Top 10 Outreach Ideas for the Internet-Autoresponders

10. Creating an Auto-responder Spiritual Campaign is Our 10th of Ten Top Church Outreach Ideas for the Internet.

One successful example of this church outreach strategy is the Gregory Dickow´s From the Inside Out program. Through his ministry´s website, he was able to ask thousands of people to “fast from wrong thinking” with him for forty days. Between his pulpit, TV show, and the 40 subsequent inspirational emails that people received once each day, over 100,000 people were participating and committed to setting aside negative thoughts and putting on Biblical, right thinking in regard to their everyday lives.

Since then, he has used the email auto-responder process to launch two more successful fast from wrong thinking campaigns, and thousands more people have taken part.  As far as church outreach ideas go, the autoresponder campaign is one of the best. It has high ministerial impact, runs automatically year round, and can be a subtantial effective internet marketing tool for your church.

For a free demo on how to install a Spiritual Campaign or church outreach with Autoresponders, contact Pathmaker at 623-322-3334.

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Top 10 Church Outreach Ideas for the Internet-Pay-per-click

9. Begin Local Pay-per-click Advertising to Get More Sunday Visitors is our 9th of Ten Top Church Outreach Ideas for the Internet.

One good way to increase your internet presence is by launching a pay-per-click (PPC) advertising plan for your church. Having such a plan is a sure way of reaching out to people who have performed any online activity related to finding a spiritual home.

To illustrate this, imagine that you are searching online about “family dinner ideas phoenix”.  To the right of the search results, you will see catchy advertisements related to the search subject. The advertisements might be about dinner recipes, local restaurants or dinner etiquette.  Once you click on an ad, you will be led to the advertiser´s website where you will get more information.

This is how pay-per-click advertising can work for your church outreach. If someone searches for: “churches in Phoenix”, your local PPC ad can display in the results and potentially get them to click on your ad which will bring the searcher to your church website where they can see service times, and get more information.

Pay-per-click advertising is a good use of resources because you only pay for the times that your church advertisement is clicked on. Click costs can vary but are often under 25 cents. Plus, when someone clicks on your ad, it generally means that he/she had genuine interest in what you are offering.

If you are able to capitalize on the pay-per-click advertising by having a reasonable budget and experts who can make sure that your ads have the right keywords, it is likely that searching souls would find their way to your church.

Several big search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing have this online advertising option. However, it takes know-how to craft good ads that appear in related searches frequently. Plus, you need landing pages that can convert your traffic into qualified leads, if you want to track results. Consider consulting with experts like the Pathmaker Marketing Team to learn more about this fruitful local advertising opportunity.

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Top 10 Church Outreach Ideas for the Internet-the eNewsletter

8. Communicate About Your Ministry with Regular E-newsletters is our 8th of Ten Top Church Outreach Ideas for the Internet.

Sending regular and updated e-newsletters is more than just giving relevant information to your subscribers. It is also a signal that you have an active church outreach that exerts effort to communicate with its members.

Oftentimes, churches fall short in reaching out to their members by overlooking simple and efficient solutions like sending out monthly, easy-to-read, interesting email updates or reports.  You would be surprised at how many members (even the most active ones) would be thankful of being reminded of events that they have forgotten to pen down before or how they love reading about how your mercy ministry is doing.

E-newsletters are relatively easy to launch. You need to have a nicely designed template coded into HTML using no CSS. Then you need a email blasting system of which there are many. A simple one to start with which we use at Pathmaker is called iContact. Once your design is done, coded and installed, your church secretary could probably swap out copy and pictures each month.

For examples, check Hungry Souls e-newsletters for are good samples. Or call us for more help at 623-322-3334 and we’ll be happy to install a system that your church secretary can supervise and maintain.

Church eNewsletters are also a fundamental church marketing 101 component.

