Podcast (29 minute listen)

Expectations of the Post-COVID-19 Online Consumer

Consumer expectations have evolved with the increased reliance on the internet due to COVID-19.

Rackspace Staff - Cloud Talk / Rackspace

Securing over 27 million internet properties from a global network spanning 200 countries, Cloudflare is on a mission to build a better internet by making it a safer place to surf. Arun Singh, Security Product Marketing Lead at Cloudflare is part of that mission. Changes in internet usage during COVID-19 have been a trend that Cloudflare has watched closely; when the pandemic hit Italy, they saw internet usage spike 30%. Unlike normal usage cycles that dip in the evenings and on weekends, this surge was consistent day and night as quarantine orders spread around the world.

With so many more users online, Singh explained, “Businesses and enterprises need to make sure that their online customers are having a secure, fast and reliable experience — this is of paramount importance now more than ever.” And because we’re using the Internet in new ways, social media, grocery shopping, education, telemedicine, businesses are being forced to deploy strategies planned for 2021 right now. Singh noted, “Enterprises aren’t doing anything that they weren't already going to do. They were just on a three-year roadmap and now they've had to do it in three months.”

In our latest episode of Cloud Talk, Singh joins host Jeff DeVerter for a quick chat on the lasting impact of COVID-19 on security and the way businesses approach customer experience.

Tune in to learn:

  • How COVID-19 has changed the landscape for online customer experience
  • The impact on traditional marketing tactics like sales meetings and conferences
  • What you can do to re-frame marketing around collaborative conversations
  • How poor performance during a crisis affects long-term customer loyalty
  • The connection between security and successful marketing campaigns
  • Ways that malicious actors take advantage of crisis situations
  • The interesting hobby that Singh picked up during stay-at-home orders

Many of the lessons learned during COVID-19 will stay with businesses long after the crisis is over. Cloud and internet services have proven their ability to handle massive traffic surges. “Ten years ago, you couldn't have even thought about doing capacity planning for infrastructure just by the snap of a finger,” recalled Singh. As a result, he expects to see more mission-critical workloads in the cloud.

When internet usage surges, the need for security also surges as malicious actors attempt to exploit tragedy. “More and more enterprises are going to look at security as an investment, not absolutely as a cost center,” predicted Singh. As online transactions balloon — with no signs of deflating — consumers demand more. Implementing advanced technologies to maintain customer experience demands a balanced approach to security. Leveraging cloud and cloud-based tools, businesses are finding innovative ways to meet the challenge because, as Singh reiterates, “The website cannot be off.”

Cloud Talk is a regular podcast that covers topics like digital transformation, containers and Kubernetes, IoT, edge, multicloud and more. Shows are short and sweet — around half an hour — and available from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and anywhere else podcasts can be found.

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