Why does Connection Card cost so much less?
Connection Card is equivalent, if not better, than any other similar product currently available in both the church management market and the plastic card system market. The number one reason why Connection Card costs so much less is because stewardship matters! Ministries that want to be effective with their resources can't afford to spend thousands of dollars on ministry management software. Secondly, Connection Card was created by a ministry, to assist in ministry, and being made available as a ministry. Our priority is being a blessing to the organizations that use Connection Card.
Connection Card was designed by a youth pastor to be used as a Plastic Card Check-In System for his youth group. Since then, Connection Card has transformed into a complete church and youth/children ministry management solution which includes a plastic card check-in/out system and many other features seen below. Connection Card also includes additional features for camps and is soon releasing features for schools.
Connection Card is being made available to other churches and ministries in the hopes of providing a more cost-effective and comprehensive alternative to high-cost management software. Unlike most other software options, Connection Card is web-based, may be used on any PC or Mac which has internet access, and does not require additional licenses for additional users or computers.
Connection Card revolves around a Card System rather than Touch Screen. Why? Although Connection Card is currently developing additional features to support touch screen check-in and compatibility, Connection Card was designed around the idea of using barcode cards instead of touch screen.
Card systems are cheaper, more accurate, and more reliable than touch screen system.
Cheaper: Barcode Scanners cost less than Touch Screen monitors.
More Accurate: Touch screen requires human input which is open to typo and error. Barcodes, once printed, stay consistent.
More Reliable: Touch screen systems are more open to "false check-ins" using someone else's name or credentials. Card systems require a plastic card to be physically present. Connection Card's barcodes can't be easily manipulated.
When campers arrive on-site, use Connection Card to register and check them in.
Can be used either for Guest Groups or for camps/programming that you offer yourself.
Track Attendance (Automated)
Whenever a card holder attends your group, they can swipe or scan their card to check-in. This information is stored and may be used to track an individual's attendance or to compile attendance reports.
Keep database of members and attendees
You can use Connection Card to keep track of all of your members and attendees. Connection Card is not just limited to card users.
Mailing Address Lookup with Reverse Phone Search
If a user's phone number is saved but not their address, Connection Card will perform a Reverse Phone Search using various providers in an attempt to find the address associated with a user's phone number. If found, the address will be saved for future use.
Connection Card can generate mailing address labels for quick printing.
Easy Visitor / New Guest Registration
When you register new guests, you may assign them Temporary Cards which can be replaced after a certain number of visits. (Kept track of automatically.) Temporary cards do not impact your user limit.
Link to Card Users' Facebook Accounts
This system is integrated with Facebook as a Facebook Application. Students that choose to link their Connection Card with their Facebook account will be able to choose to have their Facebook status automatically updated whenever they sign-in at your location.
Online Interface for Card Holding Users
You card holding users can login online to check balances, prepay online, update their account, register for events, and much more.
Instantly Generate Reports
Instantly generate reports for attendance, concessions, student lists and profiles, student picture chart, demographics and custom reports along with raw data exports.
Easily Customizable from Online Interface
Easily customizable from an easy to use online interface.
Integrate with Web Cams
Take pictures of new students when they register.
Automatically takes a picture every time a function is performed for security ... know who's using the system and who's swiping someone else's card.
Event Management and Registration
Create/Manage all of your events. Great for Mission Trips, Camps, and any other free or paid event.
Generate Rosters, track payments and forms, and many other event-related tasks.
Users can sign up for events in person, download registration forms, or register online*.
You'll have a complete record of users who have signed up for events.
* - Online Registration features coming April, 2012 and may incur additional fees depending on package.
Generate and Print Barcodes
Generate barcodes for temporary cards, administrative access cards, and tracking rentable items. Barcodes can be easily printed on Avery 5160 Label Sheets.
Special Access Accounts for Administrators
You have the ability to create administrative access cards which Administrative Users may use to perform administrative functions directly from a Kiosk Screen. This makes for quick adjustments on the fly but prevents unauthorized use.
Secure Personal Information
The security and privacy of personal information colected from card users is a priority.
We've developed our own encoding to securely store and retrieve all personal information. Even though our databases are secure, if an unauthorized person came across this information, all they would see is jibberish.
Since the technology used is proprietary, no one else in the world uses our encoding method, meaning that your personal data is even more secure and even harder to hack. All personal contact information is encrypted with this technology.
Automated E-mail Management and Lists
Send e-mail updates regarding upcoming activities, events, or reminders to groups of students or all students. You can also setup your account to automatically send birthday e-mails or new guest e-mails.
Integration with Leadership Teams
Automatic e-mail reminders when scheduled
Leadership team members can view schedule online (required login)
See also Work Crews / Teams
Custom Organization of Small Groups / Classes
Create and manage an unlimited number of small groups, Bible study groups, Sunday School classes, care groups, and any other classes or groups. Assign any user to any class or group. Use this for organization and administrative purposes.
Class Promotions are easy! Use for quickly promoting children and teens to the next grade level at the beginning of the school year.
Custom Organization of Work Teams / Crews
Create and manage an unlimited number of committees, work crews and work teams. You can assign individuals to various teams or crews, keep schedules, and keep in contact with members.
