January 25, 2011

Obsessed with Facebook

Filed under: marketing,Media — Neil @ 6:53 am

From ChurchCrunch


June 8, 2010

This Made Me Laugh

Filed under: leadership,marketing,Media — Neil @ 7:00 am

As much as I love Apple products this made me laugh.  The above picture is of Apple’s email to me announcing the new iPhone.  Apple sends emails that aren’t viewable on their own products.  It’s just a reminder that none of us get it right all of the time.

Don’t worry I’ve already begun trying to convince Amanda on why I need the new iPhone.

April 19, 2010


Filed under: leadership,marketing,Media,Uncategorized,Videos — Neil @ 7:00 am

I’ve been watching a lot of TED videos lately in an effort to learn how to better communicate/present ideas.  Churches could learn much from these 2 videos.

April 6, 2010

Facebook vs The United States

Filed under: marketing,Media — Neil @ 10:14 am

March 30, 2010

News Source

Filed under: marketing,Media — Neil @ 9:06 pm

The vast majority of the “news” I receive is from an online source.  My primary news sources are:

  • NY Times – my favorite newspaper iphone app
  • Twitter – the primary way I now receive & spread news during the day
  • Clarion Ledger – I check their mobile site each morning for a quick rundown of local news stories
  • JFP – I use their daily email to keep up w/ what’s going on in Jackson
  • DJP – their weekly email is a great source for downtown Jackson news & since I work/minister downtown I like to keep up w/ it
  • Mashable – I love their iPhone app; it’s my best source for keeping up w/ social media & technology news
  • Bloggers – church, leadership & friends

March 25, 2010

Keeping up w/ our student ministry

Filed under: marketing,Media,Uncategorized,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 4:00 pm

I don’t post much news about our student ministry, but if you’d like to keep up w/ it here’s 2 ways:

Facebook – we’ve had the facebook account for about a year, it’s the main place we promote our events, post pictures/videos, make announcements, etc.

Twitter – we’ve had the account for a few months, but we’ve just began using it this week due to more & more of our teens & parents using twitter.  The plan is to use it to post article links for parents during the day (while teens are at school & certainly not checking text messages or the www)  & reminders to students about student ministry events.

March 23, 2010

Attitude & Chick-fil-a

Filed under: leadership,marketing,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 9:01 pm

On our recent choir tour/mission trip to Orlando we made a total of 4 stops for food.  2 of those were at Chick-fil-a & the other 2 at a combination of other fast food restaurants.  The experience between Chick-fil-a & the other other restaurants couldn’t have been more different.

Chick-fil-a is amazingly effecient. At 1 of our stops everyone in our group of 81 ate at Chick-fil-a.  We arrived just after noon & it was packed.  Our group backed the line up to the doors.  The result everyone had their food in about 10 minutes.  Everyone was finished eating in less than 30 minutes.  We were back on the road in 45 minutes & weren’t rushed.  The other stop at Chick-fil-a experience was very similar.

Our other 2 stops our group split up to go to 3 different fast food restaurants.  The result?  Twice we had a “fast” food restaurant unable to serve approximately 20 teenagers in 1 hour.  They had to eat their meal back on the bus.  At neither of the stops were we able to eat in less than 1:15.

What’s the major difference in Chick-fil-a & seemingly every other fast food restaurant in America? Attitude.

Chick-fil-a likes having people eat in their restaurants. Both of the managers thanked me for doing business w/ them (how many businesses thank you for bringing 80 teenagers through their doors?).  At the other restaurants the employees openly complained about our group (not about teenage behavior, but just about being busy).

If the teens wouldn’t revolt against me (not because they don’t like the food, but just due to the lack of variety) I’d never make a youth ministry food stop anywhere, but Chick-fil-a.

I’ll be writing a thank you note to the managers of each Chick-fil-a we visited, but I also wanted to thank them publicly (does this blogs 50 regular daily visitors count as public?).  Thanks Chick-fil-a.  I’m working on applying their principles to my life & ministry.

September 3, 2009

Is Social Media a Fad?

Filed under: marketing,Media,Videos — Neil @ 5:15 pm

I found the video on Adam’s blog.

August 5, 2009

Making Love Last

Filed under: marketing,Videos — Neil @ 6:00 am

Video from Granger about an upcoming series:

July 28, 2009

The Problem With Spam

Filed under: marketing — Neil @ 7:53 pm
I received this email from PollEverywhere this morning.  Make sure to notice the greeting.
Hi *|FNAME|*,

Here’s what’s new at Poll Everywhere since we last emailed in December:

* Twitter: Audience Tweets go straight to your PowerPoint slide, with optional moderation. Learn More
Short videos explain the advanced features
* Nonprofits can collect text message donations through MobileCause
* Leaderboard View shows the “Top (#)” options to see who’s winning
* Registered Participants lets your audience pre-register, and you can restrict who’s allowed to vote

We loved meeting you at MPI and NECC. Presentation pros – I hope we see you at PowerPoint Live ( It’s October 11-14 in Atlanta. Each year they’ve had great speakers like Garr of Presentation Zen, Cliff Atkinson (this year), and many others. We’re excited to hob nob with the all stars of the presentation world. If you’re attending, you can get 2 for 1 admission using the code “PE241” in the comments.

Thanks for your continued support,

Jeff and the Poll Everywhere Team
(800) 388-2039  <– real people answer

To their credit they did send out an apology w/ the following:
Hi Neil,

Just wanted to apologize and say that we know your name is not “FNAME” 🙂  Oops.

We’re so bad at this spamming thing… We don’t even know how to do a proper mail merge!

I’ve used the service a few times recently & it has worked great.  PollEverywhere is a great service, but today they reminded me that the easy option (spam) is seldom the best & that when you make a mistake own up to it as soon as possible.

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