Re: Help with Marketing Budget - Posted by J. Clifton
Posted by J. Clifton on February 24, 2002 at 22:16:51:
On $500, you can do the following:
WEB: $10-15 to get a domain name, preferably from a site that offers free hosting and pop email with it. Or, add a cheap $5/mo unified messaging service (such as ureach) and now you have a site, email, 800 number and fax to put on your literature.
AD: Take half the budget and put it into a 6-12 mo classified in the local penny saver zine.
REFERRALS: Start networking, costing you only carfare. Club meetings, chamber of commerce functions, expos, seminars, etc. Call 3 new professional players a day.
MAIL: At the start you only have enough to mail out to say 500 people by postcard, on your budget, unless you decide to forego the classified ad above. Choose, then do 1-2 mailings to your best targets.
TELEPHONE: Put together an effective 30-40 second “commercial” for your business on your voicemail. In addition to strictly waiting for people to call you, fax 5-6 flyers or offer letters to agents/wk, and call 20-30 FSBOs by day, to leave your message on their machine/wk (if a live person answers, talk to them or just say “wrong number”).
HANDOUTS: Have 500-1000 striking business cards and 500-1000 flyers printed up ($50-100). The cards get handed out at clip of 30-40/wk for 6 months. Post 50 flyers a week on bulletin boards. Take your old magazines, tape a flyer to them, and ‘donate them’ to waiting room areas of offices in your target area. Or, by a few hundred cheapo pens wholesale ($50-100), print out your classified on small laser/inkjet label paper (like Avery #8667), stick the mini-labels on the pens, and presto! you have a promotional item to give away.
Hope this helps.