It’s been a crazy couple of weeks for consumers and business owners across the country ““ not to mention the rest of the world. We’ve seen a lot change rapidly, and we’re all doing our best to navigate it.

Business owners, especially, have had a difficult time: not only are they dealing with this pandemic for themselves and their families, but for their businesses, their customers, and their employees.

Many businesses have done a great job at pivoting not only their offerings to customers but also their marketing.

As a business owner, it’s important to connect with customers on an authentic and transparent level, which can be difficult when you’re trying to adjust so many aspects of your business so quickly.

Here are three quick steps to adjust your marketing to connect with consumers during COVID-19.

1. Determine Your Message

This is the overall message you want to convey to customers, prospects, and employees, and can include what you’ll be doing to address the pandemic, any adjustments to your business operations, and more.

2. Prioritize What Needs to Be Updated or Changed

This could be social posts you have scheduled, ads that may now be deemed insensitive, and more. Prioritize these first and then address the rest of your marketing plan to ensure you’re clearly communicating to customers and prospects across all your marketing channels.

We’ve seen a number of businesses pivot and make quick messaging updates to their existing advertising. All they have to do is update the content while leaving the design virtually unchanged, resulting in a quick fix that still accurately and gently conveys their message to consumers.

Here are three examples we’ve seen from businesses recently:

  1. A restaurant changed its existing ad about a loyalty card program to highlight its online ordering and delivery services with minimal design tweaks.
  2. An auto repair shop switched out their advertising with messaging about their morning and night drop off for contactless service. They also included a video that highlights how their mechanics wash their hands, wear gloves and shoe covers, and wipe down the inside of the car after they’re done working on it. This was their existing process, so the video was already created.
  3. A local nursery adjusted their advertising to focus on products they thought were more relevant right now: antibacterial home sanitizers and fresh fruits and vegetables.

These simple yet effective updates allowed these businesses to continue running their advertising while serving a completely different purpose that connects them with the consumers in their communities.

3. Determine What You Need to Add to Your Plan

What, in addition to your current marketing, do you need to ramp up or adjust based on what’s going on now? This could be new promotions or specials for pick up or delivery, social posts that relate to what’s going on with your business, and more. This could also be different marketing strategies to help you proactively engage with how consumers are spending time and searching now ““ like with an SEO, social media, and website strategy.

Once you’ve completed these three steps, stay nimble as things change day-to-day. It may seem stressful to pivot your plan so quickly, but consumers connect with businesses that are able to rise to the challenge of a crisis.

We’re Here for You

At LOCALiQ, we understand that local businesses are the foundation of our communities, and our goal is to help them thrive. We know that this is a challenging time for most local businesses. We’re here to support you and help you in any way we can. Give us a call if you’d like to learn more.

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