COVID-19 and destiny of the brands

The tides of tougher times are in continuous motion what has occurred previously, will all happen once more.

“Tough times do not last but tough people do” we happen to hear this from every second person in our lives this quote has become a staple but let’s improvise this “tough times do not last, but tough ideas do”. All of us probably have a brief knowledge about the Great Depression of the 1930s, during this time of Coronavirus (or COVID-19) crisis I felt the urge to dig deeper into the past about various economic recessions and what was the driving force behind the today’s world’s businesses giants.

Let me take you a long way back to the 1930s

The Great Depression was a serious overall financial downturn that took a start in the 1930s from the United States and spread like a plague that engulfed the global economy. The Great Depression is generally utilized for instance of how seriously the worldwide economy can decay.


How it all began?

The Great Depression began in the United States after a significant fall in stock costs that started around September 4, 1929, and became overall news with the financial exchange crash of October 29, 1929, (known as Black Tuesday).

Somewhere in the range of 1929 and 1932, overall (GDP) fell by an expected 15%. By correlation, overall GDP fell by under 1% from 2008 to 2009 during the Great Recession. Some economies began to recoup by the mid-1930s. Be that as it may, in numerous nations, the negative impacts of the Great Depression went on until the start of World War II.

The Great Depression affected both the rich and poor nations equally. Individual pay, charge income, benefits, and costs dropped, while global exchange fell by over half. Joblessness in the U.S. rose to 23% and in certain nations ascended as high as 33%.

To start, not everything was fate and misery during the Great Depression. It was the point at which the individuals who realized what they were doing made incredible financial steps, and the very idea of the Depression was a monetary aid for them. It was the point at which a few organizations profited by forceful promoting while their adversaries cut back. Let’s have a look at the most successful brands with respect to the various industries.


Coronavirus (or COVID- 19) and its impact

The episode of novel coronavirus (or COVID-19), the pandemic is causing enormous scope death toll and financial anarchy. More than 650,000 have been infected while 30,000 have fallen prey to this vicious virus, it is currently accepted to be a worldwide disaster.

The deadly virus brings with it the third and greatest economic shock of the 21st century the first signs emerged in China that quickly engulfed the rest of the world. The overall economic slowdown resulted in a 20% decline in GDP during January and February of 2020 however, during March, it hit the lowest point and overall exports declined by 17%.

The turn of events also caused a 15 days plunge in the US stock market resulting in a 20% drop from its top mark. The US Treasury Secretary has alerted that the redundancy rates could rise steeply way over 20%, which is twice the peak levels of the 2008 financial crisis and following the dark path of the Great Depression.

European Central Bank and US Federal Reserve have also come to aid but despite the fact, the fluctuations are being untreatable.

The OECD has projected that the corona (or COVID-19) pandemic could depress the global GDP growth from 2.9% to 2.4% for 2020.

During this crucial phase, businesses would have to reinvent themselves in order to survive.

Playing smart is the only option left on the table.



When the economic crisis hits, such as coronavirus (or COVID-19)  has hit us the buying persona would shift from indulging into luxuries to spending only on necessities, and food being one of the most basic needs will have a lot of space to breathe but only with precise strategy.

A genuine case of that would be Kellogg besting C.W. Post during that time. Buyers didn’t quit spending during the Depression; most just searched for better arrangements, and the organizations giving those better arrangements came out more grounded after the Depression finished. When spending got, buyer dedication to those organizations remained.

As more people are entering the unemployment zone due to the coronavirus crisis, maybe this is the right time to think of a start-up, blessing in disguise maybe if you take the right approach.

Publix Super Markets was started in the 1930s amid the Great Depression, and it paid off. Now there are more than 1,000 stores comprising of a $5.2 billion fortune and accounting for $29 billion in sales.

Another example is of the McKee family who sold cakes worth 5 cents only from their car and managed to open a bakery in 1934. The business grew to a point that now it’s widely known for Little Debbie cream pies and stands at an estimated $1.4 billion.

The Gallo family, worth $9.7 billion, are the world’s largest wine-makers.

Back in 1933 the enthusiastic entrepreneurs were crushing grapes in a California shed they played on being economical and word of mouth being a great source of advertising.

Innovators are the ones who survive through the crisis and Iowa-native J.R. Simplot was one of the best known as the father of the frozen French fry. They also happen to be the suppliers behind the famous McDonald’s fries. Now the company is standing at a fortune of more than $9 billion.

Frozen food business can be a great deal amid this socially distancing coronavirus (or COVID-19) world.

McDonald’s, for example, ramped up its new store openings in the US by more than 50 percent in the recession of the mid-1970s while its arch-rival Burger King was slowing openings due to the caution of its new owner, Pillsbury. This gave McDonald’s an enduring competitive advantage.

The most shining example is of John Willard Marriott who kicked off during the time of worst crisis by laying down $6,000 for a nine-stool A&W root beer and the company stayed in the food industry until it shifted to hotels in 1957. The hotel conglomerate, Marriott International, now known for high-end brands like Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance stands at an estimated net worth $5.7 billion.


Essential consumables

As the crisis calls for needs over wants identifying people’s essential requirements is very crucial because people are still going to use their perceived essential products such as toilet paper, soaps, detergents (and coronavirus or (COVID-19) calls for a much larger supply of these), cigarettes, diapers, shampoos, and the list goes on.

Huff… humans sure have way too many needs…


We all happen to know Procter and Gamble. Let’s have a look that How did the cleanser mammoth beat the Great Depression? Things were extreme from the outset when backbone basic food item clients began cutting their requests and inventories accumulated. P&G clearly understood that even in a downturn people would require cleanser, however, so they should get it from Procter and Gamble.

