The future of marketing is evolving rapidly, forcing marketers to find ways to constantly appeal to the tastes of consumers.

Covid-19 has upended businesses’ marketing strategies and plans, with 44 per cent of B2B marketers “completely changing” their marketing channel mix since the pandemic began, for instance.

While the needs and wants of the consumer may not have drastically changed, the manner in which the consumer journey has evolved since the pandemic has been a major catalyst for marketers to unearth new practices, or tweak existing approaches.

Here’s what you need to know.

E-shopping is here to stay

The pandemic has accelerated the rate on online shopping. 92 per cent of consumers who had not tried online shopping before the pandemic “became converts” – as e-commerce redefined convenience.

This trend is set to continue – as experts noted a 169 per cent rise in online purchases post-Covid.

To best harness the trend, businesses are encouraged take several immediate steps.

This includes collecting first-party data (directly from their customers), accept digital currencies on their online store (which can be done through a number of online payment systems including PayPal and Visa) and rethink their Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) strategy.

This can be done by updating website content to improve traffic as well as redefine customer engagement to drive online sales.

Rethinking brand loyalty

Prompted by the pandemic, customers are now migrating between brands, with half of consumers trying new brands.

While this is a major change in the way marketing strategies are planned, it also represents an opportunity for businesses to attract new audiences whose shopping behaviours have evolved.

And companies today have the tools to learn from data analytics to personalise content.

Businesses are encouraged to focus on digital personalisation by reworking so-called localised content, as customers – especially the younger ones – tend to look for brands that reflect their values.

Localising content can be done by adding your business to Facebook places, sharing relevant local news on your social media and using location-based hashtags on your feeds.

This also means putting an accent on accessibility such as payment options adapted to their shopping behaviours and faster doorstep delivery – known as quick commerce or Q-commerce.

Online engagement

Emphasising on online engagement will be key to successful cross-marketing strategies in 2022 and beyond.

There will be an emphasis on creating different media for evergreen topics that will drive traffic and cement authority.

While 91 per cent of marketing professionals now use social media as part of their marketing mix, including digital ads and influencer marketing, 90 per cent of companies have now embraced short videos as part of their strategies to engage with their customers.

Interestingly, a further two-thirds of marketers now use audio – such as podcasts and streaming ads – as a new channel to interact with their existing and potential audience.

Businesses should ensure their mobile optimised content is accessible and inclusive – by incorporating captions in videos, adding images and graphics instead of solid text and adapting fonts and colours.

If you are looking to adapt your forward-looking marketing strategy to successfully engage your audience and generate more traffic and leads for your business, don’t hesitate to speak to us.