Extra! Extra! Poll Results

January 22, 2008 by

2008_01_22extraextrapollresults.jpgThere’s a thousand ways to distribute news–blogs, mailers, e-mails, Twitter, Bat Symbols, etc. We wanted to know what works for your church and how you distribute your news. Here’s what you had to say:

The most popular way to distribute news was through announcements or bulletins. Apparently 19% of you use a weekly bulletin and in-service announcements to distribute news. About 127% of churches I’ve been to use a bulletin and announcements, so I think we might have had some error in our statistical methodology. Or maybe just all churches I don’t attend tend not to use bulletins and announcements–what do you think?

16% of you post news to your web site. This is good, people visit your web site. If you didn’t hear, we had a snow storm in the south here recently (about 3/4″ of accumulation), and it was refreshing to see churches announce their closing online. It’s far better than the endless game of watching the scrolling thing on the news channels.

Another 14% of you depend on your church’s pre-game show to announce events. It gets your message across, you can do these pre-service slides attractively and it encourages folks to show up early. Next up are the 12% of you who go for the church-wide e-mail newsletter. Some trouble exists here–folks disable receiving HTML email, it gets caught as spam, it’s not designed well, etc. Have you seen success with announcing via e-mail?

9% of you still send out a snail-mail newsletter. It gives a fun, antique feel to church. Then come the bottom dwellers: 3% of you use a blog or RSS (come on readers, we can get this number higher), 3% of you use e-mails from individual departments and 3% go with some sort of automated calling system.

Bringing up the rear are the 2% of you who go with “Something else.” What on earth could this be? Twitter? Town crier? Door-to-door? Let us know down below.

This week, we need to know…you walk into church and are handed a bulletin. What do you do with it?

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Joshua Cody

Josh Cody served as our associate editor for several years before moving on to bigger things. Like Texas. These days he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, and you can find him online or on Twitter when he's not wrestling code.
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One Response to “Extra! Extra! Poll Results”

  • Tracie
    January 25, 2008

    In response to your question about what I do when I’m handed a bulletin:
    I READ IT!
    Sorry, I didn’t mean to yell, but I’m feeling indignant. I make the bulletin at my church (I think it looks nice too), and I can tell you from experience that approximately 8% of our congregants actually read the thing, or listen to the announcements. I’m quite bitter!
    (Mind you, I’ve done no actual research, so that 8% statistic may be a little … unreliable.)

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