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Who is this for? Who could benefit from Great Start Solutions training, coaching, & services?

Keep in Mind:
*Great Start Solutions content will address both ministry and business needs and concerns and will use examples and terminologies from both spheres.
*If you are not doing both ministry AND business, then some of the references in the trainings may not apply to you. A local church vs a local barber shop for example will have many similarities but will have differences as well. Despite their differences, the vast majority of digital marketing techniques and strategies will be the same for a ministry and a business, therefore you can benefit from nearly all the content presented.

MINISTRY ENTREPRENEUR (both) 100% Applicable – PERFECT FOR:
You are both a ministry leader and entrepreneur (or planning to be in the near future). Some people might describe you as a tentmaker, bi-vocational pastor, or preacher with a side hustle
Concerning your digital marketing and online platform: you are planning to soon start or have just started.
You are busy and looking for ways to be more efficient with your time
You are looking for more affordable solutions
You want to grow your church/ministry
You want to make money online and learn ways to monetize your website, blog, podcast, and/or YouTube channel #copy
You want to save money

MINISTER 95% Applicable – GREAT FOR:
You are a church or ministry leader.
Your primary concern is grow your church/ministry
Concerning your digital marketing and online platform: you are planning to soon start or have just started.
You are busy and looking for ways to be more efficient with your time
You are looking for more affordable solutions
You would be interested raise ministry funds and/or decrease ministry expenses

ENTREPRENEUR 95% Applicable – GREAT FOR:
You are an entrepreneur / business owner (or planning to be soon).
You want to make money online and learn ways to monetize your website, blog, podcast, and/or YouTube channel
Concerning your digital marketing and online platform: you are planning to soon start or have just started.
You are busy and looking for ways to be more efficient with your time
You are looking for more affordable solutions

CASUAL CONTENT CREATOR (casual, hobby, etc.): 80% Applicable GOOD FOR:
You are a creative person
You don’t have a ministry or business. You don’t have any products or services for sale.
You just want to start a simple blog, podcast, or YouTube channel
….or perhaps you want to just want to focus on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc..)
You just want to share your knowledge and talents with the world
You are not concerned with trying to make money online (at this time)
Concerning your digital marketing and online platform: you are planning to soon start or have just started.
You are busy and looking for ways to be more efficient with your time
You are looking for something more affordable

What do you do and how much does it cost?

Great Start Solutions is currently developing and refining our products and services. There will be a pricing page with more details.

GSS COURSES are currently in development. They will be offered through Teachable.com. The prices of each course will vary but approximately from $39 to $99 per course.

GSS COACHING is available now,  just contact us if you are interested. There are two types of coaching available, group coaching and 1 on1 coaching. Coaching is conducted via Zoom. If you live in the local area it is possible to meet in person.

GSS SERVICES plans and packageage are not formally prepared but we can make a special, custom project that will fit your needs and budget. We offer many common virtual assistant services such as web design, wordpress blog assistance, graphics, social media management, and email marketing and management.

GREAT START ACADEMY. It is in the plans to offer a monthly membership that would include includes video courses, a private Facebook community, and live monthly live group coaching calls with Zoom. There would be different levels of plans with different features.

You are welcome to subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated (see home page).  Soon there will be a pricing page with a full breakdown of all the features and prices.

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What do you mean by the word "minister" or "ministry"? Do you mean a government official?

We are not referring to a government leader, unless that government leader also happens to be a preacher or pastor.
When speaking of a minister, we are referring to a preacher or pastor. Generally, one who uses the Bible to teach and inspire people in their relationship with God. One who has a clear call of God to LEAD people SPIRITUALLY.

In the context of digital marketing, it is specifically for a preacher/pastor who wants to reach more people with his or her message online.

Some people use the word ministry in a very general context, for example a nurse may view her occupation as a ministry. To some sense this is true. There is no absolute right or wrong with this, which is why we wanted to provide clarification of who we are referring to when we use the word “minister” or “ministry.”

