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How to Advertise Under a Tight Budget

By Katie Marcus Published 06/23/2009 | Advertising
Do you remember the last time you designed your marketing collateral? When was it that you were able to put up your poster printing output and launched a new product in the market?

Has it been a while since you last did your printing posters and custom flyers? Surely, you know the importance of marketing your business to your target market. Despite the recent economic slowdown, you do have to market because you need to keep your name out there.

Even with the economic turmoil, you cannot just leave your marketing campaign in the back burner and wait for the economy to get back to being well and good again. Alternatively, what if you decided to slow down your marketing efforts? Anyway, you have already caught up with much of your target market anyway and now your business is already doing so well right now.

Contrary to what you made yourself to believe, marketing is as essential to your business life as oxygen is to breathing. You cannot stop marketing just because you wanted to. This is exactly the best time for you to market and make people remember you.

Just remember that if you do not keep your name out there and people forget about you, they might just go to your competition even if they know about your products and services. Neglecting to do your fair share of marketing can certainly break your business.

However, you are probably saying that the economy is so bad, people are not spending as much as they did before, and that you are operating on a much smaller budget now what with the crisis. Still, you cannot just leave your business growth to fate. There are definitely ways to advertise that you do not have to break your neck trying to make ends meet. You can always promote even on a shoestring budget:

Press Releases They will not cost you that much. As long as you have worthy news to tell, the media and the people would be interested in what you have to say. All it takes is a bit of your time, energy and a dose of good writing skills. If you do not have it, hire a writer to do it for you.

Online Sites Many online websites accept submissions of press releases and articles. If you really love to write and enjoy doing it, this is an opportunity for you to do so. All you have to do is to go online and submit your written articles. In addition, you can already reach out to as many as millions of browsers of the Internet.

Networking One of the great ways to make you known to others is to network with other businesses and companies. You can always build alliances and form associations especially with those companies that have the same business as yours. You can then refer each other to your clients, as well as collaborate on general marketing collateral, which you can use to market your businesses.

These are just some ways for you to market yourself on a limited budget. Bear in mind that marketing need not be expensive. Just pay attention to ideas that you can use to promote your products and services, and you will surely be surprised at how much attention you can get at the least cost to you.

Katie Marcus writes about printing posters or poster printing.