GET FOUND ON GOOGLE
Hi! I'm Charlie Russell. I'm a digital marketing specialist. Because my background is in ministry, I specialize in helping churches, ministries, and non-profits. I like to tell people I make the "bait" for fishers of men.
The three biggest ways I can help your ministry:
1. "Claim your business" on google maps.
2. Optimize your SEO.
3. Create digital marketing materials.
1. "CLAIM YOUR BUSINESS"
If you haven't claimed your church on google maps, you need to. When people look for churches in your area, you want them to be able to find you. You want them to be able to find the correct information about you. And you want to show them the "good" information about you so that you make a good first impression. You don't want Randy, who thinks he knows everything, to be on his computer one day, looks up your church online, and says, "oh, that's incorrect" or "I have a better picture to upload" and suggests an edit that isn't correct or helpful. Randy has good intentions, but you don't want the fate of your online presence to be left in his hands. You want it to be left in YOUR hands.
This is a very important first step for helping your church get discovered, and it is really easy if you know what you're doing. Thankfully, I know what I'm doing! So I do this for free. You don't have to buy any of my other services to ask for my help in "claiming your business", even though I'll try to sell you on them. I figure even if you don't get any of the other stuff, at least I've been able to help further the Kingdom of God for a small amount of my time.
Why is this so important anyway?
Imagine someone has hit rock bottom, they feel completely hopeless and lost, and they’ve decided to try one last thing: Jesus. So they go online and google “churches near me.”
How often does that happen? More often than you think. The statistics show that 97% of the people who found your church looked you up online first. When searching for churches, 86% look up the church's location google maps. And we know that 46% of ALL google searches are locally based, so if someone is going to start googling churches, it is very likely they will type in "churches near me." (Statistics from Go Gulf)
Here’s what you don’t want. You don’t want them to miss your church because they found another church first - certainly not one preaching false theology anyway. You don’t want the first picture they see to be that one fuzzy picture that Ethel took with her phone that day her granddaughter was on stage (you’d rather that first picture be the good picture someone took on Easter Sunday)*. You don’t want them to get frustrated because they can’t find the right information, so they move on to the next one. You don’t want them to miss how good your church is just because google didn’t have all the information.
Here’s what you want. You want them to find you at least before they find the Catholics, the United Methodists, the Church of the Latter Day Saints, and the Church of Scientology. You want them to be able to find your correct service times so they know when to come. You want them to be able to find your website and any other information you’d like them to see. You want them to see a picture of a welcoming church.* You want them to see a short message from you that maybe invites them to join you or tells them more about who you are. Why? Because you want that person to feel like your church is a place they can come to find hope. Because Jesus is the only real hope they will ever find.
*Sidenote: I don’t understand why they have the legal means to do so, but Google chooses the picture of your church to present to the world. The only way to "suggest" a different picture is by claiming your business. That also allows you to upload your own photos (and you do have the ability to control YOUR photos. Just not other "customers.")
2. OPTIMIZE YOUR SEO
SEO stands for "Search Engine Optimization." Basically, there are a certain number of things you can do to get ranked higher by google. There are some things you can do to get your church shown ahead of others in google maps, and there are some things you can do to have your website shown ahead of other websites as well.
Most of these things are more simple than you think. For example, simply adding specific social media accounts that not everyone is using, like FourSquare, can put you farther ahead on google maps. Simply adding more text to your website can give it a higher ranking.
Why Charlie knows what you need: Charlie has software that's connected with google and analyzes your ranking on Google Maps and the SEO for your website. This gives him the ability to tell you exactly what you need to get ranked higher. Because he is a digital marketing specialist, he is also capable of taking care of all your online needs for you.
Why you can trust Charlie: Charlie drafts a small contract that keeps everyone honest. That way you know you can trust him for sure. He understands that not everything that increases SEO is necessary, and is willing to work with you to figure out what bests suits your specific needs. If Charlie loses your trust, he loses your business - and he wants to keep that! Here is a list of people that can attest to Charlie's character:
"Charlie is a joy to work with. He is very creative and he brings fast results. I can't say enough about my endorsement for his abilities, attitude, and approach to getting things done quickly, and done well."
-Scott Ziegler, Lead Pastor for
The Bridge Community Church
"Charlie took our old, outdated website and updated it. It is attractive to everyone who has stopped to view the site. He also took the time to help us get it set up and working properly. We can't thank him enough for all his hard work to get us up to date on the World Wide Web."
-Rod McKenzie, Director of Higher Up Ministries
"Charlie has helped our church with graphic design, video production, and our website. Charlie has always finished what he was working quickly and with excellence. His communication was great and he was always willing to make changes that we requested. The cost has always been more than fair. I highly recommend Charlie Creates for your graphic/media needs."
-Johnny Chase, Lead Pastor for Lift Church
3. DIGITAL MARKETING
Browse this website to learn more information about digital marketing materials that Charlie can make for you. If you're looking for someone to create social media ads to increase your followers, Charlie is your guy. If you're looking for someone to help you create graphics and videos for a sermon series, or create a bulletin, or a business card, or a sign, or a logo, or a website, Charlie is still your guy. Anything required to make your dreams come true on a screen, he can do. If you'd like to go ahead and request a quote, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
The form below is used for digital marketing materials only. To ask for Charlie's help in "Claiming Your Business" on google maps or optimizing your SEO, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org