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Website Search Assessment

Friday, June 17, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
When prospects are searching for what your church or ministry provides, will they find you? You can find out how well your site performs in web searches with a Website Search Assessment, a service from E-zekiel.com. Once our experts take a look, you’ll gain insights into your SEO’s strengths and weaknesses – and you’ll learn specific steps you can take for improvement. Find out more about website search assessment.
 

Celebrating Fathers

Friday, June 10, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Father’s Day is just around the corner, and E-zekiel has easy panels that will help you recognize the special occasion. Visit the E-zekiel store, and you’ll find several options for sweet, peaceful and/or celebratory recognitions. Easy panels are just $10 and will be configured for your site and added to your E-zekiel.com account. Then you can place it on your site wherever you’d like.
 

Communicating with a QR Code

Friday, June 03, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Are you familiar with QR codes? If you’ve got a smartphone, maybe so. For marketing purposes, the smartphone user is the one to whom these apply – and that could include a number of your members.

A QR code is a barcode that comes in the form of a small black-and-white square that looks like a jigsaw puzzle barely filled in. The QR codes can be scanned by smartphones equipped with a camera and a QR Reader App, and they can direct the smartphone user to a related website. For example, when E-zekiel.com posts a message about our monthly newsletter on Facebook, a QR code is included and, when scanned by smartphone user, will take the customer to the page where the newsletter is located.

Churches and ministries can use QR codes to communicate with a connected, mobile membership – providing links to landing pages for your newsletters, activities, missions opportunities and more. QR codes can be placed on websites and social media and on printed pieces, too, thus connecting online and offline marketing in ways that have not been available before.  Creating a QR code can easily be done at a number of sites, such as www.qurify.comhttp://delivr.com and http://qrcode.kaywa.com/.
 

Keep in Touch This Summer

Friday, May 27, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Memorial Day Weekend is typically seen as the launch of summer. With so many taking time off for vacations or weekend getaways, church members can lose their "connectedness" to their congregation during these months. So how can you use E-zekiel technology to keep information flowing and relationships growing?
  • Promote your summer activities through events and panel tools.
  • Create and distribute blogs that highlight summer activities -- youth choir tour, vacation bible school, church family picnics, etc.
  • Capture memories as they're taking place and create photo albums for your site to share that sense of fellowship and good times.
  • Don't forget videos for sharing special messages. Upload through the media manager to Ezekiel.tv
 

Faith-Based Disaster Response

Friday, May 13, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Shortly after the April tornado outbreak that hit the South, Alabama in particular, with such devastation, The New York Times ran an article highlighting faith-based response to natural disasters. Giving attention particularly to the Southern Baptist disaster relief organization, the article said, “Nearly 95,000 Baptists across the country are trained to handle disasters like hurricanes and floods. After the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, the Baptist group is the biggest disaster relief organization in the country.”

The Web, of course, is an especially useful tool for organizing disaster relief provided by faith-based groups. For example, the Alabama Baptist Convention State Board of Missions set up a page with updates and ways to help. Many others have done likewise.
 

Major News Events Lead to Cybercrime Increase

Friday, May 06, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Major news events are not just a time to pay attention to what’s happening in the world; this is also a time to beware of cybercrime. The death of bin Laden in particular was followed by an uptick in cybercrime and scams. Malicious links to photos and videos were sent through email and posted on social media sites such as Facebook – and clicking on these links can install malware on your computer. Unfortunately, it’s just one thing you can expect – because when news is big, perpetrators know people are going to the web in search of more information, and  they take advantage of the unsuspecting and unprepared. So proceed with caution. Be wary of links in email. Only visit news sites you trust. And make sure your antivirus and firewall software is up to date.
 

Promote Events with E-zekiel's Easy Panels

Friday, April 29, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
E-zekiel's Easy Panels are professionally designed panels that can be ordered from the E-zekiel store, customized with your own links or info and added to your site. We've got several versions of Easy Panels that are just right for right now. Take a look at the Mother's Day panels that you can use to encourage people to get active.
 
Or select a Spring or National Day of Prayer panel and remind site visitors about your event.
 

Churches Increasingly Turn to Social Media Tools

Friday, April 08, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Social networking tools are increasingly being used as ministry aids, and, in particular, 47% of churches are actively using Facebook, according to a study recently released by LifeWay Research. Social-savvy churches are using these tools in several ways:  
 
73 percent for interacting with the congregation
70 percent for distributing news and information in an "outbound only" manner
52 percent for fostering member-to-member interaction
41 percent for managing the church's group ministry
62 percent for interacting with individuals outside the congregation.

Is your church connected through social media? E-zekiel recently updated the site toolbar to include Facebook and Twitter icons. To display the icons, open your Account manager and add the URL (web address) for your Facebook and Twitter pages in the appropriate fields. The social icons will not appear in the toolbar if the fields are left blank.
 

Fresh Ideas to Promote Easter

Friday, April 01, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox recently shared a link to 21 fresh ideas for churches to promote Easter. The ideas originally appeared in Outreach Magazine in 2005, and they’re worth another look. Check them out.
 

Religion Fills the Blogosphere

Friday, March 25, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
When the Pew Research Center released a recap of “religion in the news” for 2010, one of the findings was that religion appeared more often as a major topic in the blogosphere than it did in traditional media. In fact, religion was among the most-discussed topics on blogs in 12 of the 48 weeks studied.   Are you joining in the countless voices no doubt expressing countless views? Blogs are easy to create in E-zekiel, they can increase search engine rankings for your site, and they are a useful way to spread messages of truth that can be found by people seeking a better understanding of Christianity.