Before the coronavirus outbreak, both public and private organizations moved at
different rates in adopting a digital business model. The last two years have seen
the most significant disruptions in digital business. This has been felt in almost
every industry. Many were forced to go online to survive, and others optimized them
digital operations to keep ahead.
Web visitors used 50 milliseconds (0.05 seconds) to form an opinion on your website.
This was before Covid-19. How can we anticipate long-term changes? How can we
be aware of these user expectations to implement digital strategies to make us
business more accessible?
We will examine the effects of digital and online environments on user behaviors,
expectations and marketing strategies.
TOP COVID-19 Influenced Digital Findings
- 68% of consumers believe that they have higher expectations for digital capabilities from businesses after COVID-19
- 88% of customers expect companies to accelerate digital initiatives because of COVID-19.
- 24% of consumers plan to increase their long-term digital channel use due to COVID-19.
- KPMG’s 2020 Global Survey found that 67 per cent of respondents said they had accelerated their digital transformation strategies due to COVID-19.
- 54% of respondents want companies to introduce new products and services to combat the pandemic.
- Since the pandemic, 44% of B2B marketing professionals have ‘completely restructured’ their marketing channels. A staggering 91% of B2B marketers now include social media in their marketing mix. This places digital ads at the top of the list.
- Globally, the use of video-conferencing software like Zoom for “face-to-face” digital interaction has increased. In countries with stricter lockdown measures, these numbers are even more significant.
Changes in User Behaviors and Digital Expectations for 2021
People are now more likely to connect online than ever with Zoom and Google
Digital communication has seen a dramatic increase. According to the data, 43% of
respondents used text messaging more frequently. This was followed up by an
increase in voice and social media calls (36%), 35% (35%), 30% (both video) and
66% (36%). Nearly a quarter of respondents used email more frequently (24%),
while over a fifth used online games more often (22%).
How has COVID-19 influenced user expectations?
- 76% of customers expect consistency across departments. However, 54% feel that sales, service and marketing don’t share information. Customers expect connected journeys
- 59% of consumers don’t like the personalization and assurance offered online by companies, despite the potential for brands to increase their digital revenue. These brands are a majority of the customers who say they will switch to other companies or spend less.
- 27% of consumers don’t fully understand how companies use personal information. 86% demand more transparency. Trust is what customers expect from companies when it comes to data protection.
- 71% of customers pay greater attention to corporate values today than last year. Unified, empathic teams create differentiated engagement.
- 47% of web users expect pages to load within two seconds.
- While 98% of Australian internet users 16-64 still use a traditional search engine, more than 1 in 3 people turned to social media for information about brands they were interested in. This shows that social media is as essential as a brand’s website in communicating who they are, their values, and their offerings.
How COVID-19 Influenced Digital Marketing – Trends & Statistics
John Maw, CEO of IAB UK, stated that the findings showed three years’ worth of
changes in three months. Advertisers adopted a digital-heavy strategy because
it was the medium least affected by lockdowns.
- Search retained its most major digital channel title with 49% more ad spending than H1 2020. This category reached PS5.5 billion.
- According to a financial statement, Google Advertising revenue increased 69% year-on-year from $29.8bn in Q2 2021 to $50.4bn.
- As mobile users continued to scroll and engage with content, the 75% increase in mobile ad spending was evident.
- 63% of respondents say they have increased their digital transformation budget due to Covid-19.
- At 1 hour 46 minutes per day, social media accounts for approximately one-third of Australians spend online. This makes it second to watching television.
How COVID-19 Influenced Online eCommerce Statistics
COVID-19, despite the slowing economic activity, has led to an increase in
e-commerce and accelerated digital transformation. Businesses and consumers
“Went digital”, allowing them to purchase and provide more goods online.
75% of Australians e-shop online because of travel restrictions.
- The share of global retail trade that e-commerce holds has increased from 14% to 17% between 2019 and 2020.
- In the post-pandemic environment, digital payments and digital currencies will likely play a significant role.
- It is vital to invest in security measures. With the rise in digital technology, we see fraud, intrusions, security breaches, and scams online. Insecurity has made it easy for fraudsters to profit from the crisis and extract money or other information.
- Amazon has seen a 78 per cent increase in sales, and Apple has seen a 60 per cent increase. Together, they are now more significant than the bottom third of the companies in the S&P 500.
- The rising popularity of “buy online for pickup at the store” (BOPIS) has led to over 25% of Americans, Mexico (28%), and India (33%) using it more. This suggests a strong consumer desire for convenience.
Future of Online & Digital Following the COVID-19
It is safe to say that 2020 was an exceptional year in Australia and worldwide.
It’s the catalyst for a significant shift towards digitalization in most industries.
Innovative business strategies were based on environmental issues before coronavirus.
These areas were essential to consumers, who are more loyal and aware of companies that demonstrate authenticity and effort.
The global health crisis has made it clear that environmental sustainability and
personal safety is interrelated. Consumers have been using disposable gloves and
masks and are opting for individual packaging. These areas can be a competitive
advantage for companies by offering long-term sustainable packaging options
and safe-distancing options.
Many companies were unsure about adopting digitalization strategies before 2020.
They also doubted the technical skills of their employees. But these fears were
quickly dispelled by the pandemic-induced regulations.
This is a great reminder to make the most of the technology and tools available, not just rely on what has worked in the past.
To thrive in the new digital landscape, companies must keep pushing forward with their efforts to embrace and optimize their digital experiences.
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