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Marketing with no budget

    • 51 posts
    March 5, 2013 12:16 AM EST

    I tin the only bit of marketing you can do without a budget  is social media. Or SEO on your own if you know it. Else word of mouth is still the best and most trusted though it is under rated these days.

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    March 8, 2013 12:17 AM EST

    Marketing with no budget means giving your time or being good at talking your friends in helping you out. There are many greeat advices already mentioned, yes, consider all the free social media sites (while they are that), and just be as creative aspossible. If you already own a site, make sure to regularl update your blog with valuable info and promote the posts, Google tends toreward quality content. You can also promote your bsiness by printing a set of business cars that will cost little, and marcharound the area where you are located. A card can find you an investor, a client, a partner. These days, it is not so much about the marketing budget, as much as about your ability to understand the tendencies of attention.

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    March 6, 2013 11:24 AM EST


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    March 3, 2013 2:13 AM EST

    Social Media & Online Communities / Forums
    Classified Ads (Craigslist, Backpage, Kijiji, Gumtree, OLX, Oodle)
    Cold Email / Cold Calling
    Local Networking
    eBay & Amazon - trust me, it's worth it despite the fees!
    Shopping Comparison Sites like TheFind (free)

    As you grow these avenues, put 50% of your profits into marketing so you can grow your business fast.  

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    March 12, 2013 11:36 PM EDT


    I think Emailing is one of the best options here. It takes no cost. And you can directly Present your business in the hand of its required audience. Just draft a promotional mail that contains the details about your business, products or services. Make it attractive but simple and send it to all your targeted audiences. This will help you to generate good leads.

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    March 15, 2013 8:05 AM EDT

    Look for complimentary businesses in your area with whom you can connect to begin creating a referral network. I agree with devid_john that a strong email marketing strategy is key. Networking isn't exactly free but it's low-cost and can have a good ROI when done correctly i.e. find networking groups and events that you resonate with AND where your ideal customers are. Your local chamber may or may not be a good fit for you, so look around to see what other business networking groups are in your area. A high-probability prospect list + direct mail helps too.


    Good luck silverbling! Much of marketing is trying different things, figuring out what works and repeating it over and over and over. Let us know how it goes.

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    March 8, 2013 5:15 AM EST

    Have you ever thought of hiring an unpaid marketing intern? If you live near a college, it would be fairly simple to find one. They could do online marketing activities like making infographics, handle your social media, create linking opportunities. You would, of course, have to invest the time to search for a person and train them, but it wouldn't take any extra cash.


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    March 16, 2013 4:41 PM EDT

    It's difficult no doubt about it. So many ways not enough time.

    Here's an example. Do well with free give away products. A print shop needs more customers. They use free software to create business cards and flyers. They promote on networks that we design for free. Sometimes they just make a flyer and share the gift without even contacting the prospect first.

    Point is, it takes us 2 minutes to create a gift and share it. People like the gesture and in return prospects will talk about the great surprise. They will more than likely remember you the next time they need a service like yours too.

    Target your prospects and make them work for you.

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  • March 5, 2013 8:22 PM EST

    emailing prospects is free, even with MailChimp  if your list is smaller than 2,000 and you are sending less than 12,000 emails a month.

    The cost will come in buying the contact data if you don't have it already. You might be able to go the public library and scan/photocopy the stuff out the business directories they have in there.

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    March 1, 2013 12:12 AM EST

    SEO And Social Media marketing are your best option you can learn nearly everything if you do proper research about it

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    March 10, 2013 7:16 AM EDT

    I have been having some traction within my BNI meeting.  If you don't know, its a business network group, meeting once a week.  you can expand on that using their power teams.  


    Also try  I havn't used it, but i saw that you can pledge dollars for what you wil pay for an introduction to an sales opportunity.   


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    February 25, 2013 11:30 PM EST


    Can anyone suggest ways of marketing with no budget?

    I have the social sites, building backlinks etc but I need to get my sites name known to a mass market without spending any money

    Even though I have 2700 pages indexed I seem to be getting very little organic traffic since I stopped paying for PPC, with all the algoritym changes is there a way to get high visibility?

    Running a business takes so much time I cannot sit typing 8 hours  a day to add to blogs and I am running out of ideas

    Any help or mad ideas would be greatly appreciated


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    October 2, 2014 6:58 PM EDT
    Your time time and more time. Lot's of dedication and a plan.
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    October 6, 2014 9:28 AM EDT
    Today, everything costs but you can minimalise these costs.
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    October 7, 2014 5:17 AM EDT
    If you don't have any budget to promote your brand, it would be best if you are going to focus on building your social media presence. SEO is good too. However, it is much more complicated. You just need to know how to manage your social media accounts and that would be fine.
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    November 7, 2014 7:26 AM EST
    This is my way: SEO and SMO :)
    I can tell that !It's working!
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    November 10, 2014 7:10 AM EST
    Marketing with no budget is very time consuming. Often your time can be spent in better ways-- you should see if there is at least some money that you can use for positive ROI marketing campaigns.
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    November 14, 2014 9:24 AM EST
    social media... but, if you want to do it righ, you need a social media expert, so you can't do marketing without spending some money
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    November 16, 2014 8:26 AM EST
    @seanaherne142 and @SofaClean have right without budget your business never grow an fall down,i believe that the big sites like facebook do not let you to do free marketting on their web site and block your account.
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    November 20, 2014 7:11 PM EST
    Here are 3 important pieces of advice my clients have given me on advertising on a low budget:

    You do need a strong packaging design and a strong advertising presence. But must you divide your budget between the two? What if you invested your entire budget in creating a product and packaging design so remarkable and strong that it could be the focus of your advertising campaign?

    Product and packaging design influences price. Your product might sell for $10 today. Now imagine investing in a design so beautiful and remarkable that you could charge $15 or even $30 for the same product. That profit goes directly to your bottom line. That is the power of visual identity.

    The beauty of creating a community around the group and not around your brand is that the community supports itself and provides its own content and I merely monitor it to keep the spammers at bay. If I were to walk away from the community tomorrow, they would continue themselves indefinitely.

    Hope that helps!

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    This post was edited by HumanBehavior at November 20, 2014 7:13 PM EST
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    December 31, 2014 11:08 AM EST
    No Budget Business Marketing:
    Ensure people can find you on the web. Offer Ad-funded payment options. Cultivate super users. Good old word of mouth. Social network marketing campaigns.
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    February 13, 2015 12:22 PM EST
    If you don't have a marketing budget, one thing you absolutely need to do is create strong bonds with your current customers. This should lead to high retention and referral rates.
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    This post was edited by mattpel at February 13, 2015 12:29 PM EST
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    February 24, 2015 10:51 AM EST
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    There are several options to marketing without a budget. Email marketing, for example, if your mailing list is less than 1000 you can use MailChimp at no cost to send out e-blasts. Networking events are a great tool, try looking for events on near you. Social media of course, but also writing expert posts for industry related blogs, running contests, commenting on forums. These are all great options.

    I hope this helps!
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    October 10, 2015 10:34 AM EDT
    Yes, social media and the powere of internet combined for business is more resourcefull and can generate better result. But sometime, investment also needs to run even just as small amunt to cover marketing and promotional expenses. Which in this case for some reason and in many places print media is one of deversified information gateway to check new stuff on trending market. Traditional as it may sounds, but the power of print media is also achievable and harvesting tremendous result. Try how print media works in various ways for marketing, see for some god understanding about print media marketing.
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    October 15, 2015 7:50 AM EDT
    SEO is indeed the best free marketing tool online. However, it takes a lot of time and efforts to become a true SEO expert.