Media influence has shifted, and we need to respond to the shift. We’re already seeing it in the giving patterns of traditional religious organizations, non-profits, and media ministries. While most would respond that they don’t have hard data to back up this assertion, I can tell you from personal experience there’s real sweating going on in many planning meetings at major churches, ministries, and non-profit organizations these days.
Right now, the digital media world isn’t about income, it’s about influence. It’s about immediacy and connection. While traditional media still makes the money and wields the power, a powerful new paradigm is emerging. Television may be the king of now, but digital media is the king of tomorrow. If you’re waiting for digital media to become cost-effective, you’re already being left behind. While traditional media is concerned about making money, the new digital pioneers are concerned about change. Get out there. Experiment. Invest. Create a platform and presence in the digital media world, because when the financial models start working, having a compelling brand in that space will matter.