7 Smart Ways to Trim Your Company's Budget

Eric Ryan, Method
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Piggyback on Someone Else's Marketing Efforts

"You don't need big budgets or expensive promotions to get publicity," says Eric Ryan, co-founder of Method, the chic San Francisco-based consumer products company that had revenue exceeding $100 million in 2007. "One of the most effective things you can do is participate in established events. Here's an example: Last September, 70 cities across the nation celebrated Parking Day, an event to raise environmental awareness. We set up mini golf courses in San Francisco and Chicago. We didn't have to shell out money for a sponsorship. We did this ourselves and exposed our brand to thousands of consumers."