Along these lines, rather than choking down it’s publicizing endeavors to reduce expenses, the organization effectively sought after new advertising roads, including business radio stations. One of these strategies included supporting everyday radio serials focused on homemakers, the organization’s center market. In 1933, P&G appeared it’s first sequential, Oxydol’s Own Ma Perkins, and ladies around the nation immediately became hopelessly enamored with the stories of the sort widow. The program was effective to such an extent that P&G began wrenching out comparative projects to help its different brands, and by 1939, the organization was creating 21 radio shows—and spearheading the “drama.” In 1950, P&G made the principal continuous TV drama, The First Hundred Years.

Camel almost destroyed Lucky in the 1930s because people still needed cigarettes at that time and the same is the case now, we can also count tea and coffee in this regard.


Social insurance & health care

The world is in a chaotic position due to coronavirus’s outbreak and these challenging times have created a higher influx for medical services and social insurance. Now more than ever people are coming to understand the importance of health insurance the cost of medical treatments being too high and the uncertainty of health issues touching the roof has left everyone devastated and now post coronavirus (or COVID-19) the entire global population would spend more towards healthcare products and insurance services in order to avoid any such uncertain situation in the future.  Furthermore, inside that biological system, the requirement for expendable great to protect our wellbeing experts, ventilators to keep patients alive, and manifestation alleviation items (ordinarily, pharmaceuticals like Tylenol or Zofram, or any new entrant for the treatment of COVID-19). The race for a fix, an antibody, and a versatile treatment is as of now producing a great deal request and venture.


Communication and technology

Take IBM for instance. In 1929 just 5 percent of business bookkeeping capacities were mechanized and its then-president, Thomas J Watson, thought the expanding multifaceted nature of business capacities would make business machines key.

Mechanization likewise likened to cost decrease, a key necessity in the Great Depression. So while deals of its different items declined, IBM quickened the advancement of a cutting edge bookkeeping machine which demonstrated a hit. It likewise offered a rent alternative on the machines just as by and large buy, in this manner adjusting itself to the situation of capital-starved clients.


“All you need is a handful of innovation and a desire to brag constantly about it”

In this socially separated reality where you can be at the doorstep of your grave by a solitary sullied contact, regular methods will go out of date and individuals stuck in this lockdown will become accustomed to with the work from home culture and an incredibly advanced period will develop that will create a requirement for advances and virtual communicational methods.

In particular, remotely organizing organizations like Zoom are the ones well on the way to succeed, and remotely planning may end up being the enchantment that ties society—from the simple investigation lobby to the creative workspace and everything in the center.


Capital merchandizing 

While the new formation of capital products during the Depression was just around zero, the resale estimation of those reciprocals incredibly extended as the crisis deferred year-over-year.

Nowadays, there are numerous endeavors wanting to sell their techniques for the creation or change that made to enable social protection to space. Likewise, someone must arrangement with that trade. You can bet that if a lift group hits and establishment or collaborations adventures are helped at the state and national levels, the market for repurposed or traded capital products will quickly follow.



It’s the least intricate number shuffling of the Depression, or of any downturn: As the economy diminishes, bad behavior rises. Disregarding spending difficulties, neighborhood, government, and military security forces will be logically called upon to ensure our prosperity and cordon disconnect systems. Likewise, security masters aren’t simply required abroad in battle regions—as a downturn kicks in and monetary and prosperity fights pause, they may end up being logically significant locally.


Promoting and enhancing ones will endure

As a rule, those organizations that made due as well as flourished during the Great Depression were those that kept on going about just as there were not much and that general society had cash to spend. At the end of the day, they advertised. These are ventures that didn’t hang tight for open interest for their items to rise. They made that request in any event, during very troublesome occasions.

Since such huge numbers of organizations cut spending during the Great Depression period, promoting financial plans were to a great extent disposed of in numerous ventures. In addition to the fact that spending declined, a few organizations really dropped out of open sight due to foolish choices made about going away from the public eye. Advertising reductions made numerous clients feel relinquished. They related the brands that cut back on advertising with an absence of resilience. This drove clients to progressively forceful contenders, however, it likewise caused budgetary doubt when it came to making extra interests in the not, at this point obvious organizations.

Both narrative and experimental proof backings the case that promoting was the principal factor in the development or destruction of organizations during the Great Depression. To put it gruffly, the organizations that exhibited the most development and that rang up the most deals were those that advertised vigorously. Brand advertisers can take a page from history to see which buys were generally influenced. Almost certainly, keen distributors and innovation providers will alter their record focusing on dependent on which businesses endure the least. Maybe more significantly, they ought to evaluate which organizations will be the Kelloggs or C.W. Posts of this time so deals assets are appropriately engaged.


“Cut back on advertising budgets”

This is the absolute most unmistakable money related buzzword of the downturn: The associations that suffer and created during the Great Depression weren’t illustrative of any one market order. Or then again perhaps, were those that continued going about similarly as there was not too much and that general society had money to spend on their organizations or things.

They broadcasted. They created. They kept working certain the crisis would end. This is the calculating of danger versus powerlessness. Viable Depression-zone associations hadn’t the faintest idea how or when the Depression would end (powerlessness) yet they understood it would end and that attempts and costs made at that point would deal with when it gambled).

As we say modern-day problems require modern-day solutions, due to coronavirus (or COVID-19) when the entire global population is stuck within their home the only medium to reach them is social media and yes through TVC’s but that is a far expensive medium. In order to be on the top of your customer’s mind, you need to aggressively advertise on social and digital mediums as we are a nation that is constantly hooked to smart devices and always connected to the internet. Learn from the past and let’s break some records in the post coronavirus (or COVID-19) world.


Who says a history degree is inconsequential.