LifeWay Downloads: Can We Talk, Men are Like Waffles, and Freedom from Busyness

This week we were able to release three products I've been working on for our digital download products!  I'm excited about the progress we're making with get products out and released.  We're beginning to establish quite a number of products in various age groups for various uses including individual study, group use, and piece to help with sermons or worship.  I continue to be amazed at the support that the leaders here at LifeWay are giving to the downloadable products. Can We Talk Priscilla Shirer leads the "Can We Talk" Bible Study through seven sessions  In this study, you will respond to a variety of biblical passages, prompted by thought-provoking questions, and develop a Christ-focused view on important issues and experience a closer walk with their Creator.  Priscilla uses a unique, four-step teaching method to truly engage the Bible in her own way to pull you in deeper. The downloadables are offered as both an individual use, personal file size and a standard definition file for use within a small group. You can purchase the videos here. Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti I first heard about this study from my wife, who absolutely loved the concept.  The title says it all, as Bill and Pam explore the differences between men and women.  The Farrels want to be able to help spouses understand how men and women think differently and deal with life and emotions differently.  The study is a great series that can help a couple truly better understand one another and I'm honestly excited that we're being able to make it available for download so couples can view it together. The downloadables are offered as both an individual use, personal file size and a standard definition file for use within a small group. You can purchase the videos here. Freedom From Busyness The very first downloadable product I worked on fore LifeWay was Mike Zigarelli's Influencing Like Jesus.  Mike is a genuinely nice guy, and I've loved working with him in the few interactions we've had.  With that, I'm excited to be able to release his older study, Freedom from Busyness as a downloadable as well. The five sessions are offered as both an individual use, personal file size and a standard definition file for use within a small group. You can purchase the videos here.
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LifeWay Downloads: Influencing Like Jesus

The video teaching series for Mike Zigarelli's Influencing Like Jesus is now available for download on LifeWay.com.  This is pretty exciting for me because it's the first video project that I've seen all the way through.  This has been the pilot project for my job and everything that's to come for me, video wise.  With this project I was able to gather the information needed to make my workflow, get authorization for the correct software needs, and fully understand the process of getting the files up to our file server and connected with our online catalog. The more exciting part about this series is it's a first for LifeWay in two ways: (1) This is our first DRM-free video download product.  This is an experiment for us to see how our customers will react to the files not being DRM'd.  There's quite a bit of risk for us here, as there isn't a DVD companion piece to this.  In the long run, I think this will serve as a great customer convience.  From my customer service background I know the troubles that a lot of our customers have had with the current DRM set-up.  Plus, this will allow our Mac users to download the files.  I truly think this is a win-win situation, and I hope to get approval on more DRM-free content in the future. (2) This is our first multi-tiered quality product.  What I mean by that is the videos are available in three flavors:  This is the first time we're offering a standard definition downloadable product.  All of our past downloads, such as the Beth Moore Daniel files, were low-res, 360x240 files.  We still have that size available for Influencing Like Jesus, but now we also have the full res, 720x480 files available.  For 'Influencing' the files were encoded at an average bit rate of 3000kbps.  Amazon Unbox - a leader in digital downloads - offers their files at an average bit rate of 2500kbps.  I'm proud to say we're able to beat them at that. Of course, with that bump in resolution and bit rate we see a much high file size... so these files are definately only for customers that have a broadband connection. A few links if you're interested in the product:
  • I previously talked with Chris Johnson (the editor of the entire product line) here.
  • You can view the free introductory session here.
  • You can read about the entire study here.
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Chris Johnson and Influencing Like Jesus

The prototype video project I've been working on getting online at LifeWay has been the Influencing Like Jesus project.  The videos are complimentary to the Influencing Like Jesus product, by Mike Zigarelli, that we just released.  This video was done with Chris Johnson, the Editor-in-Chief for a lot of our undated Bible Study products.  This interview was a lot of fun as Chris was willing to answer some tougher questions, like the difference between "influencing" people and "manuipulating" people...  [kyte.tv appKey=MarbachViewerEmbedded&uri=channels/30228/94137&embedId=10051667&locale=en]
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