How To Use

Thanks for your interest in becoming a Grooper at GroopZilla! Our goal is to help restore relationships in our local communities by providing each with an App and Website for easily discovering community events, helping you find local businesses (and getting great discounts for doing so), making communication with the various groops in your life easy and fun, and allowing you to become more connected to your community. And by making these tools available to all for no cost, we hope everyone will become Groopers and Think Community!

The first thing you should do is to create a FREE account by entering your email address on the black & green “sign up” band across the middle of our home page. After signing up you will be sent a confirmation email and after clicking on the link in the email, you will be good to go.

The next thing you should do is to Download our Free App for Android phones, iPhones, and iPads. This App does everything our website does so you can communicate and manage your Groops on the Go! You can view our community/groop/and personal calendars, send messages to friends, send and receive groop notifications/alerts such as rain-outs or notices of events about to start. Plus the App allows you to save money thanks to the discounts provided by great local businesses. Just show the ad on our Business Deals Calendar at the time of your purchase to save money instantly from the participating local businesses.

Click on the Topics Below to understand how our site works!

How to Use and Frequently Asked Questions:

Groops:

Private Groops

Private Groops are FREE groups and you can Create or Join as many of these Groops as you like. Examples would be individual sports teams, various school groops, neighborhood HOA groops, family groops, church small groops, work related groops, friend groops, exercise/fitness groops, and on and on. There is no size limit on the number of people you can have in a groop.

These groops require you to either be invited to join by the Groop Owner or sent a Recommendation by an existing Groop Member (which still requires approval by the Groop Owner). The reason for this is to provide a measure of safety and privacy for each Groop so there is no fear of “stranger danger”. Once in a Groop you have access to that Groop Page for document sharing, viewing events on the Groop Calendar, Messaging from the Groop Owner (groops can have more than one owner), and even receiving event notifications or alerts. The Groop Events will be shown on the Groop Calendar and also automatically populate your own Personal Calendar so you can see all the various events of the Groops to which you belong on one calendar. Groopers can even join Private and Business Groops from other cities and states if they desire. All Groops to which they belong will show up on their MY GROOPS section of our Website and App.

Business Groops

Business Groops are our local businesses advertisers and anyone can join a business groop at any time. Thanks to these great businesses our Website and App are FREE for all Groopers. We highly suggest you join all the Business Groops that you frequently patronize or from which you would be interested in receiving special discounts. Joining a Business Groop grants the Business Groop Owner permission to send you Special Members Only Discounts via Push Notifications which could save you lots of money on last minute special deals, discounts on food or services, etc. (And you can always remove yourself from a Groop or even Silence Notifications if necessary!) Site Users can always join Business Groops from other cities and states but must first change their location to the desired city in order to search for various Business Groops in that city.

Joining various Business Groops also helps other site users because it allows others to see which businesses are popular and provide a great service. In this way, a business with a lot of members can act as a confidence rating to other Groopers that are potential new customers.

Public Organization Groops

Public Organization Groops are Groops such as Schools, Churches, Athletic Leagues, Local Government Agencies, “Not For Profit” Groops, and other organizations that welcome the Public to View their Groop Page. These Groop pages can be viewed without being a member of their Groop and are a great way to increase community awareness of your organization. POG’s can have Sub Groops which are Private so private communication can still take place. (i.e. a local high school would be a Public Organization Group that might have many private Sub Groops for the various student sports and activities like football, track, drama, band, etc.)

Searching for Groops

Any person can search for Business Groops by clicking our “Categories” tab on the App or the Website. Business Groops are arranged alphabetically by Categories (i.e. Electricians, Landscapers, Plumbers, Restaurants, etc.) as well as alphabetically by name within a Category. Double clicking on a Business Groop will open up that Groop page and allow you to view their discounts/coupons, menu’s, photos and other documents, as well as to see their Calendar of Events.

Note: Users can not search for Private Groops. You must be invited to join private groops by the Groop Owner or recommended to join it by a Groop Member. This helps ensure groop privacy and safety.

