Tuesday, July 29, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Branding, Love and Care of Communications Ministers, and more!

We followed up on key topics discussed
during this week's Church Marketing Sucks 
hangout. Here's the video.

This week's chat moderated by Neal Fischer (@nealffischer)

T1: Every Church has a brand (planned or not). Do you have a plan/guide for branding? (Logo, Font, Style Sheet, Color)
T1A: If you have some form of shareable/written form of plan/guide for your ministry, how does it get shared/used?
T2: How do we reduce noise and share announcements without half of them being ignored?
T3: You are the communicator for your Church. Do you just disseminate info or do you help shape what gets shared?
T3A: How do we help the Church understand communications ministry and ministers are as important as youth pastors/other ministries?
T3B: How do we show our value and build relationships with those we serve?
T4: What are some ways we can take a Sabbath?
T4A: We often work alone, so how do we keep from feeling alone, overworked, and underappreciated?
T4B: How do we make the work we do sustainable so that it doesn't overwhelm us?
T4C: If you do have help/volunteers, which tools help you keep your team organized?

Graphic created by Chuck Scoggins (@chuckscoggins)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Auditing Digital Communications

Tonight we're did a mini-audit of our #chsocm ministries! 

This week's chat moderated by Regina Heater (@reckshow)

T1 Have you ever done a social media audit?
T2 Spotcheck time. Google your brand. Are all of your expected profiles there?
T3 How often do you review your #chsocm profiles to ensure accuracy/completeness?
For T4, pls choose & share links to 1 or 2 of your #chsocm profiles. GO!
T4 Take a moment to browse the shared links. What catches your eye? (generically!)
T4a Which of your own profiles do you feel are really strong? Why?
T4b Which of your own profiles need some polishing? Why?
T4c Which ones need to be discontinued? Why?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Protecting Online Privacy

Online privacy is always an issue and we discussed
it in the particular context of church social media.

Tonight's chat moderated by Marty Davis (@SacredLC

T1: How do you view your role in defending privacy for your members? How does that role differ by social media platform?
T2: Who has access to your church social media accounts and what concerns does this raise regarding members' privacy?
T3: Hacking is a major concern, as every platform has proven vulnerable. How does your church prepare for this?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Looking Back and Moving Forward After 3 Years of Chatting

On 7/11/14 we'll mark 3 glorious years of chatting,
so tonight we celebrated by looking back 
and then looking forward while staying present.

This week's chat moderated by Meredith Gould (@meredithgould)

The topics:
T1: What do you now know about #chsocm that you didn’t know 3 years ago?
T1a: What do you think clergy, lay leadership & congregants know now that they didn’t?
T1b: To what do you attribute such a change of mind and heart about > #chsocm
T2: Since 2011, which social media tools have become less useful/disappeared completely from your #chsocm toolkit?
T2a: Which social media tools have become more valuable for #chsocm since 2011?
T3: How do we meet the needs/interest of those who are brand new to #chsocm?
T3a: How about the needs of those interested in advanced topics/applications?
T4: To date, which #chsocm contribution/achievement (in gen’l or this chat) are you most proud? And looking ahead:
T5: “It’s July 2015 and I'm doing [fill in blank] with #chsocm.”
For Fun: Which chat topic or comment from 2014 stays in your mind/heart?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

#ChSocM (Church Social Media) Chat Transcript: Joy Shared and Lessons Learned on #SMSunday

We chatted about #SMSunday (Social Media Sunday), 
a nationwide event created by #chsocm chat regulars

This week's chat moderated by Meredith Gould (@meredithgould)

The topics:

T1: In addition to #Episcopal churches, which ones participated in #SMSunday on 6/29/14?
T2: What about #SMSunday worked?
T2a: What was your most unexpected outcome?
T3: What was your most effective tactic for promoting #SMSunday?
T3a Which 3rd party platforms proved the most helpful?
T4: What about #SMSunday could have worked better?
T5: What's your best advice for planning #SMSunday in the future?
T6: How are you following up #SMSunday?