Churches And Social Media: A Match Made In Heaven [INFOGRAPHIC]

| December 29, 2016

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All types of organizations have embraced social, from political to corporate… and yes, even religious Churches across the US were surveyed on their social media use for this infographic from Christian-based digital marketing agency Buzzplant, and they revealed that even thousand-year-old institutions can get on the social media train.Buzzplant surveyed 250 randomly selected churches across the United States on their stance towards social media.One of the most surprising findings of this survey was that churches believe social media is the most effective form of outreach available. Over 46 percent of those surveyed say that they prefer social to other forms of outreach, such as newspapers (14 percent), knocking on doors (25 percent) and TV (6 percent).

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