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Customer Recovery: The case for multiple content streams

Customer Recovery: The case for multiple content streams

Across the country, we’re following convoluted pathways out of—and then back into—the COVID-19 lockdowns. On top of the months of quarantine, protests against police brutality and racial injustice are taking place in every single state across the nation. And the economy continues to flirt with taking a massive downturn.

With a vaccine still a long way off and social distancing the way we live now, it is still difficult to envision how this and future recovery phases of the pandemic will fully unfold for businesses and their customers. What we do know is that with all this upheaval, there is no single, one-size-fits-all answer.

Different attitudes to a radically different environment

Just as each of the 50 states have different approaches for reopening the U.S., individuals will also have different responses toward the recovery. Those responses are based on their own unique attitudes and emotions, which may have been exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis. 

Do they want to plunge back in? Do they want to go slow and cautiously? Research from Ipsos shows there is a continuum of responses when it comes to the way people feel and the actions they will take as a result of the phase of the coronavirus in their home area. 

Some individuals will be motivated to dive into a re-opening head-first. They may be driven by financial necessity, or the need to achieve, and other factors such as Zoom fatigue or confinement exhaustion. 

Others, concerned with unseen dangers and the lack of a widely available vaccine – or without childcare or with the ability to work from home and not needing to interact with a wide population, will wade back into broad interactions inch-by-inch.

And others will fall somewhere in between. 

Nimble businesses meet customers where they are

The most responsive companies understand this variability in their customers’ attitudes and behaviors. They also know the implications for their solutions, customer experience, and marketing.

Many experienced changes at the outset of the pandemic and adapted right away:

  • Telehealth and virtual care, for example, saw dramatic shifts before and after COVID-19. People are now much more willing to have a virtual doctor’s visit, and many health practitioners adapted quickly to integrate those capabilities into their offerings. 
  • Online grocery shopping and delivery saw a dramatic acceleration in adoption, even though it has been around for a long time. Even smaller grocery stores began providing online shopping capabilities.
  • And many local small businesses and restaurants around the country tried various strategies such as give-aways, gift-certificates, and curbside take-out to keep their customers engaged during the lock-down and re-opening.

Other industries, such as commercial real estate, will continue to face challenges the longer the pandemic continues, with a much greater number of people working from home than previously anticipated, and increased health and safety protocols expected from those who are making their way back to the office. 

This requires multiple content streams—not just one

Put all of this together and the result is that firms will need to develop multiple content streams to address the journeys that represent their different customers’ attitudes and emotions. 

Going back to the Ipsos model, after the initial re-opening phase (Anticipation), there will still be several more phases of this pandemic to contend with, and a varied range of responses for each.

Businesses need to develop content for the next phases of recovery before they arrive

The time to create content streams that will support your customer segments in the next phase of the pandemic is already here. This isn’t the end of COVID-19 challenges. It isn’t even the beginning of the end. Signs point to a complex recovery until this virus is contained. Your customers are going to need you at every stage—be ready for them.

Journey Map Challenge: Transitioning to Work from Home

Journey Map Challenge: Transitioning to Work from Home

Here is Imprint’s…what is yours?

So many businesses — large and small — have had to migrate to a work from home (WFH) situation.

And it’s a journey! Bumps, laughs, mistakes, frustration—and, through it all, a lot of great work for our clients. Here’s my take on Imprint’s journey to date. I want to know what yours has been—I’m hoping you’ll share! (See how, below.)

Imprint’s Journey

We officially went to WFH status on March 12. While we made a “dry run” a few weeks earlier, we still had to deal with the reality of a new situation. It was a new experience for all of us—that meant lots of confusion and anxiety in an already anxious time.

Week one: Being remote is new, but we fundamentally know how to work this way. We’re getting into the groove of our daily 8:45 a.m. team video check-in, and half the guys are starting to grow facial hair. By week’s end kids and pets in the background are no longer the least bit distracting. The team is settling in.

Week two: Too many video calls! If we don’t have the commuting time, why are we working longer hours? Am I really needed for all these calls and meetings? Internal swirling ensues.

Week three: We establish “rules” for the length of meeting times, and further refine how our remote communications work. We’re enjoying our daily quiz game competition and hold our weekly Thirsty Thursday happy hour via video. We settle in, once again.

Week four: We might have fine-tuned our internal work process, but clients haven’t hit their strides yet. Alert: Clients swirling! Most are much bigger organizations than Imprint, and they’re understandably having trouble communicating with all their team members. We scramble to help them put the pieces together. By Friday, calmer waters prevail.

Week five: We’ve launched seven key initiatives since going to WFH, and we’re making significant progress on all. Some focus on improving our internal work flow. But most important, we’ve started to meet with clients and present our thinking on content their customers need when they reach the “recovery” phase. This means creating journey maps for key audience segments and mapping out the information and education they might need over the coming months.

Where will weeks six and beyond take us? That we’ll discover together. But what we do know is that it’s all about journey maps. What’s yours?

Email me your sketch, drawing or photo at aseibert@imprintcontent.com.

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