In the end, we should not forget to specify how the plan (or plans) will be controlled, by what means we will measure its results.We will see how to build the marketing plan, what is its structure: after we will see how to build the traditional marketing plan, we will take a look at the e_marketing plan and see how the unique features of the internet will require some changes in the approach of writing a marketing plan.
Let us see what do we call a "marketing plan"? It is the result of the planning activity, a document that includes a review of the organization's place in the market, an analysis of the STEP factors as well as a SWOT analysis. A complete plan would also formulate some presumptions on why we think the past marketing strategy was successful or not. The next phase shall present the objectives we set, together with the strategies to achieve these objectives. In a logical sequence, we will further need to evaluate the results and formulate alternative plans of action. A plan would consist in details of responsibilities, costs, sales prognosis and budgeting issues.