What happens to consumer behaviour during a pandemic setback? What should marketers be mindful of in such times? Location specialists Blis looked into the data to find out.
In this post from ‘The changing behaviour series’ we examine the results of our sentiment survey analysis to see what’s really going on in terms of consumer behaviour.
To understand how consumers were feeling about life after lockdown we ran a six question survey and measured footfall from 100,000s of locations across Australia over the first half of the year. In analysing the data we identified that caution is pervading in most areas but recovery is happening at different speeds.
The changing behaviour series: how Australia’s post-Bondi response is slowing the spread of COVID-19
With one of Australia’s most iconic landscapes as a backdrop, the sight of thousands of beach-goers enjoying the Bondi surf in late-March represented a turning point in how Australians appraised the severity of pandemic life. A month on, the tentative re-opening of the beach is a testament to the actions that followed that weekend.
And suddenly everything changed. From the way we work (Weekday CBD foot traffic across major Australian cities was down -62% in March vs Jan 2020), where we spend our time (activity in mid-suburban areas went up 23% on average) to the way we travel and move (public transport use is down over 70%) has significantly shifted since COVID-19 escalated in Australia
As if marketers needed any more excuses to have a drink, Blis location data demonstrates
Once an exclusively American curiosity, Australians have gleefully embraced Black Friday in all it’s bacchanalian
In marketing we are conditioned to value building and retaining brand loyalty, so it may seem counterintuitive to consider the potential benefits of customer promiscuity – the propensity for customers to visit competitors/alternative choices. In a recent footfall study of Australia’s automotive category, Blis explored these concepts by analysing visitor crossover between dealerships to uncover clues as to what promiscuity means to brands