All of these tools are all to be used to work as smart as possible, it will reduce the amount of time that you worry about what posts to create and remembering to actually post them. Use these tools to sharpen your tools of ministry that you might be able to reach more people and deepen the impact of your ministry!
- Schedulers - Scheduling content ahead of time can help you be more mindful in the types of content that you are publishing. You can utilize Creator Studio within Facebook to manage Facebook and Instagram posts, but if you have additional networks you might want to consider a scheduler like HootSuite and Buffer are free up to three social media profiles.
- Canva - If you are a small church with limited staff and resources, designing a graphic for an upcoming event may feel a little daunting. Canva is an easy-to-use online design tool with tons of templates!
- Stock photos - Posts with images do better than plain text posts, so I would encourage you to take a look at sites like UnSplash and Pixabay for free stock photos that you can use.
- Hashtags Generators - Creating a batch of hashtags for your Instagram posts is helpful in reaching new viewers for free. Using a resources like the Hashtag Generator from Instavast, can help you determine which ones will get you the most exposure.
- IFTTT - IFTTT stands for If This Then That. This is an app as well as online platform that allows you to automate some of your processes. For example, if you stream your service online every Sunday at 9:30am - you can set up an applet, as they call them, that will trigger on a specific time to send a tweet or post 5 minutes before to remind people to join you online. There are so many options within IFTTT that you could get a little lost, but start with a few basic ones that will help automate some of your weekly tasks.
- AnswerThePublic.com - This is a website that allows you to input a topic and see all of the things that people are googling related to the topic. A simple search for prayer will show you that people want to know what to do when prayer becomes difficult, if prayer heals, what scripture says about prayer, and how prayer differs from meditation and fasting. Use this to create content that answers the questions that people asking about our faith.
Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed. - Ecclesiates 10:10 NLT
If you need some help in developing your standard responses or some quick graphics to share with your staff during this time, schedule a time for free to talk with me using the "Quick Questions" appointment here.