Flash Marketing – How New Restaurants (and Churches) Get Noticed

I was speaking at a pastor’s conference recently and a pastor from Miami had a great question: “How do certain trendy restaurants open up and become what seems to be an instant success? Almost immediately, celebrities are standing in line to get in the door. How do they do that?” He wondered if the same techniques could be applied to a local church plant. In other words, how could we accelerate awareness for a new church or location? So I asked some experts in marketing to check their response. Their answers were wide ranging and interesting. Here’s what they had to say, and then I’ll give you a few thoughts at the end:

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Why You Should Consider Producing “Spec” Commercials

Producers and Directors: Pay Attention

I’ve been surprised at how few young directors and producers understand the value of producing “spec spots” for their reels. Spec spots are simply made up commercials – “fake spots” if you will. They’re not paid for by a sponsor, they’re written and produced by the filmmaker for the purpose of creating an impressive demo reel. The truth is, many of today’s top movie directors and producers started as

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The Power of a Great Tagline

What Missionaries Can Teach Us About Marketing

While reading the book “131 Christians Everyone Should Know” by the editors of Christian History magazine, legendary missionary William Carey reminded me of the power of a creative tagline. Carey, who many consider the father of the missionary movement organized a missionary society in 1792 and launched an evangelistic meeting with the line:

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What Do You Do When Your Organization is Stuck?

A business is in a nosedive with product sales.  A nonprofit’s donor income has dropped by half.  A church’s members continue to decline.  All around I’m seeing organizations struggling and dreaming about the past.  When that happens, what do you do?  Most panic.  But if you had a choice, which scenario below would you pick (or ARE you picking now?):

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The Biggest Mistake Church Leaders Can Make

 Don't Try to Be All Things to All People

Since writing my book “Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media,” I’ve had the opportunity to meet a number of experts in the field who have significant things to say to church leaders about the power of a great brand.  One of those experts is Denise Lee Yohn, author of the book “What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles That Separate the Best from the Rest.”  I asked Denise if she could share one message with pastors and ministry leaders today, what would it be?  Here’s her answer.  It’s counter-intuitive for many, but from my experience, worth considering:

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Leaders: Is A Member of Your Team Holding You Back?

Here's how to figure it out...

A large organization needed to hire an web-design agency, so they interviewed and evaluated five choices. The leadership team made the final decision, so after careful consideration it was decided by a majority which agency would be best. However, the organization’s communications director – the in-house person who would be the point person with the agency, didn’t like the choice. He wanted another web design company he knew and was more comfortable with, but he had to abide by the leadership team’s decision.  However,

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Your Most Important Lesson in Church Communication

I’ve worked with hundreds of churches over the years, helping them communicate more effectively with their community, and many times on an even bigger scale. Today, there are small churches who impact people within a few blocks of their location, medium sized churches who can impact a city, and large churches with a global impact. But whatever your

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