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COVID
marketing
impact
& how marketers
are responding
How marketing budgets and strategies
are being impacted by COVID-19
How are marketing budgets,
strategies, and tactical mixes
changing in the face of a disruptive
global event? We surveyed hundreds
of marketers to find out. These
were insights that stood out most.
Challenges
Impact
Strategic shifts
1
2
3
!
38%
paused or
cancelled
events
moved events
to virtual
40%
2. How has COVID impacted marketing strategies?
Impact on campaign
strategies
Impact on customer
event strategies
Major
impact
Some impact
(Some campaigns
were pivoted or
paused)
No impact 67%15%
18%
1. What challenges are marketers facing?
Top challenges Single largest concern Top reasons for
decreasing spend
1.	 Forced to shift marketing priorities
2.	 Budget cuts
3.	 Advertising investments & planning
4.	 Switching in-person to virtual events
5.	 Tactical execution of campaigns
6.	 Proper content, messaging, & tone
7.	 Lack of target audience engagement
8.	 Changing target audience
Leadership doesn’t
want to invest in
advertising right now
72% 30%
24%
76%
74%
69%
69%
67%
64%
64%
34%
16%
Switching to
virtual events
13%
Lack of target
audience
engagement
34%Budget cuts
It’s the wrong
time to advertise
Our budgets
have been
reduced or cut
Marketing mix shifts
Funnel shifts Targeting shifts
Increasing
investment
Marketing
tools
Decreasing
investment
67%
7%
56%
9%
44%
14%
34%
17%
29%
18%
34%
23%
39%
25%
12%
33%
7%
39%
7%
80%
Webinars
Organic
social
Online
video Search ABM
Online
display
Paid
social
TV
Out of
home
Events /
experiencial
3. How are marketers shifting their strategies?
Shift in brand vs
demand efforts
Changes in investment in marketing tools
Shift in audiences
targeted
42%
No shift
24%
Using organic for upper
funnel objectives
18%
Shifting budget from upper
to lower funnel activities
15%
Shifting budget from lower
to upper funnel activities
43%
Targeting audiences
whose needs changed
because of COVID
39%
No audiences shift
23%
Targeting same audiences
but in different/new regions
16%
Targeting new audiences
13%
Targeting new industries
N = 452 Respondents, US-only, April 28th to May 6th
Content shifts Adjustment in content marketing strategy
Increase
Decrease
Change in marketing
content and/or creative
53%56%
3%7%
48%
10%
46%
5%
32%
19%
30%
6%
24%
11%
Social
content
Thought
leadership
Direct
customer
outreach
Corporate
social
responsibility
New product
focused
content
Executive
interviews
Company
vision
& mission
47%
has become
more emotional
in nature
31%
has become
more rational
in nature
To stay fully informed about the rapidly changing world of marketing,
subscribe to the LinkedIn Marketing Blog for the latest insights and trends.
Marketers: let’s move forward
with confidence. There’s a lot of
uncertainty in the world right now, but
we hope these insights at least help
you with getting your bearings.
When it comes to the impact of
COVID-19 on digital marketers up to
this point, the key things to know are:
Budget reductions and cuts are common.
Accordingly, organic social content has
become an increasingly prominent focus.
Companies are quickly pivoting
to move events online.
Paid social is seeing substantial increases
and decreases, depending on the sector.
Messaging strategies are adapting to a
more human, helpful approach.

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COVID Marketing Impact & How Marketers Are Responding

  • 1. COVID marketing impact & how marketers are responding How marketing budgets and strategies are being impacted by COVID-19 How are marketing budgets, strategies, and tactical mixes changing in the face of a disruptive global event? We surveyed hundreds of marketers to find out. These were insights that stood out most. Challenges Impact Strategic shifts 1 2 3
  • 2. ! 38% paused or cancelled events moved events to virtual 40% 2. How has COVID impacted marketing strategies? Impact on campaign strategies Impact on customer event strategies Major impact Some impact (Some campaigns were pivoted or paused) No impact 67%15% 18% 1. What challenges are marketers facing? Top challenges Single largest concern Top reasons for decreasing spend 1. Forced to shift marketing priorities 2. Budget cuts 3. Advertising investments & planning 4. Switching in-person to virtual events 5. Tactical execution of campaigns 6. Proper content, messaging, & tone 7. Lack of target audience engagement 8. Changing target audience Leadership doesn’t want to invest in advertising right now 72% 30% 24% 76% 74% 69% 69% 67% 64% 64% 34% 16% Switching to virtual events 13% Lack of target audience engagement 34%Budget cuts It’s the wrong time to advertise Our budgets have been reduced or cut
  • 3. Marketing mix shifts Funnel shifts Targeting shifts Increasing investment Marketing tools Decreasing investment 67% 7% 56% 9% 44% 14% 34% 17% 29% 18% 34% 23% 39% 25% 12% 33% 7% 39% 7% 80% Webinars Organic social Online video Search ABM Online display Paid social TV Out of home Events / experiencial 3. How are marketers shifting their strategies? Shift in brand vs demand efforts Changes in investment in marketing tools Shift in audiences targeted 42% No shift 24% Using organic for upper funnel objectives 18% Shifting budget from upper to lower funnel activities 15% Shifting budget from lower to upper funnel activities 43% Targeting audiences whose needs changed because of COVID 39% No audiences shift 23% Targeting same audiences but in different/new regions 16% Targeting new audiences 13% Targeting new industries
  • 4. N = 452 Respondents, US-only, April 28th to May 6th Content shifts Adjustment in content marketing strategy Increase Decrease Change in marketing content and/or creative 53%56% 3%7% 48% 10% 46% 5% 32% 19% 30% 6% 24% 11% Social content Thought leadership Direct customer outreach Corporate social responsibility New product focused content Executive interviews Company vision & mission 47% has become more emotional in nature 31% has become more rational in nature To stay fully informed about the rapidly changing world of marketing, subscribe to the LinkedIn Marketing Blog for the latest insights and trends. Marketers: let’s move forward with confidence. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, but we hope these insights at least help you with getting your bearings. When it comes to the impact of COVID-19 on digital marketers up to this point, the key things to know are: Budget reductions and cuts are common. Accordingly, organic social content has become an increasingly prominent focus. Companies are quickly pivoting to move events online. Paid social is seeing substantial increases and decreases, depending on the sector. Messaging strategies are adapting to a more human, helpful approach.