Posting an Event

Events can be made either Public, or Private (or Semi-Private in the case of Sub Groops) and can only be created by the Groop Owner. At the time of the Event creation, the option of selecting whether it is a Public OR Private Event is provided along with the space to provide the event time, date, and location.

Public Events are events that you would like other non-groop members to know about and welcome their attendance. Example of Public Events might be high school sporting events, registration times for youth sports leagues, charity events such as a car wash fundraiser, road races, holiday events, public meetings, church services, etc. Public Events will show up on the Groop Calendar, the Community Calendar, and the Personal Calendar for all members of that Groop.

(Note: Public events are not for Business Groops - those special discounts and events once created will automatically be posted on our Business Deals Calendar and the Business Groop Calendar).

Private Events are events that you would not like other non-groop members to attend. They are events such as team practices, private parties, neighborhood home owner’s association meetings, etc. In general, if you only want your groop members to attend then it is a Private Event. These events will show up on the Groop Calendar as well as the Personal Calendar of all Groop Members but not on our Community Calendar.

Semi-Private Events can be created by Owners of a Sub Groop and will not show up on the Community Calendar but rather will show up on the Calendar of the parent groop from which it originated. These events will also show up on the Sub Groop Calendar and the Personal Calendar for members of the Sub Groop. This is handy because it allows for cross-communication/scheduling events with different groops but within the same organization (i.e. a sports team reserving a field for practice and letting other teams know the field will be occupied.)

Event Notifications

If you are a member of any Groop, you will receive an automated Event Notification 2 hours prior to that Groop’s event in the form of an App Notification. These notifications can be silenced on a Groop by Groop basis but are provided as helpful reminders of your upcoming events.

Friends List

Our Friends List is a feature which makes it easy for Groopers to send private messages to other Groopers. Our system is set up to allow you to send and receive messages but only among Friends or if the sender is one of your Groop Leaders. This is a safety feature that prevents unknown site users from sending out spam or unsolicited messages. (Note: A Grooper must first login to use this feature.)

To become Friends, one must enter the first and last name of an existing Grooper and click the Submit button to send out a Friend Request. If the person with whom you want to be Friends is NOT a current Grooper, you may provide the email address of your potential friend so that they will be invited to Join our site and become a part of your Friends List.

(Note: If you have Friends in multiple cities or states, you can add them to your Friends list providing their email address for the invitation. If they are already Groopers, you must first select the appropriate city and state to search for your friend. Once you are Friends they will show up on your Friends list and it does not matter to what City/State you belong.)

Calendars

We have 4 different types of Calendars to help you stay on top of your Community events:

The Groop Calendar is a calendar specific to each of your Groops. Only Groop members can see them and only the Groop Owner can enter events onto this Calendar. They show all your events (public, private and semi-private.)

The Personal Calendar is a calendar specific to each Grooper and they collect all your Events across all of your Groops and place them on one Calendar to make your life easier. This includes all Event types from every groop to which you belong.

The Community Calendar is a calendar for the entire Community which shows only the events that Groop Owners have created as Public Events. This is a great feature because it allows you to know what is happening in your community every day!

The Business Deals Calendar is a calendar of Events and Special Deals offered by local businesses. These deals will indicate a specific time frame and discount value amount. This is also the Calendar where Business Groops can post Events such as a Grand Opening. We encourage our Groopers to refer to this Calendar frequently so they can take advantage of great discounts and support our local businesses.

FAQs

1. How much does it cost to create a Private Groop on GroopZilla?

Answer: It is FREE for anyone to create a Private Groop on GroopZilla and use our mobile App.

2. How do I get started using GroopZilla?

Answer: First you must sign up on our website home page. You will be sent a verification/authentication email moments later which confirms your email address. After clicking on the link provided, your account will be instantly activated. After creating an account on the website, you may download our mobile App for iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and use whichever platform you link at any time.

3. How many Groops can I join or create?

Answer: You can create as many Private Groops as you like (and you can be a member of as many Groops as you like!)

4. Once I create a Private Groop, how many members can I invite to join?

Answer: Private Groops can have an unlimited number of members but potential new members must be invited by the Groop Owner or receive a “Recommendation” from a Groop Member.

