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.
Re_formulating objectives: after the close examination of data gathered in the previous stage, sometimes it is needed to re_formulate the initial objectives, in order to address all the issues that might have come up from the previous stage. The distance between the initial objective and the re_formulated objective will be covered by appropriate strategies. We must ensure the re_formulated objective is SMART as well.