Web geeks offer free pointers to religious organizations


Amy Desmarais will discuss social media on March 1HARTFORD – Earlier this year Pope Benedict XVI praised the Internet. He said that social media networks, “offer a great opportunity…It’s a wonderful way to build relationships and community.”

We all know that sites like Facebook are great marketing tools.  But 40 percent of churches don’t use social media at all, and even more staggering – about 15 percent of churches don’t even use e-mail!

How to have an effective website and successfully use social media advance that website, is a challenge many places of worship are still trying to master.

On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at La Paloma Coffee House in Hartford social media expert Amy Desmarais and myself will present a free seminar “Advancing in the Digital Age: Helping Your Place of Worship Have a Web Presence.”

We’ll give you free tips on how to have a powerful website and how to use social media to your advantage.

Desmarais launched her career in marketing by co-founding a start-up company that specialized in non-traditional marketing.  Since then she has been active in the New Haven community, helping launch local campaigns and events that bridge the gap between technology and those eager to use it.  Most notably playing a key role in the planning of Social Web Week Connecticut which last year consisted of over 25 events.  Ready for her next big challenge, Desmarais recently joined the Creedible team to help launch a new marketing division that will work hand-in-hand with local religious organizations. 

On the personal side, she is a Connecticut native and holds the local community in high regard. Outside of attempting to try every restaurant in New Haven, she enjoy playing soccer, the great outdoors, relaxing (or working) at coffee shops and the simple pleasure of spending time with the family and friends who make the journey worthwhile.

Simmons is the editor and founder of Creedible.com, Connecticut’s only ecumenical publication. She formerly served as the online editor of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in West Texas and has been trained in digital media, multi-media and, and of course, journalism.

She holds a master’s degree in communication and a certificate in digital entrepreneurship.

Tuesday’s event is the first of many meet-and-greets that Creedible will be hosting.

The event is free, though donations are accepted.

For information call (203) 278-4214 or write tsimmons@creedible.com.


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