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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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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Easy Tool Shows How Your Site Looks on Different Devices!

Easy Tool Shows How Your Site Looks on Different Devices!
Phones, Tablets, Laptops, Desktops — Does your site look good on them all? Here is a FREE tester to view your web site across multiple devices and it is a simple drag-and-drop function to use! Viewpoint Resizer is a responsive design testing tool that works great. Here are the steps: 1. Click this link to open Viewpoint Resizer 2. Drag the “Click or Bookmark” button to your browser toolbar (hint: watch animation on the home page). 3. Now open the web site you want to test. 4. Once the site is loaded, click on the “Resizer” bookmark on your browser toolbar. Following these...
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4 Keys to Get Started with Online Giving and Ecommerce

4 Keys to Get Started with Online Giving and Ecommerce
Is Your Church Ready for Online Giving? If you are, but do not know where to start, then maybe this article will be helpful to you. Establishing any type of online payments, donations or ordering system can be a daunting task even for a professional web designer. There are multiple layers that have to be in place for everything to work properly and securely. So I want to give a general overview of what is typically needed and also introduce two of our Partners, Halopays and Bluefire DonationsSystem, that are really trying to help Christian organizations get started with the right tools at the right...
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FREE & Easy Web Tool to Boost Easter Church Attendance!

FREE & Easy Web Tool to Boost Easter Church Attendance!
Did you know that Easter Sunday is a traditional holiday where many Americans are willing to include church attendance in their celebrations? I believe Easter Sunday is the best time to invite a friend or neighbor to church.  A 2010 study by the Barna Group revealed that most Americans described Easter as a religious celebration and therefore are open to the idea of church attendance. (full Barna article: http://bit.ly/1i2eaaZ) The study also revealed that church attenders have a desire to invite people to their church but often simply do not follow through. The Barna researcher who directed the...
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My Ongoing Love/Hate Relationship with Google!

My Ongoing Love/Hate Relationship with Google!
On most days I love Google, but other days not so much. Really my “Don’t Like” list is short. I simply do not like the way Google has become so invasive into my web browsing life. Trying to convince me that things just will not work well if I do not make Google Chrome my default browser. If I have a business they are putting me on Google+ whether I want to be there or not. Lately I’ve noticed that Google map details about a business now opens to a Google+ page! Google, stop pushing yourself on me! Now for the things I Love… 1. Gmail – Great email without the spam. 2....
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FREE Online Meeting Organizer for Churches and Groups

FREE Online Meeting Organizer for Churches and Groups
Nobody has cornered the market on meetings like churches. Churches have staff meetings, volunteer meetings, council meetings, group meetings, event meetings, and even meetings about meetings! Well, I have found a great online organizational tool for all those meetings and the best part is it’s FREE! The tool is called “Whoozin” (pronounced: who’s in). Perfect for meetings of committees or the congregation, Whoozin is the ideal way to track who will be attending your committee meetings, classes, and other gatherings. Whoozin tracks all the RSVP’s and registrations, so you know...
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Mobile Site -vs- Mobile App: Which is Best?

Mobile Site -vs- Mobile App: Which is Best?
IMPORTANT: If your web presence is not friendly to mobile devices, you will soon find yourself obsolete. How Mobile Friendly Is Your Site? Here is an Easy Test… open your web site on a smart phone and tablet. How does it look? Do you have to pinch or scroll left to right? Does your home page look very small and hard to read? If so, then you are not mobile friendly. How to Become Mobile Friendly You need to begin today deciding your best plan for becoming mobile accessible. There are basically two primary choices. A mobile responsive web site or a mobile app. You may even consider having both. How...
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Twitter App Not Updating on WordPress? (Fix Tutorial by Brian Harris)

Twitter App Not Updating on WordPress? (Fix Tutorial by Brian Harris)
Have you noticed lately that the twitter feed on your WordPress web page has stopped updating? It’s not that unusual for Twitter to get overloaded and go down for a vast variety reasons. (It’s the only the site I can’t think of that has a really cool whale being carried by birds to illustrate that they are overloaded.) So the first few times I noticed it, I didn’t really put much thought on it. It wasn’t until a friend who is a daily blogger messaged me asking what I knew about it. I’m always up to a challenge so I started looking to see what the issue could be. I soon discovered that...
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Business Trends, Sewer Lines & Church Growth (Infographic)

Business Trends, Sewer Lines & Church Growth (Infographic)
I remember years ago having lunch with one of my mentors who asked, “Barry, do you know how to find a good place to start a church?” [me] “Uh, ummm…” “Sewer pipelines!” He proudly proclaimed. [me] “Huh?” Returning to his office, he showed me a county map where he had marked in all the proposed sewer pipeline projects. He explained that wherever sewer lines are going, growth is heading and that is where we need to plant churches. A revelation from sewer lines is a bit odd but the lesson was clear. If we watch for business and industry trends we might...
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