Most financial experts continue to indicate that we are likely headed toward a recession, or at the very least a significant economic downturn. It is a natural first instinct to look for ways to cut back on spending. While that might be a smart way to handle your personal budget, it is not always the smartest idea for your business.

Cutting down on your advertising and marketing during a recession might be a quick fix to counterbalance any reduced sales. The problem with this approach is that when consumers are also cutting their spending, marketing dollars become even more vital to generate new leads and discover avenues for new business. Reducing your visibility and marketing efforts could indicate to your customers that you are in a company slump, leading them to turn to businesses that appear to be thriving. 

Research from previous recessions shows that maintaining strong marketing is crucial to a business’s success as they navigate through a company slump. Businesses are much more likely to come out of the recession in a good position when they do not make significant marketing budget cuts. In fact, companies that increased their marketing during a recession enjoyed a 4.3% increase in profits compared to ones that cut their spending.

Here are some tips to successfully manage your marketing budget, without decreasing it. 

Timing – Your advertising budget should be viewed more as an investment than an expense. If your competitors are cutting their marketing budgets, this creates a greater market share available for you. Increasing your budget in these times can give you a great opportunity to strengthen your company’s position in your industry and market.

Maintain Pricing – Some businesses attempt to raise prices in order to generate more revenue. Others try to slash prices to help attract new customers and encourage spending. The best approach is to keep your pricing steady and not veer off normal business. Sudden raises or drops in pricing will create more issues in the long term and can give off a perception of an unstable business that is in panic mode. 

Messaging – Even if you do not alter your marketing budget during a recession, you may need to adjust your messaging to be more appropriate and acknowledge the situation. Using phrases such as, “during hard times,” will help you relate to your audience. 

Consumer Behavior – Consumer spending tends to change quickly during a recession. By monitoring consumer behavior and spending habits, you can see how and where people are spending, and alter your messaging or promotions to capitalize. 

Evaluation – Companies should constantly monitor and evaluate their strategies to make adjustments quickly as needed. During a recession, you should not cut your spending but it becomes even more important that your marketing dollars are being spent wisely and you are maximizing your return on investment. 

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If you are looking to maintain your marketing budget and focus on getting the most value out of your advertising spend, trust the experts at beMarketing to guide you through the economic downturn. Our team of experts works diligently to create marketing strategies tailored to your company with everything from search engine optimization to social media management. We analyze your campaigns throughout the process, making adjustments as needed to ensure you remain on track. Call beMarketing today to get started and learn how we can help you take your marketing budget to the next level.