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Author's avatar By Carolanne Mangles 16 Sep, 2021
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How to strategically manage your marketing spend in 2022 with 8 integrated marketing budget templates

Setting strategic and channel direction, working toward commercial objectives and KPIs and monitoring success is great, but if you're not tracking your ROI per channel it's hard to understand how much money you've had to spend to see a return. That's why you need a practical, accessible marketing budget.

How much budget is allocated to marketing?

According to the February CMO survey, marketing budgets were expected to grow 6.7% in 2020. However, the July edition found the real-term figures had shrunk in the wake of the pandemic and global recession, equating to a rise of 1.6% in marketing budgets overall over this year.

In a competitive environment for marketers, reporting and forecasting marketing spend is more important than ever. Meaning if you can't prove a tactic has been successful, it will be even more difficult to justify the expenditure in the future.

Are you looking to boost your marketing strategy?

To spend your budget efficiently, you need a marketing strategy that identifies and prioritizes key channels in your customer journey. The balance of omnichannel customer touchpoints will be different for every business, but you can find yours with the RACE Framework.

Our practical, actionable marketing structure, integrated across plan, reach, act, convert, and engage, empowers marketers and managers to utilize customer insights and data when making decisions about their marketing strategies.

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Business Members can access our 8 pre-made templates for annual planning and monthly monitoring. Keep reading to find out more about each template and how to apply it to your marketing budget.

Marketing budget summary and monthly marketing budget tracker

Understanding the share of your budget is important in knowing where your money is being spent against what channel is providing better results. Seeing a visual of this in one place will then allow you to change the budget accordingly to optimize spending and ROI.

Marketing Budget Summary

Acquisition marketing media spend

Track your acquisition for online and offline channels. Our spreadsheet covers the fundamental digital channels and bigger budget tactics such as TV, radio, and direct mail. See each channel's budget cost side by side and adjust accordingly if priorities change throughout your campaign. You can also track month on monthly spending to see trends or forecast for popular seasonal peaks - it would be wise to invest a higher percentage of budget into a month like December if you are an e-commerce store preparing for a higher demand in products.

Acquisition budget

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Creative & Studio spend

Getting management buy-in for creativity can sometimes be a challenge - it's hard to persuade colleagues why professional creativity that is on brand and follows brand visions (but costs more money) is better than your marketing team creating assets in online design software for a less than £50 a month. Unless you're a small startup still getting their brand vision in-line, monitoring how much is spent on creativity is vital. Creative is also fundamental for content marketing. Having a range of creative (designs and formats) allows a broader range of content to share on social media and other owned digital channels. Keep track of creative spending by tracking freelance work, tools needed, printing costs, and licenses.

Creative Budget

Content Marketing & SEO activities

Content marketing is more than writing a blog copy. Bigger companies, or companies that want to penetrate the market further, need to be considering the larger implementations of content and its associated costs. Image licenses, content promotion, translators (for international content), copywriters, video creation, and auditing need to be company-wide and budgeted for. Content and SEO budget

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PR & Marketing Events

This can be one area of marketing that can be massively overlooked by many. This is also highly integrated with the staffing and teams spreadsheet, detailed further down. submitting your company/agency for an award can be costly, and whilst many of us would like to gain as much free PR as possible this is not always possible. Our spreadsheet calculates the total cost for all PR and events including agency management and product launch PR costs.

PR budget

Research, Insights & Tools investment

How many tools and software licenses does your company need? The essential digital marketing tools wheel shows the multitude of tools available to marketers across digital channels. Some to monitor and track visitors, some to gain and increase leads, some to help with conversion and personalization, and some tools to keep subscribers, members, and customers engaged with your brand throughout the customer lifecycle. But how do you keep track of all the marketing tools you use and their monthly or annual cost?

Are you trying to get management buy-in for a social media listing tool, but can't prove there's enough budget left? Or do you think your company is subscribed to too many tools that monitor / track the same data? Having a budget spreadsheet to see share percentage for each channel of marketing is essential - understand which channel is getting as much focus and adjust budget according to make sure all channels have a tool in place to help your team provide better data.

Research, insights and tools budget

Marketing team/staff costs

Most companies will want to invest in their staff and offer training and support, but how is the budget allocated? Per team, per person or is there a set amount each month for staff to use when they request? Track how much is being used for staff training versus recruitment. This makes it easy to compare how much is being invested in staff and how much in hiring new staff. It might be that spending less on training a current member of the team is more cost-effective (and great for staff development) than hiring a new person of staff.

Often marketing budgeting spreadsheets offer a lot of information to track and monitor all digital channel spend against performance and ROI, but there are other costs associated with running a marketing team, such as staff travel, event travel, bonuses and staff entertainment to make sure your company has a positive working environment.

Team and Staff

Website marketing budget

Finally, how much does it cost to run your company site? This might be a cost that is pushed to the background, doesn't count as "marketing budget" or is managed at a top-level senior position that the wider team is unaware of? Consider budgeting for server/hosting costs, domain management, integrations with your site, and staff training.

Website budget

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Marketing budget planning tools for Business Members

All our budget spreadsheets are pre-designed and formatted ready to use and apply to all businesses. For businesses and agencies, our business membership options allow members to white label and present to all these templates clients.

Find out more about how your company can benefit from mapping its customers' journeys across the RACE Framework, structured around the customer lifecycle of reach, act, convert, and engage.

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By Carolanne Mangles

Carolanne Mangles Dig DipM is the Digital Marketing Executive for Click Travel, an award-winning corporate travel booking platform. She is a specialist in B2B SaaS and enjoys planning and optimizing the full customer journey across all digital channels to create brand awareness, great user experience and copy that really sells the benefits of the product. She was previously Digital Marketing Executive for Smart Insights where she was involved with multiple digital channels to manage fully integrated membership campaigns to boost new customer acquisition and current membership retention. She has spoken and given masterclasses at B2B Expo on Search and Content Marketing, holds an IDM award in GDPR and loves a glass of red wine. Connect with her on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter.

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