We were killing it! Our startup was growing quickly by championing the small business owners we were reaching every day. But one night, my perspective totally flipped on how to leverage technology.
If you know any Digital Marketing enthusiasts, you may have heard a lot of talk about Messenger Bots lately. If you don't run in digital marketing circles, let us provide some context. For a long time, it seemed like Messenger was one of the most overlooked parts of Facebook, especially in America, where phone plans allow for people to have unlimited texting. As Facebook has developed Messenger as a standalone platform, however, it's user base has continued to grow and grow. Instead of becoming just an SMS replacement, Facebook has continued to add features to Messenger that make it fun (games, Messenger Day), easy to use (saved replies, gif functionality, etc), and integrated for businesses (bots, extensions, etc).
What the Meeker Report Means for Churches
Yesterday, the annual "Meeker Report", as it is colloquially referred to, was released by Mary Meeker, venture partner at Kleiner Perkins. If you are a pastor and that sentence immediately left you feeling alienated, let me explain. Mary Meeker is widely considered one of the smartest people in tech, and each year, as a part of a Venture Capital company called Kleiner Perkins, she releases an epic, in-depth slide deck presentation she calls her "Internet Trends" report. This presentation outlines thoroughly researched trends in technology from the past year and is a tech aficionado's dream. The trends that Mary Meeker points out can make or break a fledgling startup's ability to get funding. The Meeker Report is full of statistics, complicated graphs, forecasts of new tech adoption, and analysis on a wide-array of topics. It has become a de facto State of the Union for the Tech Industry and is widely cited and shared across not just the tech sector, but the entire business community. This year, the Meeker Report was 355 slides long, and covered topics like mobile growth, smartphone adoption, voice recognition technology, media disruption growth (Netflix), and had entire sections for China and India's tech growth. If you want to read through the entire document, here it is.