This post was first published by Andrea Proulx on March Communications’ blog PR Nonsense.
The holiday season is a stressful time for everyone. Whether it’s preparing for the big Thanksgiving dinner, a tight holiday gift budget, or a lack of gift ideas for family and friends, everyone feels it in one way or another. In fact, a recent survey found that 69 percent of people say they don’t have enough time to prepare for the holidays, 69 percent don’t have enough money, and 51 percent of people feel pressure to either give or receive gifts. Luckily, many social media platforms offer many ways to make your holiday season a breeze. Here are three outlets to help you save time, money, and give you brag worthy holiday ideas.
1. Save time with Facebook: Don’t have time to go out and find/ ship the perfect present to family celebrating their holiday elsewhere? Post an Amazon Gift Card directly to their Facebook wall. Who doesn’t love getting exactly what they want on holidays? By linking your Amazon and Facebook accounts, you can send any “friend” a great gift without all the guesswork and mile-long post office lines. Plus, it only takes seconds. You can also save money by becoming a fan of your favorite stores and brands on Facebook to get holiday promotions and deals.
2. Save money with Twitter: It turns out Twitter is a great money saving tool around the holidays. You can follow money saving accounts and daily deal handles like @groupon, @TheChoosyBeggar and @CheapTweet that tweet promotions, coupons and great deals on gift items, daily. There is also a Twitter handle for Black Friday (@blackfriday) taking place on November 23rd, that live tweets merchants’ promotions and sales for events as the information becomes available. This can help you plan out your post-Thanksgiving shopping and get great deals, if you are daring enough to brave the chaos.
3. Get brilliant ideas with Pinterest: I sometimes think to myself, how did people ever cook, entertain guests, plan a wedding, decorate, or dress themselves before Pinterest came to be. This is because you can find anything you ever need to do all of those things and more on this social networking site. In fact, it would probably be easier to list the ways Pinterest can NOT help you during the holidays versus the many ways it can. You can find great ways to decorate your house for holiday events, DIY gift ideas, festive and impressive recipes, and everything in between. Plus, it’s free to join!
So before letting the holiday season stress you out, try using social media to make things a little easier. How do you use social media to help with the holiday season? Share your tips in the comment section below!