All too often, business leaders with the best intentions to grow their companies fall short when it comes to understanding the function of a strategic marketing plan. A well-crafted marketing plan provides an organization with the focus and direction it requires to pursue growth opportunities and provide marketing ROI.
No matter how well-defined your business goals may be, you won’t get far without a plan. And if the marketing plan is a road map for achieving your goals, then the planning process charts your course based on research, defined strategies and measurable objectives. Sound complicated? Check out our approach below.
It all starts with viewing marketing as investment, not an expense. Once you have determined that marketing is vital to your company’s growth plans, your next step is to define some measurable goals.
We begin with a preliminary marketing assessment that takes an introspective look at the business as well as an outside-in look. We then work with you to identify and implement strategic marketing options that fit your business for the long-term.
Our process starts with a strategy session that includes team members from various levels and areas within your company. Prior to meeting with your team, we issue a short online questionnaire relevant team members to gather their initial baseline thoughts and perspectives on the business. Also prior to the strategy session, we conduct an assessment of your website, collateral, competition and any other resources you provide to us.
During the robust full-day strategy session, we work collaboratively with your team to examine the following key foundational marketing elements that drive business actions:
Following the strategy session, we write a strategic marketing plan that includes measurable objectives, tactical recommendations and a budget. Once our client approves the plan, we’re ready for implementation.
Want to learn more about developing a strategic marketing plan for your organization? Contact Jonathan Ebenstein at 440-449-6800 or reach him through our contact form at the bottom of the page.