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.
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.