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Marketing plans can get quite granular to reflect the industry you are in, whether you are selling to consumers (B2C) or other businesses (B2B), and how big your digital presence is. Nonetheless, here are six elements every effective marketing plan. In a marketing plan, your Business Summary is exactly what it sounds like: a summary of the organization. This includes the company name, where its headquartered, and its mission statement -- all of which should be consistent with the business as a whole. Your marketing plan Business Summary also includes a SWOT analysis, which stands for the business strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Be patient with your business SWOT analysis, you will write most of it based on how you fill out the next few marketing plan elements below.
Lastly, your marketing plan will include a list of your marketing channels. While your company might promote the product itself using certain ad space, your marketing channels are where you will publish the content that educates your buyers, generates leads, and spreads awareness of your brand. If you publish (or intend to publish) on social media, this is the place to talk about it. Use the Marketing Channels section of your marketing plan to lay out which social networks you want to launch a business page on, what you will use this social network for, and how you will measure your success on this network. Part of this section purpose is to prove to your superiors, both inside an outside Marketing, that these channels will serve to grow the business. Businesses with extensive social media presences might even consider elaborating on their social strategy in a separate social media plan template -- which you can download below.
The Business Initiatives element of a marketing plan helps you segment the various goals of your department. Be careful not to include big-picture company initiatives, which you would normally find in a business plan. This section of your marketing plan should outline the projects that are specific to marketing. You will also describe the goals of those projects and how those goals will be measured. Here where you will conduct some basic market research. If your company has already done a thorough market research study, this section of your marketing plan might be easier to put together. Ultimately, this element of your marketing plan will help you describe the industry you are selling to, an analysis of your competitors, and your buyer persona. A buyer persona is a semi-fictional description of your ideal customer, focusing on traits like age, location, job title, and personal challenges.
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