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OurChurch.Com Means Business (and Ministry)

 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:42 pm    Post subject: OurChurch.Com Means Business (and Ministry) Reply with quote

View this announcement in your web browser:
http://www.ourchurch.com/news/news-2009-10-01.php

Hi OCC News Subscriber,

Yesterday I took a trip to my local home improvement store, and guess what? The shelves were already donning inflatable Santas and animated reindeer. Here we are in October and stores are already gearing up for Christmas. Good or bad that should serve as a wake up call to anyone in business or in ministry that it's time to start putting together plans for Christmas and for the New Year.

October is "Business Month" at OurChurch.Com. This month we're focusing on helping Christian business owners and leaders use the Internet to run their businesses more effectively. More and more people are shopping online and finding local businesses online, so having a website that stands out and serves your customers well is absolutely essential. Getting your website to the top of the search engine rankings is huge too. And if you want to give your business an edge, finding innovative ways to connect and stay connected with your customers, like through social networking, is one way to do that.

So, check out the discounts, helpful blog articles, and other things we've got going on. Of course all of these things have church and ministry applications, so if you're not leading a business there's still a lot of great stuff for you.

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck, CEO
OurChurch.Com


Business Month Features
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1) Save an Additional $50 on Every Website Services Bundle
2) Custom Website + Search Marketing = Value
3) Usability Testing - Key to a Successful Website
4) Online Business (and Ministry) is All About Trust
5) Catch us at the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta

1) SAVE AN ADDITIONAL $50 ON EVERY WEBSITE SERVICES BUNDLE
OurChurch.Com already offers some fantastic savings on Website Services Bundles, which combine web hosting, ad-free service, and search engine registration. During October you can save an additional $50 off every bundle bringing your total savings to $125-$263 depending on the bundle you choose. Order today!
http://www.ourchurch.com/edit/order2.php

2) CUSTOM WEBSITE + SEARCH MARKETING = VALUE
When it comes to a business website or any website for that matter there are 3 things you've got to accomplish. First, you have to get people to it. Second, it's got to make a great first impression. Third, it's got to have the functionality to either close the sale or at least connect with the visitor.

OurChurch.Com's custom pro and premier website packages accomplish all 3 of those goals because they combine a website uniquely designed to your specifications, all the functionality you need, and the search engine optimization to get you to the top of the Google search results where people can find you. You can get all this with no up-front cost and in less than 6 weeks. Give your organization a website that will help you reach your goals in 2010 and beyond.
http://www.ourchurch.com/design/

3) USABILITY TESTING - KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL WEBSITE
Chances are many of the people who visit your website are getting lost or confused and you don't even know it. That's because chances are you've never observed people unfamiliar with your website using it. Usability testing is simply testing a website to see how real people actually use it. It's easier to do than you think, and it can produce surprising results that can help you make dramatic improvements to your website.

Kurt, led a series usability tests for the new OurChurch.Com website, and out of that experience he's writing a series of articles about usability testing you'll want to be sure to read. The first one was published to day. Read Why Everyone Should Perform Usability Tests.
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2009/10/01/why-everyone-should-perform-usability-tests/

4) ONLINE BUSINESS (AND MINISTRY) IS ALL ABOUT TRUST
Are you more likely to go to a restaurant a TV commercial says is great or the one your best friend recommended to you? Word of mouth has always been the most effective form of marketing because it involves recommendations from a trusted friend, but it's become more important than ever as people have become skeptical, even cynical towards mass marketing efforts. Later this month, I'll be joining 15 other bloggers in writing about and discussing Trust Agents, the new book by social networking gurus Chris Brogan and Julien Smith. If you're leader in business or ministry and want to expand your influence online, you won't want to miss this series of blog articles starting October 14.
http://blog.ourchurch.com/2009/09/22/join-the-trust-agents-group-blog-project/

5) CATCH US AT THE CATALYST CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA
OurChurch.Com will have an exhibitor’s booth at the Catalyst Conference (http://CatalystConference.com) in Atlanta next week. Catalyst is a huge conference (12,000+ people) for Christian leaders with some top-notch speakers like Andy Stanley, Tony Dungy, Dave Ramsey and Rob Bell. We'll be blogging live from the conference. We'll also be giving away Bonefish/Outback gift cards to people who follow us on Facebook (http://facebook.ourchurch.com) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/OurChurchDotCom). So, if you're going to Catalyst, follow us and stop by our booth and say, "Hi!"

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