Discount awaits groups joining social media event

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STA. ROSA City, Laguna, Oct. 1, 2015 – Parish workers, youth volunteers, members of church ministries, and others now have more reason to join the 4th Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMSv4) after organizers decided to extend the registration period and lower the rate for those planning to take part in it as a group.

“We’re only giving in to the demand of the public. We’ve been receiving emails and Facebook messages requesting for discount. For a group composed of at least 10 persons, the fee is now only Php 999 per head from the previous regular rate of Php 1,200 until Oct. 5,” said Esteve Medina Mata, CSMSv4 event head, in an interview.

According to him, organizers want to take in as many participants as possible who are willing to benefit from the many things they will learn from the social media summit.

New and improved CSMS

“Indeed, CSMSv4 has much more to offer. Compared to earlier CSMS’s, this year’s is completely different. Among the many skills participants can expect to pick up at the event are web design and development, graphic design, copy writing, creative writing, blogging, search engine marketing, web analytics, 3rd party tracking and campaign management tools, mobile advertising and display advertising. Big surprises also await everyone, especially our fellow youth,” Mata explained.

He added CMSSv4 participants will also learn the relationship between social media and social business, how they evolve online, besides analytics and marketing.

Other CSMSv4 topics are as follows:

Content management – Cyber law, online ethics, the “how-tos” online, the creative power of infographics to color technology with focus on how contents can reach target markets

Crowdsourcing – The “Connection” Business, how it connects and who to connect, to zoom in on content creation, curation, and on forming an online faith society

Mobile technology – Proper use of gadgets and applications, and their enormous potential for evangelization

Gaming – To focus on the social aspect of gaming, its influences in the life and minds of people

Plugged In

The biggest annual gathering of online evangelizers and missionaries is scheduled on Oct. 10 to Oct. 11 at the Sta. Rosa City Hall Auditorium, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Themed “Plugged In,” CSMSv4 is inspired by Romans 15:6 and the homily Pope Francis gave at the Manila Cathedral in January.

The verse reads: “That together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

In his Manila Cathedral homily, the Holy Father reminded the Filipino clergy and religious that the Gospel invites all Christians to a life of honesty, integrity, and concern for the common good, and Christian communities of the need to create “circles of integrity,” networks of solidarity which can expand to embrace and transform society by their prophetic witness.

For registration information and other concerns, interested parties may visit http://catholicsocialmediasummit.com/v4/index.php/registration-guidelines/. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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