The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in an unprecedented era of change across all of humanity, from economies, governments, consumers, and businesses, to, of course, marketing and branding. While we cannot predict the state of the advertising industry once the pandemic has passed, we do know that it will be immensely changed. The resources below speculate on what preparatory measures and foresight can be taken as of today to prepare brands for an era of marketing post-COVID-19.
Sensing and Shaping the Post-COVID Era. Boston Consulting Group, April 2020
COVID-19 and the polices aimed at controlling it have changed how we work and what we consume. History shows that such changes are not always temporary—crises can fundamentally reshape beliefs and behaviors. How, then, can companies prepare for a post-crisis world? This piece considers how attitudes and behaviors are shaped by deep societal crises. Major disruptions can cause fundamental shifts in social attitudes and beliefs, which pave the way for new policies, ways of working, and consumer needs and behaviors, some of which persist in the long run.
Reset Your Marketing Campaigns in the Wake of Coronavirus. Forbes, April 2020
Forbes examines how brands can reset marketing campaigns to help ensure they will contribute positive cash flow again in the future, from a reset to budgets, ad campaigns, shifting agency expectations, and considering new target markets. The sooner current marketing efforts are audited and reset, the less time and resources will be wasted. Forbes also shares the questions brands should be asking to prepare Post-Crisis Marketing Plans.
Advertising after Coronavirus Must Rediscover Human Instincts. Campaign, April 2020
Generally, ads that do not perform well today are self-conscious and product- and message-driven, while those that are more successful feature human connection and have a clear sense of time and place. The impact of coronavirus across our society is difficult to predict, but in advertising it presents an opportunity to change course and rediscover human instincts. This piece evaluates the type of advertising that will resonate most as people re-evaluate their priorities during tough times.
After the Virus: 10 Consumer Trends for a Post-Coronavirus World. Skift/Trendwatching, March 2020
When everything seems to be in flux, it’s useful to look at trends that are already “out there.” Which behaviors are early adopters and pioneer brands embracing? Which trends looked years away from the mainstream (and so were easy to ignore), but now feel primed to become totally normal in a matter of months, if not weeks? This piece analyzes 10 emerging consumer trends that offer powerful early signals of what people will value and what their priorities in a post-coronavirus world will be.
Seven Trends to Look for in a Post-Coronavirus Brand Landscape. AdRoll, March 2020
What happens to brands after the smoke clears and people emerge bleary-eyed from self-quarantine? The coronavirus pandemic has already left a mark on society, and in the coming years, it’s likely to be a pivot point in the way commerce works. While it’s still too early to say what the resulting shakeup is going to look like, AdRoll assembled its best guesses at the top trends that will shape brands in a post-coronavirus world.