I love harnessing technology, cutting costs and freeing our staff to do what they do best. Watch reality tv. Just kidding…I think we’re pretty good at spending time with people.
Here are two examples we’ve used recently….
1) Recently we had a volunteer vision night for the ministry in Portland. We had no paper invitation. We did everything via email, facebook and an online RSVP form made from Google doc’s (i.e. free!). We had 27 people show up to hear about how they might get involved! Awesomesauce. We spend less than $100 total (mostly on food) and we got the people that we wanted there…people that are comfortable with online technology. And more importantly our staff are connecting relationally with these people instead of making copies.
2)We advertised PDX Cru on facebook for 4 days at the start of the Portland State school year. Our staff didn’t need to run around printing promotional materials and trying to figure out how to gain permission to post things on campus. We may end up adding the paper aspect, but for now this serves us perfectly. Today the majority of students that showed up at Portland State for our first info meeting found us on Facebook. Well worth it.
What about you? Where has being forced to cut costs allowed you to be more effective and strategic?
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