If you attend church on a regular basis, then you’ve probably noticed that many churches are modernizing their approach to worship and congregational gatherings. While most churches still hold physical worship services, many are also dabbling in online media, podcasts, and live streaming services. But what does this mean for the future?
Top 5 Types of Church Technology
When you think about church, technology probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But take a look around and you’ll see that technology is making major moves in this industry. And despite some friction and pushback from certain individuals and groups, it appears that the technological disruption is largely positive. Here are a few current tech trends for churches:
1) Online Media
In an age where a lot of small and local businesses have yet to fully realize the potential of online media, churches – by and large – are strategically allocating resources to this important area of visibility. This includes website development, social media, and video production.[click to continue...]
DialMyCalls is an easy, convenient way to send out mass phone calls. In just a few clicks, you can record your message and send it to hundreds or even thousands of people. This guide will walk you through the basics of sending out a voice broadcast with DialMyCalls.
Sending Voice Broadcasts with the DialMyCalls Web App
DialMyCalls makes sending out a mass voice message surprisingly easy. Rather than painstakingly calling people one at a time -- a tall order when you have hundreds or even thousands of numbers -- you can call all of your contacts at once. It's fast, cost-effective, and capable of reaching thousands of contacts per minute. Whether you're sending out reminders to middle school students' parents, or contacting customers who've provided their phone numbers, voice broadcasting can be a very powerful communication tool.
In just a few simple steps, you can send out your very first voice broadcast.
Send Your Voice Broadcast
Sending a message with DialMyCalls is quite simple. First, you'll need to record your voice message. You can also store pre-recorded messages in your account, which you can use any time. After you've recorded the message, it's time to choose which contacts it will be sent to. Your contact list can be imported from a CSV or Excel file in just a few clicks, so you won't have to manually re-enter the information.
You can also edit your Caller ID info, as well as designate a future time at which the voice broadcast will be sent. Then, you're ready for DialMyCalls to send out your phone call.[click to continue...]
It's often said that children can be cruel, and bullying has been around since time immemorial. But just because it's common doesn't mean it should be normalized. Historically, bullying has been written off as "kids being kids," or conceptualized as a necessary hardship that helps build character. In reality, it can cause serious damage. Victims of bullying can develop depression and anxiety, begin engaging in self-harming behaviors, and are at greater risk of substance abuse. It can take years for people to overcome the damage that childhood bullying can cause.
A school-wide bullying awareness program is a great way to draw attention to the problem, helping educate students about what to do if they're bullied or if they witness someone else being bullied. This can include an anonymous tip line, educational resources, and other measures to strongly discourage bullying and encourage kids to speak up.
1) Make Sure Children Understand What Constitutes Bullying
"Bullying" can be broadly defined as unwarranted aggressive behavior between children or teenagers, reflecting a real or perceived power imbalance. This behavior is generally repeated over time, and can be physical, verbal, or relational. The repetition, aggression, and power issues are central to bullying. Sometimes victims are singled out because they’re different, or because they're perceived as weak. At other times, it's essentially "random" from an outsider's perspective.
2) Acknowledge The Different Kinds of Bullying
Bullying isn't just about physical violence, which is often how it's characterized in media. Some children do bully others by hitting, punching, or otherwise attacking them, but this isn't the only way that aggression can manifest.
Today, with the rise of "zero tolerance policies" and greater general awareness of physically violent bullying, it's probably less common than it was thirty years ago. But verbal aggression is also a form of bullying. Children that tease, name-call, taunt, or threaten other children are engaging in bullying behavior.
There's also "social bullying." This is often called “relational aggression” when it’s observed in girls, especially preteens and teenagers. This includes passive-aggressive and indirect things like leaving someone out, telling other people not to be friends with the victim, embarrassing or humiliating someone in public, and spreading malicious rumors. This isn't always immediately recognized as bullying, either by authority figures or by the victims. It’s quite subtle, and it's very difficult for adults to catch on.
Cyberbullying is arguably a subset of social and verbal bullying, but today, it's more common than ever. It’s been around since at least the early to mid-2000s, when instant messaging was popular and youth began to use the internet regularly. Today, it's still rampant, and because it happens off of school property, it can be difficult to address. This kind of bullying offers no respite to the victim. They can be exposed to it 24/7, and it's difficult to escape. Cyberbullying messages and social media posts can be created anonymously, complicating the issue of culpability. Sometimes it may be impossible to tell who's actually doing it. Studies have shown that victims of cyberbullying are more likely to abuse drugs, skip school, get poor grades, and develop mental and physical health problems.
3) Encourage Children to Empathize with Victims
Bullying is primarily a relationship issue. Children often engage in teasing, name-calling, and other minor bullying without quite realizing the harm they’re causing. It can be important to emphasize the way that bullying makes the victim feel.[click to continue...]
