5 Steps Brands Can Take to Survive a Content Shortage During the Pandemic
In a bid to sell their products and services, forward-thinking brands typically identify and leverage passion points that they share in common with their desired audience. For some brands, these passion points could be music, sports, food, design, beauty, or fashion. Brands would often spend thousands or even millions of dollars sponsoring large scale music, fashion, or sporting events in the hope of reaching and connecting with both existing and potential consumers. Many go as far as planning their communication for an entire quarter around such events in order to amplify their brand voice and attract more people.
With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, several businesses witnessed a monumental shift in their operations. Disruptions in supply chain processes, work culture, communication strategies, and brand activities were observed. Furthermore, brands that had made significant investments towards certain sponsorships have had to come to terms with the sudden cancellation of those activities. Not only has this greatly impacted their bottom line, but it has also eliminated a massive opportunity to recruit new consumers and build loyalty with existing ones in real-time.
Picture this: Your entire marketing plan for a whole quarter has been strategically built around an annual sporting event. Each year, your brand activities and content would typically revolve around getting fans to look forward to the event, giving away tickets, live updates during the event, and also a post-event wrap up. Your hope is to utilize the sponsorship to create content that would remain relevant for more than a couple of months, but then suddenly the pandemic hits and that sporting event gets canceled!
Brands who have sponsored major events and conferences often find ways to generate content that keeps the conversation going weeks after the event has ended. The absence of such activities and the halt in operations for businesses within certain industries has definitely resulted in a communication gap.
Even as cities gradually begin to re-open after months of quarantine, some brands are still grappling with the effects of interrupted activities as a result of COVID-19. This has resulted in what I like to call a “content shortage,” which is essentially a lack of content or simply not having much to communicate as a result of unexpected changes in business operations or brand activities.
What do you talk about when the major point of connection with your audience has been broken?
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