will appear on your sale reps' private Chalkboards.  The more reps that you're friends with, the more your Chalk will be seen. 

Your Chalk will also be included in the weekly that is sent to sales rep members. Once a week, we email all retail members a summary of the news that is in their Newsfeed.   In this way, even if a sales rep does not log in to its Newsfeed, your news will be seen.

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Brands
When you check this box, your Chalk will appear on your brand friend's private Chalkboard  We consider 'brands' to be brands as well as distributors of brands. As such, if you're friends with a distributor, you'll check the brands box to share news with it. Just like you have a Chalkboard, they have a Chalkboard.  They will see your news there.  You can see how many brands you are friends with by looking at the number in the parenthesis after the word "Brands".  For example, your account may show "Brands (11)". This means that you're friends with 11 brands that use Bridge and they will see this on their private Chalkboard. 
If you wanted to share a Chalk with only your brands, you could uncheck the "Public" box and leave the "Brands" box checked. The result would be that the Chalk does not appear on your Bridge's public Newsfeed nor News page, but it will appear on your brands' private Chalkboards.  The more brands that you're friends with, the more your Chalk will be seen. 

Your Chalk will also be included in the weekly that is sent to brand members. Once a week, we email all brand members a summary of the news that is in their Newsfeed.   In this way, even if a brand does not log in to its Newsfeed, your news will be seen.

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Organizations
When you check this box, your Chalk will appear on your organization friend's private Chalkboard. We consider 'organizations to be any 3rd party business that supports the retail industry, including magazines, trade buildings, consultants, ad agencies, etc. As such, if you're friends with an organization, you'll check the organization box to share news with it. Just like you have a Chalkboard, they have a Chalkboard. They will see your news there.  You can see how many organizations you are friends with by looking at the number in the parenthesis after the word "Organizations".  For example, your account may show "Organizations (5)". This means that you're friends with 5 organizations that use Bridge and they will see this on their private Chalkboard. 
If you wanted to share a Chalk with only your organizations, you could uncheck the "Organization" box and leave the "Organization" box checked. The result would be that the Chalk does not appear on your Bridge's public Newsfeed nor News page, but it will appear on your organizations' private Chalkboards.  The more organizations that you're friends with, the more your Chalk will be seen. 

Your Chalk will also be included in the weekly that is sent to organization members. Once a week, we email all organization members a summary of the news that is in their Newsfeed.   In this way, even if an organization does not log in to its Newsfeed, your news will be seen.

8. After you select which businesses you want to see your Chalk, click on the "Share" button. This will share your Chalk.

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Advanced Chalking features: 
1. There is an "Advanced settings" link under the "Who can see this?" text. Click this to update:

a. The publish time for your Chalk. You can enter a future date and the Chalk will not appear until that time.

b. You can check that the Chalk if an event. When you do this, a green "RSVP" button will appear below your Chalk.

c. You can check the "Promote" box and this will pink your Chalk to the top of your Newsfeed for up to 60 days.

You can have up to six promoted Chalks. When your Chalk is set to "Promote", it will appear on your Newsfeed with the text "Featured News" above it.


2. Auto-posting
Learn more here:
http://support.bridgecatalog.com/KB/a124/how-to-instantly-auto-post-news-on-to-your-retailers.aspx

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