How can you describe the world right now? Isn’t it volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous? You don’t know what’s going to happen next and frankly, no one will be surprised anymore if another catastrophe hits us. Ever since the pandemic in March, the world as we know it has become chaotic. Communities are in shamble and businesses are closing. Businesses, especially, need effective Lakeland public relations to help them get over the slump last year.
Businesses must find new ways to thrive. Here’s how PR can help them:
Reliance on Social Media
More than 50% of the world’s population is now on social media. They use Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp to gather information, connect with their friends, and voice out their opinions. These are all important elements in the branding of a business. They must seek information about your business, as well as share what they know about you with their friends and voice out their support of your business.
Misinformation and Fake News
Everyone with a smartphone can become news creators. Journalists are not the only ones wielding the mighty pen to inform the public about what’s happening around the world. Virtually anyone who has a smartphone can suddenly become a blogger or vlogger. They spread information without the ethical foundation of journalism. A PR company can help separate the noise from the actual and truthful voice of the business.
Awareness of Social Inequalities
Never before have social inequalities become predominantly highlighted in the world. COVID-19 brought those differences to light. Underprivileged children are marginalized academically and low-income families struggle with access to health care and quality living conditions. Those in power were able to bypass many quarantine and lockdown measures while the rest of the world have to stay in their homes, which are not always great for their mental health.
The pandemic is forcing businesses to take a stand against social injustices. You’ve seen that during various social protests last year. The public wants these businesses to gain their trust. An increasingly weary public, however, is hard to impress. But remember that companies also have to maintain their relationships with investors, so this is a tricky thing to do.
Battling the virus isn’t just about your physical health. It’s about politics and economics, too. In an increasingly volatile world and hyper-sensitive public, it’s important to have the right Lakeland public relations strategy to guide you through every crisis and disaster.