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  • Tanushree Vaish

12 To Ways to Effectively Spend Your Money Via A Digital Marketing Budget

Every year billions of dollars are spent on grabbing consumers’ attention. Digital ad expenditure has leapfrogged to $651 billion this year across the globe countering the 4.1% drop in the pandemic year. Mind you, this is just digital marketing expenditure. It is only anticipated to grow in the upcoming years.

Although digital marketing has been thriving at an unprecedented pace, very little debate happened around the expenditure involved in making it reach the place where it is today. Devising a mathematically perfect digital marketing budget is a lot of science and brainstorming. Marketers make sure their voice does not go unheard in the crowd no matter if they spend $1 million or $100 billion. It is the job of marketers to get the most out of every penny spent in marketing.

To scale your business, it is essential to scale your marketing budget too and experiment with the digital marketing landscape to churn out desired results. But, too much of extravaganza is a sheer waste of resources without a clear marketing strategy and expertise.

But, how much digital expenditure is too much? How do you decide which marketing channel to experiment with? How do you decide which channel to ignore? How do you allocate the resources amongst all the marketing channels? The list of questions go on and one without an end. If only there is a clear guide to enlighten you about utilizing marketing budget effectively, you will be able to steer clear of all the doubts and start earning the returns.

How To Plan A Digital Marketing Budget?

Setting a digital marketing budget is a looming challenge as much as devising a digital marketing strategy. However, an outline of resources, strategies, marketing channels, competitors’ progress, and business goals help you make the right decision.

Establish Sales Funnel Of Your Business

Contrary to popular opinion, the sales funnel is not the same for every business. Each stage of a sales funnel is carefully thought after. Sales funnel is the most important component of all marketing budgetary estimates. It determines where your money is going to be spent.

Although sales funnel varies from business to business, a typical one looks something like this


Your product or service gains relevance only when there is a need or demand for it. At this juncture, your audience realizes their need or problem or pain point. Pain point is a particular issue that your prospect experiences. At this point, your audience starts exploring solutions for their problems.

Exposure/ Search

In this stage, your audience starts looking for the available options to fulfill their need. This is where they become aware about your product or service.


After much research and deliberation, your audience narrows down their choices to decide on one product or service that they think best suits their needs.


In this stage, your audience has made up their mind about the purchase and takes the required action.

Establishing a sales funnel helps you understand the spending nature of your budget. For instance, consider that you have noticed a lot of crowd at consideration stage but don’t see them converting into customers. You have realized that your prospects are dropping off mid-way. With this data in hand, you now know that you should focus more on strategies that help you in lead conversion to slide your customers down the sales funnel from the considerations stage.

A thorough understanding about your sales funnel empowers you to take right decision at the right time. It helps you spend effectively and focus on the gaps.

Business Goals

Every budgeting guide throws enough light on ways to save your money. But, very few emphasize on the need to determine your business goals. You must be aware of your organizational goals and clear on what you want to achieve.

Your business goal can be anything like increasing sales, expanding business across geographical boundaries, enhancing brand awareness, or generating more leads. Your goals must be precise and specific. Although increasing sales is your goal, you cannot make it your sole purpose throughout the journey.

Set realistic, short-term, and measurable goals. Having your goals divided, gives you a reference point and actionable goals to budget your marketing efforts.

Analyze The Additional Costs

Budget should be inclusive of all the costs involved to avoid confusions and calculate additional costs incurred. Initial budgeting is always estimatory in nature as you do not know what awaits you in the future. Besides unforeseen expenses, inflation, special occasions, and change of plans can add to the expenditure. Hence, it is essential to factor in all these additional costs to calculate the absolute RoI (Return on Investment, which determines the profit gained on the investment).

Assessing The Market

To create an effective marketing budget, you need to stack up your resources and creative efforts against the market competition. A right blend of perfect strategy and effective budget can help you cut through the competition.

Although analysis tools help you understand your market competition, comparative manual analysis gives you a 360 degree understanding about the marketing landscape. It will help you assess the strategies already employed and your target audience online behavior. A proper understanding of both your competitors and target audience help you devise more creative strategies and target marketing plans.

Break down the cost

Digital marketing, by nature, expands across multiple channels. Hence, all the budget is divided accordingly. With target audience demographics and rival strategies in hand, you must have already been aware of the marketing channels available to you. Analyze which platform works best for you and break your budget accordingly.

Your budget should focus on step-by-step processes, employees, strategies, and channels involved in your marketing plan. Although prices vary depending on the nature of marketing, it is essential to focus an adequate sum on all the components involved.

How To Spend Your Marketing Budget Effectively?

Besides strategizing and budgeting, there is another important thing to consider. The key to devising an effective marketing budget is closely examining and assessing the figures involved. It gives you an idea about disposable income, marketing expenditure, and additional costs involved, which helps in contemplating and altering the budget accordingly to make it more efficient.

Social Media Marketing

Although social media marketing alone is not digital marketing, your digital marketing efforts are incomplete without investment in social media marketing. Social media is a great place to find all your prospects. Most businesses already know the importance of social media marketing but not all of them are spending effectively on this marketing channel.

