Change is difficult. By now, we’ve all settled in to our new normal, with many of us working remotely, and most – if not all of us – learning how to be socially distant. Businesses in our local communities need all the support they can get during these unprecedented times. That’s why, at Amplified, we’ve been working to create a list of ways in which you can continue to support your local community while keeping your distance.
6 Ways To Support Local Businesses While Social Distancing
SHOP ONLINE OR BY PHONE
Since most businesses can no longer rely on foot traffic to be successful, many are changing the structure of their stores. Retailers and boutiques are turning to social media to highlight their products, so like and follow their pages to stay updated. Send them a direct message or give them a call to see how you can make a purchase. They’ll be excited to hear your voice. Restaurants are shifting to carry-out or delivery services, so give them a call or check their website for menu availability.
PURCHASE GIFT CARDS
Even if you don’t need something right away, purchase a gift card now so you can treat yourself when this is all over – you’ll have earned it. Keep local businesses that you utilize frequently throughout the year in mind when deciding on gift card purchases – salons, restaurants, gyms, and retailers are all great options.
ORDER CARRY-OUT, CURBSIDE PICKUP, OR DELIVERY
Many local restaurants have worked hard to shift their menu and operations to carry-out and delivery. When you grab your food, don’t forget to tip!
ENGAGE ON SOCIAL
A lot of businesses are shifting their communication strategy to social media. This is the quickest and most efficient way for them to reach a large portion of their audience and their staff organically. Let them know you’re there by engaging with their posts. Have something in mind you’d like to see from them? Tell them. They’re listening.
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You might just learn something new. As businesses make the shift to social media and mass communication, you can expect to see more tutorials, demonstrations, and informative information.
TELL YOUR PEERS
Much like online reviews, peer to peer reviews are a great way to keep local businesses top of mind right now (and always!). Order delivery and tell your friends about your great experience – share a photo on your Instagram story and tag the restaurant. Get expert styling tips for free via Facetime from your favorite boutique – share the details on Facebook! Did your hairstylist save you from cutting your own bangs – you better give them a shout out!
Encourage friends and loved ones to support local businesses by sharing these ideas on your social media. Use #SupportLocal and let us know what you’re doing to help your community!