How to Market an Event on a Budget

Utilize these cheap, free, or cost-saving measures to increase your attendance without increasing your event marketing budget. 


Published on 20 October, 2022 | Last modified on 1 November, 2022
event marketing on a budget

Hosting an event can sometimes feel like a catch-22: you need successful events to make more money for your company, but you need more money to throw these events. 

It’s true, you will likely need some sort of a budget to get the word out about an event. But don’t think that the only way to market and host one of these dinners, conferences, webinars, or trade shows is with tens of thousands of dollars. You can market them with much less, if you just know how to. 

We’ve compiled a list of ways you can cut costs in your marketing plan, while still successfully getting the word out about your event. 

Social Media

When done thoughtfully, social media marketing can be a free or cheap way to tell people about your event. And depending on your audience, which social media platform you market on can make a difference. 

For professional events like conferences and trade shows, LinkedIn will be your best bet. You can post a digital flier and event info to your company’s page, then encourage your employees and network to share it. Make sure you include a link to register! 

Other tips to boost your viewership is to include relevant hashtags that the appropriate people may be searching for. You can also pay to sponsor your post and target your specific audience more acutely. 

Other platforms to take advantage of are Facebook and their Events feature, Instagram, and TikTok. Post yourself for free, sponsor your posts, or create a partnership with micro influencers to get the word out. Micro influencers have smaller audiences, but can be more targeted to who you are looking for. They will be less expensive to utilize, or some may be open to other forms of payment, like free merchandise or tickets to your event. 

Word of Mouth 

Tagging on to the social media aspect of event marketing, your network is one of your greatest resources. From sharing events on their accounts to sharing information during in-person conversations, people talking about your event is going to generate buzz. 

And best of all — it costs nothing!

Email Campaigns

Email campaigns are a straightforward way to reach your audience with details about your upcoming event. If you already have an email marketing system and an email list full of customers and potential customers, it shouldn’t cost you much more — if anything at all — to send out a dedicated event email or two.  

Only Print On Demand 

Printing marketing materials has been the gold standard when it comes to event marketing for decades, but its relatively high price point compared to online marketing tools can be a tough gatekeeper to cross. 

But custom postcard printing, printed fliers, and other physical marketing materials in hand still have some of the best ROIs. So how do you find a document printing service that will get you high quality event marketing materials printed, without maxing out your budget? 

Online, on demand printing services like Mimeo make it easy to get what you need, and nothing else. With no order minimums, you won’t end up with more corporate merchandise sitting in a warehouse than you’ll ever give away, hundreds of print catalogs you’ll never use, or stacks of event fliers for 10x the event capacity. 

To keep costs down, print posters and banners online too, to keep all of your marketing files in one place and maintain consistency across every print branded item. 

Network at Other Events

Finally, take advantage of the time you’re dedicating to other events. Whether you’re hosting it yourself or just an attendee, if your audiences overlap, talk about your event to people you meet. 

If the host allows it, hand out those previously printed on demand event materials to other attendees, leave a stack in the bathroom, or add one to each cocktail table or drink station. 

Making a good impression on people and getting them to sign up to attend your event doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. Utilize these cheap, free, or cost-saving measures to increase your attendance without increasing your budget. 

Mimeo Marketing Team

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