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APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2020-2021 LEADERSHIP BROOMFIELD

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The Broomfield Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 class of Leadership Broomfield.

The goal of Leadership Broomfield is to build a sense of community by identifying individuals with the passion and commitment to become personally engaged in issues, programs and activities aimed at building a better City and County of Broomfield.

The program is designed to help attendees:
• define and enhance leadership abilities
• connect with local leaders in a variety of areas
• be exposed to the challenges and opportunities that face the city and county
• determine how to become more involved in leadership roles in the community
• build lasting professional relationships with community leaders

Leadership Broomfield features six monthly sessions plus a December mixer, running from September 2019 to March 2020. Each session focuses on a different aspect of the community, including quality of life, the nonprofit community, local government, and much more.

Applications are due by August 31. See the link below for our informational flyer, and apply here.

2020-21 Leadership Broomfield Application v1

5 Ways to Communicate Difficult Business Messages

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by Christina R. Metcalf

If there’s one thing 2020 has shown us, it’s how to bolster our communication skills. We’ve had cause for a lot of really difficult conversations with our customers. Nobody ever wants to give bad news but 2020 seems like the year we have to keep reiterating and sharpening our communication skills with difficult messages.

But if you feel like you’ve had challenge after challenge and you’re still wondering the best way to deliver those difficult messages, let’s take a look at a few tactics you might use.

Set Expectations
This is the easiest way to communicate on difficult conversations. Often with those types of conversations you don’t have all the answers in front of you. When faced with that, many businesses make the mistake of assuming that since they know very little at that moment, they should wait until they have something conclusive to tell their audience. This is rarely a good idea.

Instead, explain what you do know in a very simple way without judgment or accusations. Explain what you still need to figure out to the best of your ability. Then let your audience know when you will have the information they want.

This type of communication is often used when an investigation is warranted. If something has happened in your business that is unsatisfactory but you don’t know all of the details you would likely use this method of communication. Never wait for more info. Start shaping the conversation as soon as you are aware of an issue and assure people when you will know more. Then check back in with what you’ve uncovered.

Personalize it to Your Business
Instead of using a broad general message that you stole from Starbucks or some other large brand, tailor what you’re saying to your audience by tying it into your business or your customer base in some way.

Do it Quickly
Nobody wants to read upsetting news in novel form. They want to know immediately what’s going on, how it will impact them, and what will happen in the future. If this information that you’re putting together may change, tell them that. However, if you know that what you really need to tell them is unavoidable, don’t give it to them in baby steps. For example, don’t say you’re shutting down because someone tested positive for COVID if you’re really planning on shutting down for good.

While you may not be ready to deliver the true information, a lie can impact your ability to connect to your customers in the future. Be as honest as you’re able to be given the circumstances.

If you’re communicating this announcement through email list, get right to the point. Don’t spend 20 paragraphs talking about all the good things you remember. There’s plenty of time for that later. If you’re delivering bad news to someone, just give it to them.

Use Humor
If what you’re communicating is merely unpleasant, but not devastating, you might consider using a humorous approach. A lot of businesses have adopted this form of communication when it comes to delivering messages about asking customers to wear a mask.

Put it Everywhere in Multiple-media Formats
“I didn’t know that,” is a common complaint when someone has been told bad news. That is why if you’re delivering difficult information, you want to put it on every avenue you can think of such as:

• The top fold or banner of your website. You may even consider adding a pop up. If you choose to do a pop up, you don’t want that to be your only choice since some people use very sophisticated pop-up blockers. But it is a good way to get the attention of most people.
• Live stream your news on Facebook.
• Add the video to Instagram.
• Place an announcement on LinkedIn if it’s a formal announcement like a business closing or merger. If it’s simply that you are shutting down for a few weeks due to COVID exposure, LinkedIn is not necessary.
• Notify the chamber of commerce. You should let them know because the chamber may refer people to you or may be able to help you navigate the difficulties you’re communicating.
• Add it to your Facebook and Instagram stories.
• Send the information to your email list.
• Give a gift that reinforces the message.

