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Winning the Virtual Room: How Agencies’ Pitches Are Evolving During Coronavirus
When a toddler interrupt your video conference with co-workers, we all just laugh it off because kids are cute and it’s a moment of levity. But what about during a new business pitch if you’re an agency? Calamity has ensued in meetings with potential clients as kids barge in, cats take over and in one case a CMO sat so still that the agency didn’t know whether his screen was frozen.
In this new normal, agencies are developing best practices to pitch effectively through their video conferencing tool of choice. What’s working? Conciseness and tapping into the human element—after all, we’re all in this together. What’s causing problems? One of the biggest keys to a successful pitch is reading the room, which is now a challenge when your audience is a tiny box on your computer screen.
What Lessons Can Be Learned From Founders Who Started Agencies in Times of Crisis
Seeking some guidance in this challenging time, we asked industry veterans who started agencies during previous crises, like the Great Recession or during the aftermath of 9/11, how they got through tough times. This time might involve shelving previous plans and outlooks to focus on the problems at hand, but it could also open up doors.
Related: For the team at North Carolina agency Walk West, there’s no better time for businesses to commit to diversity and inclusion, which is why it is launching a new D&I consultancy, complete with an online course, called The Diversity Movement.
Adweek is introducing #MediaTogether, a place for media professionals to gather, tell your stories and find solutions for the future. To that end, we’d like you to tell us in 500 words who you are, what you do, what skills you have and your experience of working through these troubling times. Learn more and share here.
3 Creative Ways Brands Have Pivoted Their Experiences to Offer Self-Isolation Entertainment
“Pivoting” is the buzzword experts have pushed the past few weeks, and brands are beginning to show what that means with creative stunts and digital experiences that don’t require consumers to leave home. Experts say brands can be successful right now if they focus on connecting with established fans in interesting ways rather than trying to acquire new customers through selling products, and some are certainly delivering.
Here are a few more ways brands are pivoting to reach (and support) consumers during social distancing:
- Virtually dating during a pandemic? Tinder, Bumble and Hinge are offering new features for members to video chat or connect internationally. Based on conversation data, “We don’t recommend you use a coronavirus opening line.”
- Both traditional and boutique studio fitness brands have turned to streaming platforms to shift their audiences away from the squat rack and toward their televisions and laptops. Although it isn’t enough to replace the lost revenue, workout platforms have kept maintaining their brands top of mind during the crisis.
- To connect with a Gen Z audience, CPG conglomerate Procter & Gamble reached out to the unofficial Queen of TikTok, 15-year-old Charli D’Amelio, to choreograph a dance that would be the focal point of the initiative, dubbed the #DistanceDance.
- Read more of the latest news about how advertisers and marketers are responding to COVID-19 in our coronavirus tracker, which is updated in real time.
Delays Aside, It’s Unlikely Even Coronavirus Will Curb Deliveries
As online sales from retailers like Costco, Target and Walmart increase, delivery services like the USPS, UPS and FedEx have their work cut out for them. But according to analysts, despite the increase in orders and deliveries—and challenging conditions—it’s unlikely U.S. consumers will see much in the way of disruptions beyond delays.
Best of the Rest: Today’s Top News & Highlights
- Modern Family’s Farewell Heralds End of Broadcast Sitcom Era
- Finding the Right Takeaways From CCPA for Brands
- Freeform President Tom Ascheim Is Stepping Down
- CNN Acquires Canopy to Accelerate Development of News Aggregation Platform
- Viola CMO on Using Downtime to Engage Cannabis Consumers in Unique Ways
- Group Nine Media Lays Off 7% of Staff
- CBS Airing Titanic and Other Paramount Films in May to Fill Schedule Holes
- Clio Awards Delays October Gala to 2021 as Coronavirus Uncertainty Continues
Agency Fancy Helps ‘Mask Match’ Link Donors With Medical Professionals in Need
New York-based creative agency Fancy has created a shareable set of GIFs for the peer-to-peer platform called Mask Match, which enables people to send unused masks directly to hospitals and caretakers in desperate need of personal protective equipment.
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