As more churches become dependent on their church websites to deliver current information and media such as sermon podcasts, image collections, and relevant documents, Elexio has taken steps to enhance and improve the Media Center within its church website content management system (CMS), Amp Vibe, to empower churches with the best website tools available.
With website traffic now coming in from a variety of devices including smartphones and tablets, church websites need to have fluid web design that scales according to the device a person is using. The system has an improved intuitive design with more usability along with social media integration that will streamline church communication. Additional features also include customizable organization features and enhanced search capabilities.
This new version of the Elexio Media Center for our church website CMS provides the latest in design and necessary tools to equip today’s church. Its use of fluid design adapts to your platform of choice, while enhanced search and media organization continues to show Elexio’s innovative approach to church software,” comments John Connell, marketing director for Elexio.
Elexio Amp Vibe church website CMS includes unlimited storage, bandwidth, blogs, calendars, password protected areas, audio and video blocks, slideshows, photo galleries, email, opt-in/opt-out email lists, RSS syndication, and much more.
Amp is a fully-integrated suite of church technology solutions. Just imagine having your website, database, mobile app, small group software, mass communication, donations, event registrations, check-in system and more all working together as one.
Elexio continues to provide the most intuitive and appealing solutions for church websites and church management software around the world. With an integrated set of products that focus on the local church’s web presence, complete membership management, contributions, mobile, check-in, and much more, insight into your congregation and community are no longer a mystery. To learn more, please visit www.elexio.com or call toll free: 888.997.9947.
American Photographic Artists (APA) is joining the 15 plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Google. By joining the suit, APA alleges the “Google Book Search” program violates the copyrights of numerous photographers and other visual artists. The lead plaintiffs include: The American Society of Media Photographers, Graphic Artists Guild, Picture Archive Council of America, North American Nature Photography Association, Professional Photographers of America, National Press Photographers Association, Leif Skoogfors, Al Satterwhite, Morton Beebe, Ed Kashi, John Schmelzer, Simms Taback and Gail Kuenstler Taback Living Trust, Leland Bobbe, John Francis, Ficara, and David W. Moser.
Google has contracted with libraries including the Universities of California, Michigan, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Stanford as well as book and periodical publishers to create digital “archives” of books and periodicals by electronically copying them in their entirety. These books and periodicals contain photographs, illustrations, graphic art, and other visual images protected by copyright law.
The plaintiffs claim that Google has copied, stored, electronically distributed, and publically displayed without the authorization of the exclusive rights owners of the visual works. This result is massive copyright infringement from Google’s creation and operation of its Google Book Search program. In this action, the plaintiffs seek damages and injunctive and declaratory relief with respect to Google’s present infringement of Visual Works as well as injunctive and declaratory relief as to Google’s planned future infringement of the Visual Works.
APA has long been an advocate and activist for the protection of visual artists copyrights. We are grateful to the named plaintiffs to be joining them in this fight,” comments APA CEO, Stephen Best. Representing the plaintiffs are attorneys Mishcon de Reya, New York LLP, and Ronny L. Kurzman, Esq.
Copyright protection and licensing images are two elements that ensure the sustainability of a professional photographer’s career,” notes APA National President, Theresa Raffetto. “APA membership consists of professional photographers who rely on these elements and is why APA advocates fearlessly for copyright protection. Holding Google Books responsible for their flagrant copyright infringement is something APA has been working on and we’re pleased to continue this fight in conjunction with the other plaintiffs.”
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 Atlanta, Georgia 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.
Elexio, provider of church management software suite Amp, continues to set the pace in the church software market with its launch of the essential event management solution. With select releases today and a global launch on March 12th, 2013, it is guaranteed to add enhancement to a platform that is already equipping churches around the world.
We’re confident that our church partners will see immediate advancement of critical areas like volunteer scheduling, resource planning, online payment and registration, as well as publicity and promotion,” said CEO, Jeff Hostetter. “Churches have traditionally struggled with organizing and promoting events. Now event details, resources, volunteer scheduling and registration with online payment options are all simple step-by-step tasks.”
