Bowling Centers across NY State are ready to reopen safely

Every business is trying their best to re-open during this very difficult time. The bowling centers across NY State have done a remarkable job preparing their centers for the new reality and are ready to reopen safely as soon as New York State gives their approval.

Keep ’em Rolling!

Gartner: Will Digital Channels Prevail Post-Pandemic?

Gartner for Marketing is examining what companies will do with their marketing budgets post-Covid as digital marketing has become the go-to destination for brands amidst the ongoing pandemic. Many marketers have redirected the majority of their budgets to digital channels in a bid to reach homebound consumers. As such, digital channels will account for 80% of marketing budgets this year and marketers are predicting budgets will continue to increase within the next year.

During the pandemic consumers migrated in droves to digital platforms for information, connection, and entertainment. The reliance on everything digital, from websites to social media, magnified the need for brands to budget across channels. More than 70% of brands plan to boost spending for digital advertising, social media marketing, and mobile marketing.

Read the full Gartner analysis here.


Implications of Long-Term Remote Work

I’ve been thinking about this for awhile since remote work increased exponentially due to Covid and this recent article published by Harvard Business Review, “Does Your Company Have a Long-Term Plan for Remote Work?” has started to crystallize my thoughts.

As remote work has become more accepted by Corporate America – and in some cases now desired – what will be the effect of all this on the cities that survive on big corporate footprints? These excerpts from the article sets the stage –

  • Will Apple’s new $5 billion HQ, aka The Spaceship, turn out to be a white elephant? Will Google abandon its Googleplex? Will corporations empty out their office buildings everywhere and shrink their physical footprints? Are we on the brink of a new paradigm for work?
  • WFH (Work From Home) is helping them muddle through the immediate crisis, but what do they want from it in the long run? Higher productivity? Savings on office space, travel, and cost-of-living adjusted salaries for workers in cheaper locations? Better morale and higher retention rates?

As all businesses have lost revenue during this lockdown period they are looking at cost-cutting and it is not lost on them how much can be saved with implementing a remote work plan, especially since their workforce likes it and has been for the most part more productive. The article included what I like to call this sample “elevator speech” on the merits of pursuing a remote strategy –

  • In order to expand our talent base to the four corners of the world and ensure that they are fully-motivated by 2022, 50% of our creative workforce will work remotely for up to 50% of their time. Employees will be fully reimbursed for the costs of their home offices and work-related travel; salaries will reflect local costs of living.

The 50/50 plan mentioned here is something now registering with companies as they have certainly seen the research that states that such a plan would save them $11,000 per employee annually. That adds up to a lot of savings.

All the big cities are still in lockdown mode trying to fight the pandemic and get back to normal. But they need to start thinking about what the new normal is. A shrinking workforce along with a shrinking real estate footprint due to a new remote work paradigm will cost them dearly in lost tax revenue. And don’t forget the loss of all the small businesses that those departing employees used to support; that’s even more lost tax revenue.

Some of this is already coming to fruition as statistics show people moving out of the cities and into the suburbs. It was announced on CNBC today that New York City estimates that over the next two years 16% of the local workforce will relocate, costing them $37 billion in lost revenue. This will no doubt be replicated in other big cities. What is their plan? And will you want your company to remain in a declining city? Lots to think about.

As the article asks, “Does Your Company Have a Long-Term Plan for Remote Work?” Check it out for their detailed guidance.


Reimagining marketing in the next normal – from McKinsey & Company

Source: McKinsey & Company, Reimagining marketing in the next normal –  July 19, 2020

COVID-19 is changing consumer behavior in at least six important ways. Here’s how marketing leaders can adapt.

1. Shopping: Catching up to the great digital migration to expand digital borders

2. E-services: New ‘service platforms’ to help consumers take care of business

3. Home: Finding a spot in the new ‘command central’ for all activities

4. Community: Localizing the experiences

5. Trust: Creating a space for health and affordability

Read the complete article here.

Bowling is Back: “Bowling is now a ‘dynamic, sexy’ sport:” PBA Tour CEO

Colie Edison, CEO of the Professional Bowlers Association was interviewed by Yahoo Finance on the marketing initiatives employed to grow the sport while still under Covid-19 restrictions.

Read the article here which includes a video interview with Colie on the outreach and expansion plans which includes creating a more diverse universe of athletes.