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.
Marketing Mix: one of the key points of the marketing plan is the design of medium and long_term approach of the 4 Ps (price, place, product, promotion). Action Program: on this section all the actions to be performed are gathered with specific information, timetables and responsibilities among the personnel. Provisional Income Statement: the plan must include an income statement with any inputs for which the marketing department is responsible for.