Marketing through the Coronavirus Crisis - How Marketers in Albania Deal with the Ongoing Crisis of Covid-19
Keywords:marketing, crisis management, Covid-19, Albania
AbstractNone of the 21st century economic hardships have posed such a significant threat on businesses as the global pandemic COVID-19. In Albania beyond the evident threat it is causing to the human well-being, the coronavirus is threatening the health of businesses. According to the Albanian Institute of Statistics, in the second quarter of 2020, GDP in volume terms has decreased by 10.2% compared with the second quarter of 2019. This crisis gives a reflection to how the businesses in Albania do marketing and manage marketing risk. The purpose of this paper is therefore to investigate the Albanian marketers point of view and actions within the ongoing crisis caused by covid-19. The study aims to understand how marketers are dealing with the situation right now and whether they are taking a proactive or reactive approach. There is no current evidence whether marketers are managing crisis with a reactive method, purely tactical or proactively with a strategic viewpoint. In line with the purpose of this study a qualitative research approach was taken to gain insights on marketing through the coronavirus crisis in Albania. The depth interviews conducted with marketing managers of four different industries collected rich information on handling the coronavirus crisis and concluded that marketers were unprepared and adopted a reactive approach when dealing with the covid-19 crisis. Further the Covid-19 crisis gave rise to a more attentive and sensitive tone towards digital marketing in strengthening relationships with both partners and consumers.
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