Christmas is a great time to showcase local businesses that are members of the Chamber of Commerce. These tips and social media content ideas as well as blog post ideas will help you increase engagement and get more people coming back to your website.
#1 Show Me the Lights! Make a List of Best Places to See Lights
Your Chamber can get both a Christmas blog post and Christmas social media content from this idea. I love repurposing content – you get more results out of your effort.
Blog Post Idea: Everyone loves seeing holiday lights. Be the website that everyone refers to to find the best, brightest lights each year. Create a list of where to find the best holiday lights around town along with viewing times, prices (if any), addresses, and any pertinent information. This is evergreen content – so update it every year.
Social Media Ideas:
- Share the post on social media with some photos of the spots.
- Share the list again – this time just typed in the social media post instead of a link.
- Better yet – record some video (or do a LIVE) of a few of the spots on your list. On the post, refer people to your website to find the list of places to view Christmas lights.
Pro Tip: Created an image for a Facebook and Instagram Story that highlights your article and include a link or link sticker to the full article. You can now customize your link stickers in Instagram!
#2 Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Highlight Hot Drinks at Local Businesses
Nothing warms you up on a cold day like a hot drink. Mmmm, hot chocolate and chai tea are my two favorites at this time of the year.
Your member businesses are offering their best holiday drinks at this time of the year, so put a spotlight on them.
Website Content Idea: Write a blog post featuring holiday-themed hot drinks and classic favorites like hot chocolate at local member businesses. The story line should focus on where to find the best hot beverages in town to warm you up this holiday season.
Social Media Ideas
- Create a boomerang video (Instagram stories only) of one of your Chamber staff or a local celebrity drinking a hot beverage at one of your member’s businesses. Link the Story to the article your wrote on you website.
- Download the Boomerang App (from Instagram) and you can create 1-second videos that you can use on other social media accounts. (Tip: Check out this great article on using Boomerang videos for marketing by Neil Patel)
- Another idea is to post several photos of different beverages that your member businesses offer and list a few of the great flavors and where to find them in the text of the post. Be sure to tag those specific businesses and refer people to your website for more great drinks found at local businesses.
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#3 Show Them Your Fun Side – Have an Ugly Christmas Sweater Day at the Chamber
Your members know and like you – and they want to see more of you! Sharing photos of your staff at work and having a little fun is a great way to engage your audeince.
Social Media Idea: Take some photos of your staff wearing their sweaters and share them on social media. Ask a question – who’s sweater is the best? Who wore it best? Who’s is most creative? Use your question to spark a conversation and get engagement started on the post.
#4 Get in the Holiday Spirit – Feature Store Fronts Decorated for Christmas
This is social media idea helps to create a bit of nostalgia for your followers and encourages them to get out and shop local while enjoying the decorations. They might remember walking downtown with their parents during Christmas to view the storefronts which will encourage them to bring their kids downtown.
Social Media Idea: Feature a few of your favorite local business store front holiday decorations each day. This way, you’ll get several days worth of content out of this idea.
Go out and shoot the photos yourself and be sure to get the business owner or staff in the photo. People always respond more readily and engage with photos that include people — particularly if they know them personally. Don’t forget to tag the businesses and the people in the photos.
If you can’t get out to take all of the photos, encourage your member businesses to submit their own photos directly to you. This might take a quick phone call or just an email out to all your members.
Using these photos as a Story as well as a post (mix it up!) will reach different audiences.
Blog Post Idea: It’s not a bad idea to repurpose these photos into a blog post for your website showcasing how the city is all decked out for the holidays. Include photos of city lights and the tree to round the article out. You can even write up a sentence about each of the businesses’ window decorations and what they have to offer particularly for the gifting season.
#5 Nostalgia is in Season – #ThrowbackThursday
This type of post encourages engagement from your followers – a must-have for your social media accounts.
Social Media Idea: Use #ThrowbackThursday (or #TBT) to highlight holiday memories throughout the month of December. Use historical photos of your town’s Christmas parade, historic photos of decorations and Santas, other holiday-themed historical photos — all of these bring back memories that people will want to share. They don’t have to be decades old photos – they can be from just a few years ago.
Pro Tip: Ask a question in your post to encourage interaction. Something that starts with: Do you remember this event? Can you help us identify this person? Can you believe this? What’s your favorite memory of this event?
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