It’s safe to say that the first 6 months of 2020 have been eventful and emotional.
Devastating bushfires saw Australian people, wildlife and ecosystems suffer.
The Coronavirus pandemic’s rising world-wide death toll forced us to alter our daily routines and isolate in order to stay safe.
A horrific crash saw four Victoria Police officers killed, sending shockwaves throughout the nation.
The Black Lives Matter movement compelled societies all over the world to encourage real change and action against racism.
And we’re only just approaching July!
I get the feeling you might be wondering at this point “why are the events of 2020 relevant when it comes to planning FY21 in the property industry?”
The answer’s quite simple really.
These things matter because they’ve forced significant change upon many Australians, which is likely to impact consumer behaviours and expectations when it comes to making big purchases – like buying a new home.
The end of the financial year marks the perfect time to reflect on the year that’s been, assess areas for improvement and implement innovative initiatives to drive further success and growth for the months ahead.
Here’s what you’ll need to consider when strategising and planning your financial year:
The value of time
If isolation has taught your customers anything, it’s that their time is more valuable than ever; so don’t bother wasting it with a poor customer experience. Provide your customers with a journey that’s worthy of their time and their money.
Digital solutions are non-negotiable, and their importance supersedes the end of Coronavirus. After relying on digital platforms heavily during isolation, you can bet your customers will expect a great digital presence and experience from your brand from here on out. If you’re digital presence needs work, it’s time to prioritise it now.
Focus on quality
For many, isolation has also highlighted the importance of their home; its size, lighting, location, functionality and overall quality. After spending weeks stuck indoors, your customers will have figured out pretty quickly what they do and don’t want in their next home. Make sure you’re clearly communicating your development or product’s key selling features. Beyond this, make sure your community is a place that people want to call home.
Positive change and connection
More than ever, your customers care about your values and stance when it comes to environmental and political issues. What does your community do to support sustainability? How do your homes reduce waste? How will your development create a sense of community that respects all cultures and ethnicities? How does your business support gender equality and diversity? What are you doing to encourage positive change? It’s important to have an opinion and use your platforms to deliver meaning and connection.
As always, the implementation of a shared, long-term strategy is the best way to kickstart your financial year. If you need help mapping and planning your customer experience, content marketing or project marketing strategies for FY21, the Property Republic team can help.