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10 steps to develop a successful Marketing plan

Writing a successful Marketing plan does not have to be a HUGE task, Simon has put a practical three step guide together to help you get your head around what you need to do and how to do it.

THINK IT

Your Marketing plan does not have to be HUGE, realistically it is just a way of collecting your thoughts and turning them into practical activities that generates awareness, sales or improves customer relationships. A successful Marketing plan for your business can be created in a short space of time, so don’t worry about writing style, spelling and grammar or making your plan look pretty. Just go get a pen and paper and start putting your ideas down. Below are a couple of pointers to think about during this process:

10 steps to develop a successful Marketing plan

One of the mistakes that many business owners make is latching on to a brilliant idea, product or service without first understanding who they are trying to sell to (not what you want to do).

Remember - If you try to sell a concept that people don’t want, they won’t buy into it.

10 steps to develop a successful Marketing plan Develop a realistic budget - this can be penny precise or a ball park figure, but it defines an amount of money that you are comfortable with spending and gives an indication of the activities which can / cannot be done in your Marketing plan.
10 steps to develop a successful Marketing plan Understanding yourself - what are you comfortable with? There is no point setting yourself an activity if you know in your heart you are not comfortable with doing it. Whereas if you look forward to doing the activity, you are more likely to complete it and get a positive response.
10 steps to develop a successful Marketing plan Remember – if you aim for gold and dont quite make it, you’re still on the winner’s podium  
"Simon has a real no-nonsense approach to Marketing, which for someone in sales like me is a real plus. There is no fluff and stuff with the work Simon does and he does it on time as well.” – Steve Wright, Sandler Sales Institute

PLAN IT

Now that you have your ideas down on paper you can start putting them into a realistic plan, with goals and objectives.

10 steps to develop a successful Marketing plan Goals are critical to the success of your business and Marketing plan. When creating a goal use the SMART formula, to ensure that your goals are Sensible, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time specific.
10 steps to develop a successful Marketing plan Stand out from the crowd – Developing a unique message will help your customers to remember you and help to close more sales.  It will also help you to define your targeted customers, reducing time and money spent on activities that give little return.
10 steps to develop a successful Marketing plan

Choosing how you want to tell people about your Marketing message is your next task. The options available are virtually unlimited, covering everything from key rings to television adverts. It’s important to choose a Marketing medium that gives you the highest return. The trick is to match your message to your Market using the right medium.

Put simply - it would do no good advertising beer on an anti-alcohol website.

10 steps to develop a successful Marketing plan Write up your plan in a clear format that shows your goals, objectives and deadlines, then put it where you will see it every day. Clearly identifying everything that needs to be prepared before you start, and your follow-up activities.

10 steps to develop a successful Marketing plan

 

Finally set a review date for the plan – when you ask yourself ‘what would I do different next time?’

JUST DO IT!!!

So what are you waiting for, now that you have spent all that time planning, it’s now time to start doing, but this is where your great plan comes together or dramatically falls apart as successfully delivering a Marketing plan is based on two factors:

10 steps to develop a successful Marketing plan Activity - Ask any successful Marketeer, the secret to a winning Marketing plan is not what you do but actually doing it! Unless you do everything you’ve planned your Marketing will never deliver the result you want and you’ll probably be disappointed. 
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Support - Having someone there to help you overcome the problems that you will inevitably face and then hold you accountable so that you actually do it, is vital.

Drawing upon this type of resource is invaluable, it will give you the confidence to move your company forward rather than putting off the tasks that you don't want or don't have the skills to do. Helping to ensure a successful result from your Marketing plan.

If you would like to have a chat about any of the above steps, or would like to find out more about how we can help support you by putting together a practical Marketing plan and then ensuring it is delivered on time. Please call us on 0845 467 1074 or email from the contact page.

 
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