This is an unusual time. The coronavirus has changed our personal lives, our work lives and the lives of almost everyone, around the world. March and April 2020 will be remembered for the next hundred years, if not longer.
Businesses are in shock. While some are obviously suffering, others are near collapse under the weight of a huge upturn in sales.
What is your situation? Have you got a handle on where you are now and where the business will be in 3 and 6 months.
If you are still working and have money coming in now, should your strategy be to look ahead three/six/twelve months and work out what you need to do now to make sure you have work and money coming in then?
If you are in one of the industries that are thriving right now (or perhaps better put as getting lots of sales right now), is it inventory you need to focus on and for marketing, what do you need to think about to make sure you keep getting sales longer term?
If your sales have dried up or you hadn't had time to build them up before the world locked down, do you need to focus your efforts on protecting the brand awareness you had and building it up so potential customers know that you exist?
Every business needs its own survival strategy right now. What's yours?
It is tempting to retreat at the moment, especially if you are at home, rather than in the office and if you have children at home, it is especially easy to deal with today's tasks and not think ahead.
We aren't sure what 'ahead' with look like, are we?
Although nothing is certain now, nothing is ever certain. What we do know is that 'out of sight, out of mind' is fairly true now and under more normal conditions,
Do you want your potential customers to remember you when they need/want you?
Small businesses start with zero brand awareness. No-one outside your immediately family has any idea who you are or what you do. You may be at the bottom but the only way it up, right :) What we do is start to tell our own network what we do and then spread it outwards from there.
Usually, as long as you keep up the effort, the awareness of your business - your brand - will grow.
Do this now. If you have been in business for years or just for weeks, treat your brand as an unknown fledgling and help it grow.
"Brands that continue marketing efforts throughout a recession also do better in the recovery." Perform, 2020
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- what to set up and what to ignore
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- what more to do after you have posted
- what it takes to grow your sales
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