Small businesses make up an enormous part of our communities and workforce. In 2020, it is estimated that US small business account for 64% of new jobs created each year. Many also donate goods and services to local charities, sponsor kids’ sports leagues and so much more. Did you know you can help small businesses without spending a dime?
From engagement to testimonials, here are just a handful of ways to support the small businesses in your area. Thanks to social media it can take no time at all!
Spread the Word
Tell your fellow pet parents all about our sitters and how they’ve bettered both your and your pet’s lives. Tag your favorite local business on a Facebook post of someone looking for recommendations. Spread the word about the ice cream place that has that flavor you can’t get enough of.
Research shows that approximately 90% of people are more likely to purchase from a business a trusted friend has recommended. This makes a big difference!
Love us? Love your local pizza place? Leave reviews and tell the world why they should love that small business, too! Research shows that 92% of consumers read reviews to determine whether they will do business with a particular company.
Invite Your Friends
Did you know you can invite your friends to like the Facebook page of your favorite small business? It takes just seconds and can introduce the people you care about to your favorite brands and content. Click here for a demonstration!
Engage on Social Media
Interacting with social media posts is known as engagement and is extremely helpful to small businesses. The best part is there are many ways to do it! Like, share or comment on Facebook posts. Double tap Instagram pictures to send a like. Use company branded hashtags (such as #rcopets) to raise awareness. Tweet that great picture of your pup with their sitter.
The possibilities are endless!
Post a Photo
Do you have a favorite photo we’ve taken of your pet? Did your hairstylist do an amazing job at your last appointment? Post on your page and tell everyone all about it!
A simple photo can reconnect you with someone you haven’t talked to in a while or discover a common interest with a friend. At the same time, it also also increases brand awareness and engagement. It’s a win-win!
Buy Gift Cards
Buying gift cards as gifts or for yourself to use at a later time can be a great way to help small business, particularly in challenging times such as the COVID-19 pandemic. While you may not need $50 pizzas in one sitting or the video game your nephew wants hasn’t been released yet, the purchase of a gift certificate will still make that business owner do a little happy dance.
There are few things more beneficial to individuals, business and communities than just simply being kind. Help your neighbors, share recommendations and resources, give someone a compliment. Send us a note to let us know why you just LOVE your RCO dog walker. Just being a good person does wonders for you and those around you. It’s that simple!
Your Local Small Businesses Thank You
While we may be different shapes and sizes from all different industries, the small businesses around you agree that we love our communities. How do you support your favorite small businesses? Let us know in the comments below!