Consumer habits are unlikely to go back to how they were pre-covid. See how you can get the most out of your digital marketing in 2021
Post Covid-19: Now is the time you need to elevate your digital marketing
Practical advice to stay competitive and get the most out of your digital marketing in 2021
No one can predict what is in store for the business world post-COVID-19. What we do know for sure is that when the pandemic forced everyone indoors, they turned to the internet to consume information and shop online, making digital marketing a top priority for all businesses.
With our ever-increasing busy lifestyles and the convenience the online world provides, this shift in habits is unlikely to go back to how it was before the pandemic, the consumer landscape has changed forever.
So, in order to stay competitive, businesses need to continue to evolve.
If you’re in the process of building or revitalising your digital marketing, here is some useful information and actionable steps to help you stay on track.
Smart digital marketing tips post-COVID
Today, there’s no telling when the post-COVID era will happen exactly. But what’s certain is that after the pandemic ends, businesses will continue to work on rebuilding themselves or may even need to start from scratch.
Brick-and-mortar industries might have to work harder to reach an ideal level of stability. However, the future seems brighter for online businesses, as more shoppers have been and will continue to make purchases online because it’s cheaper and more convenient — with or without a pandemic.
This means that when businesses and people recover from the effects of the pandemic, all your digital marketing efforts will continue to pay off and provide your business with that competitive edge.
But if you haven’t ramped up your digital marketing strategy before, now is a good time to start by implementing these tips:
1. Update your website.
Now is the time to do a site audit and see your website for what it is. Does it load slowly? Does it look old-fashioned? Is it functional, responsive, and user-friendly?
During your site audit, make sure you identify information, photos, and other media or content that require updating. Fix errors and take note of page loading times. Check out competitor websites to find out if there’s anything you’ve missed or information you should be providing but isn’t there.
Ensure your website is mobile-responsive and if it isn’t, brace yourself for the possibility of needing to build an entirely new website.
>> See our tips here to help you get the most out of your current website as well as questions to ask to determine if it’s time to re-develop.
2. Post content regularly on social media.
If you have social media accounts set up for your business, start using those to reach out and engage with your audience.
Social media is a great space to put the word out about your company, products, and services, even on a tight budget. There’s also plenty of content you can include in your social media calendar, including:
- Updates about your products/services, including launches
- Sale or discount promotions
- Photos or videos of your offerings
- Content that gives your audience an insider’s look into what goes on in your business
- Live selling or promotions
- Games, quizzes, surveys
- Content about or from your brand ambassadors
- Testimonials and reviews
- A featured employee of the month
- Corporate social responsibility events or programs
- Videos or images that resonate with or relate to your brand
>> Check out more awesome social media posts ideas by Sprout Social
3. Improve customer service.
There are plenty of opportunities to show your leads and customers you care by providing personalised and prompt customer service. This includes answering enquiries and replying to comments or reviews in a timely manner. Your staff needs to not only be able to address questions and comments but also be trained on how to respond properly to negative reviews and when to escalate certain complaints.
Customer service continues to make a big difference in how loyal consumers are to certain brands. By providing your customers seamless, professional customer service, the more loyal they’ll be and more likely to refer your business to their own network.
4. Optimise your consumer database.
In the course of conducting your business, you would have collected a number of email addresses, social media accounts, and mobile phone numbers. Use these to your advantage in creating integrated email and SMS blasts and social media campaigns.
You should also dig into your customer database and take time to get to know your buyer personas and who your customers really are. You can also tap into your leads and see if you can reconnect and engage with them so they turn into customers.
5. Outsource some of your digital marketing tasks.
If you have a small team or budget and do not have the expertise to handle digital marketing tasks, it might be time to look into outsourcing these to digital marketing experts. These include website development — which we can definitely help you with — plus website marketing, social media marketing, e-commerce store setup, and so on.
This way, you won’t need to hire full-time employees to perform these highly specialised functions. Instead, you’ll have access to the expertise you need for as long as you want, minus the big budget for salaries and benefits.
Business growth post-COVID
One of the biggest and hardest lessons companies worldwide have learned from the pandemic is that the most agile businesses that can easily adapt to changing times not only survive but also thrive amidst crises like COVID-19.
This business agility pertains to companies being able to work with an online business model — or, at the very least, having an online presence. So don’t get left behind.
For your web design or digital marketing needs, you can find plenty of info here on our website, or feel free to get in touch with us for a chat. We can work together to build or boost your digital presence and optimise your business growth.
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- Why Will the COVID-19 Crisis Boost Digital Marketing in the Future? – The coronavirus crisis may seem like a huge threat to businesses but digital marketing may in fact take a great leap forward as a result.
- Effects of Covid-19 on digital marketing – The pandemic has compelled businesses to transition online to showcase their products and services. This, in turn, has prompted brands to create content that is contextual and relevant in order to garner a larger mindshare from their customer base.
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