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At this point, you might be self-quarantined, taking all possible precautions, you may also be glued to a news channel.

Even amidst the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) crisis, at WebPlanners we are optimistic and working on ways to overcome the downfall, by brainstorming new strategies. Of paramount importance is developing tactics, for both now and when life as we knew it prior to this pandemic begins to return.

New content is not always the answer.

Your business is affected simply because people are searching more about the Coronavirus and less for the topics, products, and services that you offer. The situation is worse than the Google Core update effect and it is not something you can try to overcome with “better content”.

What should our business focus on?

No matter the type or size of your business, you should focus on measures to ensure your business survives the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and how to improve and grow it once the pandemic passes.

We are encountering a period of market volatility, not seen since the GFC.  What is certain is that the market will recover.  So, you develop a plan and be prepared for better times.

There are a number of measures your company can take to make sure that you position your business correctly and bounce back. Think of it as “business as usual”. 

At WebPlanners, we are using this time to strategically review our business, so can you!

Our suggestions.

1. An on-line option.

Virtual coaching & training is an easy, flexible and safe option in this self-quarantine time. For example:

  • If you are a personal coach or a trainer, this is the best opportunity for you to go online. Think of alternative training methods. If you cannot go to the gym or the training studio, conduct classes online.
  • Similarly, teachers, administrators, and students can successfully spin up virtual classrooms, participate in online classes for distance education.

2. If you run a local restaurant,

If you run a local restaurant build your online delivery option. By having this option on the website, you can save heavy fees on each order from third party carriers such as menulog, uber eats, etc.

3. If you have a retail “bricks and mortar” shop,

If you have a retail “bricks and mortar” shop, develop an eCommerce solution. It is the perfect time to focus on online sales. Think about how you can get to a larger audience and how you can use your website to reach new clients. If you don’t have an eCommerce site we can help you.

4. If you are a marketing manager,

If you are a marketing manager this is your time to focus on developing strategies to execute now and when things are back on track.

5. Marketing plans are long term

Marketing plans are long term- How does your current strategy fit into your long-term plan? A marketing strategy should encompass the "big picture" that you are trying to achieve with your marketing efforts. Your long-term marketing strategy will typically be in place for six months to a year or longer.

6. Pay attention to your website

Pay attention to your website Is your website well organised and creating sales opportunities? This is the best time to get your website and its content optimised. We are happy to show you how easily this can be achieved.

7. Plan out a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) & marketing strategy

Plan out a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) & marketing strategy to enhance your website so that when people get back to their normal searching habits, you are sure to be there in the top Search Engine Results Pages. Write the blog that you have been putting off. Build the content that you have been wanting to do. Invest your time in creating quality content that ranks. This is the time to analyse, build and execute all those potentially important and impactful SEO and marketing tasks that you have had on your “to-do” list.

8. Speak to your customers –

Speak to your customers – This is one of the best suggestions for endearing your business to your customers. Get on the phone to see how they are. Tell them that you are “still in business”. Connect with your customers and get to know about their experiences with your product and/or services.

If possible, record their videos which you can later publish on your site. In the future, these videos will be a rich source of insider info for your blog posts, social content, media releases, and more.

9. Assess your marketing

Assess your marketing and what you can do to improve it. Do an audit of your website content and see what you can improve or how you can add more value to it. This is the best time to create a content plan for your website. Create a dashboard and use one tab for each content type.

For example, webinars, podcasts, blogs, infographics, etc. Think of ways you can re-purpose your old content, update existing blogs with fresh content, add new call-to-action buttons and add new keywords.

10. Update your social media profiles:

Update your social media profiles This is the time to utilise social media to its full potential by getting active on such programs as Facebook pages and LinkedIn profiles. This is the time to post on social media as much as you can.

11. Record & upload videos:

Record & upload videos It may not necessarily be recorded on a high-end camera. You can record it on a web-cam or an iPhone. Post videos around your focused keywords and your products and/or services. These are great for link building and good for SEO too.

12. Update your ‘Google My Business’ profile

Update your ‘Google My Business’ profile for local customers and let them know:

  • what’s changed;
  • share Google Posts with updates and offers; and
  • update your business description and contact information in case people are trying to reach you.

Are you are viewing this business event as an opportunity?

This unexpected event should be viewed as an opportunity to invest in a new marketing strategy.

The key issue is to focus on the future and investing your efforts in optimising your current marketing strategy. So, take time to work “on” your business and maximise this opportunity to get ahead and remember that we are here for you. You only have to ask and the Webplanners team will be happy to discuss your needs in more detail.

If your marketing is facing challenges due to current uncertainty and needs new direction or utilise this time to make maximum efforts, Lets chat and discuss how you can make things happen and change if needed.

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