STA. ROSA City, Laguna, Sept. 14, 2015 – Netizens, especially students and the youth who are into social media, will have much to learn from this year’s Catholic Social Media Summit (CSMSv4) to be held from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11 at the Sta. Rosa City Hall Auditorium, Sta. Rosa, Laguna as the biggest gathering of online missionaries in the country prepares to tackle online marketing and related topics.
“We are inviting all, particularly young people who are into social media, to grab this opportunity to learn something new and important. This time around, we will be offering participants workshops on online marketing and other like skills that will make them more employable, thus enabling them to help their parents,” shared Esteve Medina Mata, CSMSv4 event head, in an interview.
According to him, the forthcoming CSMSv4 will differ from its first three predecessors in the attention it seeks to give to the relationship between media and business, and how the two together become powerful, life-changing tools for evangelization in the hands of trained netizens.
“From social media to social business, from analytics to marketing, CSMSv4 participants will learn how the world of media and business evolves online,” Mata explainedi in Filipino.
Besides online marketing, CSMSv4 also aims to deepen participants’ understanding of the following topics:
- 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
Themed “Plugged In,” CSMSv4 draws inspiration from Romans 15:6 and Pope Francis’ homily 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.”
Networks of solidarity
Meanwhile, in his Manila Cathedral homily, the Holy Father reminded the Filipino clergy and religious that the Gospel calls individual 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 are advised to visit http://catholicsocialmediasummit.com/v4/index.php/registration-guidelines/. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)