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Developing a Marketing Plan

Updated: May 8, 2023

A great marketing plan is a crucial part of building a successful business. It helps to showcase the purpose of the company and how it serves clients through the various products and services that it offers.. This way, a company can address the needs and satisfy the wants of its clients and customers more efficiently. Consequently, the marketing aspect of a business will decrease in cost, allowing the funds to be used in other sectors of the firm.

This task for the marketing team, however, is not always the easiest thing to conceptualize. With that, here is DATI: the four essential steps one should always keep in mind when developing his/her own marketing plan.

D - determine your target market.

In order to effectively market a company’s products/services, one must always have a clear view of the kind of people it is trying to entice into purchasing its products/services. Moreover, one must know what things appeal the most to certain age groups. Take kids and teenagers as an example. Generally, they tend to buy flashy and colorful things, fitting those objects into their respective aesthetics. For people older than them (e.g., young professionals, people in the workforce), on the other hand, they value functionality over aesthetics. Those two scenarios are only a couple of instances of what might transpire from the target market. Every situation is different and one must always look at things holistically to get a good grasp on the target market. Once a person can determine what the target market wants in a specific product, only then will he/she be able to create ways to fulfill the wishes of the target market.

A - analyze the market situation.

One must oversee how the market situation in his/her company’s line of work is doing. Does the market harbor hungry competitors? What makes customers like their products? Consider all the possible questions that one can think of.

T - think like the customer.

Thinking like the customer is an effective way of seeing through the perspective of one. Look for something that the general public lacks or is in need of. Once one is able to determine what the masses need, that person can start making ways to market their products/services to how the clients would like them.

I - incorporate the SMART method.

When creating a marketing plan, one must take into account the SMART method.

  • S - specific

The marketing plan must be specific in the sense that every detail of it serves a purpose for the betterment of the business and is clear in each aspect so as not to create any confusion.

  • M - measurable

Certain criteria must be met to ensure that the business marketing venture will progress. One must set indicators/standards that will show the plan’s progress, establishing the measurability of the project.

  • A - attainable

A realistic approach must encompass the whole project, garnering the essence of attainability. A plan that speaks “impossible” should never show itself. Set the activities and standards of the project to an attainable level.

  • R - relevant

The issue of relevance must be addressed when initiating a marketing plan. Producing something that does not serve a purpose to the general public will only be deemed useless.

  • T - time-bound

Set a deadline when the marketing plan must be executed. This way, one can set time for when the project must be launched but also have ample time to carry out all the preparations for the whole marketing plan.

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