Budget-Friendly Marketing Tools

February 21, 2024
Budget-Friendly Marketing Tools

Are you looking for marketing tools to step up your process without spending a fortune? Running the marketing show solo can be tough, but our team at North Of Eight has a ton of experience in cost-effective tools and resources to streamline your process. With our deep understanding gained through partnerships with numerous companies in multiple industries, these tools have become an integral part of our work. Let’s dive into some budget-friendly marketing tools that will make your life easier and your campaigns much more effective.

Canva: Your Go-To Design Tool

[As an Adobe Creative Suite nerd, I'll be the first to admit it was SUPER hard for me to get on board with Canva...but if you're looking for quick, easy and cheap - it can't be beat.]

Whether you’re crafting social media posts, designing flyers, or putting together a presentation, Canva is your best friend. It’s insanely user-friendly. If you need fresh, visually appealing graphics for your social media channels, but lack design skills or expensive software, Canva is highly recommended. Its drag-and-drop interface and library of templates help you create stunning posts, stories and covers in minutes. No design experience needed!

The best part? A generous free plan offers a wide range of templates, images, and fonts. While the free plan is great for starting, the Pro version offers many more features for a still reasonable price. It's a good option if you need more tools and flexibility.

AI-Powered Companions


Imagine having a brainstorming buddy, a copywriter, and a content strategist all rolled into one, and available 24/7. ChatGPT is an AI-driven tool that can help you with everything from generating blog post ideas to crafting engaging social media captions. When you’re stuck staring at a blank page, struggling to come up with engaging blog post topics or captivating intros, ChatGPT is there to help. Feed ChatGPT keywords related to your work and let it brainstorm title ideas, outlines, and even draft compelling introductions to start your writing process.

It's like having an extra pair of hands on your marketing team, minus the extra cost. The basic usage tier is free of cost, and the more elevated version ChatGPT-4 is 20$ a month, making it a no-brainer for solo marketers. But remember, it’s a tool, not a replacement for your unique voice.


Think of Gemini as your personal info guru, ready to answer your burning questions in plain English. When you need accurate and up-to-date information to respond to customer inquiries or craft informative content, but don’t have enough time or capacity to do the research yourself, use Gemini. Gemini will give you concise and relevant answers. It’ll save you time and ensure your responses are accurate and insightful. It will save you time on the research and it’s completely free.

Google Tools for Website Traffic & User Behavior

Understanding your audience is key, and Google Analytics provides insights into your website traffic, user behavior, and more. If you’re unsure which marketing efforts are working and where to focus your limited resources, Google Analytics is your best choice. Integrate Google Analytics to track your campaign performance. Gain valuable insights into what resonates with your audience and optimize your strategies accordingly. It's a powerful tool for making data-driven decisions, and it's completely free.

Look into Google Search Console for information on your traffic from Google Search, too!

But Wait, There's More!

While these marketing tools are what we at North Of Eight use every day, there are a few others worth mentioning:

Buffer for Social Media Management

Schedule your posts, analyze performance, and manage all your social media accounts from one dashboard. Buffer offers free plans for individuals or small businesses, making them perfect for solo marketers.

Mailchimp for Email Marketing

With its user-friendly interface and free plan for small email lists, Mailchimp is ideal for sending newsletters, promotional emails, and more. It's a great way to stay in touch with your audience without spending a dime.

Google Business Pages for Local SEO

Be a local star. Claim and optimize your Google My Business listing to appear in local searches, connect with customers, and get valuable insights. It's free and can change a lot for brick-and-mortar businesses.

Zapier for Automations

The free plan helps connect your softwares and can help automate your workflow. It’s pretty limiting but if you use common tools like Google Sheets and…I don’t know…other Google Sheets it’s alright.


Being a one-person marketing team doesn't mean you have to compromise on the quality or scope of your marketing efforts. With marketing tools like Canva, ChatGPT, Gemini, and Google Analytics along with the other gems mentioned, you can create compelling content, engage with your audience, and analyze your success—all on a limited budget. We use these tools at North Of Eight and can assure you that working with them will help you be more efficient and successful. So, go ahead, give these tools a try, and watch your marketing efforts grow without financial headaches.

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