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Ramp Up This Fall w a Trusted Partner - Aug 2013 Newsletter

 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:27 am    Post subject: Ramp Up This Fall w a Trusted Partner - Aug 2013 Newsletter Reply with quote

View this newsletter in your browser:
http://www.ourchurch.com/news/webmaster-2013-08.php

Hello OurChurch.Com webmasters,

Earlier this week my two youngest children headed back to school, marking the unofficial end to Summer.

So, this week has been a transition from the more relaxed pace we had over the last couple of months, to a more structured schedule necessary to make the most of the opportunities available in the fall - sports, clubs, school (though I'm not sure my kids would classify the latter as an opportunity. Wink

If you lead the communications at your church, school, ministry or business, you may be experiencing a similar transition as you ramp up for the fall season. As a ministry partner, we want you to know you're not alone in this. We are called to bear one another's burdens.

If you're having any challenges with your website, let us know so we can help.

If you're ready to ramp things up with a more engaging website or better search rankings to reach more people, give us a call. Delegating those things to someone you can trust is a powerful way to get more done with your limited time.

Speaking of limited time, let me cut to the chase and invite you to take a quick look at the helpful info contained in this month's newsletter below.

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck
OurChurch.Com


IN THIS ISSUE
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1) New Dashboard Launched!
2) What You Need to Know about Changes at Google
3) Blog: Micro-consulting - Another Innovative Opportunity for Ministry and Business
4) American Bible Society Phases Out ForMinistry, Recommends OCC
5) Funny Video: Do You Have Vertical Video Syndrome?
6) Last Chance for Your 2 Cents

1) NEW DASHBOARD LAUNCHED!
Three weeks ago we did a "soft launch" of our brand new dashboard which will replace the current order form, invoicing system and MyOCC dashboard. The new dashboard is much more user friendly and will making ordering and renewing services much easier.

Right now it's only available to new members who order a new website or hosting package.

Within the next few weeks, we'll begin a voluntary transition period where you'll be able to move to the new system if and when you like. Eventually, we will help the rest of our members migrate to the new dashboard and put the old system out to pasture. At this time we don't have a specific dates set for the start of either of these phases.

Keep in mind, the new dashboard will NOT affect your website in any way. It will not change or replace your website or the NE1 Web Builder admin tool you may use to update your site.

2) WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHANGES AT GOOGLE
Google has once again made algorithm changes which are shaking up the search rankings. If you've got one of OurChurch.Com's search marketing solutions, you can relax knowing we're aware of the changes, monitoring your rankings and making adjustments accordingly. If not, you can still get this free report on the latest changes and make your own adjustments.

http://blog.ourchurch.com/2013/08/19/august-seo-update-google-says-no-to-child-porn-warnings-makes-other-changes/

3) BLOG UPDATE: Micro-consulting: Another Innovative Opportunity for Ministry and Business

Proverbs 16:16 says, “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!”

Three thousand years later, we exchange a significant amount of our gold for wisdom and insight in books, coaching, consultants, colleges, seminaries and more.

It’s the information economy.

If you’re an expert on something, people are willing to pay you for your expertise.

The Internet continues to fuel innovation in the information economy, making possible new ways for the expert and the expert-seeker to connect and exchange wisdom and knowledge. Some of these innovations include online learning and ebooks.

The latest innovation is “micro-consulting

http://blog.ourchurch.com/2013/08/22/micro-consulting-another-innovative-opportunity-for-ministry-and-business/

Other recent articles:

- 13 Myths about Social Media and Church
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2013/08/14/13-myths-about-social-media-and-church/

- How to Get Your Church or Ministry Email Read in Gmail’s New Inbox Tabs
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2013/08/13/how-to-get-your-church-or-ministry-email-read-in-gmails-new-inbox-tabs/

- Loving Support of Injured Girl Bridges Real / Virtual World
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2013/08/01/loving-support-of-injured-girl-bridges-real-virtual-world/

4) AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY PHASES OUT FORMINISTRY, RECOMMENDS OCC
After more than a decade of equipping churches for ministry online the American Bible Society has announced that it will be shutting down ForMinistry.com on October 31, 2013 and is recommending that organizations that have built their websites on its platform transition to OurChurch.Com.

We're excited about the opportunity to help ForMinistry users achieve their missions online! Read more about this here:

http://blog.ourchurch.com/2013/08/06/american-bible-society-phases-out-forministry-recommends-ourchurch-com/

5) FUNNY VIDEO: Do You Have Vertical Video Syndrome?
No doubt you’ve seen people shooting videos with their phones held vertically. Well, someone has finally created a video to try to put an end to this growing problem.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt9zSfinwFA

6) LAST CHANCE FOR YOUR 2 CENTS
One of the ways we help Christian organizations achieve their mission online is by providing insight and analysis through our Christian Web Trends blog. We'd like to hear from you how we can improve our blog so it’s even more helpful for you. And you can nab $50 for your input. Do the survey!

http://blog.ourchurch.com/2013/07/13/blog-readers-survey-help-us-help-you/

Thanks for hosting your website at OurChurch.Com. Post your comments and questions concerning this newsletter in our forums at:
http://forums.ourchurch.com/viewtopic.php?t=

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OVERHEARD...
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"I can't seem to be able to pray out loud in front of other people. I am a shy person and I don't like to speak in front of people that I barely know... Any suggestions for me?" - bjd22

Read more & discuss on our message boards - http://forums.ourchurch.com/viewtopic.php?t=6883

NEWSLETTER POLL
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Are you ramping up your communications for the fall?

- Yes, after a slower summer, we`re accelerating into the fall.
- No, fall is actually a slower communications season than summer for me.
- No, things are pretty steady summer to fall.

Vote: http://www.ourchurch.com/edit/NE1survey4.php

NE1 TIP O' THE MONTH
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If you use a template that has a menu across the top, be sure to limit the number and length of the main menu items so it doesn't "break" the template. Using sub-menus can help with this too.

Website Spotlight - Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO - http://knowthesavior.org
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Who is Christ and how do I get to know him?

Providing answers to these questions is something that Abiding Savior Lutheran Church of St. Louis, MO is passionate about. In fact, the mission of the church is “To Know Christ To Make Him Known.” Earlier this week, Abiding Savior launched their new website to help accomplish this mission.

You can read more about how they've done this in this Website Spotlight blog post.
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2013/06/20/who-is-christ-and-how-do-i-get-to-know-him/
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