Elexio’s New Self-Service Kiosk Helps Churches Connect and Engage with Attendees

Posted by: on Jan 28, 2014 in Client News | No Comments

Elexio, provider of church software solutions, continues to help churches connect and engage with their audience with the launch of their Self-Service Kiosk.  Previewed in late 2013, this latest solution from Elexio allows church attendees to update their information, sign-up for small groups, submit prayer requests, volunteer, and make contributions.

While the Self-Service Kiosk is available in a standalone option, its integration with the rest of Elexio’s church management software is its greatest attribute. With either option, standalone or integrated, the kiosk provides users with the ability to:

  • View a list of groups that they can sign up for.
  • Identify ministry needs for volunteers and sign up to serve.
  • Submit a prayer request.
  • Update personal data such as contact information and preferences.
  • Make a fund-specific contribution using at-the-kiosk card swipes.

Today’s generation of church attendees brings a different set of expectations with them,” says John Connell, director of sales and marketing for Elexio.

Engagement through ministry involvement, service, and contributions takes on a completely new style. Elexio’s Self-Service Kiosk meets these expectations and provides attendees with an opportunity to connect with the church where they feel most comfortable. It also reduces administrative tasks, freeing up more time for ministry.”

The Self-Service Kiosk boasts an easy-to-navigate interface, is portable, and features a space-conscious design.  The kiosk itself costs $2,200 per unit.  The software cost is $30/month if purchased with Elexio’s database solution, $50/month if purchased separately plus a one-time setup fee of $200.

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Self-Service Kiosk Demo

About Elexio

Elexio offers the only church software that integrates church management, church website CMS (content management system), church website design, church check-in, and church mobile app into one web-based solution for PC/Mac. Elexio provides vital solutions and creative design for thousands of churches around the world to connect with their community, serve their congregation, and grow their ministries by reaching more people, effectively managing membership, and engaging their audience through better ministry experiences.  Learn more at www.elexio.com or call toll free: 888-997-9947.

Church Software Leader Reinvents Forms Functionality to Aid Ministry

Posted by: on Nov 20, 2013 in Client News | No Comments

Behind the scenes at every church, there exists a myriad of administrative needs—from taking donations for multiple ministries and sorting them correctly to registering members for events to enrolling kids for Vacation Bible School and getting correct t-shirt sizes ordered. Much like a duck swimming in the water, most of the hard work is done behind the scenes. Church Community Builder works with churches around the world to streamline administration and increase community through its intuitive web-based church management software (ChMS), and has reinvented the forms functionality within its software to assist the administrative needs churches face every day.

We are utilizing the new [Church Community Builder] forms features through a ministry called Food For All Nations to sell food boxes to the community. We now have the option for people to make purchases and donations within the same form,” remarks Carrie Pendleton of Church For All Nations in Colorado. “Because donations are a tax deduction and purchases are not, we previously had to utilize two separate forms for this.”

forms_screenshot-2Church Community Builder has completely revamped its forms functionality with a drag-and-drop interface and more powerful automations. They have added eight new form question types, including file upload, product/ticket, and donation amount. Advanced financial controls, discount codes, and support for split-transaction forms are also included in this upgrade.

These enhancements aim to help churches “do ministry” more efficiently by having forms features fully integrated into the main church management software. When churches use two separate pieces of software to fill these needs, it creates a data silo, where critical people data lies disconnected from the system those people are in. Church Community Builder’s fully integrated forms software is designed to keep data connected to the people it’s about, enabling churches to spend less time sifting through data and more time focusing on the people their ministries serve.

Pendleton adds, “We will also be using the new forms for missions trips. We can now create a form for a trip with an option for people to make a donation of any amount to a specific individual. Tracking payments and donations has required a lot of work for administrative staff, and it will be much easier to track through the new forms.”

In addition to the forms improvements, Church Community Builder also released bug fixes, design improvements, and usability enhancements, including:

  • Support for military addresses
  • Improved speed for advanced searches
  • Allergy information in profile-related API services

Our development team has worked extremely hard to bring these much-needed updates to the churches we serve. Church Community Builder desires to facilitate ministry and partner with these churches and ministries,” comments Steve Caton, vice president of sales and marketing at Church Community Builder. “We are proud of our team’s efforts and have already heard from many churches that the improvements are successful.”

