Friday, January 2, 2009

Advertising: How To Manage The Cost

Before we move deeper into the topic, let’s understand what advertising really is. Advertising can be referred to as the process that communicates to the market the products and services that are offered by businesses. Without proper advertising, consumers wouldn’t know about the products and services offered and for that reason sales would be relatively lower. However, advertising is also an area that needs to be carefully monitored. Let’s discuss the reasons for that a bit more.

When we look at the market place, it is clear that there is a wide variety of advertising methods available. Television commercials and radio commercials can be seen as some of the most popular ones among large organizations. However, these methods, especially television commercials, are very expensive.

Therefore, for a person who runs a home business, these methods may not be suitable. Spending money on advertising without a proper plan could easily cause you to run out of cash in a very short period of time. For this reason, inexpensive ways to advertise your home business must be selected.

If the business is small in nature and only concentrates on a small segment of the market, then advertisements in local newspapers can be seen as a very good choice. Other than this, magazines might also be a very good place to put up your advertisements. For example, if you are a facialist and if you are running a home based business, then advertising your business in a beauty magazine would be cheaper and it would also manage to attract the attention of those who are really interested in that particular area.

Once you begin the advertising process, some other measures can also be taken to make sure that the right amounts of funds are available for advertising. This can be looked at as budgeting. A proper budget will help to forecast your expenses and income. Then depending on the surplus and the deficit of cash that the budget reflects, a proper decision on the amount that can be spent on advertisements can be identified. Proper identification would help you to spend a reasonable amount on advertising and therefore, you will also be able to retain the required money to meet other business expenses. However, if you are planning on introducing a new product, then a higher degree of attention will have to be given to advertising, despite the cost. Obtaining additional finance from the market can be seen as one option in a situation like this.

With the above information, it should be clear for any reader that spending too little or spending too much on advertising are factors that could easily disrupt the competence of a business in the market place. Therefore, using effective advertising methods and careful spending and planning is always required. However, if you concentrate on the above factors, then you should be able to get a clear idea on how you should manage your expenses on advertising.

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4 comments:

justme said...

such great info Thanks so much

crazedmama said...

No problem!! that's what Im here for!

linda said...

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Barbara said...

great blog you have here! it's worth reading each and every entry :)

speaking of advertising... i must agree that it could cost you so much up to the point of hurting your business. i just have to share to you this useful resource, Prova. you'll get what you have in mind at your desired cost. hope this helps in some advertising dilemmas..

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