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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Fast Facts: Which Social Networks Are Most Loved? (Infographic)

Fast Facts: Which Social Networks Are Most Loved? (Infographic)
Did you know… the highest percent of social networking is done in bed? Yes 44%. Second to that is on the job 34%. Do you know… of active internet users, what percentage of women and men are engaged in social networking? 74% of women and 70% of men. Wow, that’s a lot! Do you know why this is important to your church? If you want to touch people’s lives you have to know where they are. When you think about fishing (Jesus said we are fishers of men) one thing is certain. You do not want to fish in a pond that has no fish! Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and LinkedIn are all big ponds...
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What Social Networks Should You Use in 2014? [Infographic]

What Social Networks Should You Use in 2014? [Infographic]
At the beginning of 2014 there is an important milestone on the horizon. In February, Facebook will turn 10 years old!  But many churches and ministries have yet to tap into the power of Social Networking. Consider these realities: •    YouTube reaches more US adults aged 18-34 than any cable network. •    There are over 5.7 billion users on the world’s top 21 social networks. •    China has 3 of the world’s largest social networks. The world is online and Jesus commanded that we take the Gospel to the ends of it. With social networking, the ends of the earth are much closer than...
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The Ultimate Social Media Networks Image Sizing Chart (infographic)

The Ultimate Social Media Networks Image Sizing Chart (infographic)
One of the most important marketing upgrades to accomplish on each of your social networks will be to create a consistent look for banners, profile images and icons. This is easier said than done because every social network has it’s own specific sizes for these all important items. Thankfully LunaMetrics has come to the rescue by creating “The Ultimate Complete Final Social Media Sizing Cheat Sheet” infographic. This is the most current and complete resource I have found for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Youtube and Pinterest. It goes way beyond just the banner and profile...
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Video Can Be Your Most Powerful Voice

Video Can Be Your Most Powerful Voice
My son, Matthew, is 17 years old. He is a budding musician who sings, plays guitar and Banjo. Eight months ago he started creating videos for himself, doing covers of songs and uploading them to Youtube for family and friends. Without any fanfare or promotion other than a post here and there on Facebook, he now has 2200 views! That equals 3-4 videos views every day for 8 months without even trying! (Check out his channel > http://www.youtube.com/BackRoadKid) People Are Watching Everywhere People are watching on desktops, laptops, tablets, TV and phones. What an opportunity to share the Gospel with...
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#1 Reason Why Every Church Should Be Social Networking

#1 Reason Why Every Church Should Be Social Networking
For the #1 reason watch this video… This video sends a clear message of the power of social networks. Because two people were talking about their church on Facebook, Jimmie’s life was dramatically changed! Jimmie Dacuyan’s Story of Life Change from HarborNOLA on Vimeo. The fact is believers are called to be “Fishers of Men” and there are some really big ponds just full of fish. Facebook is where Jimmie was ‘caught’ but that is only one pond. A quick list of some other good fishing holes are: YouTube, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram to...
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Avoid the Embarrassing Youtube “oops”!

Avoid the Embarrassing Youtube “oops”!
Has it happened to you yet? This morning someone on Facebook shared an event link with me. The event was a fund raiser for a worthy cause, sponsored by the student ministry of a local church. Great! They even made a very creative video to promote the fund raiser, so of course I clicked to watch. That is when it happened… The video was embedded from Youtube and once it finished playing I was bombarded with suggested videos that Youtube loads at the end of video plays intended to get you watching more videos. The problem was that most of the suggested videos were very “suggestive” if...
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FREE “Web Ready Church” Seminar 1-29-13 LaFayette, GA

FREE “Web Ready Church” Seminar 1-29-13 LaFayette, GA
Is Your Church Web Ready? Join us for a day filled with useful tips and information on how to get your church web ready and online. If you are responsible for the web content and social media of your church (paid employee or volunteer) then this FREE training seminar is for you. If you have a wireless laptop or tablet, bring it to get the most out of our hand-on sessions. Web Ready Church Seminar Tuesday, January 29, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. First Baptist Church LaFayette, GA Session 1 > 5 Top Tips for a Successful Web Presence How to claim your Church Real Estate on the Web and build on...
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Quick Tips for Search Engine Success

Quick Tips for Search Engine Success
Everyone wants to be quickly found on search engines. This is called organic traffic and we all need more of it. Here are a few quick tips to becoming more relevant and higher ranked on search engines. 1. Add Keywords on Youtube – If you have videos on Youtube that’s good since Youtube is owned by Google. Be sure you are adding keywords to your videos in the titles, descriptions and tags fields. 2. Blog on Your Web Site – and blog regularly. At least once a week. The more you blog to better your relevance becomes. Search engines give higher marks to site that regularly add content. If...
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How To Grab Videos Off the Internet

How To Grab Videos Off the Internet
I was conducting a workshop this past weekend in beautiful North Georgia (pictures of Tullulah Gorge are on my facebook page) and was asked this question, “How can I grab a video off the internet?” Good question! If there is not a link offered to download a video how can you get it? Well, I answered the question at the workshop and promised to add a bit of instruction here. First a couple of disclaimers: 1. You must have permission to use a video that belongs to someone else. Often permission is assumed because the owner is someone you know personally. If not, then usually an email...
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