2020 has been a communication challenge with many of us having to express feelings and News we hope to never talk about. but communicating with your audience is one of the most important things you can do to instill Trust and build a relationship. never withhold Disappointing information or a difficult message. In today’s hyper social world, it is difficult to keep information to yourself. If your customers hear about it from another way, the trust you’ve built with them will suffer.

Get More Customers with Facebook Ads: Pandemic Version

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Article by Christina R. Metcalf

Have you been hesitant to pay Facebook for your content to appear in your audience’s streams? Maybe you still remember the days when you could get good reach through just normal, consistent posting.

Those days are long gone.

If you want your audience to see you–and you really need that especially now–then you’re going to have to “pay to play.”

But just handing over the money to Facebook won’t bring you the traffic and sales you want. You need to learn how to write effective social media ads. And during the pandemic, the most effective content has changed a little. Here’s what you need to know in order to create ads that drive sales while most businesses are shut down.

Your Audience Is Online Now More Than Ever
It doesn’t take a marketing guru to figure out that people are online more these days. Many of us are working from home and need the distraction from our daily lives. While we probably see more people riding their bikes and walking then we have in the past, most of us are still spending a large chunk of our days on social media.

And even though we are consuming more content, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Facebook and the like have become more Democratic in how they feature content. If anything, more people are creating it so there’s more competition for your audience’s attention. In order to get in front of the people who can make a difference in your business, you’re going to have to use ads.

Learn the Technology
The first thing you need to do in order to be successful with Facebook ads is to learn the technology and process of creating them. Here are some solid resources on how to do just that:

How to Advertise on Facebook in 2020: the definitive Facebook ads guide
Facebook Ads Directions (from Facebook)
Successful Facebook Ads on a Small Budget

Create Content That Attracts
When most people think about ads they probably think of a clever jingle or an enticing offer. But the most effective Facebook ads also aim at connecting you with your audience. This is incredibly important during this time. Here is how you create ads that help you connect from a content perspective:

1. Make the ad look like a post. You don’t want the ad to look like an ad. While Facebook will attach the word “sponsored” underneath your name on the post, when people are skimming their streams that word won’t always pop up to them. If your ad resembles a normal post, people will likely click through and read it. However, if it looks like a blatant act of self-promotion, they’ll likely skip over it.
2. Play the small business card. People are incredibly tuned in to the plight of small business right now. If you operate a small business, tell them how important it is to support small businesses during this time. If your audience understands your small business is keeping local people employed, they will likely try to help by buying from you.
3. Show appreciation. Your social media ad doesn’t have to be about an offer you’re extending. You can put money behind a post that thanks your community for their efforts during this trying time. People like those who appreciate others.
4. Use creative offers. One local restaurant that had a surplus of vegetables, created raw veggie take out boxes. Social media is the ideal marketplace to help you sell a creative offer. Think about ways you can bundle your goods and services with things you may have extras of including toilet paper or paper towels.
5. Sell gift cards. You can use an ad to remind people they can buy gift cards too. However, in order to save yourself some headache, if you are questioning your business’ financial solvability, it’s best not to drive your gift card business if you’re concerned you won’t be able to honor them.
6. Make a sacrifice for others. If you have the means, create an offer that benefits others as well as yourself. Maybe you give a part of the profit to your furlowed staff or maybe you host an event like a car wash to help them. People love for their money to help as many as possible. It also builds community.
7. Highlight the efforts of others. You’re not the only ones who need help and are trying to do amazing things these days. Use your social media to highlight what others are doing in the community such as showcasing businesses that have even given discounts to those who are helping. Keep in mind that while the content isn’t about you, the offer or call to action should be. The content promotes good will and gets attention but the call to action should direct them to something you’d like the viewer to do.

When creating content and ads during this time, work hard to build the trust factor. Be a good steward of the community. Help people and your audience will be more likely to help you as well. And always be thankful.

