Here is an easy method to help you find a number that is going to work for you and your business. Some might say that it is a good rule of thumb, but I personally judge things on whether or not they work and get results. That’s all.
6 months ago
Moving on... Start with the amount of income that your company generated last month and multiply it by .14 (or 14%). That means that if you had $50,000 in Gross Income last month you should budget to spend $7000 on marketing in the next month. Wait... I know, it sounds painful but it is just like a shot at the doctor. It might hurt for a minute (or in this case a month) but down the road you are going to be glad that you went through it. Putting that much toward the right marketing will bump up your income the next month and start you on a cycle of steady growth.
I know that some businesses run tighter than others and it is possible that you won't be comfortable with that amount in the beginning. Don't misunderstand me, any marketing is better than no marketing. Don't get discouraged if your budget is lower than 14%. But use 14% as the ideal to strive for and once you have the budget for the marketing plan you create a campaign in that tier....Maybe you grossed $2000 last month for the business use 14%of that to develop your marketing plan. Whatever you do don't wing it. When I say wing it I'm speaking of just paying for random Facebook ads or spending the market budget without a strategic plan that ties into the goal for next quarter of business because we are now approaching the third quarter of business.