Besides devising a social media strategy, creating an effective social media marketing budget can help you understand where to spend. A clever blend of organic marketing and paid ads is the best way to acquire more leads continuously.

It is easier to get lost on the track when it comes to spending time and money on social media for businesses. However, reallocating the budget and reanalyzing the strategy may be the need of the hour, if your existing budget and strategy doesn’t give you favorable results.

Invest In Employee Upskilling

Marketing is a continuously evolving space. Hence, you cannot expect to grow constantly without updating your industry knowledge. It becomes inevitable to learn and grow to stay relevant in the industry. The digital space is subject to constant updates. That makes it essential for the marketers and other employees in the marketing space to keep updated with the new updates, trends, and changes in the field.

Investing in employee learning helps you create a well-equipped and well-aware team of professionals who ultimately contribute to the growth of your business by flexing their creative muscles. Most of the time, an upskilling investment is seen as a liability rather than an investment. But, little do the employers realize the potential they are unleashing by taking this huge step. Right investment in employee upskilling means investment in your business’s future growth.

Customer Research

The importance of customer research cannot be stressed enough. Although businesses start their marketing endeavors with customer research, periodical research becomes essential to track the change in their customer demographics.

However, do not spend on customer research too frequently. Try allocating fresh funds to renew your understanding of customer behavior and demographics. Also, it is important to invest in social listening tools, web behavior, and customer interaction with your marketing campaigns.

Optimize Outdated Posts

This is often an overlooked aspect in the world of digital marketing. Most marketers do not look back on their old posts. But, there is a lot of potential left to be tapped in old posts. It, thus, becomes essential for you to invest in optimizing outdated posts and witness the magic.

Dig into your old posts and optimize them with new keyword strategies to increase their visibility further. Have you seen reels from a year ago going viral? Although relevancy dominates the social space, top-notch content always has the right place in the audience’s heart. Hence, it is important to push them on top of ranking ladders.

Sales analysis

Selling constantly without introspection and periodical analysis is a failed strategy. Sales strategy needs periodical reviews to understand its performance, RoI, and setbacks. With a sales analysis, you will understand where your strategy is lacking and be able to target the audience with an open and fresh plan.

SEO Audit

SEO is as volatile as the digital marketing space. Although SEO helps you gain increased visibility, outdated strategies may push you behind the competition. Hence, re-evaluation is necessary every six to eight months to sustain the top position.

Your SEO audit must include web page review, blog post review, social media post review, and web copy review for missing keywords. If you add the missing keywords, you make it easy for the search engine crawlers to show them to your audience.

Talk to industry thought leaders

You might have a professional and experienced team already. But, arranging talks between industry thought leaders and your employees help them form perspectives and expand their knowledge horizons, which ultimately helps you up your digital marketing game.

Too frequent interviews and interactions are not recommended. A social event every 6 months can help you reinvigorate and inject new ideas into your employees’ minds.


If you are not retargeting, you are not marketing right and hence, spending your revenue in the wrong way. Retargeting involves following up and showing targeted ads to your target customers to push them down the sales funnel.

For example, if someone visits your website and doesn’t take any action and leaves your site, you show them your ad on other sites as well while they scroll through the internet. It is called retargeting. It exposes your audience to your product and service and persuades them to take action.

Any marketing strategy without an adequate retargeting budget is a futile effort. As it enlightens and educates the audience, it becomes inevitable to prompt your audience.

Improving User Experience

All the marketing is surrounded by user experience. The more satisfactory your user experience is, the more successful your marketing efforts are. However, improving user experience is a continuous process. It involves rolling out enhancements, updates, and constantly acting upon customer feedback. Unlike other aspects, improving user experience should be a continuous progress. It shouldn’t be periodical.

Paid Ads

Although there are debates surrounding paid ads, they aren’t going away anytime soon. Most of the digital space is occupied by paid ads. Companies and businesses spend a massive amount on paid ads. Even for small businesses with restricted resources, humble goals of paid ads can work wonders.

Invest In Marketing Softwares

Digital marketing is impossible without making use of the latest technology. Hundreds of technological updates are being rolled out each day. It becomes inevitable and essential to stay relevant and on top of the competition with a growing crowd. However, all these are not possible without having proper knowledge about the marketing software involved in the marketing space.

Although free versions help you kick start your digital journey, you cannot sustain with limited resources. Social media management tools, project management tools, and outreach tools are just a few examples. As your business grows, the need for these tools will be incredibly felt.

Market Research

Each year marketers throw their money around their marketing endeavors without doing proper market research, which is a wasteful spending. Prior and proper research enlightens you about what to do and what not to do. While you understand the customer demographics and prevailing competition on the ground, it also helps you learn from marketing failures and avoid doing the same blunders.


The toughest part of devising a perfect marketing budget plan is determining and demarcating your marketing goals. Once it has been done, you will get a hold of all the challenges you face in this overcrowded market. Although how to spend the budget effectively still remains to be a scary question, weighing in the tools and resources you need to achieve your goals gives you a clear idea.

But, your job is not done at allocating the resources. The best marketing plan always has contingency funds to cover unforeseen expenses. Also, do not forget to set aside additional funds to celebrate your wins and compensate for the losses.


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