Growth Marketing Strategy for Businesses during COVID-19

Category : Growth Marketing Author : Team Amura Date Created: 14 Jul 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has not only caused severe health and humanitarian crisis but has also given rise to enormous business challenges around the world. The dearth of consumer demand, significant modifications in regulations, interruptions in the supply chain, job losses & unemployment, economic recession and more have only added to the already looming uncertainty. And just like most other sectors, the business sector needs to bounce back and find ways to recover.

Developing a marketing strategy in times like these is tricky but it all boils down to how to adapt to this current scenario and think about business growth. At a time when most people are confined to their homes, brands need to adjust not only the way they do business but also why they do business. That’s why having a growth marketing mindset is necessary to navigate this pandemic-ridden landscape. But before we elaborate, let us brush up on the basic principles of growth marketing.

What is Growth Marketing?

Growth marketing refers to a sum of experimental strategies implemented to bring out growth in a certain aspect of business. The aspect you want growth in will depend on your business and your future goals. It differs from traditional marketing as it focuses on the whole customer sales funnel and not just the top. It aims to create loyal customers and not just on acquiring leads. It doesn’t have a cookie-cutter marketing plan. Results are achieved by working across channels, funnels, and through agility within departments.

Growth marketing is thus, an overall marketing strategy that produces long-term growth and promotes customer loyalty.


How Growth Marketing Can Help During COVID

Marketing during COVID-19 requires an understanding of the current scenario in terms of consumer sentiments and their preferred online platforms while ensuring brand recall and relevancy. Here are some of the growth marketing strategies to implement during the pandemic.

  • The New Buyer Journey

    During COVID-19, consumers will adapt to doing everything at home. Digital experiences will replace in-person experiences. Some of the new habits will become the new normal – even after the crisis passes. Looking ahead, the best companies in the world will prepare now for how to meet the needs of consumers when the recovery period begins and this is where growth marketing can be helpful.

  • Digital-first Approach

    Due to the lockdown, consumers have been forced to be exclusively online, creating a sharp focus on digital channels. For instance, e-commerce shopping has accelerated now that physical stores are off-limits. Brands are increasingly pivoting to a direct-to-consumer (D2C) business model – selling directly to consumers through mobile and digital channels. Growth marketing helps in identifying these opportunities and gives your brand more online visibility.

  • Omni-channel Presence

    Since people are spending more time online and on various digital platforms currently, you need to be able to provide a consistent message no matter how they interact with your company. Create a comprehensive growth marketing strategy and voice that translates similarly across multiple touch-points, including your website, mobile app, social media, and content.

  • Data-driven Outlook

    Fresh data and accurate insights have never been more important. In these uncharted territories, relying on instincts alone is dangerous. By collecting enough data on buying behaviours you can place yourself in a better position to anticipate and react to consumer needs. You can also reach out to past customers and focus on retention based on previous data.

  • Small Budgets Experimentation

    Experimentation is an important aspect of growth marketing. It’s difficult to know exactly what is going to work in such an uncertain environment. So there is no use spending all your budgets on a guess. But by creating multiple hypotheses and then testing them, will help your business figure out what is working. Then you can simply put all your efforts and budgets on the hypothesis that is yielding the maximum results.

  • Analysis & Optimizations

    Analysis and optimizations are the next steps to modify your campaigns on-the-go. By collecting data and using analytics about website visits, sales, or whatever metrics are most important to your business, you can then scale with the ideas that work and drop the ones that don’t. Once you receive crucial insights from the data you can modify your campaigns to drive better results.

  • Agility in Internal Processes

    Growth marketing processes are extremely agile, meaning there will be quicker turn-around-times for all internal processes in your company. While it’s important to recognize the uncertainties and fears surrounding COVID-19, enabling your team to really understand your customers and act based on timely insights is key to navigating your way through this crisis both for your marketing team and your company.

  • Community Building

    This moments of crisis has paved the way for social solidarity, resulting in an increased sense of community. During these uncertain times, people won’t be as trusting of brands as earlier. So building a community of engaged users through growth marketing helps endorse your brand and radiate a sense of trust for your products and services.

Final Thoughts: Focus on Customer Experience

The most important thing to keep in mind while marketing during this pandemic is empathy. In worrying times like these, focus on instilling confidence by providing them with the means to cope, spreading the right information, and going above and beyond to help your consumers. Being empathetic and prioritizing customer experience will help your business stand out and build a loyal consumer base.

