Marketing strategy & planning

Why do you need a marketing strategy and plan? 

Whether you are a start-up looking to launch a new product, create demand and enter new markets or an established SME looking to grow and generate more clients, a comprehensive marketing strategy and plan will help you make the most of your marketing efforts.  

What is a marketing strategy? And how is a marketing plan different from a marketing strategy? 

A marketing strategy represents a general overview of a company’s target markets, unique value proposition, long-term growth objectives and market-oriented competitive position.

 

It essentially incorporates the 7 Ps of the marketing mix (Product, Price, Place, Promotion, People, Process and Physical evidence) and provides answers to the following 3 questions: Where are we now? Where are we going? and How are we going to get there?

 

A marketing plan, on the other hand, provides a detailed outline of the processes and tactics required to execute the marketing strategy. An effective marketing plan should set clear SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound) objectives, budgets and deadlines. 
 

5 reasons why you need to have a comprehensive marketing strategy and plan in place:

Get a clear understanding of who your customers are and how to reach them

Create a brand that resonates with your target audience

Differentiate from the competition 

Define the focus and direction of your marketing efforts

Maximise marketing ROI and optimise budget spend

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What’s included in a strategic marketing plan?

A comprehensive marketing plan should include:

  • Company overview – a brief overview of a company’s business model, product, value proposition and customer segments

  • Market goals – a list of a business’s key marketing objectives

  • Target market – a review of the market environment, both internal and external, including industry review, buyer persona(s) & customer segmentation, customer’s buying/decision-making process and behaviour, competitive and SWOT analysis

  • Marketing strategy – brief summary of a company’s overall marketing strategy covering the 7 Ps of the marketing mix: Product, Price, Place, Promotion, People, Process and Physical evidence

  • Budgets and deadlines – an outline of the marketing budgets, limitations and deadlines

  • Marketing channels and distribution – a tactical plan covering recommended tactics and channels to use in order to fulfil the marketing strategy

How can we help?

If you don’t have enough time and resources to craft a comprehensive marketing plan and strategy in-house, we can do it for you. 

Our strategic marketing planning service includes: 
  • 1-hour FREE introductory session

  • 2 x 1-hour in-depth questionnaire sessions with senior exec team and selected staff members to get a complete understanding of the business

  • Extensive marketing plan and strategy report

  • 6-month tailored tactical plan covering recommended tactics and channels to use in order to fulfil the marketing strategy

  • Comprehensive handover session to go through the plan and answer all your questions 

  • 4 x 30-minute sessions to offer advice and guidance as you implement the plan available for 6 months after the handover

  • Alternatively, you can also appoint us to execute the plan for you and sign up for our remote marketing management service
     

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