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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LWPRadio Interview: Greater Reach Through Web & Social Media

LWPRadio Interview: Greater Reach Through Web & Social Media
Recently, I was featured on a broadcast of Life With Purpose Radio, and interviewed by Dr. J. Robert White, Executive Director for the Georgia Baptist Convention. I was asked to share about the opportunities available to churches on the web. The interview is only about six minutes so please check it out and share your thoughts and insights as comments below. I have included both audio and transcript…   Listen to the Audio: https://webreadychurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/bdollar-lwpr-interview.mp3   Read the Transcript: Ron Lawson (Announcer):  Churches today must take every...
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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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How Turning off Web & Social Media Increases Creativity!

How Turning off Web & Social Media Increases Creativity!
The source of burn-out is too much of anything, no matter how good! We all get there at one time or another – burn-out, writer’s block, stress, whatever you want to call it. The best way to get your creative groove back is to step away from what or where you spend all your creative energy. You must simply drop the mic and walk away. Sorta like quitting coffee, the first couple of days you have to get through the withdrawal headaches, but then you begin to forget about it. You actually start to enjoy doing other things… Why I’m unplugging the next two weeks: To restore my tired...
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How Landing Pages Market Your Church and Grow Your Audience

How Landing Pages Market Your Church and Grow Your Audience
What Exactly Is A Landing Page? Think of it as an online flyer. It is typically a single web page with a very clear product offering and call-to-action for that product. Here is a quick crash course in great landing pages. Simply click on the three examples: > Industrial Strength Marketing > Landing Page Conversion Course > PeaPod Clear Products, clear offers, and clear call-to-action. Simple right? How Can A Church Market and Build An Audience with Landing Pages? Another name used for landing pages is “Squeeze Page”. The page is designed to squeeze the viewer into a conversion...
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Now it’s official: Google favors mobile-friendly sites!

Now it’s official: Google favors mobile-friendly sites!
For years Google has been pushing for web sites to become “mobile-friendly” because that is where search growth is coming from. People are searching from their mobile devices now more than ever before, while desktop searches are dropping off. Now it’s official. On April 21, 2015 Google released it’s latest formula that will favor mobile-friendly sites. Basically what this means is, when a search in performed from a mobile device, Google will index results with mobile friendly sites first in line. This will not affect searches on desktop or laptop computers, but don’t...
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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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Go “Live” with Your Church Services Online – FREE Platform!

Go “Live” with Your Church Services Online – FREE Platform!
Expand Your Church Audience Literally Around the World! Have you even experienced a church service online? I’m not talking about a recorded message on YouTube. I’m talking about a “Live” service where people can enter a virtual church, be greeted by a host, and interact with other attendees about the service and message being presented. The best example I’ve found of this kind of virtual church can be experienced on http://www.lifechurch.tv/. I want to encourage you to go there right now and see what I mean. They offer virtual “Live” services, multiple times...
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