A short video on Forms can be found here: http://www.churchcommunitybuilder.com/forms

About Church Community Builder

Birthed in 1999, Church Community Builder made available the first ever web-based church management software to offer churches a flexible and affordable way to manage every aspect of church. Today, they actively serve over 3,200 churches in 19 different countries, including church plants, megachurches, and multisite churches with over 10,000 attendees. The entire Church Community Builder team is committed first to serving the Kingdom by empowering churches. Church Community Builder believes that success is realized when doing the Lord’s work in a way that serves the body and honors the Word. If you find these principles appealing and desire to build a well-connected, empowered church, you are invited to take a look at what Church Community Builder has to offer. For detailed and up-to-date information, visit their website at http://www.churchcommunitybuilder.com, call 866-242-1199, become a fan on their Facebook Fan Page, and follow them on Twitter @CCBChurch.

Fresh Vine Web-Based Church Software Enhances Engagement and Community Involvement

Posted by: on Oct 21, 2013 in Client News | No Comments
Fresh Vine Web-Based Church Software Enhances Engagement and  Community Involvement

Created to emphasize community and empower leaders, Fresh Vine church software was developed over the course of two years with the intent of helping churches grow their congregational engagement in a way that is more relational and approachable. Built with simple and responsive design that can scale across any internet device, Fresh Vine is a breath of fresh air to the cluttered church management software industry.

Our church software was inspired by my experiences of planting a church for the first time and seeing what was needed from the ground up in terms of software to connect and rally people,” comments Paul Prins, Fresh Vine Founder and President. “We developed Fresh Vine to help churches gain clarity around who and what is happening with its members.”

Fresh Vine ConciergeThe Fresh Vine team has spent lots of time creating a user interface that makes sense, is simple to use, and is responsively designed to work on any tablet, desktop, or digital device. They also added a special simplified web-based site call Concierge that makes it really easy to add visitors and do children’s check-in on the fly.

Fresh Vine Church Software Key Features Include:

  • Contribution management
  • Email campaigns with reporting features
  • Group and event management that includes attendance history
  • Children’s check-in system that works both online and offline if internet is unavailable
  • Concierge login to add families, make changes to member data, and add phone numbers
  • Filter tools for membership roster that can help with multisite church campuses
  • Communication tools to reach targeted groups within your membership
  • Podcast management
  • Visit this page for a complete list of features

Much like Google Analytics or WordPress, when users login to Fresh Vine, they land on a dashboard overview page that gives helpful member and giving snapshots. Navigate to any of the five software categories at the top of the screen at any time to access people, groups, content, admin, or home.

This 40-second video from Fresh Vine can help cast a vision for how they seek to serve churches small to large. Fresh Vine’s online press room offers screenshots and additional information to the media.

About Fresh Vine

Launched in 2011, Fresh Vine is online church management software that fosters participation, helping members get rooted and grow. It supports all ministry and small group activities, including membership, giving, children’s check-in, ministry/group calendars, events, attendance, and emails. Ministries who lean on Fresh Vine as their church software solution improve engagement and better understand their community. Organizations from all over the world use Fresh Vine.

Roll Call Connect Offers Web Integration to Church Software Data

Posted by: on Oct 15, 2013 in Client News | No Comments
Roll Call Connect Offers Web Integration to Church Software Data

Many churches have limited staff and resources, relying on a tight budget to care for members and reach their communities. Thanks to Wi-Fi in nearly every location, 3G/4G mobile phone service, and the fact that nearly every pastor utilizes a laptop alongside a smartphone or tablet, By the Book has developed its web integration add-on for Roll Call church management software (ChMS) called Roll Call CONNECT.

This new web integration functionality will help our church customers stay better connected to their congregations,” says Kim Conley, co-owner of By the Book, software for churches and nonprofits. “Roll Call CONNECT was built for busy church staff and pastors in mind who want to better manage their church business.”

Roll Call CONNECT Staff Features Include:

  • rc_connect_wdevicesSnapshot of church giving and church attendance
  • Quick glance of upcoming birthdays and anniversaries
  • Look-up and update of church contact information
  • Record church visitations and confidential comments while on the road

Roll Call CONNECT Congregation Features Include:

  • View and update church member profile information
  • Give online
  • View giving history
  • Manage groups
  • Record group attendance if they are a group leader

Roll Call connect gives you the ability to be the Church outside of the church, I love the accessibility of information in the palm of my hand,” comments Steve Oster, Community Presbyterian Church.