Need help devising the right growth marketing strategy for your brand? We are happy to help! With over 10 years of experience in growth-focused marketing, Amura is a growth marketing agency with 250+ clients across diverse industries.

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Comments (23)

  Sylvia posted almost 4 years ago

I would like to add that corporate social responsibility can also help draw people to a brand at these trying times. Conducting charity events to help covid-19 victims can improve how the public perceives a company.

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  Storm posted almost 4 years ago

I am on board with small budget experimentation. It strikes me as a safe approach to try and see what works without spending too much.

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  Anderson posted almost 4 years ago

The data driven outlook approach can be a bit risky. Collecting too much personal information on consumers may put a company in problems with the law.

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  Shantel posted almost 4 years ago

These marketing strategies are the best to deal with the covid-19 situation we find ourselves in. I particularly like the idea of omni-channel presence.

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  Louis posted almost 4 years ago

We are witnessing businesses aggressively push things into the digital space. In my view even after the virus a lot of things won't be the same.

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  Teddy posted almost 4 years ago

Creating better digital experiences can be a winner in these challenging times. This is compounded by the fact that most people are interacting digitally at the moment.

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  Daphne posted almost 4 years ago

What is happening in the world of business is kind of a survival for the fittest thing. The best and those able to adapt fast will be the winners.

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  Oliver posted almost 4 years ago

The lessons learnt from this virus period will go a long way in helping businesses adapt better to challenges. It's a good learning experience.

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  Meg W posted almost 4 years ago

After the pandemic has passed I believe the companies that survive will be much stronger. What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.

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  Roy posted almost 4 years ago

The coronavirus in a way has been a blessing in disguise. Businesses have learnt to be resilient.

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  Meldred Judith posted almost 4 years ago

In this new normal, one needs to know the basics if one would like to enter the new business world. It will take lot of courage and work too.

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  Meldred Judith posted almost 4 years ago

In this new normal, one needs to know the basics if one would like to enter the new business world. It will take lot of courage and work too.

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  Sheena Singh posted almost 4 years ago

Very interesting and informative information. I want to see more of your examples.

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  AJ posted almost 4 years ago

COVID 19 really decimated the entire business sector in a lot of ways. Due to this, it's really wise to look for alternatives that would help a business survive in such a setup. Growth marketing will really help a lot with this.

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  Glad posted almost 4 years ago

Really, the pandemic has caused a lot of slow down in and within and around the business. The above tips are one to implement since everything seems to be done online now. Thank you for them.

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  Danielle M posted almost 4 years ago

Having a good marketing strategy during COVID can help business to stand during the crisis,I'm starting my business and I'll definitely will take your advice to designe my digital marketing strategy.

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  Brain edet posted almost 4 years ago

Making good money off business in this global pandemic isn't easy but with the right marketing strategy it can be helpful.

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  David Tjoe posted almost 4 years ago

In the current situation, the most basic question that must be considered in a business to survive is "how can my business support customers in the midst of the Corona Virus crisis?" This is because many people are isolating themselves at home, so the consumption of digital content will automatically increase. Efforts that need to be done by switching to digital advertising and changing the strategy not the budget.

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  conrad pranze villas posted almost 4 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing your thought with us. I really appreciate the fact that this site teaches us many things for free.

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  Alex posted almost 4 years ago

It is not impossible but very difficult. I think this is more to the huge companies as they have more leeway to implement it. Small ones though is a different story. Forget growth it is about survival.

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  Susy R posted almost 4 years ago

During this pandemic, selling with empathy will be more attractive than hard selling. So, a brand must also be able to see the situation in the midst of a crisis. I totally agree with this last conclusion.

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  Oyeyipo Oladele posted almost 4 years ago

Your blog is one blog I first navigate to anytime am online because of your first hand informative and contents. This article has done justice to my research work here.

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  Aman posted almost 4 years ago

Quite an interesting read. Would love to know more of any examples when you mention "small budgets experimentation"?

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Re: Vikram Kotnis

You can setup small scale experiments on TG, media, communication level, etc. You can check our blog to read about it in depth - Hope this helps. Thanks for your comment, Aman. - almost 4 years ago - Reply