I thought I was publishing in a newspaper; what is Column?
Column is software that facilitates the public notice process by providing a streamlined self service platform for folks who need to provide public notice to their communities via newspaper publication. Column’s newspaper publishing partners receive the public notices that you submit through our software to ensure that you only spend a few minutes out of your day on the process and your notices is seamlessly published in the newspaper.
More than 15,000 people across the country use Column for their public notices to ensure compliance and make public noticing more convenient by simplifying the publication process.
There are two main activities involved in beginning to place notices through Column. First, you’ll need to register a Column account, whereafter you can use the interface to submit all future notices for publication.
For more advanced guides related to specific features within Column, please refer to our library of guides!
Each person submitting notices for publication should begin by creating their own Column account where they can place, organize, and track everything related to their public notices.
You can begin creating your account in under two minutes by interacting with an email from Column prompting you to join an organization, or by visiting Column’s registration page. If you have questions about account registration, please begin by following the instructions provided before reaching out to our support team.
Step 1: Get Started.
Visit www.column.us/register, enter your name and email, and create a password for your account.
Step 2: Account Configuration
Select “I want to place a notice in a paper.”
Step 3: Account Type
Select the account description that best captures your work.
Step 4: Join or Create Your Organization
Search for and join an existing organization (your company, department, or colleagues), or create a new one if you’re the first to set up an account.
Step 5: Add Team Members
Invite colleagues to your organization, or skip for now. You can always add additional members later.
Step 6: Set Up Your Payment Information
Access your account settings to link a bank account. Or, you can always pay for notices with a credit card.
Column helps to speed up the publishing process and reduce errors in public notice content by providing a streamlined self-serve interface. Once you’ve registered your Column account you can simply log in, select which newspaper you’d like to publish your notice in, and insert the content for your notice. A representative will review all notices submitted via Column for accuracy before confirming the publication dates and beginning the billing and affidavit processes.
You can begin placing notices by using the button below. If you have questions about notice placement, please begin by following the instructions provided before reaching out to our support team.
Step 1: Get Started.
Click on the blue “Place a Notice” button in the top right corner.
Step 2: Select Publisher.
Find your newspaper in the dropdown menu. You can also filter by location.
Step 3: Create Notice.
Select the type of notice that you’re placing.
Step 4: Enter Your Notice Content.
You can upload your notice, drag and drop the file, type it in, or copy & paste directly into the text editor. Column also generates notice templates to provide a balance of simplicity and compliance.
Step 5: Preview Your Notice.
Review the layout and estimated price on the righthand side of the screen.
Step 6: Schedule Notice Publication.
Select the date(s) for when the notice should be published. In many cases, the system will automatically populate the required number of publication dates for you to meet the statutory requirements.
Step 7: Enter Billing and Affidavit Details.
Fill out your billing contact’s information and select your affidavit delivery preferences.
Step 8: Review and Confirm.
Click Review and Confirm to double check your proof. Then click Submit and you’re all set!
Step 9: Check your activity log to track your notice.
You’ll receive email and in-app notifications at key steps in the process. You can also log in to make changes to your notice, make payments, and receive your affidavit after publication.
If you have questions at any point while placing or managing your notice, always feel free to reference our library of information at help.column.us, or to reach out to our support team via email or live chat.
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