How to Protect Your B2B Marketing Budget

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Published on February 18, 2014

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How do you keep your marketing budget from being cut by the CFO while every other line-item is untouched? There is a lot of interest about this issue in the B2B marketing community, for good reason. No one likes to see their budget cut, especially if they (fairly or not) perceive this as a sign of waning influence. Budgets are cut for all sorts of reasons, some rational and some not. But it helps to have a strategy to reduce the impact that cut-marketing-first thinking will have on you. Here are some ideas:

Tie your budget directly to revenue. You want your marketing department and the marketing budget to be viewed by the CFO as an investment, not an expense. These are two vastly different perspectives—the “marketing as investment” mentality will ensure that you get your share of the budget dollars, while the “marketing as expense” mindset will lead to your budget being cut at every opportunity.
Use data to support your financial requests. It’s not enough to talk about how you contribute to revenue; you must also have the data to back up your statements. My two-part series on B2B marketing metrics will show you the specifics of the data you need to track to prove your value to both the sales department and the executive suite.
Align your efforts with the sales department. Many times, the marketing budget gets cut not because marketing isn’t doing its job, but rather because of a lack of support from the sales department. Fairly or not, there is often a gap between what the marketing department thinks it is delivering and what the customer (sales) believes it is receiving. If the sales team blames marketing for their own failure to perform, the CFO and/or CEO can take a negative view of the marketing department and sharpen their budget-cutting axe. The solution to this problem is a carefully crafted service level agreement (SLA) that outlines the process, roles and deliverables of each department.
Make your requests early. Budgets are often like a “land grab,” with the best results going to those who get there fastest. Stake your claim early, back it up with data, and you will have a better chance of a favorable outcome.
Don’t take it personally. Your budget may be cut for reasons that are unrelated to your performance. In fact, it may be cut precisely because you are so competent. For example, if you can generate more leads at less cost, why wouldn’t the company take advantage of your efficiency? As the saying goes, “No good deed goes unpunished”.

Protect Your Budget How to Protect Your B2B Marketing Budget Christopher Ryan info@fusionmarketingpartners.com

“Cut-marketing-first” No one likes to see their budget cut, especially if they see this as a sign of waning influence. Here are some ideas to reduce the impact of “cut-marketing-first” thinking:

Marketing as Investment Tie Your Budget Directly to Revenue You want your marketing department and the marketing budget to be viewed by the CFO as an investment, not an expense. • “Marketing as Investment” – will ensure you get your share of the budget dollars • “Marketing as Expense” – will lead to your budget being cut at every opportunity

Use Your Metrics Use Data to Support Your Financial Requests It is not enough to talk about how you contribute to revenue – you need data (metrics) to prove it. – View our 2-part series on B2B Marketing Metrics to prove your value to the C-Suite. • Blog version • SlideShare version

Use Your Metrics Align Your Efforts With the Sales Department Many times marketing budget gets cut, not because marketing isn’t doing its job, but rather because of a lack of support from sales. – There is often a lack of understanding between what marketing thinks it’s providing and what sales believes it is receiving. – The solution to this problem is a carefully crafted Service Level Agreement (SLA). Learn more here.

Use Your Metrics Make Your Requests Early Budgets are often like a “land grab,” with the best results going to those who get there fastest. – Stake your claim early – Back it up with data – And you will have a better chance of a favorable outcome

Use Your Metrics Don’t Take it Personally Your budget may be cut for reasons that are unrelated to your performance. – In fact, it may be cut precisely because you are so competent • If you generate more leads at less cost, why wouldn’t the company take advantage of your efficiency? • As the saying goes, “No good deed goes unpunished”.

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About Fusion Marketing Partners We Do This: Brand building/messaging Website optimization Content creation Lead generation You Get This: Much greater levels of awareness Higher quantities of qualified leads Ability to generate faster revenue Christopher Ryan, CEO info@fusionmarketingpartners.com 719-357-6280 Lots more information at: http://FusionMarketingPartners.com/ http://Greatb2BMarketing.com (blog)

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