COVID-19 has impacted nearly every aspect of the lives of individuals and businesses across the globe. From contract workers to small businesses to large corporations, a multitude of adjustments have been and will continue to be made. The reality that we now find ourselves is strange and new. Whether we like it or not, we need to rethink everything when it comes to the way in which we conduct business including digital marketing.
The changes have been drastic and far-reaching, but they all have a common thread: nearly everything must be digital. Conference rooms have been replaced with Zoom meetings, classrooms have moved online, groceries are being delivered via an app, and the list goes on and on. So, where does digital marketing come into play? How can companies adapt and stay afloat during these unprecedented times?
The answers aren’t always crystal clear and they seem to be evolving with each passing day. However, there are a few things that we know will be true today and tomorrow. Digital marketing was important yesterday and it’s even more important tomorrow. With this in mind, we are breaking down just how important it is to establish, maintain, and grow your online presence in the world of COVID-19 and beyond.
Let’s dive right in.
It would be unfair to jump right into digital marketing tactics without addressing the elephant in the room: a lot of businesses are suffering right now and are simply clueless when it comes to basic functions. Before we discuss how you are communicating with your customers, it’s important to figure out how you are communicating with your team. The best place to start is to establish protocols and best practices.
With everyone working remotely, it can be extremely hard to keep track of roles and responsibilities. Take advantage of platforms like Hatchbuck, Basecamp, or Zoom to begin to streamline your operations. Don’t be afraid to try a platform and then change your mind. Everyone is learning as they go and it is important to find a good fit for your particular industry and company.
Beyond nailing down a communication and workload strategy, it is important to find a way to keep employees motivated and engaged. Encourage workout breaks and happy hours, recognize great work and contributions and be as transparent as possible in conveying the status of your company’s overall health.
Take Advantage of Digital Marketing’s Power
Coronavirus may have shined a light on all things digital, but the truth is that digital marketing has enjoyed its time in the spotlight for many years. With mounting pressure to “flatten the curve”, people are stuck inside and forced to conduct their day-to-day routines inside. And that means relying on the internet for, well, everything.
There are a few critical digital marketing elements to focus your efforts on right now:
Unless you are living under a rock, you have probably received countless emails informing you of how any company you have ever interacted with is handling COVID-19. In some cases, this was necessary and important. However, the real value in email marketing lies in the months ahead. First, focus on customers. Reward their loyalty with a great deal and remind them that you are open for business. Next, promote your best-selling product/service to your entire list. Highlight the selling points succinctly and send a follow-up to anyone who clicked on a link in the email.
Review and Optimize Your Website
Now is a great time to make sure that your website is up-to-date. Make sure your products/services pages are current and that all links are working correctly. Test contacts forms, add links to your social platforms, and regularly add blog/article content. Finally, put some real time into your search engine optimization (SEO). While there have been dips in sales and traffic across websites in every industry, these numbers are expected to rise and you want to be prepared.
People have a lot more time on their hands these days, and that means that they are spending way more time on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Take advantage of this by posting relevant, valuable content and then engaging with prospects and customers. In addition, invest in ads. Facebook ads are currently seeing a very low cost-per-click (CPC), so build a well-thought target audience and launch some ads.
Go for the Google Ads
There has been a recent surge in cost per conversion across nearly every industry running Google ads. Organic traffic has been down, so now is the perfect time to capitalize on paid ads. It’s easy to view now as a time to curb ad spending, but it is just the opposite. With less competition, now is the perfect time to run a set of highly-targeted Google ads.
The Timelessness of Digital Marketing
COVID-19 has unearthed a new necessity when it comes to digital marketing, but its value is truly ageless. In fact, the coronavirus outbreak is likely to highlight the fact that people don’t really need to go into stores, whether we like it or not. Now is the time to dedicate your time and your budget to digital marketing.
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