Posts Tagged ‘marketing’



Telling Your Story: Are You Seeing the Big Picture?

When it comes to sharing your message with the culture, most of us are just thinking in pieces.  If you’re a company, nonprofit, church or whatever – you need to understand the bigger picture of engaging the culture with your message.  For instance, some organizations have a great video, others have a terrific website, and still others have great instincts for social media.   But unless ALL these platforms are working together, you’re only Read the full article »

Christian Leaders: Is it Time to Cool the Hype?

At different times in history, and for various reasons, Christian leaders have fallen victims to hype.   The dictionary defines “hype” as “extravagant promotion.” In other words – it’s usually a lie, even if our purpose is noble. Today, we’re in another massive “hype cycle.” How many times have you heard about some Christian book, teaching series, conference, or media program that it would “impact this generation,” “change the world,” or “shake nations?”  I believe one of the single biggest reasons the secular culture marginalizes Christianity is Read the full article »

Is It OK to Use Jesus As A Marketing Tool?

Selling products in the church isn’t anything new.  Books and Bibles, teaching resources, T-shirts, media programming and more, have been done for decades.  But here’s something new – HeartOMG – what appears to be a secular company using church images and ideology to sell fashion – rather skimpy products in some cases.  Take at look at the “Worship Crew” shirts, or the Read the full article »

Four Reasons Your Brainstorming Sessions Aren’t Working

Brainstorming among creative people is a powerful tool. By bringing multiple perspectives to the table, your team gains insight you might never have considered, plus you’re adding years of experience to solving the creative problem. But most brainstorming sessions don’t yield much – or fail completely. If that’s your problem, here’s four key reasons you’re not getting more from your creative team: Read the full article »

Mind Blowing Facts About People Over 50

This video by the Type A Group makes you wonder why organizations spend so much time, effort, and money reaching out to younger audiences.  These numbers are pretty compelling and particularly in the case of nonprofits, churches, and ministries, make you realize that if you’re not connecting with older audiences, you’re making a fatal mistake: Read the full article »

Do You Suffer from Church or Ministry Marketing Schizophrenia?

Direct mail and fundraising consultant Dale Berkey talked to me recently about how ministries and the marketing of ministries need to be intertwined.  Many Christian organizations have a kind of ministry/marketing schizophrenia. Which symptoms from this list can you identify in your church or ministry? Read the full article »

The Schlitz Mistake and What Beer Can Teach Us About Excellence

Pastor Mark Jeske in Milwaukee told me a great local beer story recently. He said that in the 1970s, Robert Uihlein, CEO of Schlitz Brewing instituted a string of cost-saving measures that gradually changed (and many would say cheapened) the taste of their flagship beer. He apparently thought the American public was just too ignorant to notice. It worked for awhile, but his strategy was eventually outed, and the word of mouth from angry customers caused a free fall in sales. In about 15 years the company lost 90% of its market cap and was finally sold to Stroh’s. One of America’s most popular beer brands crumbled, largely because  Read the full article »

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

I write a lot on this blog about freelancers, creatives, and vendors who work for large organizations.  But on this post I want to deal with organizations themselves.  One large organization needed to hire an advertising 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 agency he knew and was more comfortable with, but he had to abide by the leadership team’s decision.  However, Read the full article »

Interior Design for Churches – Check Out The Local Anthropologie Store

This is a re-post from a few years back when my wife Kathleen noticed an interesting interview with Ron Pompei from the popular women’s store “Antropologie” in a supplement to Time magazine. As I read about his philosophy of store design, it clicked that we should be thinking this way when it comes to how people experience “church.” In the past, a church was an artistic expression of the community, and from small chapels in the woods, to magnificant cathedrals in major cities, houses of worship reflected meaning. From the overall design, to the smallest details, they told the story of Read the full article »

Being Best Is Better Than Being First

There are many brands out there that we consider the best in their category such as Google, Amazon, or Gillette. But those brands weren’t the first in their category. In case after case innovative companies (some ahead of their time) ended up in the trash heap of history. That’s a good thing to remember when someone beats you to the market with an idea. In some cases, the first to launch isn’t ready, the product isn’t perfect, or the marketing is poorly executed. In other cases, the Read the full article »


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