Leveraging Technology to Meet Your Marketing Needs During COVID-19
Technology plays a vital role in our everyday lives and has vastly improved the way we communicate to friends, family, and colleagues alike. During these unprecedented times, technology has played an even greater role, including using it for marketing efforts. While a pandemic has certainly ceased much of our normal lives, below are four ways you can use technology to keep your marketing efforts alive.
- Live Stream on Social – Many social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feature a live stream option, allowing users to broadcast directly from their home in real time. A great way to use this tool is to host Q&A sessions to discuss trending topics related to your practice area. Consider promoting the Q&A 2 to 3 weeks prior and allow people the option to submit questions ahead of time via direct message or email.
- Webinars – Since most states have implemented stay-at-home orders, nearly every in-person event has been cancelled for the foreseeable future. However, that doesn’t mean presentations, seminars, or lectures aren’t possible to conduct. One of the main benefits of hosting a webinar is the ability to present from wherever and have your attendees tune-in from anywhere. Use this opportunity to adapt your presentation to be more visually appealing to a broader audience and incorporate a few real-life examples to keep your audience engaged. Be sure to also promote your webinar 2 to 3 weeks prior to maximize attendance. Additionally, for lawyer-attended webinars, consider getting your presentation CLE-certified as an added incentive for lawyers to fulfill their required CLE hours.
- Newsletters & Email Blasts – If you have an up-to-date contact list, distribute a newsletter or email blast detailing how your company is helping those affected by COVID-19. This is a great way to communicate with your network and offer valuable information. Additionally, by using distribution platforms such as MailChimp and Constant Contact, you can view your newsletter/email blast’s performance analytics, including how many people viewed your content and which links were clicked the most. If you don’t have an up-to-date contact list, use this time to create or update one.
- Google Analytics – This free feature offered by the search engine giant allows users to collect website traffic information and identify the number of unique monthly visitors, among other data. Since Google Analytics tracks data in real time, you’re consistently informed of how your website is performing against your competitors. You can also generate weekly reports to pinpoint relevant keywords and search terms embedded in your URLs that drive people to your site. With this information, you can better understand the behavior of your customers, and update text or content on the backend of your website to improve your ability to reach your target audience.