Outline for Marketing Plan
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Outline for Marketing Plan
There is no single format for an effective marketing plan. Each business will have to customize the plan to meet its particular ability, market, and industry. However, many components are common to most marketing plans. Below is an outline and description of the primary portions of the marketing plan.
Next Article: The Mission and Product/Service Statement Back to: MARKETING
- Mission Statement The mission statement can provide overall guidance for your business and marketing efforts. Answer the question, What is the resounding purpose of your business.
- Product/Service Statement In the simplest form possible, tell what your product or service does for the customer. This statement will provide the backbone from which you derive your market efforts.
Situation AnalysisIn the situational analysis section you will incorporate the information that you developed when carrying out the initial feasibility analysis and the strategic analysis. Include information as follows:
- Company Analysis
- Competitor Analysis
- Market Demand
- Customer Segments
- Size and Characteristics of each Segment
Marketing Objectives and Goals
- Set out your long-term and short-term goals.
- Make sure you provide quantitative or measurable goals.
- Product What are the feature of the product that provide the value proposition to customers?
- Price What will you charge customers?
- Placement (Distribution) In what markets will you place your product?
- Promotion What aspects of the product will your promote and how?
- Packaging How do you expect your product to be delivered? (E.g., this involves the format, appearance, protection, etc.)
- Process What procedural aspects will you undertake to place your product in the market?
- Physical Environment The ambience, mood, or tone of the immediate business environment that you are trying to create.
- People Who will take part in and represent the business.
- Action Program Carrying out the strategic allocation of resources to carry out the marketing mission and objectives.
- Budget Allocation of costs across each marketing function.
- Controls Method of measuring and monitoring the effectiveness of each strategy.
Now, lets deal with each of these aspects of the marketing plan individually.