The Internet has opened up a whole new world of opportunity for sharing information, connecting with each others, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But is your church taking full advantage of this opportunity? Read More
Last week Paul Steinbrueck (of OurChurch.Com) and Chris Walker (of EvangelismCoach.org) hosted a webinar about how pastors and church planters can use social media in their ministries. They have now made the video of that webinar available for anyone to watch. It’s a great free resource and I encourage you to check out, “Social Media for Pastors and Church Planters”
What did you learn from the webinar?
What social media strategies have you found work best for your church?
Are you a spammer? And, no, you don’t have to be selling discount Canadian prescriptions or telling me how I can loose 50 pounds in 3 days on your new secret diet formula made entirely of saw dust and fruit loops to be a spammer. You may be a spammer and not even know it. Here are some ways to make sure you don’t end up becoming an evil spammer and don’t damage your church’s reputation in the process. Read More
Do churches need their own social network? Church Marketing Sucks asked their readers and found out what church members think about that question. Read More
Last week I talked about getting involved in local online communities as a way to better market church events and, more importantly, reach more people in your community with the Gospel. You would find these online communities in your local Yellow Pages. So, how do you find these online communities?
Here are 5 Simple Ways to Find Local Online Communities: Read More
The people who you can reach the easiest, who you have the most influence with, and who have the best chance of visiting your church are the people of your local community. The Internet gives us the opportunity to reach more people for Christ in your community than ever before. Over the years, churches have developed offline strategies of connecting with their community like joining the chamber of commerce, putting on community events, etc., but what can you online? Read More
This is a game changer. Google can be a great source of traffic for your church’s website, especially traffic from people with whom you and your church members would not otherwise come in contact. Google has now revised their search results once again in a significant way. As discussed in this post on Christian Web Trends blog, “Google Shakes Up Search Results with Social Media“, Google is now including social results, pages your friends share and the people you follow tweet about, directly in your search results. This can be a huge benefit for your church.
So, How Does This Effect My Church?
I came across this interesting post on the Church Marketing Sucks blog about poll of church members/staff and their church’s activity on Facebook. The sad result was that only 37% said their church fosters regular interaction through Facebook. Not good. Considering how many millions of people are on Facebook, a real opportunity is being missed.
What is your church’s Facebook strategy? Are you on Facebook at all?
With the rapid increase in the popularity of Twitter, it seems everyone and their uncle are creating Twitter tools and Twitter related websites. Some of these tools and websites are very helpful and can be great resources, while others leave much to be desired. So what tools should you use? What sites are good resources? Read More
A couple days ago, Facebook announced some major changes. Users now see this notice at the top of their “homepage”
Changes to the Home page are coming soon
Learn about the new features ahead of time. This is happening soon; check out the home page tour now.
It looks like changes to the look and organization of the homepage are being made and the wall is getting another makeover.
But Facebook announced an even more significant change – to Facebook “Pages,” the facet of Facebook designed for businesses and organizations. This news is a total game-changer for churches.