As an addition to the Amp church management solution (ChMS), event management will assist church event planners with tools to assign resources, select and invite volunteers, promote to specific attendees, collect payment and more within a single easy-to-use interface. Backed by the ChMS platform, Amp Fusion, you have all the resources needed to facilitate memorable ministry events.
One of the greatest strengths of Amp is in its integration. This integration is only strengthened with a shared calendar and scheduling platform that applies not only to its database product, but across its website CMS and check-in solutions as well. The obvious advantages will be most evident in the church’s data consistency; working seamlessly through all aspects of the Amp solution. Churches will no longer struggle with disconnected processes when it comes to all facets of event management.
I want to thank all of our church partners for the valuable input that you’ve provided. For those that are currently using Amp products, you’ll be reminded of why Elexio delivers premier solutions. For those that are new to Elexio’s Amp solutions, you will be amazed at the difference of a solution provided by a team that understands your ministry needs,” said Hostetter.
Elexio continues to provide the most intuitive and appealing solutions for church websites and church management software around the world. With an integrated set of products that focus on the local church’s web presence, complete membership management, contributions, check-in and much more, insight into your congregation and community are no longer a mystery. To learn more, please visit www.elexio.com or call toll free: 888.997.9947.
With mobile phone use at an all-time high, it’s no wonder that churches and nonprofits are looking to harness this unparalleled communication device to keep people attuned to their unique organizations. Over the past two years, ROAR has developed a robust offering of app features and coupled it with inexpensive pricing to meet the needs of churches and nonprofits. Now, ROAR is adding to its features the ability to accept donations and credit cards using a mobile device and card swiper through its partnership with Merchant Focus, and social community functionality through its partnership with WeLink.
We want to provide church app solutions that fit the needs of small churches on up to mega churches. Online giving and social community are a big piece of the puzzle. That’s why we’ve added the ability to accept credit cards along with social community features,” comments Matt McKee, CEO of ROAR.
There are now three church app options with ROAR:
1) Base app with information (Events, locations, QR scanner, RSS, video podcasts, prayer wall, and more)
2) Base app with information plus social community (Detailed profiles, social discovery, social media streams)
3) Base app with information, social community, plus giving (Forward facing giving app with swiper to take credit cards)
Charitable Giving and Mobile Credit Card Acceptance
The giving functionality of the church apps will include a forward facing card swiper so that church staff can accept donations on the spot through their smartphones. Givers will also be able to give via their app directly.
We love what ROAR is doing for churches and nonprofits and are excited to provide the giving functionality, which includes a card swiper and mobile credit card acceptance, so that these organizations can take donations and credit cards right from their mobile device at anytime,” says John Waldron, CEO of Merchant Focus.
Church App Social Community
Churches and nonprofits can now build a private social community within their mobile app; users can join said communities and instantly be connected to others. App users can take advantage of WeLink’s user profiles that automatically process and display social profile data on users from LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and many more. Included are search, discovery, and communication tools that allow app users to find, message, and connect with other members in the church app social community.
Engaging in a partnership with ROAR provides a powerful avenue for WeLink to positively affect the non-profit and church communities,” notes Karthik Manimaran, co-founder of WeLink. “I see WeLink’s social community module as being a perfect complement to what ROAR has created, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to work together.”
December ROAR Promotions
T-shirt Campaign – For every 100 t-shirts ROAR sells, they will give away an app to a nonprofit for LIFE. Shirts are $15 plus shipping. T-shirt buyers can “vote” for their nonprofits on Facebook with their t-shirt purchase.
Free Setup – New nonprofit customers can save $1,000 and get free setup on any new app development. For $75 per month for the first year, the organization will receive a fully-developed app for iphone/ipad/android plus a mobile website.
About Merchant Focus
Merchant Focus (http://www.merchantfocus.com) is a full service Merchant Account and payment gateway provider, providing the ability to accept credit card payments for Internet, mobile, mail/phone order, and retail businesses. Merchant Focus is dedicated to providing the highest level of service in the industry.
WeLink (http://welink.com) is a B2B company that offers software as a service to socially power mobile apps.