"I have (or plan to) have somebody do my digital marketing for me... why would I need training on these things for myself?"

 Understanding the BIG PICTURE is a worthwhile investment that will be beneficial for you and your team for the rest of your life.
You won’t consider options that you don’t know you have

The better you understand how this all works, the easier it will be for the people helping you.

You are better able to check the work they are doing. How can you check their work if you don’t know what to look for?

Paying talented freelancers by the hour can get expensive. Granted, it will take more of your time & energy doing it yourself. However, you can save A LOT of money doing it yourself. If you have more time than money, then this is something to consider.

"Are your products & services really worth the money you are asking for?"

One of things GSS does is help you either start a new website or improve your existing website. Not having a website (or having a poor website) will cause some people to wonder if your business is legitimate and can be trusted. In 2019, it is expected to have a website of some kind.

People want to know what you are offering, how much it cost, & how can they contact you. If you have a public office they want to know what is your street address, office hours, and phone number. If you are a content creator people want links to your blog, podcast, YouTube channel, and/or social media.

GSS also helps you grow your Social Media which is very valuable for your business.

How much would it be worth to get 1000 more monthly website visitors, email subscribers, and/or customers? When digital marketing is done effectively, it can result in significant growth for your ministry and business.

How much would it be worth to see an increase in event attendance for your church or ministry?

How much would it be worth to have $500 or more every month to help support your family, ministry, and business?

With productivity, how much would it be worth to have an additional 5 to 10 hours of free time  – every week?

"I don't have time, I'm just too busy"

If you are too busy to learn how to grow your ministry and business, then you are just too busy. Having a website and social media is not an extra thing that only some people have. If you don’t have a good website and an least 1 active social media account, you are going to lose customers. Customers who are looking for sources that they feel are reliable and trustworthy.

Part of an effective digital marketing strategy includes providing important information that is easy to access. Effective digital marketing is not just for getting new members / customers but also for providing a better experience for your existing followers/customers.

Having a good digital marketing system (website, email marketing, social media etc.) will save you time from having to answer the same questions over and over again. This not only saves you time but it saves them time as well.

"I prefer offline events and in-person workshops over online training, & community, & coaching."

Offline events certainly are great for networking and an overall experience. However, there are challenges with offline events including increased cost, travel expenses, & inflexibility of start & stop times.

Online training has the advantage of being available 24/7 without any traveling expenses.

Furthermore, online resources can be accessed from anywhere and you don’t have to be away from your work or family.

With all that said, we are planning to have workshops, seminars, and conferences. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated of our upcoming events.

"I am interested but I'm not ready to start now, perhaps later."

How long have you been thinking about it? It is possible to wait too long. Only you know (and God) know what is best for you and it is possible that starting immediately may not be what is right for you.

Even if that is the case, consider creating a reminder in your calendar to come back and check this website again in a few months. You may feel differently then.

"There are other digital marketers who have a bigger following and are more established. Why would someone choose GSS over the many other trainers and coaches out there?"

It’s true there are many digital marketers out there, but ask yourself these questions:

Is the coach/guru a Christian? Does he or she encourage you in your Christian faith? Does his or her content embrace Jesus Christ or does it seem to shy away from anything spiritual in nature?

Do they discuss the specific challenges of doing both ministry AND business together?

Are they focused to beginners? Or does their content seemed focused more towards advanced users? (GSS is focused towards beginners & intermediates)

Are they focused towards early stagers who just are getting started in their ministries and businesses…or do they focus more towards CEOs of larger companies and organizations? (GSS is focused towards those in the earlier stages of their ministries and businesses)

Do they teach productivity and time saving tips, techniques, & tools?

Do they teach you honest ways of making money online?

Do they teach you how to save money by using low cost or even FREE digital marketing tools?

