Think of your church's website as a billboard for the Information Superhighway; a billboard is no good unless you have lots of people driving by it, right? Building a website by itself will not magically make the number of people visiting your church increase. Your website is only half the answer; stopping there is like building a billboard miles from the road. It is equally important that you get people to see your website.
In the 21st Century, your website is your church's advertising budget. How much is your church spending on newspaper ads, while their circulation continues to go down? How much is your church spending on their yellow pages placement, while many young families today don't even keep a phone book in the house? People are spending more and more time online, and if you want to reach them, your church needs to increase its presence there. We'll help you develop and implement a whole strategy for internet outreach, using Facebook, Google+ and more, not just a website.
Unlike other developers, Internet Outreach Experts is focused on the success of your church, not its website. We want to help you on a long term basis to do outreach online by providing expert support and training well after your website is set up. We'll be there to help years after the initial website is done, as we offer services, not just websites. There are three levels of service plans: Basic, Pro, and the Ministry Partner plan:
With the Basic Plan, we'll provide hosting, help you set up all of the tricky "techy" parts of the website, give you a "What You See Is What You Get" Content Management System, and protect you from malicious hacking attempts. We'll make sure that your website is 100% safe with daily backups and regular security updates.
Another feature available with basic and above plans that many designers overlook is mobile site development and optimization for tablet users. This is the wave of the future. Ask a younger person where they spend the majority of their time online, and you'll probably be told on their phone or on their tablet. Even if that's not true in your area yet, it will be before long. We'll make sure that your church's online outreach ministry is prepared for whatever may come in the future!
The Pro Plan includes everything in the basic plan, but also adds many extra features such as online donations, polling, and advanced reporting. We're also with you for the long haul. With the Pro Plan and higher, you'll be able to make design changes, add pages, and get online outreach advice long after your website goes live.
Additionally, the Pro Plan offers basic assistance with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Getting people to see your website is one of the trickiest parts of forming an internet strategy. There are two basic ways to go about it: you can pay Google to send people to your website through ads (which can cost an arm and a leg) or you can get people to your website naturally, through organic (normal) search traffic.
Organic search traffic is the very best kind of traffic you can get to your website. Do you prefer clicking on ads, or do you tend to ignore them? Do you trust the top result of a search more, or the top ad? Getting highly placed on the organic search results instead of paying for ads can mean twice the people visiting your website with none of the cost, and guests are more prone to trust your site. We know how to help you get placed on Google, and get people who have already made up their mind they'd like to go to a new church this Sunday to your website.
With the Ministry Partner Plan, you'll receive the highest level of support and by far the greatest value. We'll help you with advanced SEO support and make sure that your site moves up in the search engines over time. Our Experts will be available to help you develop a social media strategy and set up or enhance your Facebook fan page.
On the Ministry Partner Plan, we'll even help your church with its ongoing graphic design needs! That means that if you decide you want a new graphic for the bulletin, or the newsletter, or a new sermon series, we'll do the graphic design work for you (not just graphics for the website). Ever wish you had someone on staff who could provide catchy bulletin graphics, newsletter graphics, VBS flyers, T-shirt designs, sermon series graphics, youth group materials, or custom Sunday School graphics, instead of the same tired clip art? Now you will. Let us be your partners in ministry, freeing up your church staff to get out of the office and into the community!
Due to the fact that only one church in a given area can be at the top of the search engine results at any time, we can only accept one Ministry Partner Church per zip code at any time.
Additionally, to make sure that each site is unique and highly effective in every area it's sold, only one version of each template will be sold per zip code, ever.
Enter your information on the order page to see if particular templates and plans are still available in your area.
Please move quickly to reserve a spot if you're interested in helping your church achieve the greatest growth!
A word about features:
You can always mix and match features if the one of the plans isn't perfect for your church. Contact us to request a custom quote!