If you work remotely, staying in touch with your coworkers and supervisors is key to your success. With all the awesome online tools available today, it's easier than ever to work full time from the comfort of your own home. Here are some of the apps we like the best for remote workers. You'll find social networks for companies, collaboration software, chat apps, and more that can help you move into the future of working remotely.
Yammer is a full social network, designed specifically for internal use by companies. It's like your own employees-only Facebook, making it easy for employees to communicate and connect. The service is entirely cloud-based, and can be accessed by employees from anywhere - making it a great way for remote teams to stay in touch with distant coworkers.
Yammer lets employees create public and private groups, which facilitates communication between members of small teams. It's easy to use, especially if you're already familiar with Facebook, and its interface isn't cluttered up by unnecessary features. It's currently included with Microsoft Office 365 making it quite accessible for businesses of all sizes.
The basic tier of Yammer is free, and the Enterprise tier runs a modest $3 per user per month. It's designed to be equally useful for both small businesses and large enterprises, meaning it can scale easily along with your business. If your remote teams need to stay connected, Yammer is a great choice.
The only real downside to Yammer is that it's a social network, that's essentially all that it is. This keeps the program lightweight and streamlined, but it lacks project management and scheduling features. [yammer.com]
Podio is a cloud-based team collaboration software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution. This web-based platform empowers teams to communicate, manage projects, and share data and content through the cloud. It has a modular design, and users can select "apps" to add to the program to accommodate their project needs.
Unlike Yammer, which is almost exclusively a communication tool, Podio blends communication with project management features. Pricing is set at $9, $14, and $24 per user per month, depending on which tier you need. There is a free version available, but it doesn't have the user management features that you get with the paid tiers.
Podio is best described as a "collaboration platform." It works like a social network, and users can create customizable "workspaces" where they can collaborate together. It has both a direct messaging feature and a built-in chat app, making it easy to communicate.
By visiting Podio's apps marketplace, you can purchase further modular features, including CRM tools, business development tools, and software development tools. Apps are available for all kinds of industries and business functions, so you can customize Podio for your particular company. [podio.com][click to continue...]
Acquired by LinkedIn in 2012, SlideShare has become one of the most useful social media platforms ever created for professionals. SlideShare allows users to share information in the form of PowerPoint presentations, PDF documents, infographics and videos embedded from YouTube.
The user interface is easy, providing the option to either click or scroll through the pages of each document with easy to see arrows, and a static page counter that lets you know what page you're on. And, with the ability to go full screen with one click, you can view each presentation in its full form.
Not Your Usual Social Media Platform
Although it's built for professionals, SlideShare is considered a social media platform - but it's much different than what you're used to.
While Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat are built to facilitate social conversations, SlideShare is designed to facilitate the exchange of information.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "social media" as "forms of electronic communication... through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content."
SlideShare meets this definition to a tee, with one difference. The SlideShare community focuses on content and information first and conversation (including engagement) second. For example, this presentation on how to setup a school notification system is perfect for SlideShare, yet unlikely to be found on Facebook.
Slideshare Retains Some Social Familiarity
Although it's different than Facebook and Twitter, there are some familiar social features you’ll find on SlideShare. For example, in addition to accepting comments, each document can be “liked” and shared on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google and Twitter.
By allowing users to comment on each upload, SlideShare encourages the conversation to stay relevant to the uploaded file.
You can also view the statistics for each slide that tell you how many people have viewed, liked and embedded each document. These statistics are a great measurement tool for businesses using SlideShare to reach more of their market.
Perhaps the best feature of all is the “notes” section, where the document creator can publish notes for each slide to summarize and provide credit where it is due.
How You Can Use Slideshare
Let’s say you're a brilliant problem solver and you’ve created a beautiful PowerPoint presentation on how to solve someone's problem. You want to share it with the world, but you can’t embed PowerPoint presentations on your website, you know that no matter how much traffic you get, people aren’t going to download a PowerPoint.
To make your presentation available to the world, you can upload your PowerPoint presentation to SlideShare where it will be available to everyone in a normal presentation format.
Once your presentation is uploaded to SlideShare, you can embed your presentation on your website just like you’re used to embedding YouTube videos. This will make your presentation available to people in the SlideShare community, as well as your regular website visitors.
Here are some more great ways you can use SlideShare for your business:
1. Market Your Business
If you're tired of posting endless marketing messages to Facebook that seem to go nowhere, SlideShare provides a unique opportunity to market your business in a more professional way. Because people come to SlideShare looking for high quality information, you can offer that here.[click to continue...]
Social media has become part of our daily routine here in America and we decided to take a poll on the favorite social media platform of 2016. Facebook and Twitter have been around for quite some time but new players in the social media game are quickly becoming the platform of choice by Americans. Find out which social media platform was used the most in 2016 with our 'Rank Your Favorite Social Media Platform of 2016' infographic.
What social media platform did you use most in 2016? DialMyCalls.com recently conducted an online survey to find out what social media platform was preferred by Americans in 2016, the results are below:
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