What are the three biggest marketing mistakes small- and mid-sized business make in a downturn?
Cutting your sales force or service levels, dropping prices without a clear plan for making up the lost revenue, and not understanding how much you make on each product — so you know what to push and what to pull - are leading contenders. Cash flow is the crucial gauge for monitoring all of this, and when it starts to flat-line it’s usually because of bad marketing decisions.
Learn how to avoid the three biggest marketing pitfalls in a downturn from Knowledge@Wharton, the Wharton School’s online business journal, in this conversation with Wharton marketing professor Eric Bradlow.
The biggest pitfall, he says, is a knee-jerk drop in price: “A lot of firms, shockingly, don’t know how much money they make on each product line. Let’s just remember that a bigger number multiplied by a negative number is a bigger negative number,” Professor Bradlow says. “So a lot of people drop price on product lines that are already not making money on a per unit basis.”