Accept challenges and take advantage of opportunities to connect with customers.
Paraphrasing Charles Darwin in 1963, a Louisiana State University professor stated: “According Darwin’s Origin of Species it isn’t the most intellectual of the species that survives; It is not also the strongest. The species that survives the environment is the one that is most able to adapt and adjust to it.”
This principle can be applied to managing a business in times of pandemics like the one currently occurring.
All businesses are responding to customer demands and adapting to the opportunities and challenges of growing online demand. These are just a few of the winning strategies that merit your attention.
Marketers face the greatest challenge in reaching customers in real-time. In fact, they consider it to be one of their top priorities after innovation.
The Covid-19 epidemic halted Michael Kors’ plans for launching a new line in customizable bags. Instead, the company created a series digital initiatives. This included a virtual pop up experience that allows users to take a personality test, receive a customized message, and a bag recommendation from Kors. A series of live streaming sessions was also created and filmed by the fashion company. This digital strategy will see the spring 2021 collection not presented at New York Fashion Week in the fall. Instead, the brand will launch it through a new format called the “multi-layered digital experiences.”
Customers feel connected to brands when they are able to share their experiences on social media and digital platforms.
Crises offer the perfect opportunity to innovate. Accenture says there are three lenses that can help you create great brand experiences in uncertain times: empathy, adaptability, and reinvention. Empathy is a key component of our brand’s success.
Empathizing is listening, learning and developing from a place where there is compassion. This is how you can help your customers understand their problems and offer them solutions. It is easy to make decisions based upon the many data analysis tools that are available. To offer your customers what they need, take advantage of all you know about them.
Before the pandemic, there was a “dark store” model of retail. Covid-19 has made this concept more popular worldwide. It involves converting traditional retail stores into storage or collection centers.
Retailers can now meet growing customer demand online by eliminating the need to have in-store customers.
The model works, at least for the near future. People have become accustomed to shopping online even after normalcy returns. Kantar data has shown that online grocery shopping has grown by 30% worldwide since the pandemic. This is a great opportunity for consumers to enjoy the convenience of grocery shopping online.
The new rhythm of today’s top brands and retailers is innovation, personalization, and adaptation. You can build on your customer insight and position to create meaningful interactions and experiences that enable you to open new doors and avenues to connect with customers.