How ISIS Uses Media to Expand Its Influence


President Obama’s declaration recently that ISIS had been “contained,” asserting that the terror cell had been stalled in Iraq and Syria, has been picked apart from lots of angles – especially after the Paris attacks happened just hours later. Along with the other criticism of the statement, it also reveals how little most of us understand that

7 Secret Strategies to Grow Web Traffic & Influence (On a Shoestring Budget)


I receive so many questions about using your website and social media presence to increase your influence that I decided to ask my friend Miles Anthony Smith for his advice.  Miles works with Rawhide Boys Ranch as their Digital Marketing Director and is the author of Why Leadership Sucks™ and Becoming Generation Flux.  Miles shared with me his 7 key strategies for growing your web traffic and influence (and how to do it on a budget).  Here’s his advice:   ​

Are Mobile Devices and Social Media Turning Our Kids into Zombies?

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In today’s technological age, everyone is worried that their children are becoming digital zombies. We have a precious granddaughter who’s a year and a half, but we’ve noticed that when we turn on the TV, she becomes locked in, as if she’s hypnotized. I read a study recently that reveals 8th graders typically check social media 100 times a day. But there’s never been any actual research to support our worries. But now,

Want To Be More Interesting? Start By Asking Better Questions


Today’s post is a guest column from branding expert Krysta Masciale of Big Deal Branding. She’s brilliant at networking, and has pinpointed one of the biggest challenges people experience engaging other people. Ever felt awkward meeting an important professional in your business? Or struggled engaging people at conferences, parties, or other events? Chances are, you’re not asking the right questions. So here’s Krysta’s key questions you should think about the next time you cross paths with a thought leader:

Should You Consider a Lawsuit Over a Negative Social Media Post?


I’ve spent time on this blog warning social media users about inappropriate posts.  But should a church, nonprofit, or company start a lawsuit over a critical social media post?  Outside the United States, it’s almost open season on employees who post negative content about their job on social media – largely because freedom of speech isn’t such a valued principle as it is in the United States.  In fact, defamation is becoming a huge issue on social media sites and legal action is dramatically increasing internationally. In Canada, 15 percent of all Web 2.0 rulings were on defamation cases. In France, it’s 49 percent.  However,

Why Can’t Churches and Other Christian Organizations Work Together?

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I’m in South Africa speaking at the African Christian Media Conference, and one of the biggest questions leaders in this country face is how to partner to make a greater impact in the culture. Getting churches, ministries, nonprofits and similar organizations to join together to launch a nationwide campaign – particularly in the media – is a challenge everywhere. But that challenge isn’t new. The Bible charts the story of leaders like Moses, David, Paul, and even Jesus struggling to unite the people of their time. After all, one of the last

Why So Many Authors & Bloggers Fail


Today I interview professional blogger and best-selling author Frank Viola. Viola has been interviewed in TIME magazine,, and many other publications. In addition to writing, blogging, and speaking on Christian topics, Viola consults authors, bloggers, and entrepreneurs. He is also one of the presenters of the popular Buzz Seminar Master Course.  I caught up with Viola to ask him some questions about writing books and blogging:

Is Google Censoring Christian Content?


Recently, it was reported that Google’s search function would begin focusing on “facts” rather than “opinion.”  This caused a small explosion among Christian content creators concerned that if Google considered Christianity simply a myth, they would move it to the opinion side, thereby lowering any Christian sites in search results.  So I asked Nick Runyon, from Christian Vision to weigh in.  Nick runs the U.S. office for CV, and was formerly Chief Operating Officer of Global Media Outreach, so he has extensive credentials when it comes to online innovation.  I asked him to write a guest blog on the subject, and here’s Nick’s thoughts on the issue:

What We Encountered At Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall

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For the last 10 days, we’ve been filming around Israel for The Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. We’ve interviewed archeologists, researchers, antiquities dealers, and filmed artifacts that date back to Abraham. We’ve also been to the most remote archeological sites, as well as deep into the Palestinian territory to film the remaining community of Samaritans. But no matter how far back into history we go, how deep into the desert, how remote the location, or out of contact the people, we can’t get away from