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Church marketing stories from church clients

  • Cracking the Divorce Rate
    Just one of the concerns churches are facing is the divorce rate for Christian marriages. It’s a terrible statistic and one that Christ Church of the Valley in Peoria, AZ decided to face head on. In fact, the digital tool they used had such an impact, the results will blow your socks off. This campaign really tied the knot!
  • These Ads Foster Leadership
    Most of us think Google is only good for searching stuff online. Not True! They have powerful tools, and we’re certified in these tools and love to teach people how to use them. Northwoods Church in Peoria, IL. learned and wanted to launch a campaign to invite people to a leadership conference. This campaign led the way.
  • Texas-sized Directory
    Gateway Church in Texas is a mega church, and when it comes to Gateway, they do things Texas-style (all out large!) So, when they got serious about growing a business directory, well, it grew. We've pushed out millions of ads to the local area bringing people back to Gateway's website. Check out the reach from one directory. Is yours next?
  • The Daring Debt-Free Church
    Is it possible to have a debt-free church? Journey Church—a safe and stable congregation in Roswell, Georgia, a bustling suburb of Atlanta—would say YES! It began with a whisper, a call from on high. The message was clear and unwavering: “Sell Everything.” In February of 2016 they did just that, and they became one of the few debt-free churches in America. And, it would be safe to say their community and God’s kingdom will never be the same.

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  • Why Outsource Digital Advertising?
    Great question! There are a variety of reasons to outsource your advertising, and we list them below. The game changes constantly. Facebook and Google are always changing up their platforms. If you are not in them on a regular basis, then chances are very good you will not be utilizing the full extent of your money spent. Every four to six weeks the platforms gets adjusted. Some churches are not familiar with all the tools that each provide. Google, for example, does so much more than search. Are you familiar with Display Network advertising? How about a Look-a-like campaign? The tools are available, but you need to know how to use them. It's cost effective. We have studied the math on this. If you were to spend $1,000 on a Facebook click to website campaign, your cost could be as high as $1500 to $2000, depending on how often you review and tweak the campaign. Why? Because not only are you spending the money to Facebook, but your time is money to the church.
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    Church Facebook Ad Placements
    Facebook is to the modern church as the Gutenberg printing press was to the Reformation. Church Facebook is a revolutionary communication tool that reaches people. Facebook is required for communications within the church body and is also an incredibly effective tool to reach outside the walls of the church. Many church communications staffers have harnessed a plan for using Facebook within the walls of the church, but because of the complexities and ever-changing nature of online advertising, they need help extending their church Facebook reach outside the walls and into the community. So if you have ever wanted to see this information all in one place, then this article is for you. Facebook Church Campaign Targeting Here is a quick description of some of Facebook's basic targeting features that when  properly set up will aim your campaign at the right audience. Geo-targeting. Facebook ads can be aimed at specific geographic areas right down to the ZIP Code level. Demographics, interests, or behaviors. Facebook campaigns can be aimed at people within specific demographic groups. It can also be aimed at people with specific interests and behaviors. For example a campaign can be aimed at people who are interested in improving their parenting skills, or a family seeking a sports ministry. People who like specific Facebook pages. Facebook campaigns can even be aimed at people who like specific Facebook pages. Facebook Church Campaign Types Definition of an objective in this article: An objective is an action that you want a Facebook viewer to take. Missional Marketing's team of experienced Christian church communications professionals are ready, willing, and able to help your church launch and manage Facebook campaigns with the following objectives: Promote Your Church's Facebook Page. Use Facebook's page "likes" objective to promote your church's Facebook Page. By growing your Facebook audience, you amplify your church's voice in your local area. Send People to Your Church's Website. Use Facebook's clicks to website objective to send people to your website. Boost Your Churches Posts. Use the Facebook's page post engagement objective to boost your post. This will cause your post to be seen by an audience outside of those who have already liked your church's Facebook page. Reach People Near Your Church. Use Facebook's local awareness objective to reach people near your church's location(s). Raise Attendance at Your Church's Event. Use Facebook's local awareness objective to reach people who'd have an interest in attending your church's event. Get Your Church's Videos Viewed. Use the Facebook's Video views objective to get people to watch your video. This is a powerful way to get your church's leadership message into your local community. Get Installs of Your church's App. Use the app installs objective to get people to install your app. If your church has a mobile app, this is a great way to get it distributed. Types of Ads in Church Facebook There are three kinds of Facebook Ads that your church can use as part if its growth strategy. Single Image Link Ads. Churches can use single image link ads to attract more people to their website. These single image link ads are clickable, and the photo, text box and call-to-action button all link to your church's website. Multiple Image Ads. These ads are in a carousel format. The carousel format allows you to show 3-5 images and/or videos, headlines, links, or calls to action in a single ad unit. It can be used by your church to accomplish a variety of communications objectives. Ads in the carousel format consistently drive great results for churches because they