However, while we may be practicing physical distancing during the next month, it doesn’t mean we have to feel completely isolated. Technology is helping us stay virtually connected with each other. Over the last few weeks, we have been getting creative with digital resources to stay in touch and foster meaningful connections during the time of COVID-19.
Instead of conference calls, we’ve been hopping on Zoom video conferences to log valuable and missed face time with colleagues we can’t see in the office. During the day, our kids have been using Zoom to attend virtual classes and to see their friends and teachers. It’s keeping us connected with larger groups despite the circumstances.
After work, we’ve been missing movie nights with our friends and family, so we’ve been relying on Google Chrome’s new Netflix Party feature for virtual, long-distance nights on the couch together. It’s fun to chat throughout the movie and is the perfect weekend isolation activity, if you ask us!
In between everything, we’ve been sending both funny and sentimental GiftCast video messages and cash gifts to friends and family, especially those whose birthdays we may be missing, those who may be out of work and financially struggling and those who could use a little pick-me-up. It’s perfect for getting in some face time with an added gift your loved one can choose how to spend. Plus, recipients can keep those video messages forever, creating virtual memories that keep on giving for years to come.
Where there is a will to stay connected safely from home, technology has a way right now.
How are you staying in touch during isolation? Head to our social channels and let us know!
By: Tim Campbell
I don’t know about you, but my fall back gift to almost everyone used to be a gift card. It’s fast and easy. It doesn’t require too much thought either. If a birthday was coming up, then I would head to Target or Walgreens and stand in front of the kiosk that has a bunch of different gift cards. There are tons of different stores and restaurants to choose from. In fact, sometimes I feel like it takes forever to choose which one to get. If I can’t choose, then I’ll just get the Visa card and pay the ridiculous $5.99 fee for no reason.
The problem is I never feel satisfied with a gift card as a gift. It doesn’t show that I care enough about my friend or family member. And I bet they know it when they get it. I also wonder if they even use it. My junk drawer is full of gift cards that I have never used. Either because I don’t like the store or restaurant, or I just forget to take it with me. I feel like this must be the same thing other people go through. Right? Why do we do that?
That's why we created GiftCast. It’s like a gift card, but different. You record or upload a video and send money with it. The first GiftCast I sent was to my friend who was turning 40, but I couldn’t make it to her birthday party because she lives on the other side of the country. I was able to tell her in my own words (not some fluff in a greeting card) that I truly care for her and how sad I was to not be there to celebrate with her. My kids were also in the video and they sang happy birthday to her. Sometimes a greeting card just doesn’t say exactly what you want to say, and this special occasion deserved more from me. I felt really good about it. Plus, I gave her money that she can spend on anything she wants. Not some restaurant or store that she may never go to. The money goes directly into her bank account.
My friend loved the video and now, she can watch it over and over, and keep it forever. It felt so great to give a gift that my friend loved…and I loved giving it.