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

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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

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

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

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

Thinking Digital with Justin Wise [Podcast]

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^THIS^ is what Justin Wise looks like when he's thinking digital. Pretty intense, right? It's what you would expect from someone who is awesome at what he does. Justin Wise is a West Des Moines, IA native who is the founder of Think Digital, an author, and is brilliant at social media. For your enjoyment, here is Episode Nine of the ChurchMag Podcast: ... Continue Reading

Shareable Quotes and Images from Tim Challies

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If you're looking for something awesome to post on your church's Twitter, Facebook or any other social media account, be sure to look at some of the awesome stuff Tim Challies has been sharing. Every time I see it pop-up on Facebook, I am immediately impressed with the design investment that has been made to create these. Here's a sampling of some the work: ... Continue Reading

Are Facebook Pages Still Worth It? [Infographic]

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If you are someone that has any vested interested in social media for your ministry, you may have heard that you need to go all in with Facebook because their are now 1.23 billion active people on there. Then you might have also heard that it is worthless to even try because if you do it all wrong, you could put all that time and effort into creating a great page only to reach 2-3% of your audience, where other social networks you can reach more people easily. Then others state that you should ... Continue Reading

What Happens If You Like Everything on Facebook?

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How many things do you normally "Like," "Plus," or favourite a day across various social networks? For some people the answer maybe next to nothing, but for the majority of us it's probably a few each visit at least. Did you know that those metrics are often used to determine what you see within that social network? It's true, and with few exceptions (Twitter being a notable one), your activity will influence what you are shown in the future. After all, if you liked Jeff's last post then you ... Continue Reading

What Do We Do About Digital Church Gossip?

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I have worked with several different churches as the youth director for eight years of my life. In that time, I have grown to love and hate the church environment as a full-time staff person. The one thing that has made me jaded above everything else is the church gossip. What started out as simply telling rumors about fellow congregation members over coffee and donuts, made a startling change to gossiping via prayer requests. The idea that we share other people's business that we probably do ... Continue Reading

Find the Saddest Tweets You Ever Tweeted

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Sad Tweets is a hilarious online Twitter app that will “discover the saddest, most lonely tweets you ever tweeted.” If anything, this online app will deliver you a healthy dose of Twitter humility, as it pulls all your tweets that have gone without a favorite or retweet. But there's more to it than that. As it dramatically fades tweet after tweet, it plays dramatic music in the background. Hilarious! ... Continue Reading