can be used to tell a story. For example, many church campaigns that use these see lower cost per conversion or click. Video Ads. With massive growth in video viewing on Facebook, churches are spreading their communications messages with Facebook video ads.This could be a leadership message, an invitation, a snippet from a great sermon, or any other video message your church wants to show to its neighbors. Ad Placements in Church Facebook We can accelerate your church's communications messages with several types of ad placements in church Facebook including, Desktop News Feed, Mobile News Feed, Desktop Right Column, and Instagram News Feed. The Call-To-Action Button in Church Facebook The following call-to-action buttons can be used in Facebook Ads so churches can choose the action they want people to take when they see an ad. Attractive call-to-action buttons cause your audience to clearly understand what you'd like them to do after seeing your ad. Your audience can choose from the following actions: Apply Now Book Now Contact Us Donate Now Download Learn More Shop Now Sign Up Watch More Ad Scheduling In Church Facebook Church Facebook Ads can be scheduled for specific hours of the day and specific days of the week. They can also be set up with standard or accelerated delivery. Standard delivery is recommended and the preferred option for most church situations. Accelerated delivery can be useful for promoting time-sensitive events and quickly reach a target audience. Why Use An Agency For Church Facebook Ads? Here is a list of reasons that a church benefits from using an agency for running Facebook campaigns outside the walls of the church: To make sure it gets done. Demands are so high on church communications staffers to do internal tasks that there is not enough time to do the external work so it is often left undone. To refine on the fly. Communications staffers usually don't have time to tweak campaigns after they are started, yet that is where the biggest improvements to church Facebook campaign performance often occurs. To get the best images. The performance of church Facebook campaigns is heavily driven by the quality of the images and the number of images in the campaign. Oftentimes communications staffers don't have the time to choose really strong images. To use the best keywords. When writing and editing copy, agencies have the tools and the experience to choose strong keywords. To use advanced tools. Agencies are more adept at using advanced targeting tools such as lookalike audiences. A lookalike audience is people who are similar to audiences you already have. We  can create a lookalike audience based on people who like your Page, by placing conversion pixels, or by utilizing any of your existing Audiences such as an email list. This helps find new people on Facebook who are similar to your most valuable audiences. For some clients this can double the conversion rate. To stay on top of the analytics. Agencies are more attentive to campaign analytics and they improve campaigns that are running by eliminating ads that aren't working well and promoting ads that do work. To save money. It is common for an agency to improve campaign results so that the church gets more for their money than they would get doing it in house. To get timely reports. Agencies have the staff and expertise to produce campaign reports on time. So, keep in mind that agencies can apply their expertise to save the church time and money while making sure the campaign gets built, launched, refined, and reported. Advanced Church Facebook Campaigns Facebook has some exciting advanced features that help improve targeting and improve the measurement of results. Our experienced Christian campaign managers are well versed in using these features in church campaigns. Conversion Tracking Conversion measurement lets you track actions people take after viewing your Facebook Ads across multiple devices, including mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers. By creating a Facebook pixel and adding it to the pages of your website where conversions happen, like the checkout page, you'll see who converts as a result of your Facebook Ads. The pixel will continue to monitor the actions people take after clicking on your ad. You can see which device they saw the ad on and which device they ultimately converted on. Other benefits of the Facebook conversion pixel: Ad optimization: When you use the Facebook pixel in combination with Facebook's bidding option to 'Optimize for Website Conversions', Facebook will automatically show your ads to people who are most likely to convert. Measurement: You can measure the number of conversions your ads generate to calculate your return on an ad spend. This way you'll see how much you're spending for each conversion and can fine-tune your ads accordingly. Lookalike Audiences We've been helping clients reach a targeted audience by creating Lookalike Audiences. Through these campaigns we can reach new people who are similar to audiences you already care about. We  can create a lookalike audience based on people who like your Page, by placing conversion pixels, or by utilizing any of your existing Custom Audiences. This helps you find new people on Facebook who are similar to your most valuable audiences. For some clients this can double the conversion rate. Retargeting in Facebook Retargeting and remarketing are synonyms that describe a technique for showing ads to people who have previously visited your website when they are in Facebook. It is accomplished by placing code on your website that "cookies" visitors. Generally, a small percentage of people who view your website will convert by filling out a form or taking some other action on their first visit. This is why remarketing in Facebook is critical. Getting in front of the people who have already viewed your website increases your chance for a conversion because they are gaining familiarity with your brand through repeated exposure. Free Expert Help With Church Facebook  Would you like free expert guidance on how to use Google to grow your church? Our Google specialists work with large and small churches and have great experience in how to use Google to increase church attendance and member engagement. We are now offering a limited number of churches a free hour of Google strategizing. Our experienced Christian church communications professionals will help you make the most of your church's Google presence.  