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10 Tips for Successful and Effective Internet Marketing #9-11

In this fifth of five blog posts, I’m providing you with 10 Internet Marketing Ideas that will help you be successful online.  Some are practical, some are philosophical, but they are all intended to help you be more successful with your small business marketing strategies. Here are numbers nine and ten, plus a bonus eleventh key to effective internet marketing:

9.    TIMING CAN BE EVERYTHING – To effectively Market certain products we need to have a real grasp of our Target Market.  You will, for example, be able to sell Christmas Program Packages to Pastors – but not in January!!  Typically, they begin their search for Christmas materials shortly after the Fourth of July.  Proper “timing” may also help determine what gives you the greatest sales success at any given time may be.  If you are not familiar with the seasonality factors in your products or business, then determine them.  Proper timing for your offers can bring in substantial results!

10.    TALK WITH YOUR AD VENDOR – Your vendor may not know your line of business as well as you do, but they are seeing advertising results across many clients and industries that you do not have access to, and they will be able to identify trends that are working and universal strategies or tactics that are being effective for other clients of theirs.  Talk with them. Pick their brains. Get the input and feedback on your campaign.  Ask questions.  They may be able to give you those extra tidbits of helpful advice that gets your campaign over the top.

11.    DON’T BE A JOHNNY COME LATELY – Avoid last minute stuff. Many mistakes get made because you are rushing to meet a deadline and everything is coming together at the very last possible moment.  Avoid that pattern.  It leads to errors and oversights.  You need to get your strategies ironed out in advance, and then develop your designs, then budget time for reflection.  Give yourself a day or two in the schedule to reflect on what you’ve done and how it could be improved. Sometimes we’re so caught up in the details we can’t keep a perspective on the big picture. You prevent this tunnel vision by ensuring you have that one extra day or two to reflect on your work and make sure it really hits the mark, and has all the components it needs to be a successful online advertising campaign for your company.

For further internet marketing ideas, or tips for fundraising professionals, visit Pathmaker Marketing, or call Randall Mains direct at 623-322-3334.

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Top 10 Church Outreach Ideas for the Internet-eWelcome Series

7. Developing an Electronic Welcome Series for Your Church Visitors is our 7th of Ten Top Church Outreach Ideas for the Internet.

Whenever you welcome someone new to your church, it is likely that you have a team ready to make sure the new person feels welcome. They serve him coffee, exchange sincere pleasantries and ask for his contact details. Your church does this to make sure that the newcomer comes back to your church and becomes a regular attendee and active participant.

Using the same analogy, your church website can strategically welcome and interact with your first-time and returning visitors by offering them something “ministerial” in exchange for their basic contact information.

There are many ways to do this. For example, you can offer free Christian e-books, spiritual gifts tests, MP3 files of your best sermons, invite them to read your ministry blog, or install a prayer wall where they can leave their prayer request (like we mentioned in an earlier post). In exchange, the website visitor would simply have to provide basic contact information: First Name and Email Address.

Typically, once they have requested your special free offers, your system will have a triggered set of email messages that automatically go out at pre-established intervals: one week later, two weeks later, etc. Each email is designed to get those newcomers further acquainted with your church and encourage them to return, possible even get further involved.

Each auto-responder email message is designed to welcome the newcomer to a different aspect or your church or ministry, and of course, encourage them to get involved. Why not collect email and snail mail addresses on church visitors in exchange for a Welcome Kit about your church, then place those emails into your electronic welcome series?

Some good real-time examples of this practice can be found here:

Gregory Dickow Ministries (Or, see Sign up Now box upper right on Home Page)

Gregory Dickow Store

Jewish Voice Ministries

By developing an incentive-based e-welcome series, you can be assured that you will remain in contact with people who have shown in interest in your church outreach in person or on your website. This may not yield instant results in increased church membership, but you are establishing relationships with newcomers, who as long as they remain on your email list, are indicating that their interest remains. Plus, typical results show that for every 100 emails you acquire, 63% of those will also give you their full name and mailing address in exchange for a Welcome Kit from your ministry!

For a Free Demo on how this process works, contact Pathmaker at 623-322-3334.

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Top 10 Church Outreach Ideas for the WEB-elearning discipleship

6. Launch an E-learning Module to Conduct Online Discipleship is our 6th of Ten Top church Outreach Ideas for the Internet.

E-learning has often been considered the realm of the college and university marketplaces, but it’s becoming increasingly cost-effective to establish your own e-learning center for people to take teaching material online. A good example of this kind of emphasis is found at 12 Day Rehab.

