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Do you know where to begin regarding Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and more? Social media can feel like a never-ending learning course. With changes and new features, it can be hard to pinpoint when to begin creating a strategy for your church’s social media channels. In this week’s episode, we discussed all things social media with Jacob Shipley to help you simplify, strategize, and start building your social media platforms for Kingdom impact.
How do you view your social media channels? Some churches use social media as a way to share information, others as a way to entertain, and mostly all churches use it as a way to engage with their audience. There is no right or wrong way to use social media. Still, when creating an effective social media strategy, it’s essential to consider how you are using social media and what you are using it for. Social media is constantly changing, and to keep up with the platforms and technology, we also need to change.
One way to do this is to shift your perspective. Start by viewing social media as a tool to promote the ministry and as an arm of the ministry. Begin by considering the purpose of the tool, what you want to do with it, and how you can best use it to stay relevant and impact others.
Social media isn’t meant to be just a bulletin board of information but a way to share your ministry beyond your church walls. It is a tool to reach people wherever they may be, to share what God is doing in and through your church, and further your mission. Using relevant content opens up your social media to new audiences and allows you to meet them right where they are with the content they need most.
Social media can be used to both equip and encourage those within your church and as a ministry tool to reach a new wider audience within your community.
Are you ready to take the next step of investing in your social media strategy? Here are a few things to consider:
Work effectively and efficiently by paying attention to the content you already have and the people around you. Not all churches can hire people who specialize in social media, but every church may have eager and passionate volunteers who desire to help make an impact through social media. Seek out those with the knowledge and background to help you make your social media channels effective and purposeful to bless others.
Remember, no one is in more of a position to reach your city than your church. Create content that is relevant and relatable to them. Use your social media channels as tools to engage, encourage, and equip those within your community.
By taking an asset, you already have and strategically using it on social media, you can reach and impact even more people.
The algorithm can feel like a big word when it comes to social media. But it really is simple. An algorithm is a tool used to get relevant content in front of the most people as possible. Each platform’s algorithm goal is to keep people on their platform for as long as possible to scroll, engage, and stay connected.
So how do you beat the algorithm? First, use it to help build your strategy. As a creator, it’s essential to create relevant content that will help others engage and stay on the platform longer.
Consider asking yourself these questions:
Answering these questions will help gauge how your social media content is doing and understand what is performing well and what is not. By learning from these insights, you can make changes to help your strategy be even better as you continue to take steps on social media.
Although insights are essential, they aren’t everything. Numbers only matter because people count. Try not to be too concerned about numbers for the sake of numbers but consider that on the other side of every screen is a person. With every social post, you have the opportunity to use your content to bless and encourage others and leave a lasting impression.
As the church, we have the opportunity to define success differently. Over time, you will be able to see the trends in how your content is performing. This review will help you make changes and see what is working and what isn’t. But remember, you may never know the accurate measure of every social media post. Still, you can be intentional to create purposeful content that leaves a Kingdom impact and blesses others.
A general rule of thumb for keeping up with the ever-changing world of social media is to invest in whatever platform is launching that season. Every channel will prioritize and feature the accounts that use what they are investing in. Stay innovative and look for ways to try new things within each social media platform to see what works best for your church.
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“Numbers matter because people count.” - Jacob Shipley
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“We aren’t concerned about numbers for the sake of numbers, we are concerned about numbers because we want to bless people. We want people to be blessed by our content, and we want their lives to be better because we interacted with them.” - Jacob Shipley
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“The algorithm is a tool to get relevant content in front of the most amount of people as possible.” - Jacob Shipley
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