How Often Do you Post Online? [Infographic]

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I'm going to write this article about the infographic because it is a good discussion starter, but I want you to know one thing. I hate when people ask how frequently you should post, but the person you are asking has never seen your account, doesn't know your social media strategy, and has no idea what you want to do with your platform. So I'm going to communicate some facts after the infographic, but I DO NOT endorse mimicking this infographic word for word. Instead, be intentional. Nothing ... Continue Reading

Social Media Crisis Management [Infographic]

Social Media Crisis Management

Social media can be great to get your name out there. But what do you do when: Your social media manager posts an inappropriate post on your business account. You are critical of people and it is received negatively. Someone has a bad experience with your pastor or church, so they create a video showing their frustration and you don't respond. This is social media crisis management time. Do you know what you would do in these situations? You need to. ... Continue Reading

Can You Tell Your Faith Story In A Tweet?

Can You Tell Your Faith Story In A Tweet

A couple of months ago we published an article that talked about my concerns about tweeting Scripture and wondering if it was a waste of time. Between that post and Churchleaders.com reposting of it, I've had some good feedback on the discussion. (In case you wonder, I don't think it's a waste of time) That discussion and dialoguing with feedback brought out another concern I have with churches using Twitter. I used the social media platform to ask this question I was concerned ... Continue Reading

How People See Your Website? [Infographic]

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Regardless if you are creating your own website design or paying someone lots of money to code and design your website, YOU need to be an advocate for yourself and see how your website looks on several platforms. That means different resolutions from large monitors down to the iPhone 4S. From Internet Explorer on a PC to Chrome on a Mac. It also means looking at it from a fast download speed of 100 MBps to 3G data speeds on a phone. In the end, the question is, can you navigate well on your ... Continue Reading

Top 3 Tech Trends You Should Watch in 2015 [Infographic]

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I will say this up front, this has some great ideas for businesses that will not translate to churches, at least night right away. I don't see pastors finding immediate needs for phablets or wearables. But I do think this will help create a culture of out-of-the-box thinking. Read through the infographic below, keep an open mind, and we'd love to hear: How you are going to be using new tech in church? ... Continue Reading

Nonprofit Communications Trends Report [Infographic]

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The release of the 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trend Report has brought some new light to what nonprofits are trying to do. As churches, we can take some ideas from this project and should look to being open to shift our own strategies if need be. The report staff came up with an easy to digest infographic to go with it, but I'd recommend jumping into the full report if you are at all involved with your church's communication department at any capacity. Here are my favorite parts of the ... Continue Reading

The Best Social Media Strategy Pitch

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If you have enjoy the old school 1990′s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie trilogy, you probably know Raphael’s favorite quote after kicking some serious butt, “Man, I love being a turtle!” Have you ever had those moments where you just kicked your project in the butt or maybe nailed that presentation? You probably need to go put a ninja headband on your head, grab some nunchucks, and just scream, ... Continue Reading

Are Open Letter Blog Articles to the Church Okay?

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Before you go and answer this question in the title, go read the full article by Whitney Capps here. Jesse Gruber shared this with me a couple of weeks back and I posted my thoughts on my Google+ page which received a lot of conversation. As I read through it, I found myself feeling several different things, of which I wanted to address them here. Also have included a couple of great responses from some of my friends who agreed and disagreed with my own interpretation. ... Continue Reading

When to Use a JPEG, GIF or PNG [Infographic]

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Photoshop is a powerful tool and for only $10/month, you can use this application to it's fullest. I do not pretend to be a professional, most of what I learned about it is from a couple of weekend college classes and online tutorials. I would love to hear from all Photoshop experts on best practices and tips for churches and Christians to implement. In the mean time, here are some tips from this infographic on file types that you should know if you plan to work with images: ... Continue Reading

10 Musts of Using Instagram [Infographic]

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Instagram for churches? Yes please! Something that drives me to a ministry more than anything is the ministry's ability to show faces of congregation members and their families enjoying a service or how a ministry is impacting and serving in the community. Can you imagine the impact a great photo could have? It would tell the relief a family has because your church gave selflessly at a Fall Feed the Homeless drive. It could show that moment of joy after a baptism. And it should reveal what ... Continue Reading