In times like these, businesses need to be adaptable and agile.  The current ‘cost of living crisis’ is impacting us all in one way or another and we’ve been talking to many businesses that are looking at ways to adapt their business or create new revenue streams to not only see them through but keep them ahead of the game!

We know that during difficult times it can be hard for businesses to navigate their way through the uncertainty and come out the other side unscathed.  Clarity, focus, direction, and new ideas are needed to steady, change or grow the business, but when you’re wearing so many hats it can seem overwhelming!

We all know that famous Einstein saying…”Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results!”

However, by working out a plan, with the support and input of the right people, it is possible to adapt your business to the current climate and succeed.

In this article, we will be giving you some tips for adapting your business from a marketing perspective.

How To Stay Ahead Of The Game

Revisit & Realign Your Marketing Plan

By revisiting & realigning your marketing plan, or even creating a new one, it will help you to work out what needs to be done to stay ahead of the game and help your business to thrive, even in adverse conditions.  We can’t stress this enough…it is so important to have a Marketing Plan that reflects where you are now and where you want to be.

Stay Connected with Your Customers or Prospects

One of the most important things you can do in difficult times, is to stay connected with your customers and prospects.  Be sure to keep them up-to-date with your business, ask them for feedback to assist you, make any necessary changes to your marketing plan and take action! 

Be Flexible

Flexibility is key when it comes to adapting your business in difficult times. Be open to trying new things and be willing to pivot if something isn’t working. You really need to understand your customers needs.  You may need to adjust your messaging, target audience, or even your product or service offerings in order to stay relevant and meet the needs of your customers.  That is why having a Marketing Plan is so important.

Focus on Your Value Proposition

In difficult times, it can be very tempting to try to appeal to everyone to generate more business.  However, this approach is often ineffective and can dilute your brand and your messaging. Instead, focus on your value proposition and what sets your business apart from the competition. This will help you attract and retain the right customers who are most likely to benefit from your products or services and you won’t waste valuable time and resources chasing the wrong types of customers.  You might also want to re-evaluate your target audience.

Explore & Embrace Marketing Channels

With more people spending time online than ever before, digital marketing has become essential and accessible for businesses of all sizes. Once you’ve had chance to look at your Marketing Plan you may well have some new marketing ideas.   This might mean exploring new marketing channels.  Be sure to take advantage of digital marketing channels such as social media, email, and search engine optimization (SEO) to reach your target audience and build your brand online.  This makes re-evaluating your target audience even more important as you need to make sure that they are using these channels.

Keep an Eye on Your Competitors

Although it’s not great to become consumed by what your competitors are doing, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on their response to the current climate. This can potentially help you identify new marketing opportunities and stay ahead of the curve. Be sure to monitor their social media channels, website, and marketing campaigns, and take note of any strategies or tactics that seem to be working well for them but remember that they don’t have all the answers either. It might be a better strategy to find different ways to reach the customers they are or aren’t targeting.

Offer Flexible Payment Options

Many businesses and consumers may be hesitant to spend money during difficult times, even if they need a product or service. Offering flexible payment options, such as payment plans or instalment payments, can help ease their financial burden and make it easier for them to buy from you.


Collaborate with other businesses.  During difficult times, businesses can benefit from collaborating with other businesses in their industry. This could involve joint marketing campaigns or cross-promotions.

Make Sure Your Website Is Up-To-Date & Working For You

You didn’t think we’d be writing an article without talking about websites, did you?!  It might seem obvious but if you’re making changes to your business, then you need to make sure your website reflects these changes.    We’ve written a few recent articles on this subject, so be sure to give them a read…

Why Your Website Is Crucial To The Success Of Your Business

Is Your Website Generating Leads?

What’s Stopping You Getting The Website Your Business Needs?

We could go on but there’s lots of articles on our Blog Page relevant to this subject.

The Conclusion

In conclusion, adapting your business from a marketing perspective in difficult times requires a combination of flexibility, creativity, and a focus. By staying connected with your customers, ensuring your Marketing Plan reflects the current climate, exploring and embracing new marketing channels, and keeping an eye on your competitors, you can navigate these challenging times and come out stronger on the other side.

Good luck and if you’d like to sit down with a coffee and cake to discuss any website or marketing ideas…just give us a shout!

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