How does their pricing compare to GSS membership pricing? Most likely you will find GSS is cheaper. (Note the total value of what is offered should be taken into consideration)

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"I’m not a tech guru...I'm technically challenged"

 

GSS Courses are designed in such a way that they are beneficial whether you actually do the tasks yourself or not.

GSS membership includes DIY and screen sharing tutorials that will walk you through step by step.

GSS membership includes a Facebook group where you can ask any question and your question will be answered usually within 24-48 hours. GSS membership also includes live group coaching calls where you have additional opportunities to get coaching.

If you decide not to do it yourself, you hire us to do it for you and/or learn how to find other affordable outsourcers yourself.

"I am not big on digital marketing.. Can't I just grow my ministry and/or business other ways such as sales calls, offline marketing, or word of mouth?"

 Not having an active, updated, & functional website will cause some people to be suspicious about your ministry and/or business. If all your competitors have a website but you don’t, your potential customers may ask, “Why not?”

Good digital marketing isn’t just about getting more followers/customers but it’s also about providing a BETTER EXPERIENCE for your EXISTING followers and customers. By providing important and necessary information that can be easily found, you are giving better service.

If you want people to be able to find you on Google, you have to give Google something to find. Social Media posts wont show up and if do, they wont rank very high.

If you want to make a bigger impact and reach more people, marketing online is a very wise choice.

 

"I am interested in your training and coaching but can't afford it. I just don't have the budget for it right now"

GSS has a lot of free resources including our blog, YouTube channel, & podcast. Furthermore we have a free membership plan that includes some introductory courses & lessons.

It is possible to pay through volunteer work. There are many areas we can use help including website assistance, proofreading, graphics, virtual assistance, etc. If you have a skill or talent but currently on a low budget, please contact us and we will get back with you.

"I can learn from YouTube"

Here are some issues with relying entirely on YouTube videos as a reliable learning source:

NO BIG PICTURE, NOT CONNECTING THE DOTS
Doesn’t show how this element connects to other elements, the big picture

(very) SHORT VIDEOS
YouTube tends to be shorter (but not always)

SCATTERED/RANDOM
YouTube channel’s do not tend to take you step be step, from beginning to end

NO COMMUNITY / NO Private Facebook Groups
YouTube videos don’t provide community, except video comments

NO BONUS DOWNLOADS
No course outlines, no pdf’s, no mp3’s

CONFLICTING MESSAGES
Different advices from different people can sometimes be bad
DON’T KNOW: you won’t search for something you have never heard of before. You won’t search how to
You don’t know what you don’t know..

VIDEO MAY HAVE BEEN PREPARED WITH A DIFFERENT TARGET AUDIENCE IN MIND
May not necessarily apply to you

UNRELIABLE SOURCE: Amateur advice is not the same as an experts. Professionals don’t give everything away free

"Marketing feels very “business-like” Should a ministry be concerned about marketing?"

The Kingdom of God is the greatest “business” on the planet. Jesus told us to go into all the world. This means reaching the lost people by whatever means possible. Many churches and ministries are already using marketing tools such as Facebook, a website, email, etc., however, they may not be using these things effectively.

See this picture for inspiration https://www.instagram.com/p/BuLXCDclQO0/

Marketing is not a gimmick, but rather communicating an important message that God has commissioned us to tell. As we seek to reach our culture, it is important we use the tools they are now using.

"Who is James Robor and why is he qualified to teach about digital marketing & productivity?"

James Robor is a minister (since 1993), best-selling author (2015 & 2018), website creator (since 2006), & blogger (since 2008) – just to name a few of his skills and experiences.

James has been learning and studying from some of the top digital marketers today including being a member of a few high level coaching programs. To this day James is a member of a paid coaching group where he receives help from a highly successful Christian digital marketer.

James has helped many ministries & businesses with their digital marketing and the list continues to grow.
You can learn more about James’ story by clicking on the About tab above or going to greatstartsolutions.com/about

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