Switching software is a huge undertaking, you just received an email from the Breeze Move-In team letting you know that your Move-In is complete. Now what? Where do you begin with this new database, how do you ensure everything is correct, how do you organize your information? Breeze will only be as effective as the information is accurate, so it is important to clean up your data after move in. This article will help you determine what your first steps should be!
Clean Up Duplicate People
It happens often during Move In's. Data was brought into Breeze from older, archaic systems, which struggled to communicate with one another, this resulted in duplicate people records for some of your members.
You can easily use the built-in tool in Breeze to Combine Duplicate Profiles.
- Navigate to the Account Settings () and select Bulk Tasks, and select "Merge People" on the list from the left.
- Click the list icon in the upper right (four lines ).
- You'll now see a list of people who appear to be duplicated in the system.
- To merge one set of them together, click "View # Duplicates" to the right of their name.
- Click "Merge" to merge those duplicated profiles together for that person.1
Note: There is no way to UNDO the merge people action. Restore only restores the deleted person, but that data is not properly disbursed out to the corresponding "people" that were merged.
When Moving Data into Breeze our team will rarely Archive People, unless you explicitly ask for a group to be archived, we would never want to make an assumption about who you would like to be archived from the system. However, after your data is moved into Breeze, you can, and will want to run a Search of People to find those who may need to be archived from the database. Because each church is unique in the ways they track this, it may be searching for the status field of "no longer attends" and/or a field called "date of death".
Restructure Profile Fields:
If our complimentary data import services were used to move you into Breeze, you will probably have a section of profile fields called "Legacy Fields". These fields hold information that was unique to your previous software/database.
You may rename these fields or even move (drag and drop) them to other sections as you wish by going to Account Settings () > Profile Fields.
You may even decide that you no longer need a legacy field, or the data stored in that field. If this is the case you can simply delete the field (by clicking on it and selecting the X on the right-hand side). An example of this would be a legacy field of Beeper Numbers; more often than not these numbers are no longer being used.
As you are able to easily see all of your data in Breeze, you may realize that there are fields that can be combined to ensure your new database is as effective and efficient as possible. An example of this, you may have had a field called "Membership Status" and you now realize that you previously had too many options.
You may want to consolidate these options down. Maybe you want to use the "Status Field" with options of Member, Attender, Visitor, No Longer Attends, and merge the previous options you had into these. To ensure that you do not lose any of the information, we would recommend determining what the new status options are that you want to use, then going to people, searching for each of the old profile field options and then Updating Multiple People at Once with the new correct profile Status Field.
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You may also decide some of your legacy fields would be better used in Breeze as Tags, given the search logic or how you use this information. In this case, you can create a new corresponding Tag, and then bulk assign individuals with this profile field to that tag, from the People section. You would then be able to delete this profile field.
Organize Tags and Tag Folders:
Tags are a great way to help you organize and communicate with people. Group people by children's ministry classrooms, Men's Ministry classrooms, small groups, and more. Give permissions to your ministry and group leaders empowering them to update class rosters in real-time adding or deleting people, handle group communication by email and text, print class directories, or visually map where participants are coming from all by utilizing tags!
Set Up Automations:
Automations were created to help streamline your processes. We believe that Automations have the power to make things Breezier, allowing you to accomplish "set it and forget it" tasks. This will allow you to automate those tasks that just take up your time, letting you focus on what really matters.
To Access Automations go to Account Settings () > Automations.
A few suggestions we have:
- Use Smart Tags to populate people into tags based on a profile field. This can work really well for children in classes based on grades. Or tagging all your members. Anytime someone new gets added to the database, if they match the parameters you put in place, they will automatically be added to the tag.
- Automate Sending Out Birthday Emails and never miss a member's birthday again!
- Create a follow up to trigger for the children's pastor to follow up with first-time visitors to the kid's ministry!
Review Contribution Information:
We want to ensure that the data we moved into Breeze was fully correct, especially your contribution records. We understand how important money is. Look over your Contributions, run some reports to see if what is being reported in Breeze matches what you historically have stored in your account software.
Do you need to Create New Funds? Archive Old Funds? Make a fund nontax deductible, or Organize your Funds into Folder? Funds are the place to do these things.
If you have a lot of funds, we recommend organizing your funds in Fund Groups, which will help structurally organize your funds.
Enable Online Giving
Plan to use Breeze's built-in online giving platform, which will allow you to easily provide platforms for members to give? We're big fans of having everything included, no extra costs, and the same philosophy is true for online giving and text giving. There are no additional monthly fees for using online giving or the text to give platform, only standard Online Giving Processing Fees.
Having all of your donations stored in one place can save you time and energy as it makes Reconciling Online Giving, and Refunding Online Giving easy. To learn more about how to set up online giving, view this article on Enabling Online Giving.
Set Up Notifications You Would Like to Receive
Notifications in Breeze can be wonderful, you can tell Breeze to send the email attached to your user reminders of upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, new people added to the database, attendance reports, and giving overviews for the week.
We highly recommend setting up notifications that will be helpful to you in your role at the church! These are user-specific (and based on role permission)
To set up notifications:
- In the top right of the screen, click your user account icon ().
- Click "Notifications" in the dropdown menu
- Select which notifications you would like to receive and what day of the week you would like to receive the notifications
- Click "Update"