Tag Archives: Facebook

5 Things To Do To Plan Your Parish Social Media Strategy Effectively

You’ve probably heard about the potential benefits for your parish.  You’ve read about it here.  You’ve heard me say it.  Even some Bishops are tweeting.  The Facebook thing looks great.  Google+ looks interesting.  So you and the Pastor decide to give it a go.  You set up all the accounts, do your customization, you tweet, you […]

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Putting Facebook Apps and Tabs To Work On Your Page

The new Facebook Timeline for Pages has a lot of great benefits for a much richer visitor experience.  One the things I like with the change especially is the more prominent “tabs” display at the top and some really good apps that have been coming out.  For example, as I was recently ramping up our […]

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Oh, The Tangled Web: Understanding Facebook Page Insights

So you’ve taken the time to set up your parish Facebook Page.  You’ve got some “likes” and are posting away.  It’s been fun and exciting, and now you might be wondering what the “pay offs” are and how to actually gauge the performance.  I was thinking this myself the other night.  I’ve been very pleased with […]

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Are You Really Sure Your Parish Owns Your Twitter Account: The Importance of Tech Policies

It’s nice to see so many parishes embracing social media and establishing accounts on services like Twitter and building Facebook Pages.  As I look at various parish websites that have staff email addresses posted I have noticed that many are obviously personal addresses (i.e. @Yahoo.com, @Live.com, etc.) I wonder how many parishes have a technology, […]

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Notable Parish Websites

The Parish Website is becoming more and more common.  Most parishioners think the parish needs one, and most Pastors want one.  I’m a firm believer that every parish should have a website.  It’s my firm belief that the parish website’s purpose is to serve as a community hub and 24/7 extension of your parish office. […]

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Google+ Pages Part II: Why You Should Have One

So Google+ Pages went live this past week.  Someone in your parish office or a parishioner might even suggested that your parish set one up.  Then the thought comes to your mind, “Well, we have that Facebook page they told us we should get; why do we need another one somewhere else?”  Good question, and […]

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Why I Unliked Your Facebook Page: Top 5 Admin Mistakes

Facebook pages can have great uses for our parishes, and any Facebook user has probably ‘Liked’ a page or two.  As ‘Admins’ of those pages we know we need to get those ‘Likes’ right?  And building the number of those ‘Likes’ is paramount often times for us too.  But have you ever wondered why someone […]

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Cyberbullying: What Parents Need To Know And How To Prevent It

If you weren’t aware, October has been National Anti-Bullying Month.   When I hear the word “bully”, it sometimes seems harmless.  I picture that kid on the movie A Christmas Story.  The truth is that it’s not harmless.  In recent years it’s even been taken to another level with technology to what is now called […]

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Parish Online Communities – Private vs. Public

Parish Online Communities – Private vs. Public

Among the top questions I’m asked when speaking with parishes about private social networks is “Why not just use Facebook”. Public networks like Facebook are extremely popular to say the least. Setting up a company or personal page is easy and free. The ability to reach people and share information is direct and simple. Parishes […]

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Should I Be On One Social Network or Several?: How To Choose a Social Network

I checked in at Google+ this morning and was surprised to see a user post that he just deactivated his Facebook account.  The question that immediately came up for me, “Why would he do that?”  As online social networking is evolving many are left wondering which one to use or use multiple services.  The other […]

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To: The Romans From: St. Paul

As the conversation continues about technology and the Church, those advocating it’s uses encounter a lot of objections.  The objections interestingly seem to be pretty consistent.  It came up again last night in a phone conversation and today online, and a question has been going through my mind for a while now . . . […]

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You Gotta: Understanding Why Tech Makes Sense In Catholic Parishes

I’m sure there are Pastors out there getting the constant barrage of “we gotta be on Facebook”, “we gotta be on Twitter”, “we gotta get a better website”, so forth and so on.  I’m also sure that many Pastors are also similarly asking “Why?” which is where the conversation is often taking a “nose-dive”.  I […]

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The New Facebook: Why I Like It

If you’ve stopped into Facebook within the past week or turned on the news, you’ve probably seen and heard about big changes to the service format and features.  You’ve probably seen opinions that range from extreme displeasure to not knowing what to think.  It seems strange that a free internet service causes such huge stirs […]

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Why Is No One Reading Your Blog: The Importance Of Tagging

There’s been a lot of good discussion on Google+ lately in regards to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Catholics over the last week. Craig Berry then came out with a great post “Catholic SEO: A Failing Grade?”  When it comes to how search engines and discovery works on the internet a lot of people get […]

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Listening To Your Parishioners Through Numbers: Understanding ‘Analytics’

As a manager for over 17 years, numbers have a great deal of importance to me.  The biggest lesson I’ve learned in regards to interpreting data is that numbers “tell a story” and they are a key means to “hearing” your customers.  The great thing about the internet is that a lot of data is […]

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Simple Facebook Security Controls

Simple Facebook Security Controls

Make Sure This Doesn’t Happen to Your Church’s Facebook Page One of they keys to successful communication is needing to listen to the person that you wish to talk to.  The same definitely holds true for Social Media. Social Media is about engaging other people online.  That engagement includes active listening, monitoring the conversations and […]

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Back To School: Tablet or eReader For My Student?

Yup, it’s that time of year again . . . Back To School.  Parents are gathering supplies and getting ready for that first day (if it hasn’t already come like here in Florida).  And this year, students may have something different in the backpacks . . . a tablet or ereader.  Many are still trying […]

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We Gather Together To Scan? 5 Ways Parishes Can Use QR Codes

You may have been seeing these wacky-looking little images popping up everywhere.  If you don’t know what they are, they are called QR Codes.  Simply put, a QR Code is an image one can scan with their smartphone that directs the phone for a number of different purposes.  Some of these directions can be: – […]

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