Ultimate guide to SEO for small businesses (and nonprofits)

There's some really helpful advice here for small businesses, nonprofits, and / or churches looking to get a start on SEO basics. You can take a course on Lynda.com or watch some YouTube videos to learn more about what SEO can mean for your group, but the fundamentals here are pretty spot on: SEO isn’t … Continue reading Ultimate guide to SEO for small businesses (and nonprofits)

Owning your own platform is important, and valuable

I often get the question from clients of why I mostly recommend having your own website on WordPress or a self-hosted platform in the age of Facebook. As companies who built their businesses and traffic flow on the back of Facebook over the years have found out, that can be a very precarious decision. Audience … Continue reading Owning your own platform is important, and valuable

2018 Social Media Marketing Industry Report by Social Media Examiner

"Nearly all marketers (83%+) who've been employing social media marketing for 1 year or longer report it generates exposure for their businesses." I'm skeptical of these sorts of reports generally, but SME does a good job of presenting digestible data. There are certainly some good takeaways here for businesses of all sizes, nonprofits, and churches looking to … Continue reading 2018 Social Media Marketing Industry Report by Social Media Examiner

Will you be able to buy items on Instagram soon?

Looks that way. This is potentially huge for small businesses that use Instagram for promotions of their products (I know I follow several boutique accounts promoting everything from pens to knives to stationary)... Instagram just stealthily added a native payments feature to its app for some users. It lets you register a debit or credit … Continue reading Will you be able to buy items on Instagram soon?

Bible Domains

When the society — which lists several conservative Christian “founding partners” on the get.bible website — first applied for the rights to .bible, it pledged to provide wide access to “all qualified parties” interested in Bible issues. Soon after acquiring the domain name, though, ABS barred publication of material it defined as “antithetical to New Testament … Continue reading Bible Domains

“Why does church marketing fail?”

From Pew Forum's Religious Landscape Study I recently had a question from a friend who attends a small church with a smaller budget but interested in marketing and outreach their congregation about the pitfalls of church marketing. "Sam, why does church marketing fail?" So with her permission, here's my response... The reason most church marketing … Continue reading “Why does church marketing fail?”

Don’t fall for lots of likes and retweets

Also good advice for churches and nonprofits doing social media marketing on a shoestring budget: Bots manipulate credibility by influencing social signals like the number of aggregated likes or shares a post or user receives. People see a large number of retweets on a post and read it as a genuine signal of authentic traction … Continue reading Don’t fall for lots of likes and retweets

Large implications as Facebook shuts down Partner Categories

This is significant. Many large companies (Fortune 100 type) have their own data sets on customers and potential customers and audiences they'd like to target. They've been able to combine that data with Facebook's or Twitter's own user data in incredibly effective (and cheap!) marketing campaigns tied to email newsletters and website promotions. None of … Continue reading Large implications as Facebook shuts down Partner Categories

Changing Conceptions of Marriage and Church Marketing

Fascinating stats here for same-sex and different-sex marriages. To think of marriage as a trophy or celebration of what two people have accomplished in life that come together into a new stage directly flies in the face of so much of what churches of all stripes and sizes (but especially my beloved Baptist tradition) have … Continue reading Changing Conceptions of Marriage and Church Marketing

If you automate tweets for marketing purposes, you might want to read this

Back in January, Twitter announced upcoming changes to its service that would discourage use of automation tools for "amplification" of tweets. Now we're beginning to see the effects of this change. One of the great things about using Twitter for marketing is the relative ease of "amping" up tweets and causing increased "velocity" which signals to … Continue reading If you automate tweets for marketing purposes, you might want to read this

Churches and nonprofits should realize that Facebook privacy issues are just the tip of the iceberg

Way back in 2012, I was featured in a New York Times article titled "How To Muddy Your Tracks on the Internet" and offered up this bit as part of my interview (I was teaching Middle School Science at the time): “The topic of privacy policies and what lies ahead for our digital footprints is … Continue reading Churches and nonprofits should realize that Facebook privacy issues are just the tip of the iceberg