Are you planning for a socially-distanced freshers’ week and looking for inspiration? Or perhaps you’re wondering how best to reach your university online? If that sounds like you, read on!
We’ve had a look back at all the ‘virtual’ CU activities since March and we’ve chosen some of their best light-bulb moments to highlight here. We hope they’ll help you be creative and bold as you plan for the coming year.
The Text-a-Toastie is, pardon the pun, the bread and butter of CU evangelism. It’s good at starting conversations about faith, it helps you meet new people and it’s tasty. But does it still work online?
Pro tip: if you can’t get to the post office, why not replicate this but keep it all online? You can answer the questions through your Instagram account.
Facebook, Instagram, IGTV, Instagram Stories, Youtube, Twitter… in a way, these are all the online equivalents of your lecture halls. Except that in these lecture halls, every seat is full and no one is looking at the floor trying to avoid eye-contact – the students there are ready to contribute and engage!
Pro tip: try pinning this post to the top of your page so it’s always first thing someone sees.
Pro tip: sharing the recordings of these events online afterwards is a great way to increase their reach, many videos went from having 50 views to over 1,000.
As well as CUs using social media, we saw some other inventive ideas:
Pro tip: If you’re not sure you have the manpower for something like this, why not try creating an online blog as a first step?
We hope these stories have sparked some ideas – but there’s no need to try them all! The most effective outreach can often be the most simple and relevant. Why not consider:
We, and many of our supporters, are praying for you as you continue to plan for next year during these unique times.
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