Last night, thanks to yet another big thunderstorm, most of my area lost power. Having no lights was one thing, but no power to a sump pump was another. My wife and I spent four hours at my mother-in-laws house bailing water out of the sump pump so her basement didn’t flood. Fill a bucket, run upstairs to the kitchen, empty the bucket in the sink, run downstairs, and repeat….for four solid hours!
Just a few years ago, the only way I could have stayed in contact with the outside world would have been to call someone on my cell phone or turn on a battery operated radio. But, thanks to my smart-phone, I was able to contact friends via Facebook who had also lost power and we kept each other updated on if, or when, power had been restored to their area. I was able to price generators at a local home improvement store, obtain updates on the power issues from multiple news outlets, and use The Weather Channel app to keep an eye on the weather in hopes that the rain would stop and give us a break on our sump pump efforts.
In the best of times, and in the worst of times, technology makes it easier than ever to find what you need when you need it.
Are you making it easy for your customers to find you when they need you?
As I always say, the point of advertising is to educate your customers about your business BEFORE they need you, so that WHEN then need you they will FIND you. Times have changed and your marketing efforts need to match the times. If you are not educating your customers about your goods and services on a consistent basis, as well as building your digital footprint, there is a good chance your biggest competitor is. In time, you could find yourself under water…… and trust me, bailing yourself out is no fun.