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5 Creative Marketing Strategies for Businesses on a Budget

Marketing StrategyYou don’t need the advertising budget of an enormous company like McDonald’s or Apple in order to memorably market your business. Small businesses can make a name for themselves on a limited budget if they just get a little creative with their marketing tactics.

Below are a few ideas to help inspire your marketing campaign, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Keep brainstorming to come up with your own out-of-the-box advertising tactics.

Create Video Content for Your Website

All you need to put together videos for your website is a camera and some pretty basic editing software. If you’ve got an idea for a funny or quirky video ad, get outgoing members of your team to help you act it out.

Ojai Valley Taxidermy’s viral Chuck Testa video (which has more than 13 million views on YouTube) is a great example of how a good sense of humor can help you build your brand name.

Be a Good Source of Information

With people turning to online sources to gain information more and more these days, content curation is a great way to draw people to your website. Blog about recent trends in your industry, put together Top 10 lists, or compile valuable resources.

For example, the online Halloween costume retailer Funtober compiled information about seasonal events like corn mazes, haunted houses, and Oktoberfests across the U.S. in order to give people a great reason to visit their site.

Write a Press Release

Got a new product coming out or an important event coming up? Write up a press release and send it out to your local papers, as well as to online news sites. You can even post it on online, geographically-specific news boards like Patch.

Include a call-to-action at the end that tells readers where they can learn more about your company, or where they need to go to get great deals on your product.

Attend a Trade Show

Costs you need to take into account with a trade show include registration, booth design, setup, and the time of the employees who will be working the show. However, trade shows often prove to have a good return on investment for small businesses because they allow you to talk face-to-face with other people in your industry as well as potential customers.

Create a vibrant trade show booth with a creative layout or an interactive element in order to attract more visitors.

Donate Products to Community Events

One of the best ways to familiarize people with your products is to let them use them for free at popular community events. If your company makes lawn chairs, you can set them up in a “Relaxing Zone” at a summer festival, or if you make sports drinks, you can hand them out at the end of a fun run.

If you don’t make products that are so easy to share at local events, consider donating a bigger product to a local charity raffle. You’ll get your brand name out and show the community that you want to give back.

About the Author

Juliana Weiss-Roessler is a writer for Her writing has been featured on high-traffic websites, such as, and in major publications, such as PARADE and People. Juliana lives in Austin, TX, along with her husband, their two tiny-but-rambunctious dogs, and one tiny-but-rambunctious baby boy. Follow her on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.

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2 Responses to '5 Creative Marketing Strategies for Businesses on a Budget'

  1. Diana says:

    Although the ROI is good indeed, attending trade shows with a booth and all is not “on a budget” in any context. It could be for business on a budget if you are a visitor and handing out cards and networking with people though 🙂

    I understand why social media marketing might not be mentioned – too much talked about, i guess. But I am surprised building a strong email list didn’t make it on this list – it can be a powerful tool for business on a tight budget 🙂

    Great post, Juliana, thanks for hosting it, Lisha! Sending you some social media love 🙂

    • Lisha says:

      Great thoughts Diana. Definitely a good idea to go to trade shows to network and hand out cards for sure! Trade shows might not be budget-friendly for small businesses and individuals with a very small budget, but once a business is starting to earn some profit, it’s always good to reinvest that back into the business to possibly increase profits even more 🙂

      And I completely agree. Building an email list and utilizing that the right way would definitely one of the top strategies in my book. It’s very inexpensive. Thanks for sharing this post 🙂

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