Business administration involves the creation of a road map that outlines the specific goals that the business is working to achieve and targeted benchmarks for when those goals will be reached. By constructing a business and marketing plan companies develop strategies for reaching their goals in a timely manner. Experts in business recommend that ten percent of the budgeted operating expenses for the business be spent on marketing.
Because customers are the lifeblood of any business how the allocated dollars are spent on marketing can make a significant difference to the bottom line revenues that a company generates. Return on investment is essential for any business and finding marketing channels that will give returns above what is spent is the goal of the marketing department. The challenge for marketing directors comes in finding the right channel to put marketing dollars into and effectively creating a campaign for the selected channels that will give the highest returns.
The marketing mix is a term used to describe the combination of different channels that are to be used by the company to attract new business and increase customer retention. Within the marketing mix the director and his or her team divide the budget and make allocations for where, when and how the marketing dollars will be spent. Some channels may receive more money than others depending upon the cost of entry to the marketing channel and the effectiveness of that channel in returning dividends through sales to consumers.
A marketing mix might consist of print advertising in magazines and newspapers, direct mail, television commercials, radio spots and internet marketing. While traditional forms of media are dividing the budgets of big business smaller companies can also model a scaled version of a marketing mix down to fit their budget.
Where once the elements of traditional forms of media were incorporated into the marketing mix the online revolution has altered the perceptions and spending habits of many Americans. While some forms of media may still be included in the budget of a marketing mix directors of marketing departments are realizing that dollars spent on internet marketing are bringing the highest returns on investment.
While allocating a larger percentage of the budget to internet marketing on a macro level, executives are discovering that there are sub-channels within the internet marketing medium that require further study and division of the channels budget on a micro level. Search engine optimization, pay-per click campaigns and social network marketing are just a few of the options available to marketing departments that are focusing the core of their budgets on the cost effective and highly reachable consumers of their marketing dollars.