You may not be able to access their materials online, without a purchase, but you can see how this website ministry to Christians with drug or alcohol addictions is designed to take people through a online learning process that they can master at their own pace and leisure.

For a free demo on e-learning modules, call Pathmaker at 623-322-3334.

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Top 10 Online Church Outreach Ideas-Facebook Bible Study

5. Enlarge Your Teaching Ministry with a Facebook Bible Study is our 5th of Ten Church Outreach Ideas for the internet.

The beauty of the social networks online, of which Facebook is the largest, is the capacity to reach new people with the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One of the best examples of how this can happen is the Book of Romans Study Group. Get connected to that group just to see how a bible study leader can use a teaching curriculum to instruct a class of eager learners, comprised of part church attendees and part new comers from all around the world.

You can also enlarge your church outreach and teaching ministry online using the tools resident in your Facebook account. Following this study class, led by e-learning professor, Vickie Isaac, will give you some insights into how you can pull this off for your church. If you need further help, don’t hesitate to contact Pathmaker Marketing for assistance, and we’ll be happy to train you in the ins and outs.

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Top 10 Church Outreach Ideas for the Internet: Tweet Away

4. Expand your Teaching Ministry via Twitter is our 4th of 10 Church Outreach Ideas for the internet.

After two weeks on Twitter, my friend´s personal account has had over 100 followers. This means 100 people (whom are both friends and strangers) have been receiving updates about her activities, beliefs, thoughts and anything that she wants to inform her followers about.

Having a church social media account in sites like Twitter is an efficient use of your resources to reach out to your target audience. People who have personal accounts in these social network sites usually visit them at least once a day — many have their “tweets” sent right to their cell phones. Instead of finding out whether their acquaintances have started dating or broken up, wouldn’t it be more spiritually constructive if you communicated the new spiritual insights you are having as a pastor?

The beauty of using social media marketing for church outreach is that it takes minimal effort on your part to use their built-in features meant for virally spreading information. However, before signing on to just any social network, you should develop a strategy on what would be the most useful content to provide and how to leverage these opportunities wisely.

Since Twitter opens up an international audience for you, of which most of your followers will not be able to visit your church, you need to develop an appropriate strategy to use this tool. One strategic way Pathmaker uses Twitter @PathmakerServes is that we autoflow our blog content into our Twitter networks. This way, since we are committed to creating fresh content on our blog, that content is also populated across the internet via Twitter every time we update our blog. The bulk of our content is developed on our blog, while Twitter posts allow us to drive interested traffic to our blog site for further reading.

Churches should have a members site on Twitter for generating news of interest to current churchgoers, while opening up a second site with is specifically geared to be more “evangelistic” in its outreach, dealing with subjects of general interest to everyone, anywhere in the world.

For help in this regard, reach Pathmaker Marketing online, or for more assistance, cal 1-623-322-3334.

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Top 10 Church Outreach Ideas for the Internet: SEO Your Website

 3. Search Engine Optimizing (SEO) Your Website so Prospective Churchgoers Can Find You is our 3rd of Ten Church Outreach Ideas for the Internet.

I challenge you to open your web browser and type the following: churches in (name of your city).  Did you find your church website on the first page of results?  If not, ask yourself this question:  If you were a new family who recently move into the community, and you were Google searching for churches in your area, would you have the patience to browse through each and every page of the 800,000 results that showed up?  Most likely your answer would be no.

In order to maximize your church outreach, you must make sure that people know your church exists in the first place.  One of the best ways to do that is to SEO your website.  Having a website that is rarely visited by people outside your congregation is like owning a great book that you never got a chance to read just because you cannot find it.

An excellent way to ensure that your website shows up among the top results in web searches is by employing SEO techniques in your websites.  These steps include modifying your site content and code to be optimized for your targeted, relevant search terms (aka Keywords). It also includes link building to establish your website firmly within local searches on the internet.

Since SEO requires some technical expertise, it would be good stewardship to invest in hiring a search engine optimization agency like Pathmaker Marketing who can perform the necessary keyword research, copy and HTML code modifications, and submit your website to the search engines. The main takeaway here is if your website doesn’t show up in a Google search for: churches in (name of your city), then how is anyone going to find you online?

