There are a number of churches that have websites to keep their congregation and members informed of the latest activities. But, many churches are not capitalizing on their ability to turn their websites into an online store. Find out how churches increase revenue by promoting products in their web store.
Many churches these days have an online website or blog that church members can browse to stay up to date on church activities and events. But, have you ever considered increasing church revenue by adding an online store to your website?
With more and more people looking online to review and purchase merchandise why not leverage the buying habits of your congregation by encouraging them to support the church by buying items through the online store. Sounds like a great idea, right? But what items can you add to your online website?
Here are a few ideas you can use to increase church revenue:
Sell eBooks and Physical Books:
Many pastors and church members have put their knowledge and expertise into written form. Selling eBooks that can be downloaded and accessed online are a great way to generate automated income. You can also promote and sell physical copies of your books online. Worried about having to get hundreds, even thousands of books printed? No worries. Consider using print and ship companies like Vervante, Kunaki and Lulu to fulfill and produce on-demand products.
Sell Sermons on Tape and CD:
Keep your members up to date by offering tapes and CDs of your sermons. Making these products available to church members who cannot physically attend church due to ailing health is a great way to keep them involved. It also offers another means of creating church revenue. Be sure to record special events where you are hosting guest speakers at your church. You can also upload the recorded .mp3 to the church web store where members can purchase and get instant access it.
Raise Money with DVD’s:
Special events provide a great opportunity to raise money for your church. Hire a professional videographer to shoot holiday events, special gatherings, and one-time events. Many people visit churches during special events. They also visit to support friends or family members who belong to your church. You can raise money by selling DVD’s featuring special events to visitors and members alike.
Record an Album:
Most churches have a choir. Get your church choir together, or reach out to gospel artists you know, and record their most popular selections in a recording studio. Compile these songs to make a gospel CD for your church. Add the finished CD to be sold in the online store.
By taking a few extra steps to record and edit your content, you now have the ability to package products in a way that can increase revenue for your church for months and years to come.
To Your Success,
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