Why Are People So Bad At Pitching [Infographic]

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You may wonder, what does pitching have to do with church tech? If your church leadership is like ones I have interacted with, they are not on the front lines of technology and so do not know about the latest ideas like Periscope and how it could serve your church. Further, tech budgets are small compared to the full costs of many of the setups that are needed. Maybe you need more volunteers or staff. With tithing and evangelism moving to digital, you need to pitch well. These pitch ideas are ... Continue Reading

The Dangers of Selfie Sticks [Video]

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Pizza Hut decided to put on a great little promotional about how selfie-sticks are getting in the way of us being able to focus solely on you in the selfie. The video is below and is a fun little jab at the whole concept of a selfie stick. But then this happened. I continued cruising through YouTube videos and found a group of 4 people reenacting a car singalong utilizing previously said selfie-stick which ends badly. The selfie-stick may not have directly caused the accident, but the humor ... Continue Reading

The Power of Visual Content [Infographic]

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I love visual content. There, I said it. Whether it is infographics, videos, Pinterest, or memes, I prefer them to text-only posts nearly every time. I have always been a creative type stuck in the mind of an analyst and programmer, but truly the creative in me needs let out on occasion. So what is it about these types of mediums that make them so effective? The infographic below has some great statistics, I have highlighted three of my favorite: ... Continue Reading

‘Faithful’ by Newsong [Saturday Morning Review]

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Newsong's latest album took me by surprise. I had the album sitting in a folder somewhere on my laptop for the longest time because it wasn’t one of those “anticipated” albums. I was in no rush to review it, or even listen to it. How wrong and ignorant I was. Although the "Faithful" album wasn't ushered in with bells and whistles (which would have given me a proper heads-up), it is one of the best live records I have heard in 2015. Yes, this record is that brilliant. ... Continue Reading

Responsive Website Design [Infographic]

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There is a lot of news about your website needing to be mobile responsive. If it's not, Google is going to ignore you. I know ChurchMag has nearly 1/5 of its traffic on an average day from Google, so that is huge! And your church is more than likely about the same. I love the definition this infographic gives for what a responsive website is: “Allow for easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling.” Below is our favorite facts on responsive website design ... Continue Reading

Awesome Adobe Plugins: 03 – Subtle Patterns

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Have you ever found yourself wishing you had that little something extra for your designs? A subtle pattern to put in the background perhaps? If you have ever searched for any type of pattern for your designs, you’ve probably come across the Subtle Patterns library. Subtle Patterns is a highly curated web project created by Atle Mo. The patterns are beautiful and so easy to use. There is a cost for the plugin, but if you prefer not to drop any cash on this, you can use the web version free of ... Continue Reading

16 Great Examples of Church Facebook Posts

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My eBook By The Numbers has been out for more than two months now and I wanted to start to show off more of the creative outcome that comes with this study. I've looked at nearly 10,000 church Facebook posts and have seen a lot of great ideas and designs for churches. Below is a sample and brief description of what I saw in each of these Facebook posts from four different churches: ... Continue Reading

Van Gogh in 3D [Video]

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Being Dutch, I'm partial to famous painter Vincent van Gogh. His use of brush strokes and color is amazing and I could study his paintings for hours. But now, I can do even more than that. Animator Mackenzie Cauley has created a 3D video of Van Gogh's painting 'The Night Café' and it is stunning. ... Continue Reading

Polarfox: Send Mobile Images Directly to _________

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Polarfox is a photo-sharing app designed to help you share your images across several social media platforms. At. The. Same. Time. Yes, that's right; you can share to Facebook (Profiles, Groups, and Pages), Twitter, Tumblr, and Linkedin. But that's not all! Several apps can do that. What sets Polarfox apart for me is that can also post these photos to your WordPress blog, both the .com and self-hosted versions. Interested? I thought you might be. ... Continue Reading

The Anatomy of an Optimized Web Page [Infographic]

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Not all blog articles are treated equally by Google or read equally by readers. Understanding the logic of Google as well as the psychology of people is important when you create your blog articles to have maximum impact. Don't miss read this. The most important thing is to have high quality content first. These things listed below are only to enhance and highlight your work for many to see—to ensure you have an optimized web page. Here are the top three points from this infographic that I ... Continue Reading