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Counting Blog Subscribers

Friday, March 23, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
A blog channel created in E-zekiel will have a designated feed URL, which is easily visible when opening the channel. You can keep track of the visits to your blog through Google Analytics via the Statistics manager. Additionally, if you’d like to keep track of the number of subscribers to your blog, you can submit this URL to statistics services that track stats on feeds.
 

Email for a Special Day

Friday, March 16, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
Email is sort of boundless, isn’t it? You can send one message to one person, or one message to a thousand. You can send a message to the person in the next office or to someone across the world. And within these messages there are relationship-building opportunities. Take birthdays and anniversaries. They aren’t just for social media. You can also use email to communicate a personal message on these happy occasions. This would be especially appropriate for Sunday school classes or other ministry leaders.

E-zekiel enables you to send targeted messages to certain groups, which is useful for these special-day recognitions. Plus, there are many other ways you can stay in touch – such as blogs, podcasts, online calendars. In addition, you can grow connections through the Facebook and Twitter icons available for site toolbars by adding the URL (web address) of your Facebook and Twitter pages into the fields in the Account manager.
 

Social Media and Event Promotion

Friday, March 09, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
Are you using social media to promote events for your church? Many small businesses and nonprofits are doing so – in fact, according to a Feb. 2012 survey released from engagement marketing firm Constant Contact, 77% of event  planners currently use social media to promote events, while event promotion via social media is on the radar screen within the next year for another 14%. Along with email, online marketing tools, websites and print advertising, 78% of survey respondents believe social media is an important event marketing tool. Read more
 

Register for Online Training - Discover How Forms Can Be Used

Friday, March 02, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
Learn how to use the Designs manager to make one of our designs your own. Personalize a design from our library with your photos, colors and personal touches. Transform any design into a custom design just for you - all from what you'll learn during this event.
Though not required, a basic understanding of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is helpful.
 

Creating a Custom Contact Page

Friday, February 24, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
E-zekiel automatically creates a “Contact Us” page for each site. But if you’d prefer to create your own contact page, that’s easy too. First, turn off E-zekiel’s version of the “Contact Us” page by accessing your site’s Account Manager. Look for the field “Contact Email Address” and delete the address typed in that field (make sure you don’t leave any blank spaces). Save your changes, and the “Contact Us” page will no longer appear in your site menu.
 
Next, create a custom contact page by following the steps that you would to add a new Web page. In the editor, include any contact information you’d like – such as email addresses and phone numbers for individual staff members, as well as your address, directions, maps and so forth. Be sure to indicate “Yes” on the option to “Add Link to Site Menu”, save your changes, and your new contact page can be accessed from your home page.
 

Let's Be Friends

Monday, February 13, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
Have you “liked” us on Facebook? Check out the E-zekiel page, and let’s stay in touch. Social media is a tool for communication and connection – between you and your members, between E-zekiel and our clients, among many other uses.
 

Creating a Winning Organizational Culture

Friday, February 03, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
Every organization has strengths and weaknesses – primarily because every organization is operated by individuals who have strengths and weaknesses. As a leader, how can you help the individuals in your organization flourish in their strengths, post a guard around their weaknesses and achieve more as a team than they ever could on their own? A blog on Pastors.com – 9 Ways to Create a Winning Organizational Culture – has some ideas how.
 

Handling Online Conflict

Friday, January 27, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
Tweets and status updates can miss the subtlety of communication that comes in a face-to-face conversation. Yes, even with a winking emoticon or an LOL. Online communication can also loosen the typing tongue in a way that, face to face, might give you the chance to see how your words affect another person – and, thus, adjust the tone before you finish what you’re saying. These are the sorts of issues that can create and fuel online conflict – whether you’re on the receiving end or the sending end. So how can you live out your faith online when harsh words get slung your way? A blog on Pastors.com has some ideas. Take a look at 10 Godly Ways to Handle an Online Conflict.
 

Ideas for Church Blogs

Friday, January 20, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
Writing a regular blog has many benefits. It helps you connect to members and visitors. It gives you a forum for expressing and sharing your faith. And because you frequently post fresh content, the activity has a positive influence on search engine results for your site. But the big question is: what are you going to write about week after week? Kurt Steinbrueck offers some tips on how to create content for your blog on his blog.  You'll find it here: http://churchmarketingonline.com/2009/06/is-your-church-social-part-27-blogs-10-church-blog-ideas/
 

The Digitally Connected Church

Friday, January 13, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
How are churches using social media to connect with members? Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal posted an interesting article exploring ways to leverage social media to multiply a ministry’s effectiveness, as well as challenges ministries face in doing so. Take a look here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2011/fall/connectedchurch.html.