17 APRIL 2020
Stay connected in a disconnected world
There is no denying our worlds have been turned upside-down recently. We’re navigating change and trialling new ways of working and socialising. Keeping safe and healthy can be tricky at the best of times and it's even more confusing (but comfy) in confinement.
Here at Beem It, we are here to support you as best as possible. We will continue to provide you with social distancing approved contactless payment solutions to allow you to instantly transfer and split household bills, whilst also introducing new features like gifting animations, to allow you to stay connected and show your appreciation even when you can’t be there with your (not so) nearest and dearest.
Move toward more connection
Whilst social distancing has dramatically reduced our physical connection, it’s not all bad. The reality is we are spending more time than ever connecting through technology. The virus and isolation has made us reassess how important it is to stay in touch with fellow humans and how much we took for granted. Whilst the pandemic has created a universal common enemy it’s also created a common goal for us to fight together, leading to re-connections and more meaningful conversations as well as uninterrupted planned time “together”.
We can now see and spend time with more people than ever before and can do it all at once.
In January if you wanted to hang out with a group of friends, you would organise a time and a place. You’d spend the money and time to get to wherever you were meeting and for one reason or another some people would never turn up. Now this kind of meet up is being organised all the time and can happen instantly. We’re connecting and having social gatherings like game nights across international borders. Best thing is, most people don’t have to spend a cent (except the internet bill) to arrive at these virtual events.
Whilst platforms like Zoom and Facebook are enabling friends to meet up, payment apps like Beem It are also enhancing connections.
We have created some exciting new features to help enable more social interaction across your Beem It contactless network. This month we have integrated emoji reactions, so you can say thank-you instantly without being there and next week ‘stickers’ will allow you to surprise and delight your friends no matter the reason.
So get on board and finally make that payment to your housemate who always cops the Netflix bill, with a personalised sticker message.
You can pay using stickers by finding the sticker icon in the top right-hand corner of Beem It when you go to pay. You’ll be able to select from a number of options that we’re always updating. Heck, you could even surprise your friend while enjoying a Netflix watch party (they could even ‘react’ to your payment as well).
It doesn’t stop there... the more social you are the more opportunity you have to earn, no strings attached, with our referral programme. If you refer a new friend and they become a Beemer each of you receive $5, not bad at a time when money is a little tighter for everyone.
Beem It birthday sticker
Beem It’s connecting
At Beem It, we’re connecting more despite the social isolation! We would have loved to have Hamish Blake invade our meeting for a laugh, but he hasn’t turned up yet!
Instead we’ve adapted and are continuing to innovate both in our app and in how we connect as team members:
- We’re replicating our Friday office online. We play different online games like scribl.io.
- Daily meetings (which were not daily before isolation) are in place, where there is a healthy mix of social conversation at the start and business for the rest. There have even been a few house tours, which have helped us discover more about the people we work with than if we had all stayed in the office.
- A few groups have started having a daily lunch meeting in place. In these meetings, the Beemers are eating on a google hangout together, all without their tuna sandwiches stinking out the office.
Like most, we have discovered that creating a routine is key to connections while social distancing. Stay home and organise your day like you would a non-isolated day. Depending on how you look at it, the only thing that’s changing is your commute time! That's a big win and time you could use to chat to some friends, build on connections and get out for your power hour of exercise to keep motivated and energised.
If you have any ideas or suggestions on how we might improve connecting with each other, whether it’s an app innovation or something we could do at work we would love to hear from you?
We're working harder than ever to ensure you continue to have the best Beem It experience possible. Please share any other ideas that you would like us to incorporate into our next blog post here firstname.lastname@example.org