ROAR’s Matt McKee to Present on Church Mobile App Technology and Church Social Strategy at InfoComm 2012

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ROAR’s Matt McKee to Present on Church Mobile App Technology and Church Social Strategy at InfoComm 2012

Each year, over 33,000 consultants, Audio-Visual integrators, designers, manufacturer reps, technology managers and end users from over 90 countries attend the InfoComm convention in Las Vegas. This year’s show offers a church technology certification program led by Technologies for Worship Magazine (TFWM) that will feature Matt McKee, CEO of ROAR mobile apps and strategy for churches, as presenter on church social networking and church mobile apps.

The folks at TFWM have put together an incredible church tech certification program to better empower churches to integrate mobile and social technology into their overall A/V church technology planning. This combined with A/V seminars will further help churches improve their worship productions,” comments Matt McKee. “Having a strategy for using social media and mobile apps is more important than simply using the tools. I will shed light on how churches can connect the online world with the offline world to achieve their outreach goals.”

Since InfoComm offers seminars and exhibits on all aspects of A/V technology, church technology staff will have a great opportunity to learn from the secular industry while applying specific technologies to the Church through TFWM’s certification program.

We’re very excited to have Matt McKee and ROAR involved with the Technologies for Worship program at InfoComm this year,” says Kevin Rogers Cobus, executive editor for Technologies for Worship Magazine. “Social networking and mobile app strategy are two very important topics right now. We feel that ROAR has set a great example in this area, creating intuitive and innovative apps for facilities of all sizes. Today it’s as important to have a visible and valuable social media presence as it is to have good audio, video, and lighting within your house of worship.”

TFWM has brought its training program to InfoComm specifically for house of worship techs and volunteers. The topics range from basic to advanced, and fit any experience level. TFWM seminars count towards Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) renewal credits, a technical proficiency measure that is recognized industry-wide.

TFWM seminars includes the following topics:

  • The “Smoking Gun” of Audio: Sound Engineer Troubleshooting
  • Social Networking: Covering Your Bases
  • Mic’ing Live Instruments for Worship
  • Rigging in Worship: What You Need to Know
  • Strategic Streaming: A Purposeful Approach to Video Streaming

To find out more about TFWM’s certification program including full descriptions of each workshop, visit: http://www.tfwm.com/conferences-InfoComm-2012.

To register for InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas, June 9-15, visit: http://www.infocommshow.org.

About Matt McKee

An entrepreneur with his head in both the technology and ministry worlds, Matt McKee founded ROAR in January 2010 and currently serves as CEO. He has served at several churches as both children’s pastor and curriculum developer. Matt is also a strategy consultant for the reThink Group and is a consultant and speaker at ministry events around the country. McKee blogs at http://www.mattmckee.me.

About ROAR

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.

About Technologies for Worship Magazine
Since 1992, Technologies for Worship Magazine (TFWM) has been an integral technical resource for the worship community. The mission of the publication is to educate readers as to the ways technology can be used as a tool to expand membership and outreach. The content is designed for house of worship tech staff, volunteers and leadership. Topics range from a basic to advanced tutorial-based articles, unbiased product reviews, technical tips, industry updates and company profiles.

IconCMO Cloud-Based Church Software Wins Customer Approval

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IconCMO Cloud-Based Church Software Wins Customer Approval

It’s not every day that a company polls their customers and is overwhelmed with positive feedback. That’s exactly what happened when Icon Systems did a recent survey of their customers to gather information on what their customers most liked about their software. The results indicated that 96.4% of customers were extremely satisfied with their IconCMO church management software (chms).

“We like to stay in touch with our church software customers to find out what’s working and what’s not,” says Bill Gifford, president of Icon Systems, Inc. “When we decided to survey our customers, we weren’t sure what to expect. The results told us that, other than customer service, being cloud based was the number one factor in churches being satisfied with their software.”

After polling churches, Icon found the following qualities were best loved by their customers:

Top 10 Features of Effective Church Management Software (as determined by Icon church software users):

1)    Customer service that is fast, accurate, and detailed with phone and email support.

2)    Accessibility via the Cloud.

3)    Affordable pricing.

4)    Compliant with government regulations.

5)    Easy and intuitive navigation.

6)    Simple reporting tools.

7)    Total integration of membership, contributions, and finance tools.

8)    Off-site regular backups with maximum security.

9)    iPhone/iPad/Android tablet apps for all products.

10)  Willingness to listen to customer input.

“IconCMO does all that we need in a very user-friendly way, coupled with prompt, effective, friendly tech support—all this for a very reasonable cost. To top it off, the programmers are always seeking ways to make the application more efficient, capable, and relevant to the ever changing needs of churches. I’m a user of IconCMO for over 5 years,” remarks Chris, an executive pastor.

In July of last year, Icon released a fully-functional, real-time IconCMO church softwareiPadwebapp that offered churches–from church plants to mega churches–a way to simplify church management; they followed up a few weeks later with an Android web app to make sure they covered all their bases. The iPhone app forIconCMOLite is also a popular option for mobile phone access.

“The system is VERY easy to use. We are a start up church plant with no full-time staff so being able to have multiple users access the system over the Internet is a great feature. I had to check the balance of an account the other day and just logged on with my smart phone and got what I needed,” comments John, a church treasurer.

Churches interested in finding out more about IconCMO church management software should visit Icon’s website and click “Guided Tour” on the bottom left of the website. For a full list of the features IconCMO offers, visit the featurespage. Churches can also call 1-800-596-4266 or email sales@iconcmo.com to get started with a free 10-day trial of IconCMO.

About Icon Systems, Inc.

Icon Systems, Inc. (http://www.iconcmo.com) has been a leader in the church management system industry for nearly 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.