By the Numbers: Analysis

By The Numbers - Analysis

Yesterday we looked at the By the Numbers research project that I have been slaving away at and for those that enjoy the tl;dr style of recapping: I don't want to base my social media and web recommendations for churches based off of opinion or individual experiences, so I am compiling data so the Church can do better online ministry. Today we will look at the analysis outcomes for solid data to be presented. You won't get all the data unless you purchase the eBook, but I did want to share ... Continue Reading

By the Numbers: Observations

By The Numbers - Observations

The project design has been constructed, the seemingly endless amount of data has been mined, and I am beginning to crunch the numbers. And let me say, I have found some great points after looking at over 250 social media accounts and 100 websites for churches. The simple fact of the matter is, there is no set standard, but there are a lot of churches producing great content. Even as I write these words knowing that the series is coming to a close and my latest eBook has been released on ... Continue Reading

Does Your Blog Article Have To Have A Point?

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We have a new series that has launched called Minecraft Theology which is a new way of blogging that we are trying out, but for more reasons than we initially thought. As I shared in the first video, we are exploring how to do blogging, YouTube, and gaming all in one big series that takes Minecraft as a vlog tool, but turns it into a place where we can get personal about content. But the part which has hit me in the recent episode I recorded is not the type of medium we use by doing recording ... Continue Reading

Social Media Posting Frequency [Infographic]

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The rules of social media are still being written, but that's not to minimize any of the great content that's being pumped out on the blogosphere. The trick, of course, is to take in the various streams of information and data, sift out rank conjecture, identify common trends, and then decide what makes the most sense for your church/company's social media strategy. Or find a sweet infographic. ... Continue Reading

4 Foolproof Ways to Alienate Visitors to Your Website

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It happened again today and it wasn't the first time. On Twitter, I came across a link to an article called '10 Foolproof Ways to Alienate Visitors to your Church'. It's a tongue-in-cheek article about making people feel welcome in church. At least, that's what I think it was. You see, I never quite made to to the actual article. When I clicked on the link, the site opened, but I couldn't see the content. I had to watch a pop-up ad first. ... Continue Reading

9 Most Powerful Blog Promotion Tactics [Infographic]

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I will be honest, I hold to these strategies closely, not because they are good tactics, but because this is about intentionality. You have to make the jump from these tactics as businesses to ministry because they want to achieve different things. But the strategy of being intentional can easily span that gap. So below is an infographic of nine ideas and thirty-six individual ideas for great blog promotion. Here are my top three favorites: ... Continue Reading

Introducing: ChurchMag Staff Writers

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Towards the end of 2014 the idea began to brew about establishing Staff Writers for ChurchMag. These would be regular contributors who have a passion and unique strengths surrounding Church tech and creativity. Like the newspaper days of old, each Staff Writer would be given a “beat” to cover and would write at least one post per week with a commitment of one year. Since the beginning of the year, this team of Staff Writers have been following through with all kinds of awesome. So as I ... Continue Reading

The 5 Types of Blog Posts that Always Work

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I sure hope you appreciate a little irony, because that’s exactly what the title of this blog post is. Ironic. You see, many how-to books and posts on blogging make promises like the one above, that if you just do this-and-this, you’ll attract hundreds, thousands of readers. You wanna know why? Because posts like that work. Here’s the common wisdom on what types of posts work: ... 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