Immersion: Visualize and Analyze Your Gmail

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MIT has developed a tool that helps you visualize your Gmail called Immersion. It analyzes your emails and not only shows you whom you have frequently interacted with, but also how the people you email with are interconnected. Anyone you have had contact with more than three times is termed a collaborator and you can see at once who your biggest collaborators are. The bigger the circle, the more interaction. Very insightful, very interesting. Here's an example (labels removed): ... Continue Reading

Focused Blogging: Serving your Readers

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Blogging is all about serving. Serving is a word that you often hear in Christian circles, but that’s still not very popular. Leading, now that’s a concept most of us can get behind. But serving, that’s a whole different ball game. Yet if you want to grow you blog, it’s all about serving and not so much about leading. ... Continue Reading

5 Things I Learned from the ‘ChurchMag Top 20′

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One of the best parts about ChurchMag is the community of people that have come together around this concept that we can be nerds, have geek fun, talk about our faith as it integrates with technology, and equip others to do better ministry with the little tidbits of info that we find across the Internet. To promote this concept of networking within the community, we came out with a list of the Top 20 Church Tech Blogs to feature some of the best blogs doing it well. Within this process of ... Continue Reading

10 Things Your Customers Wish You Knew About Them [Infographic]

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How well do you actually know your customers? Are you asking the right questions so that you can present the best product possible? Can you improve your customer relationships and thus improve your sales? Businesses need to work on treating customers more than just as a few bucks. For those of you who work outside of business but still interact with people, bloggers and church staff, you need to also take notice. You were not designed to be salesmen and so you need to understand that ... Continue Reading

The Current State of Social Media [Infographic]

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Some of you guys may spend 10, 20, or even 30 hours on social media networks for marketing your blog, advertising for your business, or networking with other like-minded people. It has become a viable news source for many news companies as late breaking news (for better or for worse). Even the Olympics showed the value in social media as many westerners were looking to it instead of delayed news reports for the latest and greatest gold medal winners. ... Continue Reading

Which Pages Are Viewed Most on Church Websites?

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Have you ever wondered what pages are viewed most on a churches website? Millions of pageviews occur each month to the iMinistries server, so I hopped onto Google Analytics and reviewed the data to find out. The Process I searched for the types of pages that most churches on our system have on their website, identified a key word in that title, and then saw how many unique pageviews those pages with a particular word or phrase had over a 6 month period. It's not rocket science. But, it ... Continue Reading

Evolution of the Internet: What Was Your First Online Memory?

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The Internet is apart of our lives like the cell phone, school, or driving your car. We always use it to check email, get on social media, share a story about a missionary in the field, have an online store to sell products, or blog as a hobby. But the Internet was not always around and an entire generation of people do not know what the world was like without the Internet. ... Continue Reading

Be Careful What You Tweet

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It happens to all of us - we allow our emotions to get the better of us, we let go of rationality, and we post something we shouldn't  to Facebook or Twitter.  Since social media began, people have been getting themselves into trouble with their friends and family by posting the wrong remarks at the wrong time.  But now we have one more reason to be cautious about what we post - it may reveal just what kind of person we really are! ... Continue Reading