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Mobile Technologies in Your Ministry


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The next generation of parishioners is growing up online, but it may not be with a PC. They surf the web, update their status, text and tweet all from their phone. The Church has an unprecedented opportunity to reach people where they are, whenever they need to. In this workshop we’ll explore mobile communication trends, the opportunity for the church, and solutions that can help get you there.

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Mobile Technologies in Your Ministry

  1. 1. Mobile Technologies and Your Ministry Joe Luedtke Vice President, Liturgical Publications @cathtechtalk
  2. 2. Why is a ChurchBulletin Company talking about technology?
  3. 3. The Next Generation of Parishioners Are Growing Up Online But they may not be using computers!
  4. 4. One-third of all US teens with cell phones text over one hundredmessages a day. (Source: Pew Research Center)
  5. 5. “Teens, Cell Phones, and Texting” Pew Research Center.
  6. 6. Teens and Cell Phone Use • Calling is still a central function, but primarily with parents. • Girls text more than boys (80 text messages / day versus 30). • For parents, Cell Phones are an area of conflict and regulation. • Schools typically treat cell phones as a disruptive force. Only 12% of students say they can use their cell phone anytime. • Cell phones bridge the digital divide for those without computers or high-speed Internet. • And for those post-teens (18-29)… – 19% have donated via text message – If they use their phone to reach the Internet, more than half use it daily.“Teens, Cell Phones, and Texting” Pew Research Center.
  7. 7. But Its Not Just TeensMicrosoft Tag
  8. 8. AndMobile isStillGrowingMicrosoft Tag
  9. 9. AndGrowing!Microsoft Tag
  10. 10. Microsoft Tag
  11. 11. Microsoft Tag
  12. 12. Remember when a phone was used to call someone?Microsoft Tag
  13. 13. You Need to Understand that Mobile is Different• Its always with us and available• Its not just an input device. Push technology is increasingly common• Its location aware – Google now estimates that 20% of its searches are for things nearby – Facebook Mobile, Twitter Mobile, and Foursquare let you make connections with both people and things nearby – Restaurants and businesses are jumping on this bandwagon by offering specials. What should we offer?
  14. 14. Our Challenge and Opportunity Now that the Church is online and on email, we need to go mobile.
  15. 15. Technologies to Help Us On Our Way
  16. 16. Websites and Mobile Websites• All smartphones have an Internet Browsers. Sites that appear on your smart phone are Mobile Compatible – Flash components won‟t work on the iPhone – Frames cause problems on most phones – Its easy to test, but try multiple phones• Mobile Aware or Mobile Sites are templated systems that are specifically designed to be optimized for the mobile platform
  17. 17. Websites and Their Mobile Template LPi‟s Online Donation Tool, WeShare, in a traditional browser
  18. 18. Websites and Their Mobile Template LPi‟s Online Donation Tool, WeShare, on a mobile phone
  19. 19. QR Codes• Two-dimensional bar code• Able to store more information than a traditional bar code• Scanned using the camera on your smart phone.• Build yours at
  20. 20. QR Codes in Retail
  21. 21. QR Code Uses• QR codes are meant to enhance existing content. Some good examples of use are: – At a fund raising event to record visits or event signups. – Transmit contact information for staff right to your phone. – Directing the user to this week‟s sermon, supporting information, or even a little fun quiz. – Surveys or voting on important issues. – Links to your online giving provider.• A needs improvement example of use, – Putting a QR code in your bulletin that has current content that links to just your home page of your website with only outdated content.
  22. 22. Texting• Texting is still primarily 1:1. It should be used as an engagement tool. – Phone trees now can be replaced by texting chains. – Links to Facebook or Twitter can easily be included.• Broadcast or group texting is starting to emerge. – ParishSoft‟s NotifyNow – –
  23. 23. Foursquare, Google+ and FB Mobile• Foursquare – Keep up with friends and discover what‟s nearby. – Is primary a location based service – Integrates well with Facebook and Twitter – Do you check in at church? You should – Restaurants and retail stores offer „Specials‟. What should we offer?• Facebook and Google+ – Primarily a social network – Location services secondary
  24. 24. • There probably is over 500,000 and counting on iTunes• Mobile users now spend more time in their Apps than online.• These Apps embed themselves into your phone but also your lives. – If only it would be that easy,• Apps are an application that is designed for your smartphone. – Want to build your own, remember you get what you pay for – Its common for App Developers to retain ownership of the code, but the content needs to remain yours
  25. 25. The Wrap Up• We‟re entering a post-website world• The Internet used to be informational, now is becoming relational• Content used to be king, but its really becoming all about the conversation• The generation of parishioners is growing up online, but on their phone
  26. 26. Thank You! Joe Luedtke Vice President, Liturgical Publications @cathtechtalk