No Software to Install
Use Connection Card on any PC or Mac anywhere in the world wherever you have intnernet access! There is no software to install, as it is completely web-based. You can even take your Connection Card account on the road with you during a group trip or event.
Concession Stand / Store Features
Students can earn credits toward free stuff.
Students can prepay a balance on their card
Track inventory and sales.
Video Game Controller and Item Rental
Ability to rent (for a fee, refundable deposit, or free) video game controllers or other items (such as air hockey paddles, ping pong balls, etc.). Use this to keep track of your items that you don't want to lose. Charging a deposit encourages students to return items on time.
Random Drawing of Checked-in Students
Random drawing of checked-in students for games or giveaways.
Can be displayed full-screen on dual-monitor setups for live presentation.
No Extra License Fees for Additional Computers and No Limit on Administrative Users
Use the Connection Card system on as many computers in your location as you'd like with unlimited Administrative users.
Unlike most other software providers, we don't charge additional fees for additional computers or administrative users.
Connection Cards Work Around the World at any Connection Card enabled facility.
When students visit a group, camp, or school which also uses Connection Card, they can keep their one card for all accounts.
Students can track all account activity online from one site.
Cards originating from other groups do not count toward your user limit.
Card holder privacy and security is a priority.
You have complete control over accepting or not accepting cards from other locations.
A PIN or Password set by the student is required before a student's card information can be used by another group, preventing unauthorized access from snooping groups or individuals.
30 Day Money Back Guarantee
If you are not fully satisfied with the Connection Card service within the first 30 days, you may cancel your account for a complete refund.† You may choose to spend some time using the interface before purchasing cards or barcode scanners.
Receive $10 cash for every new Connection Card account opened by a group which you directly refer.
Constant Updates and Improvements
Your group is using the same software which is continually used by the developer's own youth group. The developer, being a perfectionist youth pastor who's always thinking of new ideas, is constantly improving Connection Card and adding new features. You'll gain instant access to new updates as they become available.
This is something that most other software solutions can't provide, at least not without length download/install times or an upgrade fee.
Use as Complete Church Management Solution
Connection Card is not only for plastic cards. Connection Card may be used as a complete Church and Ministry Management Solution, providing all the tools and resources you need to manage your church membership, visitors, and staff.
The Connection Card mobile web app, designed with the iPhone in mind, will allow you to view currently signed in users, lookup user information, and check-in users all on your iPhone. (With an added third party app, you can also turn your iPhone into a wireless barcode scanner.)
No Limit on Number of Card Users
Complete Package starts at $10/month for up to 100 Card Users (and unlimited "cardless" users) and can cost as much as $35/month for up to 5,000 card users.
This is a fraction of the cost of most other similar products.
Use one account across multiple Departments
Use the same account for your youth ministry, children ministry, library/media center, and any other departments within your church or ministry.
You can create easy distinctions between departments and can associate different users with different departments for simply organization.
Create Divisions for easy Organization
Separate the account into various divisions, for example, your Youth Ministry can be separated into a "Middle School" and a "High School" division for use at different times with different students and leaders.
If you have a Library or Resource Center, you can use Connection Card to manage that area as well. Use Connection Card to Check-in/out books to card users, track inventory, and keep tabs on who still has items checked-out. Thousands of books, DVDs, and CDs already saved to our ever-growing global database. Media which isn't saved yet is stored for future use on the first scan.
The Library feature uses ISBNs and UPCs which are commonly already printed on books, DVDs, and media, requiring no additional work or organization on your end.
Time Clock Features
Use the included time clock features to track hours for workers and volunteers.
Advanced Time Clock Features
Use as Complete Camp Management Solution
Meal Tracking, Reports, and Alerts for "non-eaters"
Complete reports/records of who ate when and from what group.
Compatible with multiple groups attending the same camp at the same time.
You always have an accurate count of how many meals were handed out and how many people came back for more.
Track campers who don't eat or miss a meal.
Online Facility Booking
Youth groups, schools, and others can book your camp facilities online, saving you time and administrative hassle.
Groups can assign cabins online and transfer registration information online.
If a group that isn't already using Connection Card signs up for your camp online and creates a Connection Card account, student information and cards are automatically transferred back to their own group, saving them time.
Camp receives cash referral benefit for the above groups.
Campers can receive their cabin assignments via a Connection Card kiosk at Camp Facility.
Easy printable cabin assignment reports.
Cabin assignments can be done automatically based on gender and age, or by the group leader ahead of time online.
Online Camp Directory Listing
If you choose to be included, your Camp Facility will be listed in an online directory of Connection Card Enabled Camp Facilities, allowing interested groups to easily find and book your facilities.
No Time Commitment
You are not required to commit to any length of time with your Connection Card account. You may cancel your account at anytime without cancellation fees or penalties. However, please keep in mind, that after 30 days of opening your account, any fees already paid are non-refundable.
Grandfathered Account Fees
For as long as your Connection Card account is active, in the rare case that we raise our prices, you will continue paying the monthly/annual fees which you subscribed to and you will never be required to pay a higher subscription fee outside of upgrading your account.