Factors to Consider in Your Christian Marketing Efforts

Why Use an Outside Marketing Firm for your Christian Marketing?–Part Two
As a small business owner or ministry leader, you may have considered how best to handle your Christian marketing efforts.  Should you hire a person in house?  Contract with an agency?  Or try to find time to spearhead your Christian marketing efforts on your own?

As you consider how best to address your Christian marketing concerns, you can ask yourself if you have the ability to create strategy, collaborating with a variety of players in your plan?  Are you able to move swiftly with your marketing efforts, sometimes setting aside all the other issues of your business in order to develop strategy and pull it off?

If you answered “No” to any of those questions, you may want to check out a Christian Marketing team like Pathmaker Marketing LLC to help you reach the valued customers and donors you seek to attract.

Collaboration—In House and Out
Collaboration and innovative partnership are among the freshest buzzwords in the business world today.  Our team of seasoned veterans brings a strong background of collaboration and willingness to partner in any way that will benefit our client.  We’ll listen to your concerns, research the issues that are impacting your online presence and we’ll work with you to devise strategies that are fresh and effective.

Speed of Delivery—We Can Get It Done

We understand the difficulty in trying to launch a project or campaign using your own in-house creative and I.T. teams—if you have them!  They can be overloaded with the daily concerns of the company and getting in the queue to be serviced by them could mean a wait of several months to a year or more.  Or, if you are a start-up or a new ministry, you are probably scrambling just to design stationery and build a website.

Pathmaker Marketing has an internal team that is poised and ready to move quickly to provide you with research, web presence, email marketing, social networking, back links, Search Engine Optimization and much more.  Your needs are our team’s highest concern, so we are able to produce exactly what you need when you need it.  We’ll do our best not to make you wait!

Cost Effectiveness—Our Specialty Brings Relief!
Companies that seek to do their own Christian marketing in highly specialized areas like social networking risk losing valuable productivity as employees struggle to understand all the ins and outs of the new world of social media.

Pathmaker Marketing has social networking specialists on the team.  We employ them at reasonable rates and keep them focused in this key area.  Using our specialists will relieve your staff and save you time and money.

The New Marketing—Our Specialty
The Internet has changed virtually every aspect of Christian marketing.  Compended blogging, social media, back linking, search engine optimization and text messaging have all been used to market successfully.  When we found that Christian publishing giant Tyndale House Publishers did not have a significant footprint on the Internet, Pathmaker Marketing used state-of-the-art online tools to find a solution to the problem, creating a compended blog and filling it with content that will help strengthen Tyndale products’ search engine rankings.  Our approach is holistic and comprehensive and we view the concerns with an outsider’s objectivity.

Our staff can “work” social networking accounts, inviting people to be followers, friends, etc., and following up.  We also invite them to your online events and auto-flow your blog content to your social networking accounts, further broadening the reach of your social networking efforts.

We will research your online presence and give you the good news and the bad regarding your search engine rankings.  We are experts in being able to help you build your Internet assets. Our compended blogs will help drive up your rankings with Google, Bing, Yahoo and others.

Pathmaker Marketing LLC is grateful for the opportunity to help so many ministries and small businesses with their Christian Marketing, applying our expertise to the needs of our clients.  If you are uncertain about your ability to tackle Christian Marketing on your own, give us a call at 623-322-3334 or visit our website to learn more.  You can sign up for our free Christian Marketing eNewsletter HERE.

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Strategic Web Communication Principle #2 of 5 Part 1

Develop your email fundraising and communication tools.

Despite negative press about spamming and phishing, email is still the most prevalent method of communicating with people online. It can become your chief method for delivering your messages, to both old friends and new. And email fundraising is one of the most proven ways to monetize your email marketing assets.

The key to building a permission-based opt-in email list is to figure out what you can provide in exchange for names and email addresses. Once you have your strategy devised, you’ll begin to establish a list that nurtures your current relationships while developing new ones. Some examples of potential incentives that people might sign up for include daily devotionals, weekly sermons, topical e-newsletters, special premiums, prayer, discount coupons, downloads, welcome kits, and so on.

Usually in email fundraising, your primary e-newsletter can be the vehicle for getting this process started. The goal is to build your email list by providing a way for people to begin interacting with you while you minister to them. The e-newsletter can be your core ingredient, to be complemented by other ideas that enhance the offer. In either case, this whole process must be incentive based. People need some kind of compelling reason for reading your e-newsletter, whether it’s unique content or discount coupons for your products.

Here are some examples of ministry newsletters:

Hungry Souls
Sermon-Coach

Inside Scoop: If you send your e-newsletter via email, publish it online also. Many people can’t read email on their systems, but if you provide a quick link they can click to reach your site, they can read your newsletter there.

Something worth mentioning here: It’s important to never send emails to people who haven’t opted in. If you do, you’ll most likely be identified as a spammer-and may even lose your ability to email at all. You need to post your privacy policy on your website and stick to it. Avoid selling or renting your list to others, no matter how great the offer.
(Quick aside: Instead of sharing your lists, consider taking advertisers in your e-newsletters.)

Practical Tip #1: Develop an incentive-based email offer page.
Identify what you’re already doing that can become an e-newsletter opportunity. The key is a good landing page-a page that people click to from the email. The landing page should repeat the offer, go into more detail, and convince people to do whatever it is you’re asking. It should answer the visitor’s question: What’s in it for me?

Salem provides an excellent example of getting people to sign up for newsletters:

Crosswalk.com

Look at all the e-newsletters to which you could opt in — they’re currently offering 67 different newsletters! Each time someone opts in to one of them, Salem collects an email address, which they then use to provide online ministry that enhances their existing relationships while establishing new ones. In addition, they can communicate with these e-newsletter names on additional matters.

Here’s other examples of good landing page with an incentive-based offer from the Presidential Prayer Team:
Jewish Voice:
Villages at Country Club:

The Presidential Prayer Team wants people to join their prayer team for free. This landing page conveys all the benefits of being a member, including prayers that can be used immediately. Once people become members, then PPT emails them a newsletter every week, complete with content to help in praying. PPT also sends regular online fundraising appeals. But their first step was to figure out why people would want to become members and then making the case to convince them to join.

If you have a sales-based or online email fundraising newsletter, at the very least you need to offer discount coupons, or free gifts. Research shows that discount offers are the #1 reason why many women sign up for e-newsletters. This could be a very effective non profit marketing tool for your organization.

If you need help in this area, contact Pathmaker and we can assist you in getting your incentive-based email offer page setup.

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