Across the nation, COVID-19 has postponed land development events, municipality conversations and project timelines. And as many across the country have noted, this massive shift to conducting business virtually will put our technology to the test.
Cities like Los Angeles, CA and Austin, TX, code revisions and land development conversations have been postponed. Local government bodies are urging land development professionals to use online services for building, zoning and trade permitting instead of in-person transactions.
Land development companies still rely heavily on in-person events to drive awareness, connect with people face-to-face, drive sales and manage existing vendor or client relationships. Many industry events and conferences have all been postponed due to the Coronavirus threat, following the CDC recommendation to postpone or cancel all gatherings with more than 50 people.
If you were depending on these events for your company, this is an unexpected shock. So how can we adapt, and where do we go from here?
Of course, this all depends on if you can even ask for your money back. Or, should you plan for the new conference date? Policies will vary by organization, and the decision is ultimately up to you.
As the impact of conferences might change based on what we learn this year, don’t commit to a future event if you have the option to get your money back. Try out new things that might work and bank the cash. You may find that you don’t want to invest in these events in the future, or that later this year isn’t the right time. Some organizations might offer refunds even if the event is still happening -- the CityMobility 2020 conference is now offering refunds, while not cancelled. Jessie Feller Hahn, Executive Director of Meeting of the Minds, said:
“We’re changing our refund policy for the CityMobility 2020 Summit, which will continue as scheduled. Tickets are now refundable all the way up until the day of the event, May 20.”
It’s unlikely that these new venues and events will have the same venue locations, efficiency, convenience and cost within the next few years. Capacity at the best venues is limited, and these are typically planned at least a year in advance. This means that even if many trade shows are rescheduled, you cannot rely on these events to the same extent as you have in the past.
Even if you go, many others might return their tickets and skip it altogether, so it’s not a good idea to envision the same level of success or impact on your business from rescheduled events.
While scary and unfamiliar to some, others can maximize productivity while working remotely. Can you find new opportunities that can provide new levels of ROI? Now that the next 2 months of land development community have been postponed, use these 10 tips to stay on track with your business goals:
If anything, the current COVID-19 crisis challenges every industry and vertical. We must rethink the way we work, and trust the tools we use. Everyone is trying to keep on carrying on, so just focus on your work and stay productive!
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