A marketing plan is a written overview of your advertising and marketing strategy for the year ahead. Key components to your marketing plan include an analysis of your existing situation, a description of your target audience, goals for the year, strategies and tactics you plan to use and a breakdown of your budget.
Your analysis, target audience and goals should be kept brief -- under a page in length each -- and the bulk of your plan should focus on strategies and tactics used to reach your goals. The final section should offer a brief breakdown of the cost tied to each of your tactics.
This plan is meant to change over the course of the year. It's a tool to help your business grow.
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