Remove Friction
The final thing you need to do to create effective Facebook ads is to remove the friction from the buying process. You want your audience to take action. So you need to tell them what you want. Examples might include:

Stop by today
Order online
Select your favorites online or discover new ones

After you tell them what you want them to do, make it easy for them to follow up. Buttons and URLs that go directly to buying or an online catalogue or even a targeted landing page are ideal to drive action.

Directing them to your homepage is not a solid choice because it gives them an opportunity to get lost or may overwhelm them with information that is not what they’re looking for.

Social media ads are a strong method to get in front of your audience on a platform you know they’re already on. While the suggestions in this article work for non-pandemic times as well, it is especially important right now to carefully create ad content that connects you and portrays you as a good neighbor.

We’re all in this together and if you fail to give that kind of message, fewer people will feel the need to support you. Right now people are looking to be kind. They want to help. That needs to be a strong focus in your marketing message in order to improve sales.

Finally, even if your business isn’t currently open you can still be a good neighbor. Highlight the work of others and thank those who have helped you. Staying top of mind will assist you in your recovery once you’re allowed to reopen your doors.

BUSINESS/RESTAURANT RE-OPENING RESOURCES

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The Broomfield Chamber has created some images and signage that we our offering to local businesses to utilize in their re-opening efforts, and in their efforts to communicate mask requirements. Please feel free to use these in social media, or print for your windows or store-fronts. If you need PDF versions of the posters, please reach out to patrick.monacelli@broomfieldchamber.com.

The City and County of Broomfield also has a Blueprint to Reopening plan, and a Business Support Toolkit. You can find those resources here.

Let’s work together to make our community’s return to business successful. We are in this together, and we are Broomfield Business Strong!


Mask requirement graphics: Formats include png, 8.5×11 PDF and 11×17 PDF

Restaurant mask requirement

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Mask Required Poster-Restaurant-Bar-11×17

 

Store/Business mask requirement

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Mask Required Poster-Store-Business-11×17

 

Business Reopening graphics: Available as PNG files for use in social media, or to print as signs

       

     

BROOMFIELD CHAMBER, COMMUNITY FOUNDATION LAUNCH BROOMFIELD SMALL BUSINESS FUND

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Collaborative fund aims to help businesses rebuild as they re-open.

The Broomfield Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Broomfield Community Foundation, is announcing the creation of a new relief and assistance fund designed to help local small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic closures and restrictions.

The Broomfield Small Business Fund will distribute cash grants to assist eligible small businesses that are or may have closed temporarily, are having financial difficulty paying business rent and utilities, and/or are facing staff reductions or cuts in hours due directly to COVID-19 related market impacts.

“Broomfield has long been a great place to start and grow your business. Our community is a strong supporter of small business and now many of them are at risk of permanently going out of business through no fault of their own,” Said Sam Taylor, President and CEO of the Broomfield Chamber. “This fund will offer a lifeline for those companies that need a little extra help as they reopen their companies after being shut down because of the pandemic.”

“The Broomfield Community Foundation is proud to support the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce and our local small businesses throughout the medium and long-term recovery period to get back on their feet. The Broomfield Small Business Fund provides an easy solution for local residents and corporate supporters to assist fellow Broomfield businesses in a much bigger way,” stated Marianna Williamson, Executive Director of the Broomfield Community Foundation, which will be managing the fund and distributing grants.

Businesses that receive grants can use funds on direct business expenses such as payroll, inventory, supplies, lease or rent payments for non-residential business premises, and utilities for non-residential business locations. Fund grants are intended to promote business success, resulting in employee retention, supplement business revenues for payment of expenses, and sustaining business activity in the City and County of Broomfield.

Contributions are being accepted to help grow the fund at the Broomfield Community Foundation: PO Box 2040, Broomfield, CO 80038, with checks made out to Broomfield Community Foundation and memo Broomfield Small Business Fund. Online contributions can be made here. Information on applying for funding will be forthcoming, and questions can be directed to the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce at info@broomfieldchamber.com.