But, before we continue, we must understand and accept that steps of the marketing plan are universal. It is a logical approach of the planning activity, no matter where we apply it. The differences you meet from a plan to another consist in the degree of formality accorded to each phase, depending on the size and nature of the organization involved. For example, a small and not diversified company would adopt less formal procedures, because the managers in these cases have more experience and functional knowledge than the subordinates, and they are able to achieve direct control upon most factors. On the other hand, in a company with diversified activity, it is less likely that top managers have functional information in a higher degree than the subordinate managers. Therefore, the planning process must be formulated to ensure a strict discipline for everyone involved in the decisional chain.
SWOT Analysis: the company's strengths and weaknesses and environmental threats and opportunities for the company, this is the basis for defining the marketing objectives and strategies. Objectives: the goals that the company plans to achieve, that can be classified based on their characteristics as quantitative or qualitative. Marketing Strategies: based on the objectives, a marketing strategy is the roadmap to success.