Welcome back to my weekly series, looking at the key data sources I share internally each week to support our agency leads in developing context-relevant strategies and campaigns. This week, it is notable that although there is a sense of some kind of normal life resuming, the data is starting to show we remain a long way from “normal”, while also starting to unpack the type of consumer COVID19 is developing. As noted, this is only ever a snapshot, but I hope a valuable one. I welcome questions and suggestions about this data and / or other sources so do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Insight 1: Although some things are resuming, we are still a long way from normal.
Experts believe many of our “normal” behaviours won’t / shouldn’t resume for a year or more (Visual Capitalist).
Consumers still see this as a time of crisis, and expect brands to acknowledge this in their communications (Kantar, Covid Barometer.)
Why does this matter for communicators? There may be a tendency to revert to “normal” communications as many parts of life start to feel more as they did before the crisis. This may lead to brands ignoring the crisis, reverting to their previous focus. Consumers are not ready for this, and experts say they are right – that things will be far from normal well into 2021. The sentimental content of early in the crisis may, however, be cast aside as consumers look for brands which are helpful.
Insight 2: After 3+ months of lockdown, and c.6 months of crisis, we are starting to see new consumer behaviours emerge.
Broadly, consumers are much less concerned about brands as markers of our status (GWI, New Consumer Mindset).
Instead, convenience is a priority (Deloitte, Seven Trends Impacting the Retail and Consumer Products Industries Amid a Global Pandemic and Beyond).
Why does this matter to communicators? Where once you may have focussed on brand equity and FOMO, today the “less cool” attributes of your business, such as supply chain and delivery are now front and centre of your brand story. These should sit at the heart of your messaging to meet consumer expectations.
Insight 3: We remain open to trying new things, but think our new habits are starting to stick (Kantar, Covid Barometer, Wave 5).
We are open to switching:
But our habits are starting to stick:
Why does this matter to communicators? There is an ever-shortening window of time during which consumers will be abnormally open to trying new things. Now is your window to sell this as time to switch (utilising messaging of convenience as mentioned above, and safety / wellbeing as mentioned in previous blogs) before this window closes.