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7 Marketing Communication Tips During the Coronavirus Crisis

by | Mar 16, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic currently has all of us in uncharted territory. The situation seems to be changing at an increasingly rapid pace and we’re all just trying to keep up. When it comes to your business, the goal should be clear, concise communications that provide useful information. 

Here are a few suggestions on how businesses should be communicating during this crisis.  

Be proactive 

People are looking for reassurance. It is better to over-communicate, as long as all information is true and relevant, than to go silent. 

Keep it simple 

Now is not the time for lengthy posts. Your focus should be on what’s important to your customers. Communication should be simple and straightforward. 

Put people first 

Of course, we are all worried about the financial aspects of this crisis, but right now the focus should be information, providing help if possible and the safety of clients and employees. That doesn’t mean you should stop doing business, just tone down sales rhetoric. 

Be accurate! 

This is especially important. Do not inadvertently pass along information that is untrue or inaccurate. Double-check every fact and don’t rush to publish something without making sure it’s factual first. 

Make information easy to find 

Contact clients directly through email and then post on multiple platforms. 

Track and measure audience response

Use monitoring tools to listen to your customers and their response to any and all communication. Alter frequency and/or messaging if necessary. 

Stay positive – but truthful

You don’t want to add to any fears your customers may have, so try to be positive. However, you shouldn’t downplay facts or pass along false information.

The third point—putting people first—is especially important to us. Nichols is doing everything we can to offer help to our customers while keeping our employees safe. Have questions? Email me anytime at mbakle@nichols-co.com.

Maggie Bakle - PR Specialist
Smart, experienced and extremely dedicated to her clients, Maggie Bakle is a strong believer in the power of PR. A Fort Wayne native, she holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Indiana University and a master’s degree in public relations at Michigan State University. Before joining Nichols in 2017, she earned valuable experience in public relations and using social media to promote clients during a stint with another Fort Wayne agency. She’s also a member of the Public Relations Society of America.

Her level of experience, knowledge and expertise makes her a force to be reckoned with in the Fort Wayne market, a place she believes is positioned to become a real powerhouse in the Midwest.

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