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Digital Labs blogs

Welcome to the Digital Labs blog. Here you'll find resources and advice on design, photography, social media strategy and more. Aimed specifically at those running social and web projects in churches.

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  1. Can’t live stream your service or event Schedule a Premiere to reach more people with your video

    Can’t live stream your service or event? Schedule a Premiere to reach more people with your video

    07/09/2022

    Learn how to schedule a Premiere on YouTube, and what you can do on Facebook now that Facebook Premieres are no longer available.

    3 min read
  2. A laptop on a table next to vase of flowers. Screen shows the website AChurchNearYou.com.

    Acting on your feedback: Improvements to AChurchNearYou.com

    23/08/2022

    Based on editor feedback, we’ve made some improvements to AChurchNearYou.com. 

    1 min read
  3. Light streams in from a stained glass window

    Stained Glass Summer: join in on social media

    18/07/2022

    Attract visitors to your church and share good news from the Bible, with a #StainedGlassSummer social media post.

    4 min read
  4. Creating and administrating a church social media account

    Communicating well as a church: Laying the groundwork

    06/07/2022

    How can your church communicate well? The first step is to be clear on your aims and who you want to talk to.

    Once you’ve done that, decisions about which channels to use and what content to create are much easier. You won’t feel that you have to do everything – you can prioritise.  

    3 min read
  5. A person walks across stepping stones of a river

    Communicating well as a church: Making a plan

    06/07/2022

    How can your church communicate well? Once you’ve thought about your message and audience, you can plan what you will create and when. Here are some great tips to help your parish plan effective communications.

    3 min read
  6. Making your church social media more accessible

    Making your church social media more accessible

    16/06/2022

    There are a few quick changes that you can make on social media so that it is accessible to everyone, especially those who are blind or partially sighted, and those who use a screen-reader.

    4 min read
  7. Bunting outside a church fete

    Tips for sharing your Platinum Jubilee event online

    13/05/2022

    Does your church have events planned to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee over the extended bank holiday? Do you use social media and other sites like A Church Near You to share the exciting events coming up at your church?

    Here are six tips for promoting and sharing events online, with useful things to think about before, during and after the event. 

    3 min read
  8. What to share on social media this week

    Five posts to share on your church's social media this week

    09/05/2022

    Are you struggling to come up with ideas for your church’s social media? Feel as though you’ve been posting the same  type of content and need some more variety.

    Read on for five types of posts you can post on your church’s social media this week and every week.

    4 min read
  9. Are you using links on Instagram correctly

    Are you using links on Instagram correctly?

    12/04/2022

    All you need to know about using links on posts, stories and your church Instagram profile.

    6 min read
  10. Making the most of Instagram Story thumbnail

    Making the most of Instagram Stories

    23/03/2022

    Find out how you can use the Instagram Stories to engage with your community on Instagram

    10 min read