Even during the thick of the pandemic, we saw businesses struggling to change operations enough to stay afloat. Now, the name of the game is “adapt,” and we are all players trying to find out where we fit into the larger picture. Even if it means stepping out of our comfort zone, we are forced to move past the traditions we built and forward into the digital age.
Before COVID-19, some businesses didn’t even have a social media page. These businesses relied on loyal customers, word of mouth, and in-store marketing endeavors. You know the shops I’m talking about, mom and pop shops who use printed flyers, bulletin boards and give the 100th customer of the day a prize.
For some, this type of business model set them apart from the mainstream shops and made them popular. For others, it was a general lack of enthusiasm for technology (or the inability to pay for pricey digital marketing campaigns). Then, with a snap of the fingers – it was gone. Nobody could come through the doors, and like that, the entire structure of the business folded.
You couldn’t rely on word of mouth, flyers, or bulletin boards. A rise in online shopping for a contactless experience became the thing to do. What did this mean for those who didn’t even have social media?
Dive Head-First Into Digital
Pride has to be replaced by necessity in terms of entering the digital world with your business. You have to be mindful of social media, you have to have a website, and you can’t rely on physical customers to do your bidding. Forget about getting used to the water. Jump in and hope you to swim and stay afloat.
If you want your business to survive now and in the future with the pandemic at large, you can’t wait for things to go back to normal. You have to move forward and adapt to the changes, and they need to be made now.
Transitioning to Digital Marketing
Everything seems to be done on a smartphone or computer device, including making purchases for everyday needs. To expand your clientele and remain in full operational order, the use of digital marketing is more than a requirement. It is the only lifeline that most businesses have. Business owners cannot expect to survive during COVID-19 if they don’t transition to a digital marketing strategy. Make sure your business has an adequate, modern website that is mobile-friendly and user-friendly. Customers should be able to easily contact you or buy through your website on all devices so that you do not miss out on any potential sales.
Business practices and catering to the customer have not changed in your marketing structure, only the method in which it is delivered. Customers need to feel safe during their purchases, and they feel better doing things online. Businesses will not survive this new age if they do not turn to the digital marketing platforms required to reach these customers.