Master Your Marketing in an Economic Downturn: How to Save Money and Boost Performance

The economy is volatile—it rises and falls, ebbs and flows.

Unfortunately, when budget cuts occur, marketing often gets the short end of the stick.

But this doesn’t have to be the case.

An economic downturn can be an opportunity for businesses to invest in their marketing strategies and see great returns.

For example, a recent analysis by Forbes reminisced the Post vs. Kellogg’s battle during the Great Depression.

Post significantly scaled back their advertising efforts, whereas Kellogg’s audaciously doubled down, focusing their spending on radio advertisements and launching a new product—the now-famous Rice Krispies.

Wondering what happened next? Kellogg’s seized the crown as the category leader—all because they trusted in the power of marketing, even during tough economic times.

This is just one example of how economic challenges can be an opportunity for businesses to innovate and excel in marketing. Your organization could be the next success story!

Today, our experts at MAC are going to share essential tips on how to master your marketing strategy, even when faced with budget cuts. Let’s dive in!

Facing Pressure? Flexibility is Key!

During an economic downturn, the business landscape changes rapidly.

One day, you might think your business is on solid ground, and the next day, it feels like everything is falling apart.

That’s why being flexible in your marketing approach is crucial. Here’s what we mean by that:

Encouraging Innovation and Flexibility in Teams

The “way we’ve always done it” may not work anymore.

You need to be open-minded, allowing new ideas and strategies to emerge.

For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the mass shutdown of restaurants and bars forced many businesses to pivot to online ordering and delivery services.

Those who were quick to adapt saw significant revenue increases—while those who were resistant to change struggled to stay afloat.

Instead of sticking to your tried-and-true playbook, be open to new ideas and strategies that could help your business thrive when the economy slows down.

Innovating in Lead Generation and Sales

An economic downturn often means lower demand and fewer leads.

But that doesn’t mean you should give up on lead generation efforts altogether. (Quite the contrary!)

Focus on targeting high-quality leads and improving your sales approach.

If you don’t already have both macro and micro views of your customer journey, that’s a wonderful place to start.

Streamlining the customer journey within a CRM platform allows you to track and optimize each stage, enhancing understanding of customer behavior, and enabling personalized marketing.

This smart use of technology can increase conversion rates significantly, transforming leads into loyal customers. And in challenging economic times, you’ll need all the qualified leads you can get!

Navigating the Conservative Spending Landscape

When the economy isn’t great, every penny counts—but you don’t want to cut corners in places that could ultimately harm your business.

Here are some tips for navigating a conservative spending landscape:

Leverage Strategic Automation

Marketing automation can help streamline your efforts and save money.

By automating repetitive tasks like email campaigns, you free up time for your team to focus on more critical areas of the business.

Automation also allows for better targeting and personalization, increasing the chances of converting leads into customers.

AI-powered marketing automation can even help with predicting and identifying customer behavior and optimizing your marketing strategy in real time.

As we move deeper into 2024, we can only imagine the possibilities that will emerge!

Maximizing Existing Resources

During an economic downturn, it’s crucial to cut unnecessary expenses. But sometimes understanding which initiatives are really influential is not as easy as it seems. While one campaign may generate lots of leads and appear to be a great investment on the surface, if they don’t have a need for your offering, and dont end up converting, this may not end up being such a great idea. On the other hand, another initiative may generate a few, very high quality leads. 

The key here is to look deeper into your data, at every touchpoint that influenced revenue generation. Use UTM data and analytics to identify which marketing channels are generating the highest ROI. This will allow you to prioritize those channels and allocate your budget accordingly, to get the most out of every dollar spent.

You can also repurpose existing content and assets to create new marketing materials, saving time and money while still maintaining a strong presence in the market.

Seeking Cost-Effective External Support

In a resource-constrained landscape, cost-effective solutions—like hiring flexible, external support—can aid internal efforts, ensuring that marketing activities don’t fall behind.

Consider partnering with marketing automation consultants who can bring fresh perspectives and expertise to your team without the long-term commitment of full-time employees.

How Marketing Automation Consultants Will Benefit Your Organization

Marketing automation consultants can provide invaluable expertise and support during periods of economic slowdown. Here are just a few of the benefits they offer:

Efficiency in Process and Cost Savings

Marketing automation consultants can help you streamline your processes, making sure that every dollar spent is used wisely. From automating repetitive tasks to identifying cost-effective solutions, these experts can help you make the most out of your resources and maximize ROI.

Fresh Perspectives and Innovation

When you’re working with a smaller budget, it’s easy to get stuck in old ways of thinking. Marketing automation consultants bring innovative ideas to the table, helping you stay ahead of the curve and adapt to changing consumer behaviors.

Expertise in Marketing Technology

Certified marketing automation consultants have deep technological expertise and can help you choose the right tools for your organization’s needs. They can also provide training and support to ensure your team is utilizing these tools effectively.

If you’re looking for dedicated (yet flexible) marketing automation and CRM support that doesn’t come with a hefty monthly retainer, we have good news for you…

MAC could be a wonderful fit for your organization!

Need a Strategic Solution? MAC is Here to Help!

At MAC, we understand the challenges you may face: limited resources, shrinking budgets, and the pressing need to deliver measurable results—fast.

As experts in marketing automation, we can seamlessly integrate into your existing process, acting as an extension of your team. We’ll get your campaigns up and running quickly.

Our swift and strategic implementations are designed to deliver results, driving your business forward even in the toughest of times.

We offer a flexible billing process—no minimums or mandatory retainers. This means we’re here to help as much as you need, with no binding commitments. 

We’re focused on delivering what you need when you need it, prioritizing your business goals and budget constraints.

Don’t navigate a challenging economic landscape alone. 

Contact us today to learn how we can help!

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Samantha Warren

Samantha Warren is a digital marketing expert with over six years of experience in crafting 360° campaigns that marry creativity with strategy. She has helped clients in a variety of industries, including e-commerce, technology, and healthcare, to reach new heights with their marketing initiatives.