For the past year, I’ve worked with AuthorMedia of Austin to revamp my website and learn how to blog and make the best use of social media to minister to women around the country. Working with them is one of the best ministry decisions I’ve ever made!
Here’s my unsolicited advice about why you might want to consider working with the experts at AuthorMedia. As they have patiently helped me grow and learn and stretch my skills this year, I’ve noticed three consistent themes I love about this company:
1- Spiritually Grounded and Media Savvy
In 1 Chronicles 12, groups of warriors from the 12 tribes of Israel went to David at Hebron to turn Saul’s kingdom over to him. The group that was smallest in number was from the tribe of Issachar, but they were described in a profound way:
1 Chronicles 12:32 says these men, “understood the times and knew what Israel should do.”
AuthorMedia understands the times. They grasp what’s going on in the online communication culture. Even though they are a small company (like Issachar was a small tribe), they are experts in the wise use of the internet for ministry. They also know what to do- how to use techniques and tools of social media for big kingdom impact.
I’ve deeply appreciated how, in addition to their media savvy, I’ve experienced nothing but Christ-honoring, spiritually grounded attitudes and professional competence in my interactions with the staff. They “get it” that what I am doing (and what they are doing) is much more than a business- it’s a ministry. That’s a beautiful (and rare) thing to find these days.
2- Superb Follow Up
My website had been launched and I was operating it on my own. Some days felt great, but most days, I was just flailing around cyberspace. . . or not doing anything at all because social media still felt so intimidating to me. (I’m not over that feeling yet, but things are getting better by the day!)
On one particularly discouraging day, Caitlin, AuthorMedia’s social media expert, contacted me for follow up to see if I needed anything. Boy, oh, boy did I! The gold package I purchased enabled me to get ongoing support that’s been a life saver.
As my ministry has evolved, I’ve had 3 websites over a 13 year period. As excellent as the previous designs were, this was the first time someone followed up to ask me how things were going and how they could help me succeed. Why? That’s part of AuthorMedia’s overall approach to helping author/speakers. I really appreciate their extra mile service of “let us help you until you can grasp this and operate it on your own” as opposed to “here’s your pretty balloon- go fly it.”
And did I mention how patient they are in working with techie wanna be’s like me?
(My advice to you is to bite the bullet and “go for the gold.” I started with a lower, less expensive package of development, but soon discovered the multiple benefits of the gold package. It is the absolute best and I’m so glad I did that!)
3- Super-dooper Staff
I first met AuthorMedia founder, Thomas Umstattd, at a Christian writer’s conference in New Mexico. His insightful answers to media and technology issues discussed in a workshop absolutely amazed me. About 18 months after that meeting, I signed on with AuthorMedia. He personally helped me get started, then passed me on to his resident experts to help with site development and design, social media, and blog development.
I can’t name all of Thomas’ AuthorMedia staff, but here are a few you’ve just got to know about:
Samantha Fagan is a delight to work with as she turns ministry dreams in to webpages. The time we spent targeting the audience for my website was amazing. Her insightful questions opened my eyes to clarify my mission and ministry and target my site to specific groups of women.
Caitlin Muir is a social media expert who makes things understandable and reachable for a speaker like me who isn’t a “techie” but is hungry to learn. We’re just starting to work together, but after our first session I’ve learned a lot- like how to make a monthly “editorial map” to schedule my media posts.
I could go on and on about others on the AuthorMedia staff I’ve worked with directly like- Hannah, Leah, Hilary, and Katherine. Just know I highly recommend this talented bunch of young people to authors and speakers who are searching for help with their web presence.
This video I captured in a local park illustrates how I feel about the web-based part of my ministry now as a result of what I’ve learned via AuthorMedia:
AuthorMedia understands the times. . . and they know how to help you know what to do to help your ministry dreams take off and fly.
P.S. I just realized that, one year ago, I could not have written this post. AuthorMedia taught me how to use WordPress, resize photos for the web, insert images into a post, create my own Wisdom In Watercolor channel on youtube, upload a video to youtube, insert a youtube video into a post, and create an overall cleaner blog post. I’m so grateful!