April 17, 2020

Ways to Stay in Touch During ‘Safer at Home’

Communication on a cell phone during safer at home

The Always Answer business model has always been centered around the fact that communication and connections are key. That’s why we offered live answering services when everyone else was going automated!

But now, staying in touch is more important than ever, and we want to help you stay in touch with those you care the most about. Because we believe that social distancing doesn’t mean we have to be distant – at least, not with our technology and voices.

Staying together – even from different addresses, cities, or states – is important. That’s why Always Answer has created our top list of ideas for how you can stay close with your family and friends, and gather remotely, bringing some normalcy to these difficult times.

Now, more than ever, let’s all stay connected, stay kind to each other, and keep building up our communities and businesses. Because we’re all in this together.

Online Cocktail Hours or Dinner Parties

If you are like many of us, then you have certain routines that have been disrupted by COVID-19 and social distancing. Maybe you have friends you usually meet up with for a cocktail hour or a night out. Regardless of if you are at home or out to a restaurant, you can still follow some of your favorite weekly routines, just modified.

We recommend having virtual or online cocktail hours or dinner dates. You can even order food from your favorite local place for pickup or delivery, supporting local while continuing to uphold your social traditions. Just eat them from your perspective homes while you video chat or call.

We have even seen some creative people push their tables up to their TVs, so it looks like they are sitting with their loved ones. You can project FaceTime onto your Apple TV if you have an iPhone and a smart TV, or use an HDMI cable from your laptop to your TV to truly feel like you’re all together.

Virtual Game Nights

If you are living alone, or only with one other person, then game nights might be difficult to hold – unless you have a virtual game night! Luckily, with all of our technology, apps, and the ability to connect devices, you can have game nights in many different ways.

Check out some of these apps and online games that make it easy to connect with others:

And, if you aren’t as app savvy or interested in these new games, you can always video chat with someone and play a traditional board game together, but apart.

As long as you both have the same board game, you can set it up and play from afar with each other – just make sure you keep up with the turns, as you’ll have to move your playing partner’s pieces on your own game board to keep track, and they’ll have to move yours.

There are also other games that are neither online or board – like Charades. Just make sure you can see each other using a video app.

Movie Nights, Concerts, Book Clubs & More

Movie nights are a great way to feel together, even if you aren’t. Pop some popcorn, call a friend, start your movies simultaneously, and watch together.

If it sounds difficult to start your show or movie at the exact same time, no worries! If you can’t find any movies that both you and your friends own, no worries! Netflix has created Netflix Party to help out with this.

And if movies and shows aren’t your thing (or if you get enough of this during the day and want something different in your evenings with others) then consider sharing music together while you video call for mini-concerts. Sing, dance, read to each other, or discuss a book and make a virtual book club.

There really are no limits to what you can do together, even while doing your part by staying apart.

Skype, Call, Zoom – Just Communicate to One Another!

The whole point of any and all of these options is to stay connected and close to those you love. So, get creative! Have dinners together, work out together, watch shows or have a drink together, play a board game or just call to say ‘hi’.

And for an added layer of togetherness, use one of these video apps so you can see each other:

Always Answer Is Here for You

If you need ways to stay in contact with your business, employees, or customers, then Always Answer is here to help. With our 24/7 live answering services, we are ready and waiting to treat each of your calls with the care and security it deserves.

Contact us today to learn more about our services, and how we can help your business stay connected.