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Barbecues vs. Business: Why Savvy Companies Don’t Take Summer Off

Ah, summer. The season of vacations, barbecues, and…business fortification? While the mediocre companies kick back and enjoy the slower pace, the best companies are busy preparing for the back half of the year and the upcoming calendar year. These top performers recognize that the lazy, hazy days of summer offer a prime opportunity to level up their sales and marketing strategies, ensuring they hit the ground running when everyone else is still shaking off the sand.

The Summer Strategy: A Tale of Two Companies

Imagine two companies. One sees the summer slowdown as a chance to ease up, taking longer lunches and shorter workdays. The other views it as a strategic window to sharpen its competitive edge. It’s no surprise which company will dominate come fall.

According to a study by the Harvard Business Review, high-performing companies don't just survive the summer; they thrive in it. These companies are 20% more likely to invest in training, marketing initiatives, and customer relationship management during the summer months than their lower-performing counterparts .

Sales and Marketing: The Secret Weapons

  1. Intensive Training Programs: The best companies use the summer lull to bolster their sales teams' skills. By the time September rolls around, their teams are sharper, more knowledgeable, and ready to close deals. As McKinsey & Company notes, top-performing sales teams participate in continuous learning programs, which can increase sales productivity by up to 25% .
  2. Refining Marketing Campaigns: Summer provides a perfect testing ground for new marketing strategies. Top companies experiment with A/B testing, fine-tuning their campaigns based on real-time feedback. This proactive approach means they hit Q3 and Q4 with well-honed messages that resonate with their target audience. A report from the Content Marketing Institute reveals that 78% of high-performing marketers are those who continuously test and iterate their campaigns .
  3. Strengthening Customer Relationships: With clients also in a more relaxed summer mode, it’s the perfect time to deepen relationships. Personalized outreach and value-add interactions can transform casual clients into loyal advocates. According to a Gallup study, companies that engage customers with meaningful interactions see 63% lower customer attrition .

Think Tanks Weigh In

The think tanks and analysts agree: preparation is key. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) highlights that companies which use slower periods to plan and strategize outperform those that don’t by 30% in the following quarters . Furthermore, a Deloitte report emphasizes that businesses investing in future growth during quieter times see significantly higher returns compared to those that do not .

Not Just About the Numbers

It’s not all metrics and margins. The cultural and morale boost of engaging employees in forward-thinking activities during summer cannot be underestimated. Employees feel more valued and less like they’re in a seasonal holding pattern. This proactive engagement fosters innovation and a strong work ethic, creating a dynamic, motivated workforce ready to tackle the challenges of the busier months ahead.

The Lazy Companies Fall Behind

In stark contrast, companies that take the summer off often find themselves scrambling in the fall. They miss out on the chance to refine their strategies, and their unpreparedness shows. When the busy season hits, they're left playing catch-up, often with disappointing results.

The Bottom Line

Summer may be a time for leisure, but the best companies know it’s also a critical period for fortification. By investing in training, refining marketing strategies, and building stronger customer relationships, these companies set themselves up for success in the latter half of the year and beyond. So, while others are lounging by the pool, the smart companies are laying the groundwork for their next big leap forward.

In the end, it's clear: the lazy days of summer are anything but lazy for the companies destined for greatness. They’re the launchpad for the victories of tomorrow. And that’s a sunny forecast we can all get behind.

Reach out and set up a 15 minute session with us to learn more about how you can make the MOST out of your summer for your business with Mahdlo.

Barbecues vs. Business: Why Savvy Companies Don’t Take Summer Off