Find Broken Links on Your Website

It’s a website admin’s worst nightmare: old broken links that frustrate your site’s visitors, but that you don’t know about. Every day, people are making judgments about your parish community based on your website, and nothing will turn them off faster than the dreaded broken link. But there is hope! There’s an easy way to […]

Protect Your Parish Brand

By now, most Catholic churches have staked out their territory online and claimed a catchy web address and Facebook username (for example, “SaintMaryDallas” for a church in Texas). But don’t stop at your website and Facebook – take a moment to register a similar Twitter and Instagram handle for your parish. You may not intend […]

Publishing Mass Times on Facebook

Earlier this month I mentioned that 95% of your website visitors are just looking for Mass times. The same is true for people who search for your church on Facebook. Are you publishing Mass times on Facebook? The best place to display Mass times on Facebook is in your page’s “About” section, under your “Story”: […]

Publish Your Mass Times Everywhere

What are 95% of the visitors to your parish website looking for? Mass times. That’s it. This was brought home to our staff this week when we spotted this Tweet by Catholic evangelist Meg Hunter-Kilmer (see below). The long and short of it? Publish your Mass times everywhere! Stop what you’re doing and open your […]

YouTube is More than Cat Videos

We are all guilty of visiting YouTube to check out a video a friend said we simply “had to see.” Perhaps you watched a music video from your childhood, viewed the newest movie trailer, or got your fix of adorable cat videos. But YouTube is more than cat videos. It is an amazing place to […]

User Friendly Online Forms

By now, most parishes have transitioned to online forms for event sign-ups, registrations, ticket sales and donations. If your parish is still using paper forms, it’s time to start moving over to user friendly online forms. (You can build out new forms here.) This week, set aside some time to assess your online forms for […]

Shorten Links Easily with Bit.ly

Your parish website is likely a simple, concise variation of your church name and/or city, and therefore it is easy for you to direct parishioners and visitors to your main page. But how easy is it for you to guide your website visitors elsewhere on your site? Luckily, you can make it extremely easy in […]

Selling Tickets to Parish Events

Have you ever experienced headaches while selling tickets to parish events? Most parishes have 5-10 annual events for which they need to sell tickets. Such events might include your Cana Dinner, men’s retreat weekend, or parish fundraising gala. And you want to make sure those tickets are always available to purchase, not just during parish […]

Fundraising Letters or Emails?

It’s an age-old question: fundraising letters or emails? If you’re responsible for your church’s annual stewardship drive, you’re probably wondering whether this is the year you should move from regular mail and checks to email and online giving. Our team’s recommendation, based on deep research and professional experience, is that yes, you should definitely start moving […]

Parish Entry Point Giving

Parish entry point giving is a topic rarely discussed in Catholic churches. This week, take a few minutes to review your parish’s online gift portal. When someone makes a first-time gift online, is the “Amount of Gift” box empty, or is it automatically filled with an appropriate amount? Ideally, it should be filled with what […]