Get Onboard: Guidebook Unveils Users & Groups for Higher Ed Institutions

First Major Feature Release of 2017 Provides Centralized Place for Managing All Activities of Your Mobile App Users

SAN FRANCISCO, CAMarch 7, 2017 — Guidebook today announced the availability of Users & Groups, the latest addition to the company’s mobile app platform. Guidebook Users & Groups provides higher ed student affairs professionals with a range of new capabilities that are designed to streamline user onboarding, increase app adoption and increase engagement amongst specific student populations.

“Colleges and universities of all sizes have been asking for an easy way to integrate their registration lists into Guidebook. Users & Groups delivers that capability,” said Jeff Lewis, CEO and co-founder of Guidebook. “Users & Groups also automates the delivery of email invitations, allows for whitelisting that restricts access to apps that require greater security, and enables the creation and management of groups for specific offers and communications.”

Users & Groups follows on the heels of a monumental 2016 where the company delivered more than a dozen unique capabilities like Mobile Admin – enabling app updates directly from a mobile device – and Interact, a personalized social activity feed. Guidebook was also the recipient of several awards including CEMA Innovation Shootout and two Campus Technologies Readers Choice Awards. Guidebook customers Saïd Business School at Oxford University and CA Technologies won awards because of their innovative Guidebook-powered mobile apps in 2016. Additionally, Guidebook customers published more than 10,000 mobile apps. Those apps were used more than 7.8 million times and users spent more than 90 million minutes (or 171 years) using Guidebook-powered solutions.

How Users & Groups Works

Guidebook Users & Groups delivers a number of new and innovative capabilities to higher-ed. Some of the capabilities of Users & Groups includes:

  • Email invitations: invite a list of students to a guide using their email addresses. Student contact information can be uploaded in bulk, or added manually. Guidebook will then automatically send an email inviting them to directly download the mobile app. This significantly streamlines the process for app administrators, removing the need for a third-party email provider, smoothing the onboarding process, and increasing app adoption.
  • Whitelisting: this capability allows the app administrator to limit app access to a list of invited students or staff. This is ideal for programs with exclusive content or high security needs.
  • User-level reporting: allows administrators to view the details of logged-in app users. This provides further insight into user behavior and allows for more granular visibility into app metrics.
  • Groups: enables admins to organize their students into specific subsets (the Class of 2017, students in the College of Arts and Sciences, etc.) and offer those groups targeted messages and offers.

More Information

Guidebook Users & Groups is available immediately. The company is holding an informative Users & Groups webinar on Thursday, March 9 at 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET, please register here.
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About Guidebook

Guidebook has been making it easy for people to create mobile guides for their organizations since 2011. 80% of the top colleges in the United States use Guidebook. So do the world’s most admired companies. Guidebook is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in Raleigh, North Carolina, London, England and Seoul, South Korea. The company is backed by MHS Capital and Mosaic Ventures. Learn more at and follow us at @guidebook. For photos and logos visit

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