  • Church Growth - Inviting the Outsiders In
    Church growth involves reaching non-believers who are in various stages of their faith journey. Some are seekers and some are advanced in their understanding of scripture, their prayer life, and their involvement with the church, or lack thereof. This varied audience necessitates different messaging outside the walls of the church than within the current body. As a general rule churches will get more new people in the door by communicating these kinds of things: Sermon series about marriage, family, and parenting. Announcements about Christian music performances. Invitations to Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other sermons and events. Announcements about 4th of July Events and Fall Festivals. Announcements about honoring veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans' Day. Communicating these things will fuel church growth. Here are some examples of successful online announcements. Google and Facebook Outside the Walls Helps Church Growth Many church communications staffers have harnessed a plan for using Google and Facebook inside the walls of the church, but because of the complexities and ever-changing nature of online advertising, would benefit from help extending their church Facebook to reach outside the walls. Here at Missional Marketing we are passionate about helping churches use Google and Facebook to reach audiences outside the walls and into their local communities to promote healthy church growth. Google and Facebook church advertising can be geo-targeted to the area surrounding the church's campus(s) to create awareness of your local church when people are searching in Google or using their Facebook accounts. This is especially useful for effectively announcing seeker friendly events and sermon series such as those listed above. Free Expert Help With Church Google and Facebook Would you like free expert guidance on how to use Google to grow your church? Our Google specialists work with large and small churches and have great experience in how to use Google to increase church attendance and member engagement. We are now offering a limited number of churches a free hour of Google strategizing. Our experienced Christian church communications professionals will help you make the most of your church's Google presence. Click here to request free help. Further Reading Church attendance is important to all of our roles in the Great Commission. Kelly Shattuck wrote an article about this entitled 7 Startling Facts: An Up Close Look at Church Attendance in America that is worth reading. Another good article was written by Thom S Rainer entitled  Seven Key Reasons Your Church Attendance May Be Declining.
  • Church YouTube Advertising
    Church YouTube Advertising
    Church YouTube Advertising Here are the details for church YouTube advertising provided by Missional Marketing. We’ll show video ads for your church on YouTube. The good news is you don't pay for random impressions or “maybe-they-saw-its”. Viewers have to choose to watch your video and your costs are minimal. You can show videos that play longer than 30 seconds, and you can experiment with different formats. For example you can show a video of a testimony of a person who found faith in your church. Or you could show a video of your church’s leaders explaining what your church stands for. It can also be effective to show a video about an upcoming event or sermon series. These video ads appear on both YouTube and other publisher sites in the Google Display Network for desktop computers and high-end mobile devices. With church YouTube advertising, you pay when a viewer watches 30 seconds of your video (or the duration if it's shorter than 30 seconds) or engages with your video, whichever comes first. Video interactions include clicks on the call-to-action overlays (CTAs), cards, and companion banners. Unlike cost-per-click or cost-per-thousand impressions pricing, you won't need to pay every time your video is viewed. Church YouTube advertising can be targeted to specific geographic areas and they can also be targeted to specific demographics. STEP 1 – CHOOSE YOUR VIDEO FORMAT The two church YouTube advertising formats are described below. Your church can choose one or both of the formats. YouTube In-Stream Church Video Ads This is the format that is most often used by churches. Use this format when you have video content you'd like to promote before a video on YouTube. These ads are the kind of video ads that run before a main video that a viewer has selected to watch on YouTube. After seeing the first 5 seconds of the ad, the viewer has an option to skip the ad and jump to the beginning of the video. These kinds of ads are similar to TV commercials in the sense that they interrupt the viewer to show them something. These are the kind of ads a church would use if they wanted to make YouTube viewers in specific geographic area aware of their church. In-stream videos can appear on YouTube Video Views and on other video publisher pages that are in the Google Display Network. YouTube In-Display Church Video Ads This format is not used by churches as often as the In-Stream Video Ads described above. This kind of video ad is more appropriate for church messaging that is educational or informative enough that a viewer might click on it if it piques their interest. A few examples are video ads about Christian Parenting or Successful Christian Marriage. Use this format to promote a video next to YouTube videos, as part of a YouTube search result or within other website content across the Google Display Network. In-Display video ads will appear: • On YouTube search results • On YouTube-related videos • As a YouTube overlay • On partner websites You’ll be charged only when viewers choose to watch your video by clicking a thumbnail (a small graphical image) that is shown adjacent to the search result. STEP 2- PEG YOUR BUDGET Start by selecting the highest price you want to pay per view. This is called your Maximum Cost Per View. We suggest a Maximum Cost per View of $0.50 per view. We also suggest a minimum spend of $1,000. So if you spent $1,000, you would aim for 2,000 views. If your actual cost per view comes in lower, you’ll get more views as shown in this table: For an in-display video ad, you'll pay when people begin watching your video. For an in-stream video ad, you'll pay when someone chooses to watch your video or clicks on the call-to-action overlays (CTAs), cards, and companion banners. STEP 3 – DETERMINE WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE CAMPAIGN SET-UP Assuming your church has a YouTube page and the video has been produced by your church and uploaded to that page, the campaign set-up fee is $100. If you need us to create the page and upload a video that your church produced, there’s an additional charge of $200 to set-up. Note: The video content must be hosted on YouTube and a Church Video Ad cannot be played from other video channels such as Vimeo. If you would like us to create the video we would have to determine the scope of work and provide you with a video production quote. GET STARTED To get started please contact Karen Fitzgerald or Jason Hamrock. Karen Fitzgerald Phone: 602.427.0990 | Email: Jason Hamrock Phone: 480-773-9115 | Email: Missional Marketing by Gdirect 4801 E. McKellips Road | Mesa, AZ 85215


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