Using Your Tagline and Working on a Website Plan
Once you’ve got a tagline, what do you do with it? The answer is to attach it permanently to your name! For ministry purposes, your tagline should be associated with your name wherever it appears. Here’s a little list for starters:
- In any bio for guest blog posts or articles you write
- In your personalized email signature
- On your business cards
- In the header of your website
I’d love to get your suggestions for other places to use your tagline. Comment away!
Just briefly today, I’d like to talk about my current project–updating my personal website. For those of you who have done this in the past, either for the first time or as a “freshen up”, you know how much work and brain space this takes. I’ll do a whole series on creating a website soon, but here are a few things I’ve been doing on the front end of the project.
1. Become a student of websites you love–I’m not at a point where I have “people”–marketing experts, corporate web-developers, etc.–and you probably aren’t either. All of us, however, can study the people who have “people” (or have just done it very well on their own)! I have gone through every page, every link and every sidebar of sites I love listing the elements I’d like to implement on my site. Here are some of the sites I’ve been stalking:
2. Archive your list of “must haves”–After studying all these great sites, my list of elements I want to include on my site is very long. I won’t be able to implement it all over night, but I now have my list of all the elements I’d like to eventually include. I am concentrating on ways to highlight my speaking as a resource, so I’ve even studied author’s sites to look at how they highlight their books. My spoken messages will be inserted into these elements. My long list is currently on a legal pad, but I’ll save it into a Word doc soon for long-term storage to refer to as I work on one piece at a time.
3. Develop a plan–This week I created a plan for the site in which I color-coded (yes, I’m OCD like that!) each of these: tabs/pages, down downs, page elements, sidebar elements. The better you plan ahead and have a vision for your website, the better your working relationships will be and the closer to your vision you’ll get. I’m learning to plan so I can communicate more clearly with my people.
4. Get some people–Although I can’t pay corporate salaries for people with the skills I lack, I definitely couldn’t do what I’m doing without some very important people. Carol Poortvliet is my graphic artist, and she’s completely amazing. Many of you already know her from her work for Proverbs 31 Ministries’ magazine and many of the biosheets designed for our speaker team. I love working with Carol, because she’s patient with what I don’t know and gently leads me as well as carefully listening to me. Here’s Carol’s website for those of you looking for a graphic artist: http://www.thedesigndiva.org/ I highly recommend her!
Also, I am employing a surprising person who is a tremendous blessing to me. My 13-year-old nephew Jake is helping me tremendously with the techie aspects of maintaining and improving two websites. I have to brag on him by telling you that not only has he solved every problem I’ve hit him with so far, he’s also highly professional. Truthfully, I wasn’t sure how it would go working together, but he has far exceeded my expectations on every level.
I share about my “people” not just to boast a little, but to encourage you that you may have people around you who can help too. I slam against my limitations when I deal with technology, so it’s very worth the price both Carol and Jake charge. They elevate my sites to a place I could never attain myself. Look around and consider investing in people of your own!
Have you recently developed a website or updated? What problems did you run into? What lessons did you learn that can help the rest of us?
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