Hiring for your communications team can be a fun process. Especially when you have a lot of interest in the job you are hiring out for. To me, the diversity of the applicants reminds me how much fun this work can be, and how difficult it is to find the right person.
Here are some things that I look for when hiring, granted this may be an odd list, but let’s face it, communications teams can an odd bunch.
Welcome to Episode 34 of the Ask Darrel podcast. In this episode, we talk about how to say no to ministries in your church so you can maintain your sanity.
No! The word “no” is a powerful word. It can get help clarify goals, relationships and make sure that you don’t end up with too much on your plate. Of course, “no” is nice in theory, but what about when you have to say “no” a ministry in your church?
Are you ready for the weekend? For most of us on church staff, we’re in a mad dash to finish getting everything ready for Christmas. If you need some help with your church communications for this Christmas, head over to our brand new Facebook Group and join in on the conversation.
Also, we have small programming note. This is the last week that I will be sending out this blog via email on a daily basis. Instead, I’ll be switching to a weekly digest that’s much easier on your inbox. Plus I’ll share some behind the scenes info that you don’t get on this blog. If you’re already subscribed to this blog, don’t worry you won’t need to change anything. If you haven’t subscribed yet, what are you waiting for? Click here to subscribe.
This week on the Social Medal Weekly Brief, we have stories about fake Instagram accounts, a Twitter campaign, and the Facebook donate button.
On Fake Instagram, a Chance to Be Real
What this means for your church: Interesting development. Basically, people are getting so tired of always being “on” with their Instagram account that they want another account where they can just be themselves. So how many people in your church are putting on fake face when it comes to Instagram? Are they getting tired?
I think one the hardest parts about running communications for a church is that a lot us have to do it on our own or at least we feel alone. This is where a community comes in. Community can help you find new ideas and resources to help you and your church grow.
So how do you find community? That’s something I’m constantly asking myself. Well have no fear, because the amazing Katie Allred and I have created the Church Communications Facebook Group and today is your day to join.
We’ve already have over 400 people join this community in the first four days! We have people from all over the country sharing ideas, discussing topics like communication tools, social media, and how you actually get the work done.
Are you ready to join? Click here to begin interacting with some of best minds in Church Communications.
Welcome to Episode 33 of the Ask Darrel podcast. In this episode, we talk about how to create an awesome email strategy.
Email? Yes, we’re talking about email and how you can use it effectively for your church.
Happy Friday! We’re almost a few more weeks away from the Christmas season going full swing. This week I’m trying out a new service called Grum that will let you post to Instagram from your desktop!
This week on the Social Medal Weekly Brief, we have stories about Snapchat’s new viewing numbers, Instagram’s Bieber problem, and Periscope’s #Scopeday. Also, Katie Allred and I started a Church Communications Facebook Group. Click here to join!
Facebook’s traffic to top publishers fell 32 percent since January
What this means for your church: Interesting story. It seems that some of the biggest publishers like Huffington Post have seen a significant drop-off in their traffic from Facebook. Maybe it was the algorithm? Who knows? However, it is a cautionary tale of what happens when place too much trust in Facebook for traffic.
I’ve heard writers say that that most difficult thing they deal with is a blank page. A page waiting for it to be filled with words that will tell stories and engage minds. The blank page can be intimidating, begging you to write, putting the pressure you to come up with an idea.
Sometimes, I look at social media the same way. I see a blank status update window from Twitter asking me “What’s happening?”. I know that I’m not going to write something on the level of Tolstoy but I’m also not going to update you on the awesome ham sandwich that I just ate.
You’re church’s social media is not that different either. A lot of the times you feel the pressure to create a whole social media campaign all by yourself. This can include the graphics, the wording, the scheduling, tracking of metrics and engagement. It can be exhausting.