Are you looking for more business? Or better business? Or a new prospect list?
You are not alone. The Covid-19 pandemic has turned our business marketing and selling world upside down.
Maintaining your team’s enthusiasm to get people to buy your product and/or your service in our present pandemic is mind boggling at best. Try this! Do that! That never works! And the beat goes on.
It’s always been a challenge to create consistently awesome attractions. But now, it is a overwhelming challenge to earn the attention of potential prospects. The playing field of marketing and sales has changed dramatically.
One such solution is finding a group of marketing sleuths in your organization. Look for people with a variety of ability, such as having a keen sense of solving problems, people in your marketplace looking for change and even good thinking customers. The result is mixing all suggestions and ideas in a marketing blender and spilling it all on a table for you and your team to sort out.
You need to arrive at ideas which is the right marketing content and communication channels that can reach your contacts and tempt them in ways with a compelling mix of opinions and insight in today’s economy as transformed by the pandemic within your industry.
So much of the knowledge and thought leadership from the people on your list that works them may also work for your company. You need to stop thinking that the pandemic will somehow disappear, and everything returns to normal. So many of the normal ways of attracting customers are no longer useful. Business’s small and large, are laying people off every day. For example, when was the last trade show you visited?
Comment and offer at the end of this post.
Delegate a technical customer manager.
This role is for someone that sees the value of the science of data analytics and the art of marketing. Then, make it in the employee’s job description and might include incentive pay. Goals could be copywriting, using printed materials, landing pages, personalization, digital, and whatever is collected from prospects and customer segments. Without a single ‘owner’ to take responsibility on marketing, sales activity and response of testing, the investigation is often disorganized, and the results are inconsistent.
If you are a company who believes in and use some of the concepts of a customer-centric marketing strategy, you probably have an advantage with communication channels choice. Conversely, if you are not a fan, you need to start.
Just the other day I saw these two headlines.
Walgreens Marketing Moves into Mass Personalization
Mercedes-Benz marketing boss: Our customised agency is making us more human-centric
Customer-centric marketing, or whatever you may call it, is a known marketing strategy that works.
Experiment with a little bit of this and just a touch of that.
Think of customer-centric marketing as a consistent delivery of value to each customer. Your company marketing and sales must be centered on listening to what your customers want and have a particular opinion, belief or ideas using more ways for building business relationships with personalization.
Our second strategy, data driven marketing is also based on personalization. It assumes that you know something about the contacts to whom you are mailing, emailing, or sending to a landing page and so forth. It’s an effective way to keep customers spending their money on your products and services, by understanding their needs
Number three, a digital marketing strategy, design solutions for your business to attract and keep customers, get end-to-end visibility into all marketing and selling campaigns, from impression to revenue. You need a customer-focus mentality (personalization) to see and understand why your customers buy or not buy.
Digital marketing is a good marketer’s choice for the near future.
Direct mail, websites, email, advertisements, even content marketing, are a few of the communication channels, you may use today. They each have their pro’s and con’s. But this is a challenging time with so many unknowns.
At this point in time, what works? Marketing and sales? Are the salespeople getting appointments? Are they still making sales? These questions need answers. Staying on the same course may work for now, but for how long?
Depending on your answers, your new technical customer manager will have her or his back to the wall, to have answers you need to compete in the pandemic marketplace. Ease in other company contributors with their specialties in the wheelhouse. Challenging times can uncover thought provider ideas or insights that may enhance marketing and sales success.
The only known that I am sure of, is not to do nothing. I recently read an article on the CDC website that this pandemic may last through 2021.
Your advantage is what you decide on doing now, going hard after new and present business, will keep working for your company in the new world you are facing when a vaccine is available for controlling and ending the pandemic.
Could you comment how your company has changed the way they are marketing in the pandemic.?
Conversely, if your company is facing tough times in marketing and sales, send me a note or comment about your situation and I’ll be happy to share some suggestions.
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