Listening to a Quieter Voice

Every church comms person hears feedback. Whether it’s from our coworkers or other leaders at church, from volunteers, or from people in the congregation, we hear feedback on our work: “our new website looks terrific.” “I love the graphic for our new children’s event!” Or even, “our new logo is amazing.” It’s the reason we […]

The Measurement Mindset

“If it’s not worth measuring, it’s not worth doing.” That’s an old saying in the marketplace, and it’s especially applicable to the discipline of church communications. The measurement mindset might as well be in your job description. It’s that important. It’s not uncommon to get resistance among church staff to this idea. How do you […]

What a Bunch of Teenage Activists Can Teach Every Communications Professional

Responsiveness, clarity, and discipline matter as much as creativity. Vanity Fair just published a behind-the-scenes look at the teenagers behind the #NeverAgain movement. Described as a “meme factory,” this group of students are all survivors of the Parkland, FL school shooting in February 2018. Their goals are threefold: a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity […]

When Not to be Creative

Creativity is highly valued in today’s church world. Churches put countless hours into crafting creative elements in their worship services, making promo videos or graphics for a teaching series, even a Christmas video. And this is a good thing! It’s not easy to stand out in today’s crowded infoscape. In the 1970’s, the average person […]

The Creative Brief, Part Two: a Simple Template

[This is the second post I’ve written on the creative brief; to read the first, click here.] A good creative brief is a simple framework for making decisions on everything creative: key words/phrases, promo copy, visual designs, drama or video storylines… it’s your project guide, helping your team stay on course as you create and […]

“If it’s not on the website, it doesn’t exist.”

Let’s suppose you heard about an event or activity that kind of piqued your interest. Maybe you saw something on Facebook about it, or you heard someone mention it in a conversation, or you’d seen it advertised somewhere. It sounded relevant to you or someone you know, but at the time, you didn’t take action […]

The Creative Brief, Part One

Every project worth your time starts with a plan: the definition of the need, the desired outcome, and the measure of success. When it comes to creative projects, the plan also includes a critical piece of communication called the creative brief. The creative brief can be a cumbersome document if done incorrectly. If done well, […]

A Super Simple, Totally Doable Weekly Social Media Calendar

First, this: I didn’t come up with this plan myself. It’s a combination of input from folks who spend a lot more time building social community than I do, at places like Gwinnett Church and Saddleback Church. But it is tailored to the less-resourced model that I work with. Our weekly plan looks like this: […]

The All-Important, Under-Used Elevator Pitch

Before I got into church marketing, I spent time in several completely different industries: retail banking, enterprise software, and private education. All required different approaches to marketing, communication, and sales. But if there’s a common thread across all of them, it was this: the products and services I was helping sell were complicated. Communicating about […]