Earlier this week, we covered the different ways pet-related businesses can pivot during the COVID-19 crisis and how social media marketing can help them make an impact in their communities. This article, the second in a four-part series, is dedicated to online education — a hot-button topic for educators, parents and children learning at home right now. Let’s dive right in!
- You don’t need to be a video or branding expert to teach your audience something on social media. Prop your phone up on a chair, work out a math problem on a whiteboard and viola! You just added so much value to a parent’s day.
- Now more than ever, people are craving rich content, and you absolutely have something to offer. The only way you can use social media wrong as an educator is by not using it at all.
- You can partner with local schools and businesses digitally on social media. Tag them in your content, start a Facebook Group with them, organize Zoom webinars and co-host them as an event on Facebook. The COVID-19 crisis might feel like it’s hindered your reach, but actually it’s only allowing you to think more creatively.
For Tutoring Businesses and Educators
Let’s face it: Parents have a lot on their plates right now. They’re trying to be both parent and teacher, not to mention chef, house cleaner, coach and all the many other hats they must wear.
Children have a lot on their plates, too. For many of them, this is the first time they’ve had to learn in an exclusively online environment. And although they’re no strangers to the internet, they’re not necessarily going to have a seamless transition to online learning.
Moreover, they’re isolated from their friends. Graduating seniors are having an especially rough end of the year, missing out on social activities, spring sports, grad nights and graduation ceremonies. There are no do-overs when it comes to these precious moments.
However, here’s where tutoring businesses, retailers of educational materials, music and art teachers, and other educators have an incredible opportunity to not only ease the burden on parents, but also offer extra support to students as they shift to online education. While you can’t replace the moments they’re missing out on at school, you can give them the one-on-one support they need to feel successful with their academics.
Even if you don’t have an online learning platform in place for your business, you can use other tools like Zoom, Google Classroom and your own social media pages to connect with students. In addition to providing virtual tutoring sessions, you can go live on Facebook and Instagram with fun videos, downloadable organizers and tips to entertain your audience. Why not solve a math problem or recite a children’s book in a creative video?
Connect with your local schools, too, to offer support services for educators and further your reach. Offer to create tutoring lessons tailored to teachers’ lessons plans that they can then share with their students. Use your social media pages to share all the great work you’re doing with hyper-local posts featuring your tutors and the people they serve.
Ever wondered what a personalized online tutoring session with Tutor Doctor is like? Check out these highlights from an hour long session with one of our tutors teaching reading.
For Any Business With Something to Teach
As people pick up new hobbies and strive to further their education at home, all different types of businesses can provide online lessons related to their business. Some people are simply looking to pass the time in ways that involve more than sitting on the couch and binging the latest reality show (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Others are jobless and looking to expand their skill sets as they look for new work.
You can step in and be of service during the COVID-19 crisis. As Forbes writes: “While many Americans will be forced to reevaluate their career options in the months and years to come, some will undoubtedly use this time of uncertainty and isolation to acquire practical skills that will increase their chances of finding employment once companies are hiring again.”
These online classes, many of them free, may be focused on a specific career outcome, like a technology skill, or they may be simply a dose of positivity in a time of crisis. Even higher education institutions are hopping on board. For instance, Yale is currently offering its most popular class, “The Science of Well-Being,” for free — something we all want to learn more about, right?
As a business owner, you’re an expert in something that your customers will want to learn more about. Think about some of the FAQ you tend to get over and over again. How can you answer those questions in an online learning environment while creating more engagement and connection with your customers?
You can use the same tools that tutors and educators use to teach your audience something new. Add in webinars and YouTube videos and share those on your social media channels as links or downloads, branded with your company name. When they have a question about your area of expertise, guess who they’re going to turn to? That’s right, you.
So don’t think of it as giving something away for free; think of it as building brand trust and awareness — not to mention just being a good human being in these challenging times.
For Cybersecurity Firms
With online platforms, there’s always a risk of hackers and unsafe situations, for children and parents alike. Cybersafety firms have an opportunity to teach consumers how to protect their personal information online, avoid cyberbullying and online predators, prevent hackers from accessing their online meetings, and protect themselves as well as seniors and children from the many scams that are arising out of COVID-19.
For cybersafety experts, social media provides an ideal platform to share safety tips and best practices. People of all ages can benefit from your posts and quick videos addressing some of the most common concerns and scams that have arisen from the COVID-19 crisis.
You can also partner with a variety of different businesses and institutions to further your reach, including schools, corporations and those serving elderly populations. For many people, technology is the only means to connecting with loved ones and accessing the information they need for work, school and social activities. You can step in and be of service to keep everyone safe online.
Tap Into the Power of Social Media
As you’re taking care of social distancing, Rallio is here to take care of your social media engagement — with no initial fees. We have many different solutions for all types of businesses to help them navigate the COVID-19 crisis with greater ease.
- Rallio Dashboard — Our social media management tool was built specifically for franchises and multi-unit businesses. It lets you control your brand’s social and review pages from one simple spot, as well as syndicate content to different types of franchisees and set permissions.
- Rallio Local — Technology is great, but humans are better. Rallio Local combines the power of the Rallio technology with the creativity of real people. Receive weekly custom, local content, custom responses to your online reviews, social ad campaigns and community management. We pair you with a Social Strategist to deliver hyper-local content that gets seen by your audience through fully managed ad campaigns.
- Rallio Activate — Leverage the power of your employees to reach customers like never before. Incentivize them with rewards programs that you create, and collect assets into your brands image library. Have them submit their own photos and videos to earn points, and publish your brand-approved content on their personal profiles.
This article was the second in a four-part series exploring ways to respond to changing times, digitize your business and blow up your social media presence. Watch for our future vertical-specific articles to learn how to adapt for the current economy.