Strategic marketing choices belong in a written marketing plan, probably the most important document for every marketer who wants to work consistently and professionally. But how do you start with a strategic marketing plan?
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This article wants to be a guide. I will give you a checklist, template or guide that will help you to write your marketing plan in no-time, simply by answering specific strategic questions.
How do you start? Copy and paste these strategic questions in a Word document and answer each strategic question them shortly and concisely. Give the document the name of your marketing plan and save it on a logical place on your server. But watch out! A marketing plan is a dynamic document that regularly undergoes changes. Give the document a regular update and give every update a number, for example version 1.4.
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- What are my financial goals?
- What are my commercial goals?
- What are my organizational goals?
- What are my personal goals?
- What are my most important lines of action and decisions?
- What brand name(s) do I need to market?
- What is my elevator pitch?
- What products and services do I offer?
- How do I make money with my offering?
- What is the cost price of my offering?
- What is the profile of my (prospective) customer?
- How big is the market?
- What are the needs or problems of my customers?
- What do I promise my customers?
- Who is an influencer in the decision process of the customer?
4. Added value
- What are my strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats?
- On which strengths can I make the difference?
- At what value(s) am I going to position myself against the competition?
- What are my most important company values?
- What are my vision and mission?
- Which sales channels are used to present my offering?
- Who are my strategic partners?
- Who are my key commercial employees?
- How does the organizational customer flow look like?
- What are my financial resources?
6. Online communication
- What is the ideal structure of my website?
- How am I going to rank high in Google?
- What social media channels will I use?
- What email techniques will I use to communicate with customers?
- How will I use mobile platforms such as tablets and smartphones?
- What journalists do I need to network with to get press coverage?
- Who are my prospective marketing partners within my network?
- How do I share knowledge within my network?
- What networking events do I need to attend?
- What networking events will I organize myself?
- On what media do I put my ads?
- What printed direct mail will I send?
- What fairs should I attend?
- How will I use posters in the point of sale and on the streets?
- Who or what will I sponsor?
9. Customer experience
- What experiential marketing actions will I take presales?
- What experiential marketing actions will I take at the point of sale?
- What experiential marketing actions will I take after-sales?
- How do I turn my customers into ambassadors?
- What branding tools do I need to touch the heart of the customer?
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