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Blogs, Twitter, Facebook & YouTube - What & Why?. Robert Meade – GCI IT. What is Social Media?. Who Uses Social Media?. Before Social Media – The Webpage. Webpage – Keys to Success. Simple & focused Key Information is Accessible Who you are Where you are Why you are

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webpage keys to success
Webpage – Keys to Success
  • Simple & focused
  • Key Information is Accessible
    • Who you are
    • Where you are
    • Why you are
  • Easily Updatable with Authorization
social media keys to success
Social Media – Keys to Success
  • Simple & focused
  • Think about the mission – your purpose – of why you share what you share!
  • Make it personal – not generic
  • Post regularly
  • Get younger people involved!

Content Producer


Likes to read thoughtful, or personal updates from this person or group

May occasionally (but probably rarely) want to comment



Family & friends

Disconnected from church

  • Likes to Write in paragraphs
  • May like pictures
  • Thoughtful
  • Willing to be personal
  • Can be written by one or several people
  • Examples:
    • Pastor’s thoughts
    • Sermon Notes
blogger getting started
Blogger – Getting Started
  • Read some blogs
  • Sign up at
  • Post “with purpose” on a regular basis (at least monthly)

Content Producer


Someone who knows you or someone in your congregation

Someone who wants to show they are connected to your congregation

Examples –

People who “friend” your page

  • Social & willing to share with people you know
  • Short text, pictures, videos, and games are best
  • Willing to build community online
  • Examples –
    • Personal facebook page
    • Facebook page for your church
facebook getting started
Facebook – Getting Started
  • Sign up at
  • Find some people you know and “friend” them. Post a bit yourself (more is better)
  • Find a couple churches or businesses to “like”
  • Once comfortable - set up a church page for your congregation and post “with purpose” at least once a week

Content Producer


Likes to watch, not read

Will share what is worthwhile to them

Often values humor or education (combined when possible)

  • Shares visually
  • Likes to film or be filmed
  • Can keep a message down to 10 minutes or less
  • Note: with “flip” style cameras, creating video is easier than ever!
youtube getting started
YouTube – Getting Started
  • Look at what churches are doing on YouTube:
  • Get an easy-to-use video camera & use it
  • Sign up at
  • Upload your video – link and share it
  • Post “with purpose” at least a couple a year

Content Producer


People in your same ‘niche’

Primarily “followers” – relatively few posters

  • Likes to share frequently in very short messages (140 characters max)
  • Likes potential of a worldwide audience
  • Willing to build community online
twitter getting started
Twitter – Getting Started
  • Go to
  • Look at the following examples:
    • michaelhyatt
    • edstetzer
  • Sign up for an account
  • “Follow” the above examples, and others
  • Begin posting and sharing daily
social media concerns
Social Media Concerns
  • Time
  • Negative Comments
  • Keeping it Fresh
  • Authorized Media
  • Perceived loss of control
social media benefits
Social Media Benefits
  • Example of setting up a facebook page for the last year for New Hope Christian Fellowship
  • Bermie Dizon’s re-connection with old classmates in Southern California
  • Giving media-savvy younger people a key role in sharing your congregation