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Making the Most of Your Website

The saying goes, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” In the age of Google and social media, your parish website is your best chance to make that impression. Taking the time to make it great will highlight the best and most beautiful things about your parish.

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Creating a Welcoming Parish Website

Think of your website as the front porch of your parish. The goal is to make it as inviting as possible, so that others will be compelled to take that first step into your church. As with any website, you need a clear opening. For parishes, a welcoming message speaks to the heart.

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How to Grow Your Parish Email List

There has never been a better time to grow your parishioner email list, but gathering them can be difficult. You need to be creative when it comes to asking for their email address. Following are four “outside the box” ideas to help you not only grow, but maintain, your email distribution list.

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Catholic Photos: 4 Ways to Find Images You Need

As a parish, you want to use fresh content to attract more visitors to your parish, but finding those images can be difficult. There are plenty of ways you can easily find the photos you need. All you need to do is search in the right places.

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Using Video on Your Church Website

We have so many choices these days when it comes to using technology to draw people to our place of worship. A website that is vibrant, dynamic and engaging is vital in attracting more people — and a new way to do that is through video.

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How to Integrate Direct Mail Appeals With Your Online Fundraising

No matter what campaign you’re conducting at your vibrant parish, utilizing multiple communication channels makes sense. The trick is to make these various channels one cohesive campaign. We’ll tell you why it’s essential, plus give a few tips for making the most of your new combination strategy.

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Maximize Your Weekly Bulletin

The weekly bulletin. A staple in parish life, it’s been used for years to form and inspire parishioners and visitors alike to dive deeper into Catholic life. But in a world that’s becoming increasingly digital, churches need to find new ways to keep the bulletin relevant.

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The Power of the RSS Feed for Your Parish Website

As a parish, you may be hard-pressed to find reliable content to update your website on a regular basis. That is why an RSS feed is so valuable to parishes wishing to make their website a place where people can go to be formed in the Catholic faith and stay up to date about their faith community.

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Rethinking Data to Grow Our Parishes

We need to be intentional with our efforts to grow our church, and that includes gathering data to see if we can work with the trends we discover. We need to move out of the “hoping, dreaming, and wishing” mindset, and instead focus on who — and most importantly, who is not — coming to our parish.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Store Things Online

In our increasingly digitalized society, more work is being done online — even in your vibrant parish. While some information may still need to be stored on-site in local hard drives, cloud storage provides some clear benefits for your parish office.

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Phishing Scams and How Not to Get Caught

Email phishing scams are getting more sophisticated every day, using familiar sender names and other information to lower their targets’ defenses and make them more likely to become victims. The best way to not fall for these scams is to remain vigilant, always verify, and to think before you click.

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WeShare VS. PayPal

When it comes to choosing the best online giving platform for your parish, there is a vast array of choices out there. From ones that specialize in specific parish giving, to nonprofits, to businesses — the choices are endless. When faced with so many selections, parishes should focus on what they really need in a giving platform.

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