Posted on November 20, 2017 by Joe Luedtke - Catholic Tech Talk
Get Ready for #GivingTuesday
Just a few short days before the start of Advent, is an increasingly popular and important day of giving. It’s called #GivingTuesday. It’s an inherently online phenomenon created in response to the consumer shopping dates of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on Tuesday November 28th, 2017. In 2015, over $116 million was raised online for non-profits around the world. Did your church take part in this? It’s not too late to kick off Advent and the season of giving with a promotion for your church on #GivingTuesday! Here are seven ideas you can leverage in your parish.
Giving Tuesday has been around long enough that most of your parishioners have heard of it. It’s a great opportunity to create a giving campaign for your parish on an online platform or mobilize your parishioners to donate to causes you all care about. If you want to invite your parishioners into the #iGiveCatholic movement this holiday season, here are some ideas.
Posted on October 23, 2017 by Joe Luedtke - Catholic Tech Talk
Nonprofits recognize the brilliance of Salesforce in managing the opportunity pipeline, from identifying donors to tracking interactions and executing email drip campaigns. Salesforce’s platform-based solutions are disrupting every sector of the market. Why should nonprofits be any different?
When it comes to control over the finances, some parishes like to be in direct control of what comes in. Directly operating your church’s merchant account may bring you financial gifts faster, but the process comes with some inherent risks.
Posted on October 12, 2017 by Anna Carter - Catholic Tech Talk
When you picture world missions, what do you imagine? Most of us might think of a remote village, building projects, and catechism lessons in one-room schoolhouses. Modern American life is disconnected on multiple levels from the everyday life of a foreign missionary. This World Mission Month, the team at Missio is trying to bridge that gap in an innovative way: a Papal ChatBot.
Posted on October 5, 2017 by Joe Luedtke - Catholic Tech Talk
Who’s Responsible for Your Church’s Online Strategy?
As technologists, we’re only one big piece in this puzzle. Many of the challenges we have with encouraging technology adoption aren’t rooted in the technology itself, but rather the adoption of it. Technology is just a tool. It’s how we use it that counts.
Posted on September 18, 2017 by Keith Alberts - Catholic Tech Talk
“A well-intended volunteer stepped forward to set up our church website. At first, they were totally responsive and information was updated the same day within hours. After a few months, the updates would happen less frequently. I would send them emails with what to place on the site and it would be posted within weeks. Then emails and calls to the volunteer would not lead to any updates at all. Our church website is now static and is still advertising last summer’s festival. It’s been a year and we have no way to update it.”
Or worse yet, you want to visit the homepage and it’s not the church website anymore.
This is a guest post from Edmund Mitchell.
I stood in St. Peter’s Square a few years ago and a friend said the Pope’s office window is the last light to turn off at the Vatican, communicating to everyone just how hard the Pope is working for his flock. “Pope’s Window Syndrome” hits people who work for the Church, as they put in grueling 50-60 hour workweeks, leaving lights on in their office long after everyone else leaves for the evening. And while putting in 60 hours a week may make you feel like you are working hard, not getting paid enough, and completely unappreciated, there is a lot of evidence that suggests the more hours you work, the less productive you become. (See this link, that article, and here.) Not to mention the huge negative impact on your family life if you’re married.
Enter Sheryl Sandberg and Parkinson’s Law.
How Good Photography Reveals Beauty and Draws People to the Church
We live in a world where nearly everyone has access to a camera. It has never been easier to document and record our lives. With the click of a button, we can share the beauty of our faith with the world, a faith that is naturally beautiful on many different levels. Our human instinct to capture beauty is a direct reflection of God’s word when he saw all that he made and “found it very good.”
Photography matters in our world—and should matter to the Church—because it is the bridge or gateway of communication and storytelling. Statistics show that more and more people are visual learners, which shows that photography makes a difference. With the Instagram generation having a bigger impact in the world of communications and evangelization, taking a photo with purpose and reason can give someone a reason to stop, pause, and be curious as to what that photo can offer. Most importantly, it offers the story behind the photo.
Imagine if that same purpose and reason were applied to the way we approach photography within church communications. Here are five tips to help the photos you take leave a deeper impression.
Those are simple instructions, right? Yes, go to Google and find out what information is on the internet about your parish. My hope is that you find your church website as #1 on the list of results, which means you’re doing some things right online.