Last Updated Sep 18, 2008 12:34 PM EDT
When that happens, bosses will start looking for ways to cut the budget. And that often starts with cutting back on marketing in general and PR in particular.
My friend and colleague Jeannette Bitz at Engage PR thinks that's exactly the wrong thing to do.
"A down economy can actually be a good opportunity to invest time and money in PR â€" not cut it," she says.
- Chances are your competitors hunker down and spend less during down times. But reporters still need good stories and content. Now is the time when smaller or mid-sized companies that usually have to work hard to vie for news coverage have a chance to drive or influence trends.
- Your customers need to know who you are and that you are maintaining a viable business even during bad economic times.
- Companies that invest in their brands during a recession, when competitors are cutting back, can improve market share and ROI at a lower cost than during good economic times.