It’s a scary time right now. A lot of people are suffering. Our focus, like yours, is on keeping ourselves and the people we care about – our communities – healthy and safe. A lot of our clients are suffering. As they pivot to set up efficient and remote workspaces for employees, they are making hard decisions about laying off or cutting back employees and employee time. They are cancelling all kinds of contracts from building maintenance to marketing communications, which is the business we’re in. Some businesses are moving forward with their communications as though it’s business as usual. Others are taking a good look at what their gifts are, what their strengths are, and framing their communications so people can hear that they understand that we are all in this together…so people can hear that they plan on responding appropriately to support their clients, customers, and community. They are working hard to be here for the long run even though we don’t know what our state of commerce will be after this pandemic.
If we can give any support or advice to the clients who have turned to us for marketing execution (writing and design) or marketing strategy (consultation) over the past three decades, it is that you be extra careful not to appear tone deaf (we know no one is), but look carefully at your language. People are making decisions now based on how their partners, vendors, and colleagues are responding. They are making decisions based on the experiences they’re having right now with, and the pandemic response narratives emerging from, the people who provide services to them and their businesses. So we say, if you haven’t reached out to the people you do business with, do that. Do that. It’s not the time for marketing as usual…or worse, radio silence. And, as you reach out there’s every reason to think about how your bundle of services or products can support folks, if not now, then for where we are going to be a few months down the road or next year. I wish you all well and I hope you stay safe. I’ll see you on the other side.