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The holidays are the perfect time for giving back to the community. While it is fairly easy for individuals to come up with ideas for giving back through charities, brands can sometimes find the opposite.

“Why”, you ask?

Most brands want to give back to something that they genuinely care about while being aligned with their company’s mission.

But why is giving back to the community so important for brands? Consumers love to support brands that make it their mission to give back to the community. Consumer’s perception of your brand can change for the positive if you can make a positive impact in your community.

During Thanksgiving planning, our clients, Food In Motion, reached out to us to let us know that they wanted to give back to their community. Together we were able to determine causes that were close to them and that aligned with their business. ⁠

Food in Motion partnered with Welcoming Arms, a non-profit organization that gives back to low-income families in Aurora, Ontario. ⁠

For every 10 Thanksgiving Meal Packages sold, Food In Motion donated 1 Thanksgiving dinner to a family of 4. ⁠

By advertising their holiday special and their partnership with Welcoming Arms, Food In Motion was able to surpass their sales goals. All while being able to donate 16 hot Thanksgiving dinners to families in need in Aurora. ⁠

A great place to start when trying to figure out what to donate would be asking your team for their input. See if there are any potential causes that they are passionate about for giving back to the community.

Here’s a list of potential ideas that you, as a brand can adopt for a little holiday give-back this season.

Reach Out To Another Brand With a Similar Mission

Head to social media to find out what other brands share missions similar to yours. Partner up with them to create exciting ideas for giving back to the community. This can also you to grow your network while doing something great for causes you feel avidly about.

Gifts That Give Back

Another great initiative for a holiday give-back would be to purchase client gifts from brands that also support a cause. Bonus points if they are local!

Not only will you be supporting another company but you will also be playing an active part in helping them achieve their ‘giving back’ mission.

Donating Your Services Or Products

Yes, you can also give away free products or services to those in need. Ask yourself if there are families/businesses in the community who were impacted by the pandemic that can benefit from your product or service. Work with your team to see what you can do to help support them, without spreading yourself too thin (especially if you are donating a service).

There are many ways to give back to the community this holiday season So, if you are unsure about how you can do an authentic holiday give-back, contact us today to set up a call where we can go over causes that are important to both you and your brand while helping you figure out a give-back plan that is sustainable for your business.

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You would never expect your employees to work without having any days off, so why expect the same for yourself? Taking time off (and not just a sick day) is not only important for your own health and wellness, but for your business as well. 

After-hours, weekends and vacations can sometimes look less like time off, and more like working from a different spot. 

As a business owner, taking a vacation can seem impossible. However, planning ahead of time will allow you to actually relax and give you confidence that your business will be okay. 

Here are a few tips to help you plan for some downtime:

Predict Slow Times

Taking time off during your peak months will most likely prevent you from having a stress-free vacation. Even if you aren’t working, you’ll likely be thinking of work. Scheduling your time off during a known slow period will allow you to enjoy the moments and not have to worry about there being a thousand tasks and projects that are waiting for you when you return.

Have a Second in Command

Appointing a manager or top team member to take on any urgent matters is crucial to being able to step away. This should be someone you can trust. Maybe they’re already your go-to or the team member with the most experience. Whoever it is, make sure you provide them with any necessary information that they may need and don’t already have while you are away, this way they only have to reach out to you if it is an emergency. 

Give Your Clients Plenty of Notice

You have done the planning on when you are going to take time off, and who will be running the show while you’re relaxing, now it’s time to let your clients know. We suggest sending out an email to clients a few weeks before, letting them know that you will be out of the office, as well as introducing them to who will be taking care of them during that time. Including a reminder of your time away in your email signature is also a great way of reminding your clients leading up to your time away. Setting up an automated email saying that you are on vacation will help you put work on the backburner and not feel guilty about not responding to your clients. 

We know that stepping away can be a hard decision for any business owner, but it is important to be able to take time to relax. Whether it is a day or a week, there can be many benefits that can come from taking time off, such as reduced stress, clearer thinking, increase in productivity when returning to work, creative flow and most importantly, can also prevent burnout. If you plan ahead, the only thing you’ll be thinking of is why you didn’t do this sooner. 

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Whether you are using stock photos for social media, your blog posts or your website, knowing these tips to get the most out of your search will help make your content more original. Here are 3 things to keep in mind when searching through stock photos: 

Pay Attention to Trends In Stock Photos 

Trends are constantly changing, whether it’s fashion, social media, or even the phone we use, these trends can sometimes be easily identifiable in photos. When using stock photos, you want to be careful that the image doesn’t showcase an out of date trend, unless of course that’s what you would like to show. It’s critical to review the date of the stock photo and ensure it doesn’t look dated. A stock photo that was taken in 2010 will likely look very different from an image that was taken in 2020. For more trendy stock photo, we like to use Unsplash.com. This is a free stock image website that provides 2021 quality images.

Not All Images Need To Have Faces

Landscapes, everyday objects and images that don’t show the model’s face are great substitutes for when you aren’t able to take your own professional brand photography. We love and recommend using stock photos for social media stories. For example, if you want to share some responses from a question you asked on social media, you can use stock images of the answer topic for the background. This is a really easy way to get great visuals! 

Get Very Specific With Your Search 

Getting extremely specific with your search on websites such as 123rf.com or Adobe Stock help you get the images you need and want, and limits the time spent sifting through images that aren’t reflecting your vision. When getting specific, try describing the people you would like to see, or the action that they will be doing. Another great reason to get specific is that you are more likely to find unique images, which will allow you and your content to stand out! 


The next time you need content and are looking to use Stock Images, try these tips! If you need help stepping up your social media game, book a discovery call with us!