social-media-myths

One of the reasons I’ve written this post is the amount of misinformation out there regarding how to be successful on social media. I have seen too often churches, para-churches, non-profits and business fall into this trap. I hope this post helps you and demythologises (wow big word!) some of the most common social media myths around! Continue Reading…

church-website-design

What first impression do you want to leave with visitors to your website? Photo credit

Did you know that your church website is the digital front porch to your church? Continue Reading…

Easter-church-website

Easter is a very special time of year for Christians like myself. I’m also filled with awe as I look online and see what other churches around the world are creating on their websites to promote their Easter services. Some churches have special productions, others have the services you would expect at Easter. I’m always blown away by the strategy, creativity and work that communication peeps, designers, videographers put into crafting a great web experience and his year is no different. Continue Reading…

social-media-tips

I recently created a post for my church’s Facebook page for Saint Patrick’s Day that went off the charts virally (in our own modest way). To be honest it wasn’t a post that I thought would travel that far, but it was clearly a message that has resonated with ten’s of thousands of people throughout the social media space. It’s certainly no Gangnam Style, but it is punching above its weight virally (The statistics are at the bottom of this post). Continue Reading…

haley.veturis

It was my absolute pleasure to spend some time interviewing Haley Veturis. Haley is the Social Media Manager at Saddleback church. I really love what Haley and the Saddleback team do in the social media space. You should check them out. Continue Reading…

 

How do you cut through when people tune out?

How do you cut through when people tune out?

Communications can a very tough gig at times. But church or non-profit communications can be the toughest. Shoestring budgets. Even tighter staffing levels. When you succeed you can feel like you are walking on cloud nine. It’s amazing.

But what happens when you just don’t seem to be getting through? What do you do when you just start to contribute to the noise in people’s lives rather than helping changing them?  Continue Reading…

social media tips church

As you will know if you are a frequent reader on this blog, how social media is used by the Church has been on my heart for a while. I follow different churches social media feeds to learn and grow. There are some however that I follow that aren’t doing so well. Unfortunately if they were a patient I would say they are on life support and the nurse has just called ‘code blue’. They are more woe than whoa.

The paradox here is that a church’s social media presence is one of the key ‘front facing’ touch-points that any church can have. Wouldn’t we all want it to be the best that it can be? Below are seven tips that I hope help churches that need to kick-start their social media presence:

Continue Reading…

uturn

Is your creative communications headed in the right direction? Photo Credit: Andy D’Agorne

You can have the best vocals; music; videographers; designers; art direction; set design; web designers; tech production; programmers; or social media. You name it. But this common mistake will make all these executions, no matter how good, null and void. It’s such a common mistake, but it can be easily avoided.  Continue Reading…

Church website ideas, design, responsive

The transition towards responsive design in the church web world is well and truly underway. In my recent post, ‘Why your church needs to update its website in 2013‘ I shared the reasons why you need to get moving on updating your website. I’m seeing new sites come online weekly. We are in fact in the middle of our own website redesign at Crossway Church using the responsive design philosophy. Church website design will always move with the times. This is just the latest chapter. Continue Reading…

church communications schedule

It’s a Monday morning. The Sunday service was brilliant, high fives were being given out all around. Everything seemed to go as you thought it would. Until that moment when your colleague, or even worse, your boss walks into your office and says ‘why didn’t we promote/talk about this yesterday?’

You just want the a hole in the ground to open up and swallow you up. You feel your face becoming flushed, a hundred excuses come to the tip of your tongue and your memory for some strange reason finds that this is the perfect time to replay that conversation you had about what they wanted to promote in your mind.

Ever been there?  Continue Reading…