Social Media

The Essential Social Media Content Strategy Guide

The Essential Social Media Content Strategy Guide Release

[ GET IT HERE ] Say ‘hello’ to the very first ChurchMag digital product! What you’ll find here is the sweetest thing since sliced bread. Actually, I don’t know if bread is sweet. Rye bread is pretty gross. Anyway, back to the point at hand. ChurchMag is chock full of great social media content. Best practices, strategies, tips, […]


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One Essential Question Every Social Media Addict Forgets To Ask

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Hi, my name is KC and I’m a social media addict. Twitter is my preferred drug of choice, but Facebook is a close second. Even Google+ will do in a pinch if I need a fix. Sorry, but I’m only ever on LinkedIn if I’m looking for a new job. With Facebook’s perpetual changes, Twitter’s […]


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Effective Storytelling with Social Media [Infographic]

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If you are running the blog for your ministry, the social media account for your church, or some kind of marketing for your brand, you need effective storytelling for who you are representing. How do you share a church’s story that might include hundreds or thousands of people over five, ten, or one hundred years? Even more […]


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Facebook Fun for Churches Part 1: Pages and Groups

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Late last year, I changed roles at my church. I moved from being a student minister to being the discipleship pastor. This change has brought me a lot of different responsibilities, one of which includes developing our social media presence. Now, I’m not totally new to social media, but I never used it strategically. Now […]


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Free & Easy Facebook Ads

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Facebook is a social media giant—not an invincible one, but a formidable one—and it’s a fairly wise investment whenever you spend money on Facebook ads. However, not every event has a budget that would allow for such an expenditure. From my church’s experience, we purchase ads for our community-wide fireworks celebration because we have nearly […]


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5 Social Media Marketing Design Essentials

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Creating cohesion and consistent branding is essential for marketing products and services, even within social media. In fact, you could probably argue that it is even more important, since your brand is floating in a giant sea of images and icons. Social media is a crowded space, and churches, ministries and nonprofits need to be […]


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How to Become a Google Plus Wizard [Infographic]

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“Google+ is a ghost town” “Only people on Google+ are those that use GMail.” “I can’t seem to get any connection there. It’s obviously dead. What’s the point.” I certainly am no Dustin Stout in my evangelistic pushing for Google+, but I’m also not a fool like those that will remain nameless that I copy/pasted […]


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Go Ahead, Ask the Internet

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Have you seen the latest HTC One commercial? (It’s below if you haven’t) We have Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) telling us that it does not matter what they say about the phone because it is not a smartphone that they should have to try to sell to you. It sells itself. And if you are […]


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Using Caution with Social Media

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Social media is but a form of communication for us to be able to engage people in a different medium where people are. When used well, this web application can be the instrument of major success with increased attendance at your events, more visibility for your church, and clever ways to celebrate your staff, volunteers, […]


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Tips to Make Sure Your Church Website Is Ready for Easter

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The past two days I have been working non-stop to get the final touches done on our church website: adding a blog post here, scheduling one there, and removing old information. If you’re reading this and you’re thinking: OMG! The website! I forgot! Relax! There’s still time to fix your website, but you really should […]


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Get Buffer and Level Up Your Social Media [App Update]

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Engaging in the conversation on social media is a full-time job for some and a major distraction for others. The challenge of staying connected to your community without dividing your limited attention span is debilitating for some. Enter the buffest scheduling tool around, Buffer. It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Buffer here at […]


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Corporate Digital Marketing: Hitting the True Goal

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Some would say that the goal of digital marketing is website traffic, social media likes, reshares and engagement, or just a general improvement of brand. While these are all good things and stuff that should be sought by any digital marketer regardless of your company’s dealings, for churches and ministries, this is not the ultimate […]


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[BREAKING NEWS] Teens Migrating from Facebook Have Been Found

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[Editor’s Note: This post was part of our April Fool’s 2014 lineup. Have fun, enjoy!] For months now, teens have been leaving Facebook — but where have they gone? There have been spotting’s, but not until now have we known their whereabouts… Can’t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! [YouTube] […]


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Double Your Facebook Likes In Just 5 Minutes Per Day [Infographic]

Normally I post infographics because I love the facts that they bring to ChurchMag readers. This will not be one of those posts. Instead, I would like to refer to this infographic as the LIES that people tell for you to engage with social media. “It only takes 5 minutes.” “You can connect with millions […]


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How Content Marketing Affects Search Engine Rankings [Infographic]

For those that do not live and breathe online marketing, content marketing is the use of created content through blogs, websites, and social media, as one of the main vehicles to promoting a brand, service, or product. When I read on ThinkRadiant’s blog that they have created new tools for their WebTools service, I have […]


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Why Women Are The Real Power Behind Social Media [Infographic]

When I think of technology and which gender is more invested, I instantly think of men. (We even talk about this topic for Church tech in a Feb 2014 episode of the Churchmag Podcast.) But social media goes against the grain with women actually using social media more than men. You know how I tell […]


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Driscoll Quits Social Media, Revels Book Marketing Scheme

New York Times best-selling author and celebraty pastor Pastor Mark Driscoll has written a letter of apology to the people of Mars Hill Church about several things, including a marketing scheme devised to land his book on the New York Times bestseller list. Written with his wife, Real Marriage, the book did reach the “#1 New York Times […]


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SumAll: Analytics All The Things!

Every March, our church holds its annual business meeting. It’s usually a fairly straightforward (i.e. boring) affair. Last year, our new lead pastor kept the meeting the same as it has always been, but this year, he wants to jazz it up a bit. Knowing that he wanted to do more than present some dull […]



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LinkedIn: The New “Who You Know” [Infographic]

I’ve resisted and treated LinkedIn as a necessary evil for a long time. When it began to grow into more of a social network platform, that resistance increased. In hindsight, however, I think I may have been tossing the “baby out with the bathwater.” LinkedIn has proven to be a great way to network with […]



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How Big is Tumblr? [Infographic]

One thing not included in the post that tells you What You Need to Know About Tumblr: how big is Tumblr? Even despite Tumblr’s acquisition by Yahoo!, the Internet’s reply has not been what some thought it would be originally. Traffic and user activity has hardly flinched and has the second highest revenue per visit behind […]



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The Social Media Guard: Protecting You from Social Media [Video]

Taken from the hilarious cartoon by Liam Walsh, the social media, smartphone “cone of shame” has gone from concept to pseudo real-world application in this funny and painful Coca-Cola advertisement on keeping your eyes off the screen on onto each other. Check it out: Can’t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click […]



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7 Compelling Reasons Facebook Will NEVER Fail

Stop predicting the death of Facebook. Just stop already! It’s a ridiculous bandwagon that is ignorant and misguided. Anyone who says “Facebook is dying” is a technological luddite. They might as well throw away their smartphone, unplug their TV, and spike a laptop on the sidewalk. Facebook is far from dying. Mark Zuckerberg will ride […]



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Church Social Media: Focus on Engagement [Infographic]

The best part about being a social media specialist for my ministry is the ability to not only regularly engage staff, volunteers, and those that might be interested in the ministry, but the ability to respond to comments, questions, and content that others post on social media with our hashtags or directly onto our account. […]



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