Strategy _ similar to business strategy, marketing plan will capture strategies required to support your business strategy. For example if your business goal is to achieve 20% increase in sales, your marketing strategy would be to 1) introduce new product, 2) increase price for premium offerings, 3) recruit more distributors and offer commission scheme and so on. Strategy is king. When you can see your business in totality, I can assure you that you will find it easier to manoeuvre. Marketing plan is the place to address all these issues.
In the end, we should not forget to specify how the plan (or plans) will be controlled, by what means we will measure its results.We will see how to build the marketing plan, what is its structure: after we will see how to build the traditional marketing plan, we will take a look at the e_marketing plan and see how the unique features of the internet will require some changes in the approach of writing a marketing plan.