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A New Twist on Social Media Stats

Friday, August 05, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Need more incentive to get active in social media? You might find thought-provoking prodding in a media ministry blog that adds a new twist to social media stats. You can read the blog here: 

http://www.mediaministryblog.com/2011/07/social-media-is-changing-the-world-are-we/
 

Site Search Easy Panel

Friday, July 29, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
A website’s search field is one of the elements that improves a site’s usability – allowing a visitor quick access to whatever he is seeking.  The toolbar that automatically appears at the bottom of each E-zekiel site includes a magnifying-glass icon that opens a search field for site visitors. Customers who have incorporated E-zekiel themes into their sites (themes are free to all users) also have the option to add an on-page site search Easy Panel. Doing so saves visitors one click and brings the search field to the top of your web pages, a common, easy to see, place for this feature. To order the panel, visit E-zekielstore.com.
 

Keep It Short and Simple

Friday, July 22, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Access to information these days is certainly on overload. Between the radio and TV commercials, billboards, website banner ads, and whatever we see in print, any of us could be scanning hundreds and hundreds of messages each day. If that's not enough reason to keep things short and simple, we're also in a "tweet"-influenced culture. Twitter, for example, limits messages to 140 characters. So as you craft words for your site, for social media and even at times in your email messages, make an impact in as few words as possible - and then provide a link to more information.
 

Local Listings with Google Places

Friday, July 15, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Have you listed your church on Google Places? As Google will tell you, 97% of consumers search for local businesses online. And somewhere within those very high numbers, quite a few will also search for a church.
 
These days “local” is the new “global”. We’ve been astounded and impressed by how far-reaching the Web can go, but what we really want to know is, “What’s in my community?” Google Places, which was known as the “Local Business Center” until mid-2010, was designed to help people find restaurants, theaters, businesses and, yes, churches, in their own communities.
 
Google Places is free and easy to set up. Just submit your information and then verify your listing. You can even enhance your listing by adding photos, videos, and upcoming events.
 

New Slide Show Service for Themes

Friday, July 08, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Using an E-zekiel theme comes with perks, and one of those is the ability to include a rotating slide show on your home page. With the Slide Show service, now available for order, the hard work is already done.  Rich design uniquely crafted for each theme, beautiful slide transitions, playback controls and automatically-updating navigation come together to enrich your website. Your Slide Show will be custom configured, installed, and positioned on your site for you, and three slides are already included - for visitor information, a list of upcoming events and sermon information. You can also create, edit or order more slides if you'd like. Order the Slide Show today!
 

Tracking Social Media Actions

Thursday, June 30, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
Want to know how well “liked” you are? Google Analytics, which is a free web analytics service that integrates with E-zekiel’s Statistics manager, has a social media plug-in that tracks how people share the content on your site via social media actions. Learn more about social plug-in tracking.  
 

News About Domain Names

Friday, June 24, 2011 View Comments Comments (0)
There’s news recently from the world of domain names. The regulatory body that governs all things .com, .net, .info and more has agreed to revamp the domain naming system and allow more personalized suffixes. In the near future, organizations and businesses will be able to use brands or places -- .toyota or .newyork, for example. It’s all thanks to an action from ICANN – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – and yes, there really is such a place. You can read an article about the announcement here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43460131/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/

Whatever choices become available, as always, E-zekiel will continue to manage domain name acquisition and annual renewals for our customers. If at any time, you’d like to add a domain name for your site, just let us know.
 

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/.