Priorities Marketers Need To Keep In Mind During Covid-19

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Top 6 Priorities Marketers Need To Keep In Mind During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Great! The whole world has gone seemingly crazy because of the coronavirus and you don’t know what to do. Do I pause my marketing? Information is changing hour by hour and even minute by minute. It’s difficult to know what to do, what kind of effect this will have on your business, how to anticipate, prepare for and mitigate the losses that are inevitably coming your way. It is indisputable that every single action that you take (or don’t take) will affect your business for weeks, months and even years to come. That is really heavy huh? Well, don’t panic. What goes down must come up. You will very likely make it through this. Many of us have been through similar times before (2008 was not that long ago and we’re still here).
Whether this is your first time through an economic downturn or you’ve been here before, here are some things that you need to keep in mind as you are putting together your actions steps.
The following analysis demonstrates how this position is costing businesses huge lost opportunity and increased exposure to competition.
If you implement these 6 actions then you will be more prepared and better off than most businesses who will cut their marketing completely on a knee jerk reaction to the current situation. Over 400,000 small businesses went bankrupt or permanently closed in the last recession. Let’s take the lessons from the past and apply the successful actions today.
Don't Stop Marketing

#1. Don’t Stop Marketing

When economic downturn strikes the last thing that you want to do is halt all of your marketing efforts. Promotion is the bloodline of your business, cutting the supply will severely damage or kill your overall business especially during a time of crisis. Building and maintaining your brand is the way your customers and potential customers will be able to maintain their recognition and trust in you as an organization. They need to know that you are here and you are weathering the storm. You can also utilize this time to capitalize on exposure. Most business’s first action will be to cut marketing budgets and promotional outflow. This allows you the space, time and audience to make a maximum impact and impression on your target audience.

#2. Niche Market Analysis

Take a deep dive analysis of your target audience and specifically their buying behaviors during an economic downturn. There is an article put out by the Harvard Business Review that goes into the psychology of consumer behavior and purchasing habits during arecession. “It’s critical to track how customers reassess priorities, reallocate funds, switch brands and redefine value”. From groups that will “slam on the brakes” and not buy anything to people who “live for today” and continue purchases without missing a beat. Assess what this means for your organization to build the most effective marketing plan to the segments within your niche market. You have the raw data and there are resources available to assist you in analyzing that data to build your effective pandemic marketing strategy.

Niche Market Analysis
Customer First

#3. Your Customers First

The old statistic that points out that 80% of your sales come from 20% of your customers is so important during this time. Hang onto those customers for dear life, they will be your largest asset during this time. You cannot effectively retain their business and loyalty if you aren’t communicating with them. And let’s face it – every organization in the country is sending emails on how they are handling COVID-19 including your florist, so let’s not pretend that just email is going to cut the mustard. Focus the bulk of your marketing efforts on your existing clients.

#4. Direct Marketing

This may be the most important rule of all. With today’s cutting-edge technology, we are all in a much better position than we were during the Great Recession. In addition to focusing on your customer base, you can pin-point target market exactly who is interested in your products or services right now. You can eliminate the prospecting guessing game focus only on people who are visiting your website. Identify the anonymous visitors through modern technology like LEADMatch and send them a direct mail piece (heck everyone is going to be home anyway). You can also retarget those visitors digitally through the Google Display Network and social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Focusing on only the people who are browsing your products and services right now will allow for more effective use of your marketing dollars and overall higher conversion rates. Utilize direct marketing in a very targeted manner to ensure you are staying in front of the appropriate base and creating the serendipitous moment of being in the right place at the right time – when they’re ready to buy!
Direct Market
Customer First


You need to track everything that you do, period. Tracking will give you full visualization into market penetration, exposure, engagement, conversions and overall marketing impact. It will also provide you with the visual transparency that you need in order to test and tweak messages, call to actions, market segments, etc. Gather the data and analyze constantly. Once you know what is working strengthen those actions and knock off any waste. The ultimate goal is to refine your marketing strategy and enhancing best practices continuously to ensure overall success and sustainability. Be willing to adapt and pivot quickly as data and trends become more and more clear. Trust the process. Spectrum’s direct mail plus program delivers complete campaign attribution. Learn more >

#6. Be In It For The Long Haul

This situation may have seemingly exploded overnight and the impacts are hard and fast. This will not be the same story for the rebuild. Much like a natural disaster, it takes a short period of time for catastrophic damage but a lot of time, patience and hard work for the repairs and overall reconstruct to take place. Buckle up and be ready to ride this thing through. There is no “quick fix” here. Marketing is a long game anyway, now it will be even longer. Have patience and know that every effort that you make right now will pay off in the long run. Do everything in your power to keep up the consistent outflow. It will not only keep your business alive during this time but it will almost certainly ensure future growth.
Lon Haul Plan

Spectrum Is Here To Help

Need marketing help during the coronavirus pandemic? Spectrum Marketing Companies can help! Our expert marketing strategists are standing by to help you through this health and economic crisis. We have the marketing solutions, tools and guidance that you need in order to make it through these challenging times.
People are in their homes and have more time to read and spend time surfing online. If at all possible, now is a great time to market to them! Reach your target audience with one of Spectrum’s direct mail marketing solutions. Spectrum Mail Plus, our direct to digital solution is a cost-effective omni-channel direct mail centric marketing program that integrates your mailing list with online ads for increased response. Contact us and we’ll help you determine the ideal marketing solution for your business.
There have been a number of studies going back nearly a century that point out the advantages of maintaining or even increasing advertising budgets during a slow economy. The companies that maintained or increased their ad spend also grew more business and carved out more market share during the recession and in the future.

“When times are good you should advertise. When times are bad you must advertise.”