To view an informative five-minute video on what Roll Call CONNECT can do for your church, check out this help link to Roll Call CONNECT on Vimeo.

About By the Book

Founded in 1992, By the Book offers robust desktop and internet accessible church and nonprofit management software. Roll Call Church Management Software meets the needs of churches from small to large through membership management, attendance monitoring, visitor follow up, contribution tracking, and background check management. Roll Call Child CheckIn and Mobile CheckIn add on solutions offer churches peace of mind by securing children through PCs or mobile devices. Honor Roll Fundraising Software offers nonprofits complete donor management tools, pledge tracking, and contact management. Free trials are available of all of By the Book’s software offerings. Email, call, or sign up today: info@bythebook.com or 1-800-554-9116.

APA Announces New National Executive Director, Juliette Wolf-Robin

Posted by: on Sep 9, 2013 in Client News | No Comments
APA Announces New National Executive Director, Juliette Wolf-Robin

 American Photographic Artists (APA) today announced that it has selected Juliette Wolf-Robin as its new national executive director. APA’s mission is to help develop successful photographers and creatives by supporting them through education, rights and advocacy.

There has never been a more critical time for professional photographers to join together through an association in order to stay informed, share information and be part of a community,” states Wolf-Robin. “I step into the role of national executive director of APA with a sense of urgency that we must provide members with knowledge and tools needed to succeed, while providing actionable guidelines to protect ones rights and future earning potential.”

Juliette Wolf-RobinJuliette Wolf-Robin is a well-respected industry veteran who has worked with photographers on all aspects of the photography industry for more than 20 years. Most recently she was business development and marketing director at The Brand Union NY. She is perhaps best known for her serial entrepreneurship having launched FoundFolios, Creativity’s Spark* and the Alternative Pick. These innovative print and online resources have helped connect photographers with creatives and art buyers.

Additionally, Wolf-Robin conducted a popular series of podcast interviews with buyers, creatives and artist agents across the country that allowed artists to hear directly how best to reach their target audience and what type of promotion works.

I have known Juliette through the years and have always admired her creativity, entrepreneurship and interest in bringing photographers and creatives together. Juliette understands the ever-changing playing field the photo world has become and the importance for photographers to not only understand their value but to evolve and stay relevant,” comments APA National President Theresa Raffetto. “Throughout her career she has put an emphasis on education and knowledge for both the photographer and the user and we are excited to see where we can take APA with Juliette by our side.”

Over the years Wolf-Robin has been a noted speaker at Photo Plus Expo and at APA chapters nationally, speaking in particular about branding and marketing for photographers. Juliette will be working closely with the APA board of directors and chapter directors to not only help the association succeed but to participate in furthering the cause, sustainability and success of the industry as a whole.

Perhaps one of the greatest challenges facing our industry right now is the sheer speed in which changes are occurring,” adds Wolf-Robin. “Whether we’re discussing technology, copyright issues or the manner in which we communicate with each other, it has become essential to keep up on the latest information, rulings, and trends. I hope to assist APA members as the industry continues to evolve.”

Out of the dozens of very well-qualified applications we received from across the nation, Juliette stood out throughout the process. Her industry experience combined with the fact that she’s married to a photographer has given her a unique understanding of the business end of our industry as well as an emotional investment in its success. She’ll be a potent advocate for not only APA but for all professional photographers,” notes APA Executive Vice President Ric Kasnoff.

I look forward to our future now that Juliette is on board,” adds APA Northwest Chairman Greg Probst.

About American Photographic Artists

The American Photographic Artists (http://www.apanational.com) is a leading national organization run by and for professional photographers. With a culture that promotes a spirit of mutual cooperation, sharing and support, APA offers outstanding benefits, educational programs and essential business resources to help its members achieve their professional and artistic goals. Headquartered in New York, with chapters in Atlanta, Los Angeles, the Midwest, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Charlotte, the Northwest, Colorado, Washington, DC, and Editorial Photographers. APA strives to improve the environment for photographic artists and clear the pathways to success in the industry. Recognized for its broad industry reach, APA continues to expand benefits for its members and works to champion the rights of photographers and image-makers worldwide.