‘The Unofficial Book on Hootsuite’ by Mike Allton [Book Review]

Saturday Morning Review - Hootesuite Book

Social media is an easy concept to grasp as an individual that wants to engage online. Create an account, follow or friend a few people, add a group, circle a page, and subscribe to a channel. All of a sudden you can find yourself spending hours online. But as a professional for a ministry or church, the ability to engage online can quickly become chaotic. Mike Allton of TheSocialMediaHat.com highlights one of the best tools out there for churches to use, Hootsuite, in his new eBook The ... Continue Reading

Church Tech Snack Pack #046

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This was a really exciting week in the Church tech world, as .CHURCH domain names were made available! We lead off this week's Church Tech Snack Pack with a couple of links to help you land your .CHURCH domain name: ... Continue Reading

Hubbble — Favorite Tweets In Your Inbox

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Do you favorite tweets on Twitter? For the longest time I didn't, but then I realized it was a great way to show others that you're listening and paying attention, without having to retweet everything. Someone mentions you, hit the favorite star. Someone says something funny, hit the favorite star. It's been a nice bridge between the gap of enjoying a tweet without any kind of recognition, retweeting, or replying. But what if the favorite star did a little more than that? Check out Hubbble. ... Continue Reading

A Look at Facebook Mobile [Infographic]

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Social media is still young in its lifespan and while critics are saying that it is halfway through its life or going to rapidly decline soon, my belief is that it is here to stay. One indication of that is Facebook with its VAST platform that is growing and adapting all the time. One such case is the explosion of use on mobile devices and their ability to monetize it so easily and gather data from apps like Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and others. They are a giant online ... Continue Reading

The Rice Bucket Challenge

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The Ice Bucket Challenge took social media by storm and was/has been a great success with millions of dollars raised for charities. It's also given something fun for people to share online. But in India, Manju Latha Kalanidhi saw all of this social media soaking and wondered how this “challenge” could be applied to the people of India: “[P]eople dumping water on themselves, shrieking, taking videos, the whole idea sort of went over my head…. I felt that as Indians we could not connect to it at ... Continue Reading

Church Tech Snack Pack #045

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Okay. So I woke up this morning craving a maple glazed donut. And then when I did an image search for maple donuts for today's Church Tech Snack Pack, I found that they make maple glazed donuts with bacon bits on them!?!? It's rare that I wish that I could get myself some food from the United States—since Italy has WONDERFUL food—and seeing this donut was one of those rare times. Could someone please eat one for me? kthanksbai! ... Continue Reading

5 Steps to Successful Text Marketing [White Paper]

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In the land of mobile apps and smartphones, the idea of using SMS text messaging seems like stepping back in technology instead of moving forward. But the truth is, text messaging works! Maybe it's because it is such an underused medium and users are more likely to open and read them. None the less, the stats are pretty compelling: ... Continue Reading

Minecraft vs Mario

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Minecraft's Steve faces Mario in an #EPIC battle of pixel perfection. If you know and love these two games, you'll enjoy this amazing video. They've done such a good job with it! Not only is the production really good—the effects and elements—but the overall story dynamic. Sure, it's only a few minutes long, so maybe 'story dynamic' is a bit over the top, but they capture the essence of both characters so well! Take a look, you'll see what I mean: ... Continue Reading

Website Eye Tracking 101 [Infographic]

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For web designers, you know so much about the process of constructing a website that needs to go into a great website. Content needs to be above the fold (or is that a fallacy?), images need to be compelling, the font needs to be readable, it needs to translate well to all browsers, and clutter is a bad thing. But for the pastor that may be buying a WordPress theme, a volunteer that is coding and designing the website themselves, or the person that has been handed a project that they did not ... Continue Reading

Picking the Right Social Media Platform [Infographic]

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I will admit up front, I'm hesitant to do this infographic because many different people have problems with comparing churches to businesses (which is not my intent of the article). However, the infographic below is great for ministries to learn from. So here is what I want you to do. Every time the infographic refers to a business term like "the market" or "sales", make the translation into relationships with Christ or people in the pews hearing the sermon. Churches can learn from his ... Continue Reading