COVID-19 Accelerated Companies' Digital Communications Strategy by 6 Years

Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), the cloud communications platform, has announced the results of a global survey measuring the impact and outlook of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses´ digital engagement strategies, the company said.

To better understand the magnitude of COVID-19 and the lasting effect it will have on business and customer engagement, Twilio surveyed over 2,500 enterprise decision makers globally to gauge the effect on their company´s digital transformation and communication roadmap. The COVID-19 Digital Engagement Report is a snapshot of how businesses have addressed the complex challenges posed by this crisis and how they will continue to evolve moving forward.

Key findings of the COVID-19 Digital Engagement Report include:

COVID-19 was the digital accelerant of the decade. COVID-19 accelerated companies´ digital communications strategy by an average of 6 years. 97% of enterprise decision makers believe the pandemic sped up their company´s digital transformation.

Digital communication is the new lifeblood for business. Almost all companies (95%) are seeking new ways of engaging customers as a result of COVID-19. 92% say transforming digital communications is extremely or very critical to address current business challenges.

Previous inhibitors to innovation have been broken down. 79% of respondents say that COVID-19 increased the budget for digital transformation. Companies report easing of barriers such as: lack of clear strategy (37%), getting executive approval (37%), reluctance to replace legacy software (35%), and lack of time (34%).

Omnichannel communication is taking on new importance. 92% say their organization is very or somewhat likely to expand digital communication channels as the world reopens. Over half (54%) said COVID-19 propelled focus on omnichannel communications and 53% added new channels amid the pandemic. 1 in 3 companies started using live chat and IVR channels for the first time as a result of COVID-19.

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