Our suite of SDKs instantly provides a social network that builds communities, which facilitates communication and social discovery amongst users. WeLink’s UI is absolutely gorgeous, its social community module is filled with powerful social features, and it can be integrated into any mobile app in minutes. WeLink provides an insane amount of support to make sure the apps using our technology are successful.
ROAR (http://ROAR.pro) is one of the top iPhone and Android app developers for churches and ministries. To better serve organizations with their overall social strategy, ROAR added social media strategy to its offerings in 2012. ROAR supports app development for every type of mobile device and offers customers custom branding, audio streaming, event calendars, blog/news readers, streaming video, and social media integration—all built on a custom WordPress platform that gives organizations the ability to update their apps and keep information current for users. ROAR is the official mobile app developer for Group Publishing, Simply Youth Ministry, Orange, and Digital Church by LifeWay, and is now official partners with Bishop TD Jakes.
Cloud-based church software company, Icon Systems, is proud to announce a new integrated church website solution through its new partner, LiveEdit, maker of powerful websites and mobile church websites. Using LiveEdit’s content management system (CMS) with custom apps and mobile marketing, churches can easily integrate the powerful IconCMO church database together with your church website.
- Online directory that links to the live data on the church’s database
- Online calendar that pulls information directly from your IconCMO database
- E-commerce website to sell things like t-shirts for church events
- Place to store your sermons or other types of media online for sharing
- Way to easily send e-Newsletters out to all your members about upcoming events
- Mobile website that makes it simple for people to view your information from a smartphone
LiveEdit provides websites and mobile sites with a powerful yet simple user interface for editing and updating. The client can control all of their content with tools that are available through an easy drag-and-drop interface. The church can type or paste in text, create image galleries with sliders, re-size images automatically, insert video content, drop in YouTube videos, and create forms using the form builder.
The easy-to-use LiveEdit website solution incorporates the church’s data from IconCMO in various website layouts. It’s an attractive solution for clients that want to bring the back-end data to their church website for a personal connection with the community and its members,” comments Bill Gifford, president of Icon Systems Inc.
LiveEdit can easily convert an existing church website over to LiveEdit or create a customized design. Other features include the promo store, church QR code generator, church email marketing, blogging, unlimited web pages, and a mobile version of the church website. The mobile website can display a different view than the main website, which allows for a special church donation collection during a weekend service for a cause. This church website integration can also enhance a church’s online presence, making the community more aware of the church’s mission and allowing church members to know what’s happening.
“An effective church is one that is involved and plugged in to its community,” notes LiveEdit Co-Owner Eugene Schreder. “The most important tool you have to accomplish this is your church website. LiveEdit not only puts you in control of your website (and mobile site), but also places some amazing tools at your fingertips to inform, encourage, and engage both current and potential attendees.”
By teaming up with IconCMO, you are now able to integrate many of IconCMO’s services directly into your website and mobile site. This means people can stay on your site when checking out the church calendar or membership directory from their mobile device. It’s all integrated and cohesive – adopting your site’s same fonts and styles.
LiveEdit (http://www.liveeditaurora.com/) has been a multi-channel marketing solution for over 10 years. The company takes the “tech” out of editing and updating web and mobile sites, making it easy to keep things new and fresh. LiveEdit is continually rolling out cutting-edge features. The company strives to align itself with partnerships that offer an amazing, no-brainer solution to its clients.
About Icon Systems, Inc.
Icon Systems, Inc. (http://www.iconcmo.com) has been a leader in the church management system industry for 20 years, developing high-quality software exclusively for religious organizations from church plants to denominational offices. The company continues to enhance its cloud-based church management software with new features to meet the ongoing administrative and communication needs of the churches it serves. Icon Systems has three prominent offerings: 1) IconCMO – a web-based church management solution that meets the needs of individual churches, 2) IconCMO+ – a web-based multisite church management solution for multisite churches and churches with denominational offices on the local, national, and international level, and 3) Revelations – a single user or network-based church management software package. IconCMO/IconCMO+ also offer iPad, iPhone, and Android web apps for expanded productivity. Icon Systems has a deep software engineering heritage that has enabled its products to achieve unprecedented performance, reliability, and customer satisfaction.