Marketing in a recession.
Marketing in a recession —> we're all making cuts and changes right now. I've seen it in my business personally, with companies I'm working with, and even how I am making some decisions.
But as it relates to the marketing strategy moving forward, if the only thing changing about your marketing strategy right now is cutting back on paid, you have more creative thinking to do.
That is the easiest decision to make "oh we're cutting budget, let's cut paid" OK. That might be one piece. But what levers do you have? What is your overall marketing strategy? How is that impacted (or maybe it's not)? Use this as an opportunity to run the old STOP - START - CONTINUE with marketing activities right now.
Don't just make cuts. Use this time to re-think. Can you treat this like a challenge? Hey, I have to make the same dish -- but now the ingredients / what's available at the store have changed. How can you still get it done? Without it turning to slop (lol ok sometimes it's inevitable I am not going to be preachy and pretend like sometimes they make it freaking impossible to make anything that tastes good ... but anyway ...)
It’s easy to say on LinkedIn “don’t cut marketing budget” and “smart companies are investing in marketing right now” but if you’re a founder / CEO under pressure I 10000000% understand it. Sales and marketing are the easiest (mentally) to cut. I get it. My point here is *of the marketing cuts* it’s so easy to think, boom cut paid and we are good. No. It’s time to re-visit the whole strategy.