Guide _ in a marketing you will think, record and document all your ideas, products and services offering, price, distribution channel, programs, sales direction, customer segment and so on. I have experienced whereby I suddenly realized that my business is not going on the right direction because I didn't follow my marketing plan. Have you experienced that? Or perhaps you suddenly realized that the thing you do know supposed to be done many months ago because you forgot about it? And you forgot because you don't jot it down and plan for it? This is what I mean that marketing plan as a guide. I cover this in my Marketing Plan Breakthrough S6PEC.
One thing about my business, I don't sell templates. I only sell REAL content. I believe that template is only to give you the general overview of direction but not how_to do it. That's why I highly not recommended you choose to download or purchase marketing templates because I have seen them i personally think it won't help you much. Let me share you a recent story about template.