Marketing on a Tight Budget

Marketing on a Tight Budget

How should I best spend my marketing budget?

A question that’s on most business owners’ minds when they first launch their business is “how do I best spend my money? What do I invest in?” Because when you’re just starting out, you don’t have a lot of money for marketing and you have so many other expenses.

We wanted to share our insights on this topic and provide you with our suggestions on how to best spend your marketing budget (we use $1,000 as an example here).

STEP 1

Logo/Business Cards (Est. Cost: $250).  Even if it’s a simple and cheap logo you get online, you need a logo so that you can start marketing your new business. While we would never recommend this for the long term, if you only have $1,000 to spend, you have to go cheap. Just make sure it is different from your competitors and you get the final files in both vector and raster formats (.pdf and .jpg). From there, pick up some business cards to give to your customer leads. Depending on your industry and sales plan, 1,000 cards should last between 6 months to a year.

STEP 2

Website/Domain (Est. Cost: $400).  Once your logo is created, you’ll want to build on that by creating an online presence. Securing a domain not only is the first step towards getting a website up and running, but it also allows you to send emails from a business account, rather than your personal Gmail account, making your business seem more professional. By getting a WordPress or SquareSpace account, you can set up a website that will allow you to present your business to online customers for a small monthly or annual fee without any up front costs. But of course, you have to do the heavy lifting of providing images and copy for the web pages yourself (unless you can find a local writer and photographer who is willing to do it for you for cheap. Just do your homework).

STEP 3

Set up a Facebook page (Est Cost: $0).  This one is easy, as it requires no money! By regularly posting on your account with links pointing back to your website, you can boost your web traffic. In thinking about what to post on your page, try to think of what your customers are looking for and distill your company’s solutions to their needs in quick sound bites. How can you be valuable?

STEP 4

Run Facebook or Google ads (Est Cost: $350).  With the remainder of your budget, we recommend some small investments in online marketing. Boosting posts on Facebook and/or setting up a GoogleAds campaign is very cost effective and can be one of the easiest ways to get some increased visibility for your brand in its early stages. If possible, invest as much of your $1,000 in Boosted Facebook posts. It’s going to be the best bang for your buck (assuming that your target customers are on Facebook). If you’re not sure where to start with boosted posts or Google ads, a simple Google search on the topic can yield a lot of information to get you up to speed.

Final Thoughts

Of course, every business and industry is different, so this approach might not make sense for your business. But, by far, the best thing you can do is know your customer, know your customer, know your customer. The better you can enter their world, the better you can find new customers like them and speak their language….which gives you the best chance to earn their business.

If you have found this blog post helpful, we have assembled a more thorough eBook with even more tips and ideas, which you can download here.

New E-Book: Branding Your Business on a Limited Budget

New E-Book: Branding Your Business on a Limited Budget

To kick off the new year, we have a new e-book!  In this content series, we’ll be focusing on a common question we get: “how can I get my business started on a tight budget?”  Typically after a year in business you’ll need to start branching out into professional help for things such as marketing and advertising, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a strong start to launch your business.

We’ll be discussing the tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years and how you can apply them to your own business, such as how to begin to brand your business (i.e. logos and business cards), as well as how to get setup with a website that will start to establish your online presence.  Then in our follow-up blog posts, we’ll discuss topics such as:

– Translating your new logo into simple sales collateral
– Strategic thinking for sales
– Long-term customer relationship building tips

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