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Not Knowing About These 6 FREE Resources Will Cost Your Church!

Not Knowing About These 6 FREE Resources Will Cost Your Church!
BUDGET TIP: Don’t Pay for What You Can Get Free! Let’s face it, most churches have tight budgets, and I would dare say marketing and web resources are not at the top of the list, so it is crucial that you review the six resources below. Tapping into any of these will save your church money.  These Are Game Changers! It is hard to find freebies, especially ‘Christian’ freebies, but these six resources are amazing and will prove very valuable for enhancing the image and ministry of your church: 1. Church Online Platform – http://churchonlineplatform.com Their Pitch:...
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NEW Social Media Tips and Insights Video Training Series!

NEW Social Media Tips and Insights Video Training Series!
We’re Excited to Announce A New Video Training Series! Your video series host, Lacey Graham, has been on staff with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board since 2011 as a social media expert and web administrator. She manages our corporate website, social networks, e-store, event registrations, and specialty sites. Lacey is very knowledgeable when it comes to social networks and her training style is very easy to follow. In this training series she will be sharing practical tips that you can start using today! [Link to the Video Channel on YouTube] Already available for viewing: Social Media...
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My 2016 BEST OF List: FREE Photos, Graphics, Videos & Fonts!

My 2016 BEST OF List: FREE Photos, Graphics, Videos & Fonts!
WOW Your Web and Print Worlds with FREE Photos, Videos, Graphics & Fonts! Everyone knows how important visuals are for marketing on print, web and social media. Visuals are the attention grabbers. We also know that premium quality visuals can come with a premium price tag! Well, not today! Last year, my 2015 list was read and shared by thousands. I’m back this year with the best list yet of my absolute favorite go-to web sites… My Personal FAVORITES List that I Love and Use Daily: Last year I gave my MEGA LIST, but this year I am giving you the SHORT LIST to my favorite sites! Images...
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Simple Photo / Video Policies and Release Forms for Organizations

Simple Photo / Video Policies and Release Forms for Organizations
Recently, I had a local church contact me asking for advice on photo policies and release forms for children. This would relate to using children’s photos from events on social networks, printed pieces, web sites, etc. If you have not considered this before, please do so now because it is an important protection to put in place. At a recent youth camp, a mom was concerned about having pictures of here daughters published due to a situation with an estranged dad. She felt it was important to not publicize what here daughters were involved in and asked that we not publish their photos on our social...
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Experimenting with Periscope – 3 Keys to Successful Broadcasting!

Experimenting with Periscope – 3 Keys to Successful Broadcasting!
Here is a great case study of how a Baptist State Convention is using Periscope successfully to reach their audience and expand their brand. The principles here can easily be applied to churches, ministries, non-profits and businesses. [Ed Note: If you have not yet heard of Periscope, read our previous post, “New $100 Million Social App ‘Periscope’ Great for Church Ministry!” ] Guest Blogger: Brian Harris, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions Recently we held our first Periscope broadcast to announce the Christmas Backpacks for the Mississippi River Ministry...
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The Best Tips for Live Streaming Church Services

The Best Tips for Live Streaming Church Services
Does your church have a vision to make your worship services available to even those that couldn’t make it?  It’s a great thought and there are so many ways to make it happen. I first setup the church I was working at back in 2008 to live stream their services using UStream.tv. It was a free service, ad based support, and is still available now. Our goal was simple…use our existing setup that was built for TV broadcasting to also live stream our service for cheap. Our setup included four cameras and a switcher. Because of this setup we were able to send out multiple feeds…basically a...
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New $100 Million Social App ‘Periscope’ Great for Church Ministry!

New $100 Million Social App ‘Periscope’ Great for Church Ministry!
‘PERISCOPE’ Have you hear of it yet? Props to Jonathan Jordan @jordan004 who clued me in this week to the shiniest new app on the social media landscape (amazing what can happen while you’re taking a 2-week vacation!). Periscope is basically a live broadcasting app that works from your smartphone (Apple or Android) and allows you to live stream anything, anywhere, anytime! Twitter Paid $100 Million to acquire the app for integration into the Twitter-sphere. It is now live and you can download the app here https://www.periscope.tv/. I have been playing around with it and I can...
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5 Tips For Using YouTube

5 Tips For Using YouTube
I’ve used multiple avenues for sharing videos, some names you may not even recognize. Remember Blip.tv? It’s still around. Google even had it’s own video sharing service before they bought YouTube and merged their videos into it. YouTube has really come into it’s own and evolved into a true social media platform…so much so that Facebook wants that share of the pie too (a post for another day). Here’s a few tidbits about YouTube that you’ll want to take advantage of. 1. Subscribers. Having subscribers is big. YouTube does this great thing and notifies your...
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How to Set-up a Facebook Page for Your Church or Organization

How to Set-up a Facebook Page for Your Church or Organization
If you do not yet have a Facebook page for your church, business or organization then wait no longer. You can set-up a Facebook page quickly and easily in just a few minutes! All you need is a personal Facebook profile to set-up a Facebook Page for FREE. A friend asked me to help their church set-up a Facebook page and I thought it would be a good idea to do a quick screen capture so you can see just how easy the process is. (Please ignore the background noises in the audio. I borrowed a faulty mic and there are no retakes when setting up a live Facebook page…) Why have a Facebook page for your...
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FREE Web Real Estate to Claim Supercharges Search Engine Results!

FREE Web Real Estate to Claim Supercharges Search Engine Results!
Did you know that you have FREE web real estate just waiting to be claimed? If you have a church, non-profit or business with a physical address, it is very likely that it is already all over the web. To find out, all you have to do is search your business name on google. You will likely discover that there are multiple pages of results. Everything from maps to city pages. Did you know that claiming this real estate will improve your search engine results? Watch this video to learn how… So claim all that FREE web estate! Top places will include google maps, yellowpages, citysearch, yahoo, and...
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