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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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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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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Miracle Grow for Churches in 2015

Miracle Grow for Churches in 2015
I use ‘Miracle-Gro’ for my tomatoes because it’s EASY and it WORKS! *This is not a paid endorsement for Miracle-Gro. [smile] How would you like a Miracle Grow for your church? There are three important web realities for 2015, that are relatively easy to apply, to reach the new-comers and church seekers in your community. Get these three right and you may soon find yourself greeting new attenders who say, “We found you online.”   1. THE IMPORTANCE OF AN UP-TO-DATE CHURCH WEB SITE QUOTE: “Increasingly, people are finding their way into the pews and programs of your...
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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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How New Browser Stats Impact Your Web Site! Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari

How New Browser Stats Impact Your Web Site! Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari
You woke up this morning to a Chrome world! That’s right, a browser that has only been around for five years is in sole possession of the top browser spot with 55%. Chrome has more market share than all other browsers combined. Look at these stats from w3schools.com: This is Very Important for Your Web Site If you manage a web site, the first browser you need to view it on is Google Chrome. It must be right there because the majority of visitors very likely use chrome. Hopefully your web site views correctly on all browsers but that may not be the case. This is why it’s important to look...
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Case Study: Extreme Makeover for Georgia Baptist Convention

Case Study: Extreme Makeover for Georgia Baptist Convention
What Do You Do with an Over-grown Pet Alligator? It was once a fad among New Yorkers vacationing in Florida to bring back baby alligators for their children to raise as pets. These infant gators eventually grew up and outlived their cuteness, sad to say, at which point their desperate owners flushed them down the toilet to get rid of them. (I realize this could simply be an urban legend, but it does make for a great illustration…) A web site can be like that gator. It starts out cute enough, but over time, as people keep feeding it more and more content, the web site becomes way bigger than you...
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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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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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Google Drive – Get 15 GB for free!

Google Drive – Get 15 GB for free!
GOOGLE DRIVE > Keep Everything. Share Anything. [Disclaimer: I love and use Dropbox so this is not a slam on them, but when I got the message offering me 15 GBs of cloud space for FREE, well who can turn that down? You can’t have enough cloud space!] Do you worry about needing file storage space, your computer crashing or your smart phone taking a plunge? Well the solution is to have a cloud back-up and sharing service of all your important files. There are a lot of solutions out there but I have not seen any others that give you 15 GBs free right out of the gate! GOOGLE DRIVE > Access...
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