5. How do I grant “owner” privileges to others in my Groop?

Answer: Once you’ve invited others to join your Groop and they’ve accepted, you may click on the “View Groop Members” tab to see all members of the Groop. Next to each name you can choose to grant them privileges to post messages on your Groop Message Board and you can even select “Make Owner” of the Groop. You can have as many Groop Owners as you like. However, we suggest that you not grant Groop Ownership to just anyone. Because Owners can create Public Events that will be viewed by the entire community, should they choose to violate our Terms of Use agreement regarding Objectionable material, your entire Groop could be banned from our site. With great power comes great responsibility!

6. With so many apps on the market today, why should I use GroopZilla?

Answer: GroopZilla is different from every other app and website because it is a Community Communication tool and NOT social media. GroopZilla is designed for 3 purposes: A) to promote local businesses every day to community members, B) to reconnect community members to local events, and C) to help build relationships by improving communications within the various Groops in your life.

7. Is GroopZilla secure and what will you do with my information?

Answer: GroopZilla.com is very secure using the latest SSL security protocols through GoDaddy (our web hosting provider). Frankly, we don’t even want any of your private information. The only information we request is your zip code, email address, and phone number so that you can receive the SMS messages, automated event notifications, and last minute alerts generated by your Groop leaders. But even your Groop leaders can not see any of your information and you will never receive unsolicited SPAM from GroopZilla (nor will your information ever be sold or distributed.)

8. I see that GroopZilla asks me to select my City, State, and Zip Code. Why is that?

GroopZilla is available for use by anyone in any city of the USA. Users may wish to change their location so they may see events or businesses in other cities and this can be done by clicking on the “Click Here to Change City/State” button in the middle of the Home Page. It can also be done by clicking on your Profile Image on the top right corner of every page. We ask for your zip code because events that show up on our Community Calendar and Business Deals Calendar are based on the city in which you live.

9. What is the “Mileage Radius” bar used for on the Calendars?

The feature allows the User to determine the events that will show up on the Community Calendar and Business Deals Calendar based on their distance from your location. For example, if you would like to see the events of a nearby city on your Community Calendar or Business Deals Calendar (in addition to your current selected city), you can adjust the Mileage Radius Bar up to 100 miles so that all GroopZilla events occurring within 100 miles will be shown.

10. Is there a difference between using the website or using the mobile app?

No. Obviously computers are great for the larger screen as well as for uploading documents/photos/videos, but our mobiles apps have the same functionality as our website. You may login to either and get the same great experience. The mobile app is very handy for people that are “on the go”. It allows you to get notifications and last minute alerts such as “rain outs” or directions to an event from your Groop leader and even message other people in your Groop should you have questions regarding an event.

11. What if I need some technical help or experience a problem?

We are here to help you 24/7. Well, not really 24/7 but we will do everything we can to help you as quickly as possible. Send us a message through our Contact Us page and we will respond to help you in any way that we can!

12. Why do you offer this service?

Even with all our technology, we believe people are fundamentally more disconnected from each other today than ever before. When we were kids we knew all our neighbors and more importantly they knew us. Today most of us can’t even name our 6 closest neighbors. So ask yourself, “How does my Community Communicate? How do I find out about local high school basketball games? How do I know when to sign my child up for soccer or baseball? How does my neighborhood home owner’s association get more people involved in our meetings? How do I find a local church home or even decide on which churches to visit? And how do I find out which businesses are offering great deals and services so that I can stretch my hard earned dollar?”

Those are all real questions that are not being addressed by Facebook and other major social media sites that seem more interested in promoting division or their political agenda than supporting MY COMMUNITY. We believe most communities are made up of hard working folks that coach sports teams, teach school, go to church, help those in need, run small businesses, and work hard every day to make ends meet. So why are we as a society allowing ourselves to be led down a path that separates us instead of helping us grow closer together?

GroopZilla exists because we believe that relationships matter more than ever today, and a common communication hub is the key to forming the relationships that create thriving Communities. Please join us in this grass roots movement and help bring “good” back to our Communities!