One of the most important tools a church has on its website are landing pages. Social media shares and paid advertisements often drive traffic to a landing page. Those landing pages inform and persuade users to take action. Here is an updated article on this most important of page types.
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Like a good sermon, the message of your website must relate to your audience. They need to know why your church is right for them. Do this with a mix of benefits and features. Unfortunately we often confuse them and use them in the wrong context. In this article I review what benefits and features are. Then I give an example of how to use them on your church’s website.
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A key advantage websites have over traditional media is the ability to track every click. Servers log every action to be later scrutinized. Yet how we interpret that data is important. It is very easy to assume we know what our users were doing. In this article I show why it is important to find out why visitors are making these decisions.
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Gated content is premium website content that sits behind some type of barrier. This seems counterintuitive to the Gospel message. We are to share the Good News with the world. Yet in some cases gated content can help your church grow. The key is knowing when to use this practice. In this article I will dig into this technique in greater detail.
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The stories in comic books have evolved over the past few decades. They started as short books for young kids. Now they are the most popular movie franchises. This art form has grown and gained new levels of respect. See what helped it gain popularity and what makes it unique. Also, discover what church communications can learn from it.
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As with previous Star Wars movies, I found digital ministry lessons in The Last Jedi. Please know that this is a spoiler-free analysis of the movie. I reveal nothing about the Last Jedi’s plot. I want to relate a secular movie to your church communications. So enjoy the parallels and get ready to be inspired.
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Part of understanding an industry is learning its culture. A direct reflection of that culture is its language. The computer industry and its language has changed dramatically since the mid-1990’s. Correctly using words gives you credibility and remove distractions. Words on your website or social media platforms are even more important. As we move into a new year, change how messaging and catch up with the times.
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2017 has been an interesting year with many changes. With those changes come lessons your church can learn from. This is a collection of the four most important topics. I covered some in previous articles. But I wanted to highlight them due to their recent real-world impacts. These stories have affected the audiences you serve. Be aware and let them know you are trying to be proactive.
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The design decisions you make can have life-altering repercussions. We like to think that our actions are always good and will bring someone closer to God. Yet our digital worlds are very connected. Not everyone is ready to broadcast they are a Christian. How you design your campaigns and features impacts your users. This article explores are few digital privacy pitfalls, and how to avoid them.
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Working on a church communications team can be both exciting and intimidating. You cannot wait to have an impact. You are now the digital voice of your church. Getting off to a good start is important. But where does that journey begin? Where will that path take you? Start with understanding your website. This article is based on recent success in my professional career.
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Not having a plan for integrating new team members is a recipe for losing money. The longer it takes someone to start doing their job, the less impact they have. Unfortunately, many groups do not plan for this until the task is upon them. This sends a message that your people’s time and efforts do not matter. Keep reading for some common new hire pitfalls you should avoid.
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You cannot build a house without tools. And good tools make it go even faster. The same is true of building a successful digital ministry. The right combination of hardware and software will accelerate productivity. This article explores eight things your church communications team needs.
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