What #Marketing, #Sales, #BusinessDevelopment and #ChannelManagement teams can do in the times of #Corona
(Part 1 of n – This is the first in the multi-part series on how business can thrive in these times)
With COVID-19, the world is passing through extraordinary times. Companies require super-extraordinary approaches to survive and thrive in such situations. In this multi-part series, I will address what an organisation can do to lead the industry and leave the competition far behind.
Businesses will be restored to normalcy in due course; only the innovators with innovative marketing organisations will survive. The rest will perish and fall by the end of this pandemic. What remains hence is the impact that you have created in the coming weeks and months. Towards that goal, we will see and share a few tips in marketing and business development.
With the partial to a near-total shutdown of businesses worldwide, the domestic and global companies are facing a watershed moment. Their inbound marketing leads and enquiries have dried up. The social distancing norms constrain the sales team and outbound team. Many businesses are working from home. Revenues are barely trickling in.
Yet, this provides one of the perfect opportunities for a savvy marketer. Here are a few things that you can do –
 Reset and recalibrate the internal marketing
Lockouts and quarantine times, such as this is an ideal time to set the internal house to order. The marketing team can now experiment with things that you always wanted to do but never found adequate time. Some of the areas could be
- Create ‘stock’ content like blogs, white paper, case studies
- Revisit the calendar for ‘flow’ content like posting blogs and social media.
 Reach out to currently engaged prospects
Today is an excellent opportunity to reach out to prospects and customers that are engaged with you presently. The trick is reaching out to them, ‘not with a sales pitch but with ‘hacks’ or ‘tips and tricks. Such a sharing of high-value content that truly eases their lives can add tremendous value to their businesses and organisations. Your customers have all the time in the world now, and you can even reach out to them with web sessions like Zoom or Facebook / Instagram Live. Here are some examples of topics that you can use –
- Everything you need to know about X.
- Why most Y strategies today are destined to fail.
- Three steps by that Y can do to stop Z
- COVID-19 – How X can change the future of Y.
 CRM, Database clean up, and customer segmentation.
One of the vital things a sales team (and the marketing organisation) must have is a well-segmented target audience. It would be best if you used this time to look at the database of current opportunities in your CRM system. If you have not updated the customer database/ CRM, use this time to reach out to sales teams to update the CRM. You can then segment / re-segment the prospect and customer data. You may want to customer lists into categories or based on the sales cycle or with tags that your company is comfortable with. You would need to have a specific plan of engagement for each type.
Let me know your thoughts, and I shall continue to build on these on my next posts in the series. You can also reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will be glad if I can be of help /Rajesh