Generally, promotional budgets tend to be much smaller those allocated to advertising. Exact costs can only be worked out once the campaign has been planned in detail, although a budget has usually been set well in advance of this stage.
While established brands tend to have a fixed percentage of their sales allotted to promotional activity, it is not always easy to determine how much to spend on a new brand.
Theoretically, a figure can be determined using a maximum cost per new consumer, depending on the promotional objectives. In practice, this is virtually impossible to calculate.
It is important to bear in mind that promotions do not always have a fixed cost. For example, a gift with purchase promotion can be preset, according to the number of units produced.
A competition, on the other hand, will require an estimation of the number of responses, to gauge the cost of fulfilment – receiving in and judging. Coupon redemption and uptake on mail-in offers is harder still to assess.
Sales promotion is a complex business. If you are considering running any promotional activity at all, it is vital to obtain further information and advice. The following organisations may be able to help:
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