The year 2020 and its related COVID-19 pandemic had monumental effects on the world in multiple ways. Businesses scrambled to maintain not only profit margins but simply keeping their doors open. We are still unraveling the effects of the pandemic. It has shifted business and marketing, perhaps forever. As companies have had to adapt to new normals, processes and original ideas have been given a second look. In fact, 90% of executives believe COVID-19 “will fundamentally change the way they do business for the next five years.” Isn’t that incredible? Who knew we would have such a drastic and rapid time of change? Below is a gathering of what many believe to be the new staples of doing business post-pandemic. Check it out to see what you can do to make sure you are changing with the times.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
That New Year’s resolution to read a book a month may be long gone, but it is never too late to start. Check out the reading list below authored by some of the most influential people in the world. From interpersonal skills to spiritual development to business-changing leadership skills, there is something, if not a few things, on this list for everyone. Meet that New Year’s resolution for the last half of the year with these great options!
Digital and graphic design trends are more bizarre than ever. Where legibility and clean looks used to dominate, chaos and crazy fonts now take the lead. Maybe it was the pandemic that has caused the sudden expression of outrageous colors, fonts, and design this year. Consumers are no longer being drawn to clean crisp design, but bold, artsy, and abstract. It is always hard to break from the norm and what you are used to doing, but listening to the consumer is your best bet for success. Make sure you get a piece of this artsy action by checking out the crazy digital and graphic design trends making a splash this year.
Utilizing a blog is a great way to engage with consumers if done correctly. Blogs often act as resources to consumers. The subject matter can range from how-to information to fun facts to the latest industry developments. The sky really is the limit however, as usual, there is a time limit. You only have a few seconds to capture your consumer’s attention and only a few more to keep it! Make sure you are spending time to learn how to best position your blog, so you don’t waste valuable time and marketing dollars. Check out these tips below to make the perfect blog post.
Everyone has heard the saying that your website is your best employee. It works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no 401k, benefits, or vacation all on a modest salary. Your website is a colossal asset, and it is not something you should allow to fall behind in design. Design trends and consumer preferences change over the years which means your website needs refreshed every few years. Refreshing is fairly simple with little cost, a few thousand dollars usually, but a total reboot can land anywhere from $10k-$40k depending on your needs. Of course, these numbers always come as a shock to many companies, especially smaller ones, but it is worth every penny! Make sure you get it right by finding the design agency that best fits you. Don’t go in unaware, prepare, set aside a healthy budget, and listen to the experts in the field to make the most bang from your buck.
We all have a limited amount of time, so how can you make the most of it? It is easy to lose hours scouring the internet for the best marketing strategies. With so much information available at our fingertips, it can be hard to separate the relevant from the irrelevant. Luckily, we have several ways to absorb information these days with podcasts being one of the best. Take advantage of your commute to and from work to stay up to date on the latest marketing information from one of these top marketing podcasts. It is always good to get a variety of perspectives. Save some time and tune in to one of these prominent marketing podcasts this week.
Here we go again. May the 4th be with you! This fun social media holiday sensation has been making a splash for many years now and is celebrated around the world. The Star Wars films and franchises have been incredibly successful over the years despite storyline criticisms. Without a doubt, it is one of the most successful franchises of all time raking in over $7 billion dollars in just a single year! That’s a pretty attractive figure, so how can we spread the wealth? Check out the lessons we can learn from Star Wars and how to replicate their successes for your own business.
Sometimes you need to make something out of nothing. Today is dedicated to those who are starting out with nothing or very little. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Small businesses can utilize their limited marketing dollars to get the most bang out of their buck if they just know where to start. Well, this one’s for you. Check out these simple strategies that can help your small business grow from the get-go by utilizing techniques to get customers and gather followers without spending money.
Catching the eye of your audience is essential in a world of complete overstimulation. Revisiting your marketing designs is a completely worthwhile and necessary task to be done. With thousands of ads and messages bombarding consumers daily, make sure you are taking the time and effort to be one they notice. Don’t waste well-intended money on poor design. Take a few moments to check out the trends that are catching the eyes of consumers this year.
According to LoSasso Marketing, social media should be taking up a considerable amount of your marketing budget in 2021. With the effects of the pandemic still at large, 76% of people say they have increased their phone usage and 45% say they’ve increased their computer usage. People are more plugged in than ever, and even though social media has become an even bigger part of life as individuals work to stay connected to family, friends, and coworkers, companies will need to work smart to get their consumers’ attention. Be sure to consider these 2021 social media behavioral predictions and trends to make the most of your marketing dollars.