Right now, with so many businesses being disrupted by the precautions we are being asked to make to help in slowing the spread of Covid-19 (the coronavirus), we might not be out and about enough to hear so many employees and business owners ask “How can I help you?”
As a result, WE, the customers, clients, and friends of all those being so hard hit right now are asking “How can WE help you?”
You have probably seen many posts and articles listing different ways we can help businesses during this time, despite not necessarily being able to walk in and spend money there.
These ideas include:
- Buying gift cards from the company’s website that provides them immediate revenue, and offers the opportunity for you to go and use once it is possible.
- Visiting a company’s e-commerce shop if they have one, and purchasing that way.
However, not all businesses offer gift cards or have an e-commerce site, so how can you help them? Here are a few ideas:
- Keep promoting them! Tag them in your social media posts that mention them, encouraging folks to check out their website and telling people what they can expect when they are able to go visit them.
- Support them on social media. If they have a Facebook business page, “like” it. Comment on or share their posts to help them continue to get brand recognition and show them you support them. Same thing for Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.
- Use this time to finally leave that review you have been meaning to write about your favorite business(es). Google pages, Facebook business pages, Yelp, etc., are all great places to do this. Trust me when I tell you that businesses truly appreciate when people use these forums to spread POSITIVE feedback, rather than just for negative reviews.
There are more ways, obviously. However, these are a few to get you started.
Honestly, the BEST way to help? Ask these business owners, your friends, family, and ANYONE you think needs it, what you can do for them.
Listen. Be supportive. Be understanding.
This is a weird time.
We all need to work together to get through it.