Current Effective PR Trends
In the current ever-changing news cycle, companies have to keep up with trends and create content that will help them connect with their target audience. Right now, that type of content should emphasize humanity and lean into core company values.
The pandemic managed to shift the day-to-day lives of millions around the world, which ended up changing consumer buying habits as well. To keep up with those changing trends, companies have to incorporate specific features in their promotional efforts.
From all the different innovations that became popular from the start of the pandemic, one of the most meaningful ones was the ability to connect people with each other virtually. That’s why plenty of different tools were utilized throughout the pandemic, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Classroom, which managed to provide a new way for people to connect.
This is the era of creating realistic content, which means companies have to create promotional efforts that are made to look like they were created during this time. That means instead of highly produced visuals, for example, sharing raw footage is something that consumers prefer to see these days. The aforementioned tools ended up creating a brand new, casual aesthetic that became acceptable worldwide and infiltrated both traditional and digital media.
Because of the pandemic, plenty of people were unable to work normally, while millions of others ended up unemployed. Companies should understand that they are communicating with people who are in difficult positions in their lives and should cater to those consumers.
Companies should be relating to the actual emotions of the consumers in their communication effort. That means companies should be taking a focused and consumer-centric approach in their promotional efforts when trying to connect with the target audience. Throughout the pandemic, plenty of companies ended up missing the mark because they decided to lean into artificial personas or abstract consumer profiles instead of creating messages that will truly engage the target audience through humanity.
Putting a bunch of faces next to each other on a screen is a step backward from in-person meetings, which means that most video conferencing software currently lacks a degree of sophistication. That’s why companies should start embracing different tools that can humanize their digital meetings. In the last few months, many people talked about “Zoom fatigue”, which was the result of very sterile working environments in the last year that mainly centered around video conferencing platforms. Companies should start expecting to see the implementation of different VR and AR technologies that will improve these communication tools, and facilitate meaningful interactions between participants.
Social Media Shopping
Finally, because the pandemic ended up affecting everyone’s daily lives, plenty of people still continue to be wary of their shopping experiences, especially in brick and mortar stores. That’s why businesses should pivot to social media, where plenty of platforms have already integrated in-app purchasing that can help consumers make their buying decisions easily.