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On the television show The Bachelor, on the first night of meeting all the women, the bachelor will give out a first impression rose to the woman who gave off the best first impression and he would like to get to know better.
You church is competing for the first impression rose multiple times a day when people visit your website.
Consider this: your churches website is your first handshake and smile with a visitor. It is their first impression of you. Is your handshake strong and firm? Do you make good eye contact? Just like meeting someone for the first time can tell you a lot about them, your website can tell a lot about your church.
Many people these days will do their church shopping, or searching online first. Your website is essentially their first visit to your church. Your website can communicate several traits of the personality of your church before they even drive onto the parking lot.
The colors of the website, the font, the logo, they should all communicate your personality. If you do not set up your website intentionally thinking of it as your first impression, then visitors could get the wrong idea about your church.
The photos, text, videos, events, Twitter feed, and so many other things contribute to how people will view you. For example, the photos you place on your website show visitors the kind of people that attend your church. The visitor can then ask, “Will I fit in with those people.” That is just one example of how you can introduce yourself to an online visitor and help them know more about you.
Important Reminder: No False Advertising! Be honest in your portrayal of your church. Show your church how it is, not how you want it to be.
I challenge you to look at your church’s website with fresh eyes. And while you do that, ask yourself these questions:
- What is the overall first impression?
- Is it accurate?
- Based on what I am seeing, and not what I know to actually be true, would I visit this church?
This may a visitors first look at your church, but it could also be their last.
What do you think: what could churches put on their websites to make a better first impression to visitors?[photo by mromega]