March 29, 2020  
 
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Marketing a Mennonite Churches Business

It's becoming more and more difficult for Mennonite churches to rise above the clamor of the marketplace. Innovative marketing strategies may be your best bet for out-promoting -- and outperforming -- the competition.

For every Mennonite church success story, there multiple Mennonite churches struggling to survive.

Like it or not, product quality alone doesn't deliver repeat customers. These days, customers expect value and nothing communicates value more than a solid marketing plan.

Loss Leaders

Smart Mennonite churches understand that more customers will walk through the door if a few products are priced at less than full retail value. When applied skillfully, a loss leader marketing strategy can lead to overall gains in revenue. But to be effective, loss leader marketing requires planning, especially in product selection and price points. When used in Mennonite churches, this approach is most advantageous when it is coupled with a promotion for complementary products or services that are offered at full pricing. Also, it's important to carefully consider the quantity of discounted products you are willing to offer at the loss leader price since stockpiling or a high volume of loss leader sales can negate the revenue benefits of this strategy.

When It's Time to Rebrand

Rebranding can be the cornerstone of a successful marketing strategy. But unfortunately, many business owners choose to rebrand simply because they aren't sure what else to do. Rebranding is an intentional marketing technique designed to deliver long term results. For a Mennonite church, brands are tied to specific stages in the life of a business. If your company is expanding, you will inevitably outgrow your brand and it will be time to prepare for a comprehensive rebranding effort. Unless you are confident that you possess the skills necessary to rebrand your business, we advise consulting with a professional marketing firm before you introduce a new brand to your customers.

Managing Negative Publicity

Not sure how to handle negative PR? You're not alone. It's a probably faced by many Mennonite churches. The worst way to handle negative buzz is to put off developing a response until reporters are pounding on your door, demanding a comment from a company spokesperson. PR savvy Mennonite churches work with consultants to develop a crisis response plan that can be executed on a moment's notice. Since part of your crisis response may involve direct mail, we also recommend working with quality mailing list providers to obtain accurate contact lists.

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