Rabbit Trail: if you Google search the name of your church and find you are listed at the top, don’t get too excited. Google would be remiss to NOT list you on a search for your name. It’s their entire job in life to deliver the most relevant results for the search that is performed.  The more important issue is when someone searches: church in (your city), or churches in (your city), or best churches in (your city), etc, etc, do you show up. If you don’t it’s time to SEO.

Get your church website search engine optimized so that you show up in the list of Top 10 results, where people can find you, and enjoy the visitors you receive as a result.

For a free consultation in this regard, visit this Pathmaker webpage:

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Top Ten Church Outreach Ideas for the Internet: Church Blog

Four years ago, I was a wreck.  I was an arrogant, self-involved person who proclaimed that she had no need for God.  I did not see the value of reading the Bible or being in fellowship.  Faith to me was nothing but psychological gibberish masked as religion.  I believed that the only person I should have faith in was me.

Fast-forward to today.  I am changed person.  I have become a person whose basic principles and beliefs are centered on the Bible.  I am an active member of the church who often volunteers to make sure its activities go well.  I sing in the choir, host Bible studies, share the Gospel and invite my family and friends to church.

So, what happened between now and then?  Well, I literally and figuratively searched for God on the internet and was led from one website to another.  Finally, all the information I collected in my head translated into spiritual grace moving in my life.

I believe that I was not the only one searching for God at that time.  I am blessed that my search led me to my salvation.  But, wouldn´t it be a shame if there were someone like me in your area searching for your church but you could not be found?

This is why we are writing this – to make sure that your church is able to use the World Wide Web to upgrade your church outreach on the internet and to help your congregation grow both spiritually, in number and in resources. To that effect, we’ve compiled this list of Top 10 Internet ideas for Church Outreach and Online Marketing.

 1. Launching a Ministry Blog to Expand Your Outreach and Find New Friends is our 1st of 10 Church Outreach Ideas for the Internet.

A blog is an online commentary that can be read by an infinite number of people at any given time. There are many people out there who follow a couple of blogs on subjects that are of their interest.  Chances are you also read the blogs of your family, friends and mentors regularly.

To maintain a ministry blog is a exceptional way to speak and minister to a diverse, often international audience.  By writing down your current spiritual insights, excerpts from your sermons, or devotional thoughts, you can communicate powerful messages that would help your readers grow in their faith.  Additionally, you also get a chance to interact with many people as they share their own reflections or their point of view in your blog´s comments section.

Truly, a church blog is a wonderful way to enlarge your online ministry and get to know the thoughts of people both within and outside your congregation.  That being said, you must remember that there are over 50 million blogs out there.  Your ministry blog will easily get lost in cyberspace if you do not use the proper techniques that guarantee that you reach your target audience. So, how can you leverage your blog to expand your outreach while also establishing new friends?

Unless you have plenty of time to search engine optimize (SEO) your blog, you should avail yourself of a premier blogging service from Pathmaker Marketing.  It has costs associated with it, but it excels in so many ways beyond the free blog options available on the internet. The compended system in a effective internet marketing tool that helps you write keyword-rich blog content in a search-engine friendly manner. This powerful tool allows you to write one blog and then it populates (compends) your content across multiple “keyword” blogs, thereby saving you enormous time and effort.

It also automatically provides search engine optimization services for your blog (and each keyword blog), making them all friendly to Google, Yahoo and Bing.  Plus, you can have as many users as you’d like on your blog system, meaning your staff, associates, youth pastor, deacons, elders can participate too.

The goal of this church outreach tool is to get your blog to display in the Top 10 search results on your target keywords so that people find you online in internet searches. When your blog shows up in a Google display of results, you get reader traffic that can become new ministry friends, new church visitors, etc. As your church blog shows up in Google results, your blog truly becomes an outreach onto the internet, ministering to new people even as it encourages them to become ministry participants or church visitors. For examples, see:

Dr. David Mains´ blog is a 20-Keyword compended blog rich in keywords and spiritual content.

Or examine the Pathmaker Markering blog to see a 50-Keyword compended blog system in action.

You can also Google: Premier Blogging System

For a free demo: Call Pathmaker Marketing at 1-623-322-3334

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