Google Business View Your Church

If there's anything I'm unfamiliar with and curious about I simply Google it.  You likely do the same thing.  Before I visit a restaurant, store or even a church; I Google it.  I want to find out everything I can before I go there.  

Before moving to New York we toured many neighborhoods via Google Street View.  It's crazy how you can essentially walk down a street and look in any direction.  Before we even visited the city to look for an apartment in New York we had virtually walked hundreds of streets!

Google has released a new feature called Business view where people can not just see your church on the outside, but the inside as well.  Take a look at Community Bible Church below:

I hope you will take a few minutes to walk the halls and visit both worship venues.  These virtual tours are not only found on Google, but can also be embedded into your site.  

Before you get freaked out by everyone seeing everything at your church, know that you choose what people see and don't see.  You coordinate a Google Photographer and choose what rooms you create a virtual tour for and which ones you don't.  Also know that this isn't a free service from Google, but something you pay for.  Well, the Google part is actually free, but the photographer you have to pay.  

Have questions?  I would love to answer them!

If you live in San Antonio, I highly recommend Roy Reynolds who shot everything for us at CBC.  Here's his contact information:

Google Trusted Photographer 
Roy Reynolds 
San Antonio, TX 78250 
cell: 210-771-9412
www.1000dreamsphotography.com

Sacred Easter is Here!

Do you want to make Easter more meaningful this year? I get to give my friends and family 15% off of my sister's new book, Sacred Holiday's Lent Devotional {a study on the life of Jesus in the book of Matthew}. You can check out the products at http://sacred-holidays.myshopify.com/collections/all and be sure to use the promo code NILSSMITH at check out to get 15% off!

So many of you were blessed by Becky's first book, Sacred Christmas, as I have heard so many stories from friends who read journeyed through this first book as they prepared for Easter.  I know you will want to do the same this year as you prepare for Easter.  If you're a part of a small group or Bible Study I can't encourage you enough to journey through this devotional book together as a small group.  

Let me know if you have any questions about the book or want to share a story about how this book or Sacred Christmas has been a blessing to you.

Can I help you Maximize $10,000/Month in FREE Adwords Ads?

Did you know that Google wants to give your church $10,000/month in free Adwords advertising?  I hope so, because I've been telling everyone I can over the past year about this incredible opportunity!  It has disappointed me though how many people have passed on this opportunity, but I've come to understand why.

I Love Twitter Analytics!

Twitter has probably always been my favorite social network, but I have been hesitant to invest too much time in the platform because I really had no idea how effective the investment was... until now!  I'm not sure how long it has been live, but a couple of weeks ago I found Analytics showing up in my iPhone Twitter app and have since become semi-obsessed with Twitter Analytics.  

I've been on Twitter for 5 years without knowing much about those who follow me and had to make a lot of assumptions.  Now I know where people are following me from, how many people see my tweets, what their interests are, etc.  I was very surprised how many people that follow me are interested in sunglasses.  This is probably the most informative Analytics platform of all of the social networks.

I want go on and on about this, but go to http://analytics.twitter.com and find out more about your followers and tweets.  I would love for you to comment and share what surprises you or what your favorite part of Twitter's Analytics platform is!